Pros: Tiny but robust travel scope with great ergonomics that delivers plenty of optical bang for the buck. Super-portable the Endurance delivers a bright, clear, razor sharp image across a wide field of view at 12x, and remains sharp and detailed (though a little darker, as you’d expect with a 50mm objective) right up to a the max zoom of a very useful 36x.
Cons: While chromatic aberration (colour fringing) is generally well controlled and certainly isn’t a problem, the slight colour fringing you can see around very high contrast subjects could perhaps have been further minimised if Hawke had chosen ED glass in the Endurance 50’s optical system.
Price: RRP GB£329.99 (c.€360) body + 12-36x zoom eyepiece kit (or get it for GB£279.99 on Amazon.co.ukat time of writing).
Accessories: Stay-on case, objective lens cover, eyepiece lens cover, microfibre cleaning cloth
Rating: Highly Recommended
The Endurance 50 spotting scope is a superb little travel scope. When you first see it you wonder how anything so diminutive can possibly deliver on the exacting demands birders and wildlife observers put on their optics. Yet this little Hawke comes through in spades, delivering bright, clear, sharp images and makes carrying a scope viable in situations where you’d never normally think to take one. Paired with a decent compact tripod (I recommend the excellent Vanguard VEO range) it’s a winning lightweight combination that delivers remarkable performance at a very affordable price point.
View the Endurance 50 Spotting Scope on the Hawke UK website.
Check out our full review of this scope here.