Pros: Sleek, modern-looking scope that feels solid and well made. Quite compact for an 82mm scope. Very bright, sharp image at 20x magnification that is very good up to about 40x, showing plenty of detail with good colour and contrast. Wide central sweet spot with marginal softening out towards the edge. Dual focus controls make fine-focus easy.
Cons: Image degrades markedly as you move up beyond 40x magnification. Stay on case sometimes rides up beneath the fine focus adjustment and interferes with smooth operation (easy to fix though). Zoom eyepiece is a little stiff at first, but eases with use.
Price: GB£579 (c.€726) body + 20-60x zoom eyepiece kit
Accessories: Stay-on case
Chinese company Vanguard state in their literature that the Endeavor HD is the finest piece of optical equipment they have ever produced. It’s hard to argue with that after spending some time using the angled 82mm version of the scope. The company’s Endeavor ED binoculars brought a suite of premium features to binoculars at a low mid-range price point. The Endeavor HD aims to do the same thing for spotting scopes.
The scope looks good, is very well made and the view through it is excellent at 20x, remains very good up to about 40x, but beyond that it deteriorates markedly. To some extent that comes with the territory when you’re dealing with mid-range bundled zoom eyepieces, so it’s not entirely unexpected. All in all this is a very capable all-round scope sporting high-end optics and premium construction materials at a price that’s hard to argue with.
If you’re in the market for a scope in this sort of price range the Vanguard certainly has a lot to offer.
View the Vanguard Endeavor HD 82A spotting scope on the Vanguard UK website.
Check out our full review of this scope here.