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Gosky 2019 Updated Scope vs Roxant Blackbird Scope
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2019
I have had and enjoyed using the Roxant Blackbird Scope. Mountains behind our house are about 4 miles away and I wanted something that could dial in a little better for observing wildlife and decided on this Gosky 2019 model. I'm impressed. The Gosky is better in almost every way except size, where it's about double the size of the Roxant.
The Roxant is great for it's mobility, something you could grab and sit on the hood of a car while site seeing. This Gosky is a bit larger, but, the performance is pretty darn good. It's ability to focus on distant objects is significantly better than the Roxant. The focus wheel on the Gosky is also easier to use. One thing I did notice on the Gosky is that zooming in/out on any object always requires refocusing as well (not so much on the Roxant). But the ease of focusing makes this a minor issue.
As others have pointed out, the tripod is not the greatest. However, it serves my needs just fine. By the way, the tripod that comes with both the Gosky and Roxant are nearly identical.
I like the Roxant for its size and it is convenient for shorter distances (several hundred yards or less). However, the Gosky for my purpose (generally sitting in my backyard with the scope sitting on a table) is now my go-to scope. The clarity and focus at long distances sets it apart.
Comparing these two models is like comparing apples to oranges. I only compare the two since these are the only two I have experience with and may help someone else with a decision. The Roxant is about $80 while the Gosky is about $140. The specs are obviously different as well with the Roxant spec'd at 12-36x50 while the Gosky spec's at 20-60x80. If your distance is within a few hundred yards, save your money and go with the Roxant. If you're looking for a scope that can focus really well at long distances, then you may want to consider the Gosky (or a competitor that has similar specs).
I see some scopes that are 15 times the cost of this Gosky with similar specs and I wonder what those scopes provide that this Gosky doesn't (perhaps a better tripod, night vision?). If someone experienced with spotting scopes can shed some light on how the significantly more expensive models compare, that would be helpful.