Nightforce, a well-respected name in long-range and tactical riflescopes, has brought its expertise to spotting scopes with the new TS-82. An ounce shy of 4 pounds, with a rubber-?armored aluminum body, there is nothing slight or compact about it; but under the physical laws of optics, size counts. Given equal glass, equal coatings, and other essentials, a 50mm spotting scope simply does not contend with an 82. European made, the TS-82 has apochromatic lenses to correct for spherical and color aberrations, so the image is edge-to-edge sharp without fringing. Tester Van Buggenum very much liked the aggressive rubber knurling on the ocular-lens zoom and on the large center-?focus band; both are easily worked even with gloves. (I was a bit disappointed, though, with the Lego-like knurls pressed onto the rotating angle ring for the tripod mount, which seemed destined to pop off.) The scope has excellent eye relief, with or without eyeglasses, using the retractable eyecup. Subjected to a water-submersion and freezing test, the TS-82 came through without a hiccup. It's the spotter Nightforce riflescope shooters have been awaiting. —T.M.