Shepherd 15-40×60

Shepherd 15-40x60

In our side-by-side tests, this roof-prism spotting scope from Shepherd was considerably handicapped by its smaller 60mm objective lens, which, however, accounts for its more backpacker-friendly size and weight. Though the company’s specification sheet calls for a resolution of 2.8 SOA for this scope, our test sample did significantly better at 2.1 SOA, which is literally within a hairsbreadth of the theoretical resolution limit of 1.9 SOA for instruments with 60mm objective lenses. In other words, it couldn’t have been sharper. Also noteworthy is the fact that it has P-coated roof prisms, which, because of their higher magnifications, are especially important for spotting scopes. Also, of the three scopes we tested, it is the only one that’s waterproof.