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Landove is a trademark of a Chinese manufacturer called Gosky. (That name looks better as GoSky which is how the logo on a product is shown, but that’s not how they write it in regular print. GoFigure.) Their Landove spotting scope with 20-60 zoom and 65mm objective lens is one of the most popular available at Amazon.
It has many, if not all, of the features of much more expensive spotting scopes. In this review, I’ll show you what those features are to help you decide whether or not this relatively inexpensive spotting scope is for you.
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The Landove Spotting Scope Has a Solid Array of Features
Before we look at the features and specs, I must apologize for what you are about to read. It’s really not going to be much more than what you’ll see on other sites, including Amazon. That’s because there just isn’t much more to say about a budget spotting scope like this.
The only upside to this is that I’m not simply copying the spelling mistakes and improper grammar you’ll see on those other sites. I did actually take the time to read the information myself before passing it along to you.
With that said, here’s what this angled eyepiece Landove spotting scope gives you.
The lenses are all fully multi-coated, which is the best you can currently get along these lines. The intent is to eliminate, or at least minimize, chromatic aberration (color distortion), especially at further distances.
One reviewer claimed such aberration was still a problem, though only a small one. I going to propose here that, since only one person noticed it, it’s not really an issue.
As you can tell from the model name, you can magnify from 20 to 60 times real life size. This makes the scope useful in many circumstances – bird watching, target shooting, wildlife watching, etc.
The body has rubber armor coating and is made of magnalium, a metal I had not heard of until now. Magnalium is an aluminum alloy made of 95% aluminum and 5% magnesium. The goal here was to make it light weight (aluminum) yet tough (magnesium).
The nitrogen-filled housing is waterproof and fogproof. I wouldn’t go dunking it in the pool, but a little rain shouldn’t ruin your scope.
Many owners have commented on the high quality of the tripod that’s included with your purchase. It is apparently much sturdier than those that come with other spotting scopes.
Besides the standard tripod adapter, what (to me, at least) makes this package really stand out is that you get a universal cell phone adapter that you can use for digiscoping – taking magnified pictures with your phone attached near the eyepiece lens.
The rest of the package includes a carrying bag, 2 lens caps, and a user manual.
Technical Specifications of the Landove 20-60×65
Again, from the name you can see that the objective lens measures 65 millimeters. That won’t let in as much light as the more common, but heavier, 80 millimeter lens, but it should work just fine for the vast majority of users. This is the one item that helps keep the relative cost down too.
The eyepiece lens measures 20 millimeters in diameter. You get BAK4 prisms inside, which are pretty much standard these days.
The Field of View (FOV) at 1000 yards varies from 82.9 feet to 50.6 feet, depending on your magnification setting.
Exit pupil ranges from 0.98 millimeters to 2.8 millimeters. Eye relief goes from 14.5 millimeters down to 11.5 millimeters at the highest magnification.
Near focus is 6 meters, which is just a shade under 20 feet. That’s great for watching the birds on your feeders in the backyard.
All of this weighs just under 4 pounds – 3.9 pounds (shipped), to be exact.
Conclusions about the Landove 20-60x 65 Spotting Scope
If the features, specifications, and looks of this Landove scope seem very similar to some other more expensive spotting scopes, there just may be a good reason for that. This is only my conjecture for which I have no proof whatsoever, but it seems possible that Gosky could be making spotting scopes for other bigger brand names.
Perhaps they just decided (in 2014) to start marketing them on their own, and we get to benefit from their decision.
Again, this is purely guesswork. I’m not accusing anyone of anything here.
The quality of the Landove seems high enough, especially compared to the low price, that it’s worth seriously checking it out. Remember, if you prefer the larger 80mm scope, you can easily get to it on the same Amazon page via the link below.
If this Landove scope doesn’t appeal to you but you still want an inexpensive model, check out this review of spotting scopes under $500.