“Man, I wish I had found this spotting scope six years ago!” Those were the first words out of my mouth after unpacking the LUCID SC9 Compact Spotting Scope. The scope is a variable 9-27×56 that is smaller, lighter and cheaper than most other top of the line spotting scopes. As a designated marksman on a certain federal tactical team, I could have deployed with it in the middle of a major metropolitan area or just as easily in the desolate desert of the western half of the country.
This spotting scope would have been perfect for my DM (designated marksman) packout. I didn’t always have the luxury of having a vehicle to deliver me to my final firing position (FFP) like most federal law enforcement. Weight and size were considerations when I packed my bag. The Lucid SC9 would have been perfect, giving me 27x magnification but still allowing me the room and weight to pack everything else I needed. Its handheld size makes it ideal for individuals that need to take weight and size into consideration, but it still provides enough magnification to complete the mission.
Built around a single piece of aluminum, construction is solid with no loose or rickety fitting parts. The glass is nitrogen purged providing a fog proof environment and it transmits light with ease allowing for crisp clean viewing. Controls are snug and require a firm twist with no play in the dials. The unit is built to be used in real world conditions and take any abuse it might be put through by an operator or tactical situation. Additionally, the SC9 complies with IPX8 standards of water submersion. This means, the unit is submersible to the specifications identified by the manufacturer (the highest rating available). Because of all this, the SC9 is able to carry a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty.
The SC9 is perfect for the role it was designed to fill. With a MSRP of $499 and an Amazon.com price even cheaper than that, it’s the perfect multi-use spotting scope regardless of whether you’re a military DM, SWAT sniper, big game hunter or just spending the day sending rounds down range and collecting data. I would not only recommend this piece of equipment to my team, I would recommend it over the other high-end options out there due to its size, weight and cost.
Hey is what LUCID has to say:
While at the range last year we were playing around with some of our spotting scopes. As usual disappointed with the sizes, features and benefits in contrast to the cost of these often near behemoth range optics – we wanted the performance of the larger glass with the packable size of the typical novelty items. It was here, on the range, over the smell of gun powder, that the concept of the new LUCID SC9 Compact Spotting Scope was born.
After carefully reviewing a long list of optical desires, we developed the optical system with ED glass and fully multi-coated lenses. This enabled us to provide all of the expected color, contrast and edge to edge clarity that a LUCID customer has grown accustomed to. Then we
balanced the optics performance with an oversized eye piece and a 56mm Objective lens, giving the new SC9 such a tiny foot print that this optic can be taken most anywhere with ease.
With a close focus of 10 feet out to infinity, this tiny yet powerful spotting scope delivers such an exceptional view from the 9x all the way through the surprisingly powerful 27x that we often forget that the optic is so small. Give this item a look, for the price, you may just fall in love.
Ocular Lens Diameter
Color & Finish
1/4 – 20
One Piece Aluminum
YES (Nitrogen Purged)
FBMC Multi Coated
Field of View
14mm – 17mm
9x, – 27x,120′ @ 1000yrds
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