I just bought a new Alpen 15-45 x 60 (725) spotting scope and I have to say I'm really impressed with the quality of the scope. The optics are clear and the image is sharp. The zoom is excellent and it's not too touchy to focus in.
I'd never heard of Alpen until recently and probably wouldn't have bought it if I hadn't looked through it first (bought it online) and as impressed as I was in the store looking through it I'm even more impressed now that I've had it outside.
My only question is why don't I hear more about them? Is everyone just as ignorant as I am and hasn't heard of them?