Well here we go again. I am currently comparing a few upper middle of the road rifle scopes. I only hold them up to my eye and look out my kitchen window at different times of the day...up until dark. I compared the following scopes today with 5 inches of fresh snow on the ground. 1) Minox ZA5 3-15x42 2)Zeiss Conquest 3.5-10x44 3)Burris Signature 4-16x44 4) Pentax Lightseeker 4-16x44. The Pentax I recently purchased off ebay, the others I bought new. Lets start with 4th place....Minox. Very clear and bright, good eye relief, great fit and finish, the lightest of the group, smallest sight picture and the most eye box critical. The remaining 3 are so very close as far as glass, brightness, clarity, eye relief, I am a big time Burris/Pentax fan so I rate these two the same. The Zeiss is right there with them but the one area was weaker on the Zeiss...the riticle gets too thin in the center, making it harder to see in low light. The Zeiss reticle faded out first among these scopes as the light faded away. Not a disqualifier at all as the Zeiss is awesome. The hit on the Burris/Pentax units is weight...quite heavy indeed. But oh what a sweet sight picture and very crisp and bright. I read a lot of customer reviews as well as pro reviews. This led me to try the Minox. I also try to keep the price within reason for the average income sportsman. I can't afford the high end Europe scopes and don't know anyone who buys them. I'm sure the $2-3000 scopes are nice...but my money says the $500 units I'm familiar with will do everything they do and allow us to buy a premium rife to mount it on. Bottom line...you can spend in the $500 range and never need to upgrade or second guess your purchase because these scopes won't let you down, and the warranties are very good.