While chatting at their booth at SHOT Show, I asked my buddy Matt at Athlon what his favorite new product was and he surprised me by showing me a Talos 10×42 scope. This fixed power scope is old school without illumination. But has thoroughly modern precision MIL reticle.

The turrets are surprisingly good for an “entry level” scope. Loud clicks and very tactile positive. The elevation has an updated version of Athlon rock solid zero-stop locking ring.

The advantage to a fixed power is that all things being equal has less glass elements and internal gearing than a variable power optic. This translates to less weight and in theory better light transmission, durability, and sharpness. At the range I was able see my targets as clearly as higher power scopes albeit with less detail due to the lower magnification.

For fixed bench competitions at 100yrd, 50yrd rifle or 30yrd air gun having a fixed power scope is not a negative as the target distance doesn’t change. For reliability the adage K.I.S.S. (Keep it Simple Stupid) is an explanation for why having a dependable and capable scope like this Talos has its advantages.

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RESOLUTION TEST RESULTS

@100yrds Element 6 / Group -2

SPECS

MAGNIFICATION: 10x
OBJ. LENS : 42 mm
TUBE: 30 mm
EYE RELIEF: 3.6″
FOV @ 100 YDS: 11.5 ft
PARALLAX: 10 yrds–Infinity
CLICK VALUE: 0.1 MIL
ADJ PER ROTATION: 6 MIL
MAX ELEV ADJ: 35 MIL
MAX WIND ADJ: 35 MIIL
LENGTH: 13.3″
WEIGHT: 24.6 oz