Speaking of low cost and high quality hunting scopes, this article features the full Athlon Talos BTR Review.
Like last week’s Argos BTR Review, this week we’re taking a look at some of Athlon’s scopes that are more for the budget minded. This fits perfectly with our theme with the budget build.
What’s also interesting about the Talos BTR is that it was designed with the hunter in mind, like the Midas HMR that we reviewed a while back. That being said, there are some differences between the two.
One of the biggest differences though is the illuminated reticle. If you remember, the this was one of the main disadvantages of the Midas HMR.
Now, none of this is to say that you can’t use the Talos BTR to shoot long range. You definitely can.
However, it will not be practical to use this scope for 1000 yards +. Even going beyond 500 yards will be more for the experienced shooter.
That being said, Athlon has made a pretty nice scope here, and I was really excited to put it through out rounds of testing.
In addition to the regular testing we do on these scopes, I’m going to be making notes about how this is different than the Midas HMR throughout the review. One is higher quality than the other, but we’ll leave that until later to ascertain.
So let’s get into the Athlon Talos BTR review.
Athlon Talos BTR
Like I mentioned above, the Talos BTR is designed more with the hunter rather than the long range shooter in mind.
Per their website and product description:
“…it would be wise to design a scope to excel in early-morning and late-evening light. With the Talos BTR scope with Athlon Advanced multi-coated lenses for clarity and brightness in low light…”
Multi-coated lenses are really important when it comes to a rifle scope, or optics of any kind. We talked about this in article on ED Glass.
When light passes through any medium, including glass, it risks reflecting a percentage of the light off of every medium it comes into contact with.
Rifle scopes are not as susceptible to these effects as a spotting scope is, since spotting scopes have prisms in addition to lenses. But they do risk losing a high percentage of light by the time it reaches your eye.
This is what the Athlon website is alluding to when it talks about “Athlon Advanced multi-coated lenses.” Advanced multi-coated lenses have special coatings that limit this light refraction, so more light gets to your eye.
This is important in a hunting scope because the more light that gets to your eye, the better you see. And the longer you can stay out hunting, because the scope isn’t as affected by the low light of morning and evening as it would normally be.
Another feature for hunters (which the Midas actually doesn’t have) is and illuminated reticle. This lets you set your reticle to appear as a red outline with varying degrees of intensity depending on your setting.
So that black reticle that you usually use which is prone to getting lost in the background bush will now stand out a lot better! Again, this is a feature the HMR didn’t have, which is one of the times the Talos overcomes the Midas.
One area it does not live up to the Midas standards is the glass. The Talos BTR does not feature ED or HD glass (see here for the difference between the two).
Considering the scope is priced under $300, it’s not surprising. I haven’t come across an ED glass scope for under $300 yet.
So bear in mind that although the Talos BTR is very clear for the price, it won’t be Midas clear.
But let’s take a look at the Features score before we get too in depth into that kind of comparison.
For a scope priced the way the Talos BTR is, I am very impressed with how the features score played out.
It’s hampered a bit by the smaller objective lens, non ED Glass, and the Edge To Edge clarity. That being said, most scopes around the same price do not feature parallax adjustment and illuminated reticles. These features tend to cost you more.
The fully multicoated optics helps make up for the lack of ED glass. As we’re going to see in the optical clarity test, the Talos BTR actually scores pretty well.
That being said, the lower magnification hinders it in this area as well. But before we get into that, let’s look at the tracking tests.
I really don’t know what Athlon is doing, but the tracking on their scopes is just incredible. I’ve yet to review a scope of there’s that doesn’t score at least a B in tracking.
The Talos BTR scored well under the 1% average miss percentage, taken over 5 rounds of manual tracking data. For a scope under $300, that’s pretty good.
Overall, it scored an 86% after the manual test and the shot group tracking. Pretty good!
Optical Quality Score
For optical quality, we have to use the same caveat as we did with the Midas HMR. If you recall, we had to adjust the points in the test to reflect the fact that the scope has a lower magnification.
However, we also need to consider this as a factor that weighs against the scope, as a lower magnification means less visibility, which means lower quality.
We used the exact same approach to scoring as we did with the Midas HMR. Check out the review of the HMR to see how we did that.
The results are below:
Not crazy amazing, but not bad. A solid 78%, which again for a scope under $300 is pretty good.
Final Score And Conclusion
Overall, the Talos BTR got 375.09 points out of 464 total, giving it an 81.01%. For a scope under $300, this is a very very good score.
The biggest thing weighing against it was the optical score. However, this is mostly because of it’s limit in magnification. Based on how well it performed on the lower magnifications, we have reason to believe that the higher magnifications would perform well too.
That being said, those things need to be taken into consideration when scoring a scope, because you want to make sure you’re getting enough magnification for your needs.
The tracking was phenomenal and the features for a scope of this price was great too.
Overall, if you’re in the budget build market or are looking for a good hunting scope, the Talos BTR is definitely a good buy and I recommend it.
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