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Athlon Talos BTR Review

May 2nd 2020 at 10:36 AM

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. Midas TAC Riflescope

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.

Athlon Talos BTR

Like I mentioned above, the Talos BTR is designed more with the hunter rather than the long range shooter in mind.

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. Midas Tactical Rifle Scope

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.

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