I guess it depends what you want to spend-if you don't object to spending the money for it, I find it hard to beat the 82 mm Kowa. I prefer the 27X long eye relief (LER) eyepiece, but, if you want a variable, they have those too. The price is right up there, but the qiality is there, also! It holds up well to the rigors of high power competition (sun, wind, dust, rain and, yes, snow!) and just keeps on working! Optics are still crystal clear! Now, Nikon, Pentax, Swarovski and others all make fine optical equipment. I have no experience with them, except for the Nikon, and it was an excellent scope. I wanted a brighter image and a fixed power eyepiece and the Kowa filled the bill for me. No, it's not inexpensive. But I'm glad I spent the money for it! It's a really fine piece of equipment, you won't be sorry if you buy one!