...and WHAT PRICE???
Sounds like ya'll are comparing a filet mignion with a hamburger price wise...the OP's post stated he wanted to stay below $500 "if possible".
Lots better scopes out there if you are not concerned about the OP's budget...unfortunately an all too typical response though. Not everybody spends as much as the Long Range crowd on here for equipment nowdays, and I'd be very surprised that they started out with 1K+ capable scopes.
FWIW Your eyes may not see thru a given piece of corrective-magnification lense the same way as anybody else's either. BTDT and am fighting the correction issues on a new to me 3 month old Cornea Replacement, that came from an unknown cadaver donor, right now.
JMHO & YMMV
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