Konus Pro T30 3-12x44
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- Last updated: 01/07/2019
Konus hail from Italy and produce a range of optical devices and sporting goods to cater for various disciplines. Having tested a few of their products now, there seems to be a recurring theme developing, namely that we get an impressive list of technical features, in a pleasingly modern design, all-in for a sensible asking price.
On test here is the new Konus Pro T30 3-12X44, and first impressions are all about just how exceptionally ‘compact and bijou’ it is. At just 10.4” end to end, this has to be one of the most compact scopes currently available, but once we start listing out the specification, it’s difficult to see what we are missing. The T30 features fully multi-coated lens, is waterproof, nitrogen-filled to be fog and shock-proof and comes complete with flip-up lens covers. Its one-piece construction offers a 30mm body tube and, with the usual fast focus adjuster on the ocular lens, and a glass engraved, illuminated reticle in the second focal plane (SFP) onboard, there’s much to get excited about.
Handle this model, and it feels solid and well made. The matt black, non-reflective surface coating is obviously highly practical in a hunting environment, and with those low-profile, screw cap turrets, there’s no irritating bulkiness to fret over. The turret drums are clearly marked up and have ¼” click values, which are reassuringly positive. Whilst there is a firearms version of this model available, UK importers, Range Right, have worked with Konus, to arrive at this, the dedicated airgun version. The primary difference here concerns the parallax distance and, cleverly, this model now deals with that. Whilst there is no separate focus adjuster, with the magnification dial set to 3x, parallax is around 4-6yards; with the mag on 12x, it switches to 30yds. Perfect for airgun use, and I have to say that over the period of my test, I found overall clarity through the ranges quite remarkable.
Tactical is a term which keeps cropping up with this model, with the ‘T’ in the name for a start and the 550 Ballistic reticle is certainly in keeping with this remit. That said, the Christmas tree style stadia are perfectly proportioned, so there are plenty of relevant aim/reference points to play with. A small central dot and one higher point for hold-under shots, is ideal, with an array of lines and mid points on the lower quadrants. Overall, the reticle manages to combine positive and fine aim points with a pleasingly bold design, certainly not always the case, where a central dot can be overly large and unrefined. Those thick outer posts are perfect for guiding the eye, and also provide useful reference when viewing targets in dimly lit trees for example, where an ultra-fine reticle design can be easily lost.
The reticle is also apparently glass etched, which gives added resilience under recoil. No broken wires here then. As for illumination, the rheostat dial, offering five levels of brightness, in either blue or red. When turned on, the entire central section, other than the outer thick posts, lights up.
It’s set on the left side of the saddle, so easy to reach and for many far more preferable than the forward-mounted objective ring type.
Zeroing the scope is straightforward, with as previously mentioned, those clearly marked ¼” click values. There’s an unusually large range of adjustment on each and, with my grid test all coming in satisfactorily, to test the tracking, the screw caps were replaced, protecting the settings. All importantly, edge to edge sharpness of the image is maintained, and when targets are viewed through typical quarry distances of 8 to 40 yards, the consistent clarity of the T30 really is noticeable and will be greatly appreciated too. Of course, my passion for Hunter Field Target (HFT) was bound to surface at some point, and this Konus has to be a serious contender for any budding competitor.
I’ve just got used to using scopes on 9x magnification, for HFT, so tended to leave this model set to 9x for the bulk of the test period. Here, clarity right through the ranges seemed impressive, to say the least.
Negatives? Well I’m nit-picking here, but the flip-up lens covers that come supplied, were a little slack in their fit, and could do with some sort of rubberized rim, as occasionally they could be twisted round, or too easily knocked off altogether. Otherwise, it’s hard to find fault.
At a time when seemingly, a new Bullpup airgun arrives every week, there’s a clamour for sure, for highly compact scopes, that can be locked in place without upsetting both balance and those all-important visuals. The T30 is just such glassware, packed with impressive features, and plenty of performance, all wrapped up in a ‘short and sweet’ format. Great value for money then, and surely a perfect example of where less really is more!
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