I mounted the brand new Zeiss V8 4.8-35×60 on a rifle (Ruger Precision Rifle) and wanted to see how it behaved in twilight and darkness.

On a fairly clear night, there were some light, thin clouds, I pointed the setup towards the moon.

I have to say I’m very impressed by the V8’s performance. It’s quite difficult to take photographs through a lens (a photo through a lens through a lens, what could go wrong?), so these photos don’t really do the Zeiss V8 justice but I think they are still worth sharing.

350 clicks right, 3500 clicks up…The Ruger Precision Rifle is a fine rifle, but I doubt the .308 Win would leave orbit.

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I had to zoom out from x35 to fit the moon!

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The stuff outside the scope is parts of my garden.


The setup in broad daylight: Ruger Precision Rifle in .308 Win with a Zeiss V8 4.8-35×60 ASV in a Spuhr SP-6002 mount. Magpul magazine with LaRue Tactical extension and TAB Gear support. Atlas bipod.

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  • Bill

    Be sure of your target…AND BEYOND

  • Nicholas C

    Shooting for the moon.

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    • Major Tom

      He better compensate for the effects of microgravity. And then the gravity of the Moon itself.

    • noob

      You might get the Nobel Peace Prize on the same day.

  • Bill


  • Good thing it was a Zeiss instead of a Geissman, or you might have accidentally carved your name on the moon.

  • BRamos

    I use my spotting scope as a telescope for supermoons and stuff like that. Even just barely saw Mars when it was prominent several months (maybe years?) ago.

  • GhostTrain81

    At 35X you should be able to see Archer’s Line and the Temple of Crota.

  • RealitiCzech

    If you were using a .338 Lapua, you could have made a new crater.

  • Court Spotts

    Now you need to upgrade the rifle!