Bang! “Miss, 6 inches right” … Bang ... “No, too much, don’t you know what 6 inches is?!”

We’ve all been there, especially with new shooters. Trying to make a hit at long range is hard enough, but trying to get a rookie to learn what “X” feet or inches really looks like at extended distances is tough. Fortunately, Athlon’s Cronus Tactical spotting scope makes it easier.

The Cronus Tactical is a 7-42X first focal plane (FFP) spotting scope that takes the guesswork out of corrections and range estimation. Housed inside the first focal plane is a mil-dot reticle, which stays relative to the target size throughout the entire magnification range. Using this reticle a spotter can see where on the scale the shot impacted and relay accurate information back to the shooter, such as “1.5 mils left” instead of “I guess, like, 2 feet left.” The reticle is marked in 0.2 mil increments for fast but precise measuring. Shooters with minute-of-angle scopes can just multiply by four for a good rough estimate (3.44 if you want to get technical).

The reticle also has a range-finding scale for PRS shooters and those who enjoy shooting standard IPSC silhouettes. By using the lines off to the right and left in the bottom half of the reticle, a spotter can simply line up head to base and see how far away it is by the correlating number. Military and LE shooters also have lines subtending 72" to gauge how far away a 6 ft. tall man is. When my wife was checking the 600-yard target, I ranged her up — it worked!