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New Athlon Cronus 4.5-29x56
« on: August 20, 2016, 12:34:22 PM »
 

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Got the new Athlon Optics Cronus 4.5-29x56 mounted on my AI Thursday morning. First impressions are good/great for a $1700 scope. I'll be putting her through the ringer this weekend at the Metzinger match near Pierre. Quick first impressions: (I'll be doing a lot of comparisons to the NF ATACRF1 5-25 as that's the "premier" LR optic I have spent the most time behind. )
GLASS: Very good. When compared to an ATACRF1 it's honestly tough to tell the difference. I know the NF performs very well in sweltering mirage situations so we'll see how the Cronus does there. FOV is very similar between the two. Nightforce's is slightly larger on 25x. From my short experience I can say with confidence that this optic has better glass than SHV's, XTRII's, PST's, USO's Mk4's, Mk6's, amongst many others. Grade=A
EYEBOX/MAG RANGE: Very comfortable. Took me about 15 seconds to find the right spot in my rings to get full FOV on both mag extremes. Reticle is more than useable on both extremes. The Cronus has no tunneling while the NF does. Which never bothered me in the first place but it's worth noting. Grade=A-
RETICLE: I love this reticle and it was one of the main reasons I chose to snag one of these scopes. It's very similar to the vortex EBR-7 which is also an excellent reticle. It's the perfect  mix between a traditional style reticle and a busy Horus h59. Thursday I used the holds to engage steel from 300-740 yards. I do like how this has the .2mil hashes on both the elev and wind posts. Very helpful when making holdover shots. I was working with a 18mph crosswind tonight and holding for those shots at 740 with a traditional reticle would have been very difficult. We've all been there. As far as thickness goes it is useable on both 4.5 and 29 power. Grade= A+
TURRETS: Solid clicks on both windage and elevation. Very comparable to a bushy XRS. The ATACRF1 does have more tactile clicks compared to the Cronus, as do several XTRII's I've played with in the past. 10 mils/rev and the click spacing is just right. The turret lines like up very closely if not perfectly with the index line in the scope body. The zero stop is very similar to the nightforce "clutch" system. It allows you so set your zero stop as many mils you'd like beneath your zero. My only gripe is that you need two Allen screws to reset your turret. One to take the cap off and one to reset the clutch screws. Cmon dudes it's 2016. Parallax shares the inner half of your left side knob with the illumination control. Parallax is a little stiff but it'll break in I'm sure. The numbers on the parallax knob lined up almost perfectly which I have noticed doesn't happen very often. My ATACRF1 wasn't even close to the numbers on the knob. Illumination is very straight forward. Standard 2032 battery inserted in the top of the turret. Illumination in this optic is VERY good. When on the whole reticle is illuminated and there are in between off settings between each power setting. What really surprised me, although not necessary for an optic like this is that the illumination is daylight bright. Leaves me thinking their 1-6 Cronus might be a promising little optic. GRADE= A
OTHER OBSERVATIONS: The mag ring is rather stiff with not much to hold on to. A PTL will be an absolute must going forward whether or not it loosens up. I was spoiled with the NF in this regard as their whole ocular rotates to adjust your mag (LOVE) and they include a PTL to install via a threaded insert on their mag ring. Double win. I hope Athlon takes note of that. It'll be critically important for those customers who are looking to use this scope for PRS style competition. The size and weight of the Athlon is very comparable to the ATACRF1. It's be nice if Athlon included scope caps with these optics but there's nothin. Besides that and the tough to handle power ring I don't have any other gripes!

Final thoughts: For less than $2000 this scope is an absolute winner. The only question mark going forward is how it will stand up to abuse and getting beat around. I'll put her through the ringer and make sure it holds up like it should!

Reticle pics are a steel plate @600yds. 29x and 15x with a setting sun beyond the target. Taken with an iPhone.



 

Re: New Athlon Cronus 4.5-29x56
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2016, 08:28:44 PM »
 

ewheuser

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I picked one up while waiting for a Vortex that I have been waiting for. I have to say I'm impressed with the clarity and quality. It tracks well and is a lot better than other scopes I have. Don't have a lot of rounds through it, about 200, but so far I can't complain.
 

Re: New Athlon Cronus 4.5-29x56
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2016, 09:14:50 PM »
 

Jeff M

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Hey Dom, looks like there's an issue with the photos you embedded in your post...
Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.
 

Re: New Athlon Cronus 4.5-29x56
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2016, 09:10:56 PM »
 

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I had a chance to look through one of these last month, and can say the glass is pretty good, and the reticle is much better than most Christmas tree reticles.