no doubt, i am amazed at the clarity at the highest magnification. I had a leupold 6.5x20x50 on this gun and the NF is a giant improvement over it.
this gun and scope combo weigh in at 14.4 lbs.
For the price difference, there definitely should be. I have recently bought my first two Nikons. They are low end, but I am amazed at the improvement over the Simmons and Bushnells I have been using.