what do you mean by compact, the larger the outer objective the wider the field of view. so the larger the o.o. the better also more light gathering. too long of a tube will also limit the f.o.v.
Leupold works nice no matter what.
With scopes - and just about anything else - the fewer bells and whistles the better at the lower end of the price scale. So unless you're buying a high-end scope like a Leupold, you're likely to get better value for your money with a standard scope.
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