Optics Review

Zeiss Victory Compact Binocular Review

Zeiss Victory Compact Binoculars

Greetings. I wanted to talk about the Zeiss Victory compact binocular today. The Victory series is of course Zeiss’ flagship line. The compact family sports two sizes: the 8×20 and 10×25. The fully coated optics realistically boasts maximum brightness in minimum dimensions. The view is tremendous with crisp sharpness that fits in any pocket. What I really like about these compacts over their little sister line, Zeiss Conquest,  is the single hinge design. It’s asymmetrical...

Steiner 20×80 Military Binoculars

Steiner 20×80 Military Binoculars

Today I want to talk about the highly specialized Steiner Military 20×80 binocular. I got to my hands on these binoculars last Friday and was surprised at their performance. The optics are amazing; although the eye pieces have to be focused individually. The 20×80 is like the Incredible Hulk compared to other binoculars with massive lenses and a body length of 12 inches. Just like the shirtless Hulk the binos come without a case. At 20x you have to stabilize them, so they do come with...

Zeiss at the 2009 Shot Show

Zeiss Victory Range Finding Binocular

At the 2009 Shot Show Carl Zeiss Sport Optics introduced two premium level optical rangefinders, the Victory PRF Pocket Range Finder and the Victory RF Range Finding Binoculars. The company makes an impressive move into the laser rangefinder market for sportsmen. Both of these models are marvels of design and construction and feature advance features including ballistic compensation assistance. Additional infomation on each of these range finder products can be found at the Carl Zeiss website.

Swarovski HD Spotting Scope

Swarovski HD Spotting Scope

The Swarovski ATS 80 HD Spotting Scope is a marvelous piece of optical equipment that out performs any other spotter on the market. The generous 80mm lense lets in a lot of light, which is important and the entire purpose of any optic. The HD (high definition) glass produces a sharper image with better color definition than the non-hd versions. Whether you are looking for the trophy piece or just want to snap a photo of an animal, the HD is the only way to go. Mother nature wants to fool you...

Steiner 10×42 Merlin binocular

Steiner 10×42 Merlin Binoculars

The Steiner Merlin binocular is the subject of today’s scrutiny of high quality optics. Upon opening the box I am pleasantly greeted by a fully zippered deluxe thermo-molded case. So many manufacturers make great binos and then fall asleep in the design of the extras like the case, eye cups and straps. I must say, Steiner has this one right and as a whole I think they do a fair job in this area across all their series. The roof prism Steiner binocular is compact, more like a mid-size...

Nightforce 2.5-10×32 Rifle Scope Review

Nightforce 2.5-10×32 Rifle Scope

Nightforce has taken a good thing and made it better. This new 32mm scope is made entirely in the US and was produced by adapting the 24mm scope that was originally designed for a special operations contract requirement. As a matter of opinion, the 24mm objective left little to be desired, but this new Nightforce Rifle Scope manages somehow to improve on an already good thing. With an objective lens size one third larger than its predecessor, this new scope does not disappoint in its picture...