Optics Review

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...

Nikon Monarch ATB review

Nikon Monarch All Terrain Binoculars

  The Nikon Monarch ATB series is a wonderful line of binoculars developed specifically with the hunter in mind. Nikon has done a great job providing an array of sizes for just about any hunting adventure; ranging from 8×36 up to 12×56. These roof prism binoculars are small and compact with full size function and crystal clear optics. Each bino has a rugged rubber armor to protect the it from the weather as well as reduce noise by preventing any metal to metal contact. The entire...

Pentax Papilio 8.5×21 Binoculars

Pentax Papilio 8.5×21 Binoculars

The Pentax Papilio binocular is a refreshing surprize to the compact / travel size class. It has the wonderful optics that Pentax is known for as well as all the standard magnification and field of view for a perfect travel companion, but what is exciting is its close range focusing. The close up focus range is a foot and a half. That’s amazing. When your through checking out the vista, point them at your feet and discover a whole new world as well as a sudden urge to buy new shoes...