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Monthly Archives: March 2013

29 Mar

One of the more common inquiries I receive as a product expert is “what are the differences between the various binoculars in Nikon’s Monarch line”.  Nikon currently offer a Monarch 3, 5, and 7 series of binocular; and then above that they have the Premier and the EDG, and under the Monarchs they have the Prostaff, Aculon, and Action Extreme.  They also have a number of specialty series and they all come in various magnifications and objective sizes.  With this many options it can be very difficult to see what the differences between each one are.  For this post I …

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22 Mar

OptiLogic is generally not the first company you think about when searching for a binocular.  They are well known and respected for their quality laser rangefinders.  They have excelled in that category.  However, they got the itch to break into the binocular arena, and they came out swinging.  I had the opportunity and privilege to try out and review some of the first units off the line.  As I told their company president, “I call it like I see it and I’m honest.”   Here is what I found and though of the OptiLogic ED binocular in 8×42 and 10×42.

First …

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15 Mar

We were fortunate to have the National Sales Trainer for Nikon in this week to talk to us about all things binocular. It gave me pause to think about how little I have considered non-hunting uses for optics. Mike is a “birder”, and his descriptions of the many countries he has visited and the bird watching he has done only intensified my cabin fever (this is March in Illinois, and it is BLEAK here).

Besides being a phenomenal cook, loving husband, kind dog owner and all-around general outstanding human being (annual reviews are coming next week), my boss Steve is …

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08 Mar

Periodically, our team is tasked with testing products in the field and writing a review. Sometimes this can involve some rather boring test subjects and test environment. Well, as discussed in my last OpticsBlog, I recently had the opportunity to be a part of an exciting new program that OpticsPlanet has entered into, which involves contests for various trips and hunts. The first was a Trophy Deer Dream Hunt in Utopia, Texas near San Antonio. The Record Buck Ranch is on more than 20,000 acres of beautiful, yet very rugged terrain, and supports more than 50 species of various trophy …

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01 Mar

Over Christmas my wife and I were lucky enough to go on a Caribbean cruise with our family.  This was my wife’s fourth cruise and my first.  Our destinations being San Juan Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, Saint Thomas, The Bahamas, and two full days at sea.  Having no idea what to expect, the only thing I was sure of was that I needed a good compact binocular and a decent pack to carry my gear while ashore.  I pretty much already knew what pack I was going to take.  I have a COVRT 18 that I purchased last spring and …

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