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Monthly Archives: February 2014

28 Feb

Money gets tight when planning a trip.  Its amazing at how fast the little things add up.  New pack, food for the trip, gas for the ride, any other gear that need to be replaced or upgraded.  Costs add up quickly.  You don't always need to spend big money to get great products.  When trying to pick out a binocular, you are almost overwhelmed with the options.  $10-$3500…that is a lot of dollars in between.  Well, when I am on a camping trip where I want a strong binocular that can take abuse, but I really don't need to pick …

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26 Feb

 

Whether you call them Focus-Free, Self-Focusing or Fixed Focus they are basically permanent focus binoculars that have no focusing mechanism and have been designed with a wide, but fixed depth of field from a reasonably close distance to infinity. What this means is that everything from about 40 feet to infinity will remain in focus, once you have set them to your eyesight, and you will not have to make any further adjustments.

These binoculars are set at the factory to focus on a distant object (hyperfocal distance) and their optics use the natural ability and flexibility of your …

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12 Feb

Because I’m easily amused, one of the things that brings me enjoyment here at work is to walk by Larum, a good friend of mine in the Eyewear Department and pretend to be cleaning my glasses with my shirt, or a tissue, or a paper towel.  It makes him visibly flinch, and I think it actually causes him physical pain.

It’s the little things that make me happy.

My current pair of eyeglasses is well over a decade old (my prescription has remained constant) and have seen a lot of abuse – falling asleep with them on, the cat dragging …

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05 Feb

A great feature in many military and marine binoculars is a reticle. A reticle in a binocular is a type of crosshair that can be used to calculate the distance to an object with a known size. Using a binocular with a reticle instead of a laser rangefinder will allow you to range find without sending out a laser beam. This is useful for military purposes when you don’t want to potentially alert the enemy.

A binocular with a reticle is useful for both hunting and military purposes. To make an accurate shot with a rifle you need to know …

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05 Feb

Over the past three years I have come to find that the most common customer price range for a spotting scope is $200-$400. In this price range, they are looking for scopes that will be used for the range, bird watching, hunting, and so on… The spotting scope that I recommend more often than not, that also fits within these parameters, is the Vanguard Endeavor XF 60A.

The magnification of this scope is 15-45x, so I would place it in the “medium power” range of all spotting scopes.  For an angled spotting scope, I consider it relatively compact at just …

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