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05 Nov

A Winner… By Unanimous Decision!

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Well, a decision by just me. If you have read one of my last couple of binocular blogs, you know that I've been on the hunt for a new compact binocular to replace my really old pocket model "Jason". This little bino has ridden many miles in my pocket and around my neck for lots of years, but things change – primarily my eyes, not to mention technology. As I mentioned, my search was focused on a good quality, pocket bino, but after a bit more investigation, I changed direction. 

Suddenly, like a bolt of lightning from above, I realized that …

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12 Oct

Quest For A Compact

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In one of my very first blogs here, I discussed a pocket binocular that I purchased more than 35 years ago. While looking for bargains at my friendly, neighborhood K-Mart all those years ago, I stumbled on a camo, rubber armor coated 8X21 Jason binocular for well under $10! It turned out that this was a retuned item that K-Mart didn't even sell, so the sales clerk made me a fantastic deal and I have used them heavily for many years. Although this is a decent quality product, made in Japan, I would still like to get something a bit …

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10 Sep

Using The Right Tool For the Job

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Every day, our department answers numerous emails, live chats, and telephone calls with technical or application questions pertaining to the products we sell. The Product Intelligence Team prides itself on the many dozens of years of combined knowledge we offer to our customers and co-workers and we really hate to be wrong – ever! A little over a month ago, I spoke with a gentleman calling from "somewhere out West" who needed help with an optic for watching out for fires over hundreds of miles of forest from an observation tower. He explained that he had been using a basic …

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13 Aug

Marine Binoculars Are All Wet…

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Using any optic in a wet environment presents many challenges and equipment designed for these conditions has to have specific features in order for them to perform properly and endure the tasks they are subjected to. Binoculars designed for boating require some very specific features. We also have a very informative guide available on selecting binoculars for all types of uses.

Water resistance or waterproofing is the probably the most important feature of any marine binocular. That being said you must read manufacturer specifications very carefully to determine which products are truly waterproof (usually those are both o-ring sealed as …

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17 Jul

More Green With Less Green…

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It seems like every week, a manufacturer introduces a new night vision product. Typically, there's a huge selection monoculars, bioculars and binoculars from traditional Gen 1 to Gen 3 and and modern digitals. Most of the binoculars are digital designs that essentially use the same technology as common handheld video cameras or security cameras and they are usually found with retail prices that start at about $450-$500 and up. The products can be useful in a variety of applications, most notably to hunters, boaters and nature lovers of nocturnal creatures.

I just stumbled across a unique product from Cassini, which …

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26 Jun

“Way Cool” Day/Night 4-16X Binocular from ATN

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In 2014, ATN one of the major manufacturers of night vision, introduced their digital X-Sight Riflescopes. Currently offered in two magnification ranges: 3-12X and 5-18X, and is a unique blend of a daytime and nightime riflescope that is packed with cool features, such as:

•Day/Night   •Wifi   •Record Video   •GPS   •Image Stabilization / Gyroscope   •Geotag   •E-Compass   •Altitude   •Velocity   •E-Zoom

Now, their lastest release is for the ATN 4-16x Bino-X Smart HD Binocular that uses the same technology and has all the same features! It is the coolest concept I seen in a binocular. You …

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18 May

The Right Choice

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After many years, this Spring I decided to once again chase the elusive wild turkey, so in late April, I planned a hunt on my old friend Wally's farm in Southern Illinois. I won't go into great detail about the hunt (you can read about it here), but I realized that although I brought my ever-present OPMOD Limited Edition 10×42 binocular and decided that I really needed a new good quality pocket compact binocular. Shortly, I plan on researching models that will work for me and will follow up with my findings.

However, in this blog, I would like to …

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09 Apr

Spring Things…

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As we all know, early spring weather can be very changeable. So far, the Midwest has had a number of mild Spring days that have brought out much of the regular suburban wildlife. Racoons, skunks and possums are no strangers to my backyard, but this early in the year, there is sparse cover for the little buggers to hide. My next door neighbor has a large old oak tree in his front yard and last year it was host to a very hard working, but noisy woodpecker. At least half a dozen times I grabbed my OPMOD 10×42 binocular …

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05 Mar

What Kind Of Night Vision Do YOU Need?

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For this discussion, I wanted to talk a little about the Night Vision Monocular, Biocular and Binocular Goggles. Here's a brief summary of some of the differences. Often we are asked about the features and benefits of these three platforms.

The monocular, biocular, and binocular night vision goggles (NVG's) consist of three major parts: objective lenses, image-intensifier tubes, and eyepieces. The objective lens gathers available light and forms an image on the intensifier tube; the image is then amplified by the intensifier tube, and the eyepiece magnifies that intensified image.

The monocular, biocular, and binocular goggles differ in the following …

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29 Jan

Best Bargain Binos Boast Big Benefits

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Say that 10 times, fast!

I like having binoculars scattered around the house that I can quickly grab as various needs for them arise. Although I really appreciate a fine, high grade binocular for extended activites such as hunting, spectator events, sightseeing, etc., for everday use just banging around in the car, casual day trips or a quick look at something in the yard, I like having affordable mid-grade binoculars close at hand!

Thanks to many technological advancements in the sport optics industry, we can get a pretty good quality binocular for a very reasonable price, that if cared for …

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