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Thread: The great riflescope and binocular fading light test! (A bit of fun)

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    The great riflescope and binocular fading light test! (A bit of fun)

    A shooting friend and I were interested to see just how a cross-section of our mixed collection of mounted scopes and binoculars fared when the light started to fade, so duly set up overlooking some fields with a dark woodland fringe in front of which was a barbed wire fence strung across Larch poles some 160 yards distant. We thought it would be an interesting challenge to compare some good optics of a few years back with mid priced ones today and some pretty high end optics. We included several pairs of binoculars. Light conditions started around sun-down with plenty of ambient light left, but with light fading fast, followed by almost complete darkness by gone 7:30pm and on to 8pm.


    The results were rather interesting


    Brownie points for anyone correctly able to identify each scope and the two (of three) pairs of binoculars just on view (unfair I know!...not much to go on but lets see who gets close).


    Extra brownie points for anyone correctly able to rank the performance of the optics


    The test was two-fold:


    1. To be able to pick out texture in a large tree trunk some 240 yards distant, and clearly make out the small branches;
    2. To clearly be able to pick out the larch fencepost at 160 yards distant AND the top wire and fixings. This was a particularly good test of resolution as well as optics low light "brightness".


    I won't reveal the answers just yet. Interested to see first if the optics are correctly guessed. If not, I'll fill in the blanks a little later on.


    It may be of little help, but there's between 11,000 and 12,000 of kit on that table, perhaps a little more.

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    Chester.
    Why did not give thm a proper challenge and spot the lower wires at 300m in moonlight = Swarovski.

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    I think the scopes are Nightforce NF, Nikon Monarch, Zeiss Victory, and Nightforce NXS, one set of the binos are Steiners cant tell the others.

    Ian.
    Last edited by Whitebeard; 03-10-2016 at 16:08.

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    Looking forward to reading the results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitebeard View Post
    I think the scopes are Nightforce NF, Nikon Monarch, Zeiss Victory, and Nightforce NXS, one set of the binos are Steiners cant tell the others.

    Ian.
    Very close! ...but no cigar. The other set of bins aren't going to be identified I think from what can be seen....so I'll give their ID...Leica 10 x 42 rangefinding binoculars. The others are indeed Steiners. There was a third pair... Opticron Discoveries (out of sight).
    Last edited by ChesterP; 03-10-2016 at 20:27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRYAN View Post
    Chester.
    Why did not give thm a proper challenge and spot the lower wires at 300m in moonlight = Swarovski.
    No moonlight...othewrise I reckon we could have spotted wires at 300!

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    Vortex in the back? Might be a toss up between Zeiss and Nikon scope.
    edi

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejg View Post
    Vortex in the back? Might be a toss up between Zeiss and Nikon scope.
    edi

    No Vortex or Nikon scopes are in the pictures

    I'l give it a few more response before revealing a little more.

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    Is the 2nd scope in a Delta Titanium ?

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    Steiners bins are all I recognise

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