BARSKA Colorado Waterproof Spotting Scope

Friday, November 21, 2014


BARSKA Colorado Waterproof Spotting Scope








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This was my first purchase of a Barska product and I'm mystified at how they can produce such high quality at near give-away prices. I've owned optics from Nikon, Leupold, Minolta, Tasco, Simmons, Bushnell and other companies and Barska products are not merely "okay for the price," they surpass scopes costing much more. I was surprised when I received it with both a high-quality hard case and a cloth case--my first impression was that I would have preferred it if the company had foregone the hard case and put the money into the optics, but the padded lock-box turned out to be a bonus and not an add-on sales gimmick, they didn't compromise on the scope quality.



I needed a new spotting scope for rifle and pistol targets and honestly expected little from a zoom scope at this price range--I prefer fixed optics but needed at least 50x power to spot at 500-1000 yards and figured this would be adequate for seeing holes in paper. All I can say is, "Damn." Not only can I spot at 1000 yards, I can zoom in on a power pole a block away from my home and see a crisp, view-filling image of the serial numbers on the transformer box. The focus at 60x is stretching it--the useful magnification is more like 55x--but that's also the case with many pricier scopes...back it off a quarter turn from max power and the image becomes crisp and clear. The light capture doesn't match a $1000 Zeiss or Fujicon, nor is the focus crystal-sharp at maximum power, but how can anyone criticize that in a fifty-buck product? It's rubber-armored, the adjustments have the feel of a quality instrument, there's no chromatic aberration or distortion until about 50x, the ergonomics are excellent, the construction is bullet-proof and the 60mm field of view is generous both on the range and off.



For nature hiking and even star-gazing it's light enough to sling over my shoulder and forget about it, less cumbersome and heavy than high-power binoculars I generally leave at home. It's handy enough to tuck into a knapsack and rewarding enough that it's worthwhile going to the hassle of toting a full-size telescoping tripod on day hikes. I tuck it into my ditty bag for boating on Puget Sound to watch whales, seals, other critters and boat traffic and cheap enough that I don't worry about salt water spray and can hand it off to kids and enjoy watching them get a kick out of it without a lump in my throat. It has survived being dropped, doused with salt water and saturated with spilled beer.



Just to see if it was a fluke I dropped all of $30 on a pair of fixed-power Barska 10x50 binoculars and was equally impressed--they're better than my Nikons.



My experience with both Barska products is that you get way more than you pay for--they're not toys and while not as breath-taking as top Japanese and German optics, they're more than adequate for crisp and clear spotting and recreation. What's more important to me is that they get USED--I don't think twice about tossing them into into a day pack or my van just in case they come in handy, and if they get busted or lost I'll be disappointed but won't shed any tears, I'll just replace them with new Barskas. Next up is a rifle scope--I've looked through one at the range and it's as good or better than my Leupold.



In summary, them Russkies are turning out useful and rewarding gizmos for chump change. Those who say differently don't know optics--apparently they expect to see the rings of Saturn and don't understand the basic physics and limitations of light magnification. I've had the opportunity to use use truly fine scopes and binoculars and once you've seen professional quality you get kinda spoiled and judgemental. That said, I can't call Barskas magnificent but I can say that you're not going to see much more with a $1000 instrument than you'll see with this. I'm not Bill Gates so I have to make do. If you're considering a scope in the under-$150 range this is better than most of 'em and only runs $55--don't give it a second thought, unless you opt for the next one up the line with the prism eyepiece that's handier with the tabletop tripod (I'd look up the model number but if I leave this page I'll loose this message).

Thames and Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope

Thursday, November 20, 2014


Thames and Kosmos Biology Tk2 Scope








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I had ordered a different scope a few years ago but you couldn't see a thing with it. This one actually is really good! It comes with prepared slides and you can make your own slides as well. I was impressed having experience with a "real" microscope, this is actually almost as durable and heavy. Watch out for the sharps that come with it though... I would be sure to supervise your child with it for maximal safety, fun and results!

Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope








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I am pleasantly surprised by the telescope I got for the price. It was intended for casual observing and I am getting a lot of enjoyment out of it. It has all the accessories needed for viewing. High powered eyepiece, low powered eyepiece, adjustable tripod (stable for this size) and fine adjustment control for easy panning. I have shopped telescopes before and noticed that the tripods and eyepieces aren't too good in quality. But this one is different. I love the way it is easy to use for land viewing and gives nice views of the moon and its craters, specially when I use the high powered eyepiece. Its pretty lightweight so I can take it outside easily. It assembles easily and in my opinion is a very easy to use telescope. Overall, a nice telescope at a great price.

TRUGLO Kimber Tritium Handgun Sight

Monday, November 17, 2014


TRUGLO Kimber Tritium Handgun Sight








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These are way better than the stock Kimber sights and the Tritium night capabilities is icing on the cake They were easy to install with a brass punch set. I used some urethane vice jaws to hold the slide in place while I tapped out the stock sights and installed the new ones. Well worth the money.

Tru-Glo Ruger LC TG131RT2 TFO Handgun Sight Set

Sunday, November 16, 2014


Tru-Glo Ruger LC TG131RT2 TFO Handgun Sight Set




Product Description




The TRUGLO TFO Tritium fiber optic sight for handguns. This traditional night sight uses the brightest tritium available. Superior CNC machined steel construction is sturdy for repetitive and long term use. Fits standard holsters and has a snag resistant design for quick retrieval and use.



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Very good glow in darkness and very clear green dots in the light. I did pay for a gunsmith to install, as I would likely end up wishing I had so I just skipped the regret part and paid the $40 bucks to have it done right. I've had other tritium sights and these are right up with the brightest of those I have had. I like the green color as well.


BSA 2-7X28 Edge Series Pistol Scope


BSA 2-7X28 Edge Series Pistol Scope




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Pistol scope 2-7x magnification 28mm objective lens 1 tube 1/4 MOA (1/4 click value @ 100 yds) Duplex reticle 50 yds parallax setting 60 ft to 16 ft field of view @ 100 yds 12 to 20 eye relief 14mm to 4mm exit pupil 7.50 oz. 12 long Includes lens caps • Get the maximum accuracy from your pistols -- mount a scope and watch your groups shrink. This BSA Edge scope will do its job on air pistols, airsoft pistols, rimfire pistols and centerfire pistols. Sometimes, simple scopes without all the extra knobs and fancy extras let you home in on your target and just do some fine shootin'!



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Got this for my wife's Ruger Scout. Over time this may prove different, but initial quality is not obviously different than the $200-300 Burris, but it has a better eye relief profile for quick acquisition and more juice for an occasional shot beyond iron sight range!


Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC 6 x 21mm Laser Rangefinder


Bushnell Scout DX 1000 ARC 6 x 21mm Laser Rangefinder




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Sleek, simple and deadly effective – all with the push of a button. Then, like lightning, Scout® DX 1000 ARC™ acquires the target with built-in E.S.P. Turboprocessor. ARC calculates compensated distance based on terrain angle to give you an accurate “shoots like” reading out to 99 yards – even displaying 1/10th yard out to 199 yards. With selectable Bow and Rifle Modes, each with their own specialized capabilities, it performs like two units in one. All housed inside a sleek, rubber-armored unit that’s small enough to fit in your pocket, yet tough enough to withstand any weather or terrain.


Features:



  • E.S.P. (Extreme. Speed. Precision.) – Provides up to 1/2 yard accuracy and 1/10th yard display precision

  • Built in inclinometer provides ARC

  • ARC Bow Mode – provides true horizontal distance out to 99 yards

  • ARC Rifle Mode – provides bullet-drop/holdover in inches, MOA & Mil

  • VSI (Variable Sight-in) Bullseye, Brush, and Scan mode

  • Diopter adjustment for crystal clear viewing

  • Fully water/fog proof

  • Carrying case, battery, and neck strap included

  • Compatible with magnetic attachment system

  • Posi-Thread battery door


Specifications:



  • 6x magnification

  • Range: 5-1000 yards

  • Tree Ranging Performance (yds.): 650

  • Deer Ranging Performance (yds.): 325

  • Rangefinder Accuracy: .5 yds

  • Weight (oz/g): 6.6/187

  • BatteryType: 3-Volt CR2 (incl.)


About Bushnell

Bushnell has been the industry leader in high-performance sports optics for more than 50 years. The company's guiding principle is to provide the highest quality, most reliable, and most affordable sports optics products on the market. Bushnell product lines enhance the enjoyment of every outdoor pursuit, including nature study, hunting, fishing, birding, and stargazing. Indoors, the company's binoculars bring the audience closer to the action in fast-moving sports or the fine arts at theaters and concerts.






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I purchased this unit around July of 2013. The fit and finish I would rate around 8/10. My unit's main targeting reticule is a circle with rough edges. This does not seem to be part of the design, but rather a lack of quality control. The main body of the unit is a mix of durable plastic and stippled rubber that gives you a good grip. It is compact, lightweight, and I would have no qualms getting it wet (I already have on moose and black bear hunts).



Optics: I would rate as a 6.5/10. I have used this in all light conditions and found that it does okay at dawn and dusk, but it is more apt for daytime hunting. At dawn I have had difficulty seeing through the optic, and as well at dusk. It seems best suited for daylight, overcast or not.



Rangefinder: I would rate as a 4.5/10. I have had difficulty getting this unit to go beyond 300 yards max in any setting (point mode, brush mode, or free mode) in varying atmospheres, elevations, times of day, and weather conditions. From bright blue skies, rain, or overcast this unit continually failed to go much beyond 300 yards. I have taken this on a total of twelve hunts in the short time I have had it, not to mention all the hikes with the dog around the woods, and was never able to get a reading over 320 yards no matter the target. Be it a large patch of brush, a hillside, or a giant red building, I couldn't push this unit to the supposed 1000 yard limit.



Overall: I was very excited for this rangefinder, I was able to get it at a great price, but I believe I will sell this unit and go with something else. It failed to range two moose and one black bear in my hunts. I was able to take a moose using it, and for that I am thankful, but it has consistently let me down. This unit for me get's a 5/10