Optics Blog

Welcome to our blog! Optics of all shapes and colors, optics of different size and purposes – we love it all and we love writing about it! Our product experts at Optics Planet know so much about spotting scopes, telescopes, binoculars and other optical equipment that we asked them to share their knowledge with our friends and customers. The blog seemed like the best way to do it so read on!

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06 Nov

Throughout the history of warfare, nighttime engagements had been dramatically reduced due to the need for proper illumination. Bright light sources on the battlefield were obviously problematic in that tactical positions and activity could be seen by both sides! Finally, in the 1950's, new technologies for allowing soldiers to fight at night, as well as in the daytime, were beginning to appear and are constantly being improved upon today.

Night Vision Devices (NVD's) allow the user to see and maneuver with little to no existing light. These devices have the capability to magnify the most minute amount of ambient light …

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28 Oct

Grab a compass and maybe pack a lunch, because this blog post goes in a lot of different directions, and covers a lot of ground. 

On Friday, October 16, my Team was in lovely Middleton, Wisconsin visiting the fine folks at Vortex.

My teammate Mike’s turn for blogs was the following week and by every right he should have been the one writing about the experience while it was fresh in his mind.  But out of kindness to me, plus my notes on the annual performance review and possible vandalism to his vehicle, he wrote about something else that week – and left …

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22 Oct

Choosing a universal rail mounted laser sight could be a pain to size up correctly.  Whether it’s seeing if the Viridian C5 or X5L will be sized better for your firearm, a bit of research and knowledge has to go into your purchase considerations.  While researching choices is always a good and necessary choice, a lot of people don’t know where to turn.  The new LaserMax Spartan sight got rid of the guessing.  You get to KISS (Keep it simple, stupid!) while still knowing you’re going to get a top notch sight.

LaserMax has come out with tons of awesome …

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15 Oct

Depending on how much of a luddite you are, you may or may not have noticed that red dots on pistols is a rapidly growing trend. Whether your firearm is designed from the factory to mount an optic, or you use a mount/adapter plate, semi auto handguns with red dots are becoming more and more common.

The red dot gives you a single plane aiming device, unlike iron sights which require you to align the front and rear (2 plane), so by design a red dot is faster and simpler to acquire. The different reticle sizes favor different applications. Generally …

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12 Oct

For a number of years now, rifle owners have enjoyed a Custom Dial System (CDS) from Leupold. Leupold’s Custom Dial System helps you easily compensate for bullet drop and make ultra-quick adjustments in the field. They will customize your scope’s elevation dial to match your exact load, velocity, and conditions for precision shooting. So, once you range your target, simply turn the dial to the correct position, aim dead on, and squeeze the trigger. So the CDS boasts dead-on hits, every time and without holdover! The CDS dial features ¼-MOA click increment finger adjustments and has no adjustment covers to …

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01 Oct

I like oddball stuff.

When I pull up to a 4-way stop, I don’t want to see three other cars like mine.  I drive a Swedish car – until recently, a Swedish station wagon.  I carry a fountain pen.  I had a Betamax VCR, I still have a LaserDisc player, I had a Commodore C64 and an Amiga 500. Somehow I picked Blu-Ray over HD-DVD, but I still have my MiniDisc player and I currently own Apple products.  And that’s why I own a Ruger Charger.  It's an oddball.

I spent a short time working at the largest firearms retailer …

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25 Sep

I know this is the Optics Blog but no optics will be discussed today.  Instead, I’ll share my experience and a few pictures from my first time bringing my brand new Gen 4 Glock 19 out last Sunday. 

The first pistol I owned was a S&W revolver.  It’s hazy because it’s been so long but I believe the first firearm I ever shot was a small revolver, like a J-Frame or something similar.  I’ve been used to the mechanics and action with shooting revolvers for a very long time now.  I owned a Ruger LC9 last year for a bit …

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18 Sep

Somehow I have been on this earth for several decades and still I have yet to go hunting, even though it is on my bucket list. I know that in the best of circumstances, it is not easy and there are no guarantees. That is why I am interested in hunting feral hogs. They are invasive, abundant, and so destructive that you are encouraged shoot as many as you can find. Fortunately for IL, we do not have feral hogs here…yet. This morning I read 2 reports of feral hogs in Wisconsin. So not only do I no longer need to travel to …

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11 Sep


Yeah, I know this is an Optics Blog, but we often overlook the basics that have been around forever. Seems like all we talk about is the newest scope or the newest red dot sight, or even the newest spotting scope. But what about simple old "iron sights"? I was looking through some of my old gun parts recently and numerous metallic sights that I had either used or replaced over the years.

When I was a younger shooter with better eyesight, I wouldn't think of putting "glass" on my long guns. Not to mention that I often shot …

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02 Sep

I'm 55 years old.  Youth may be fleeting, but immaturity is forever.  I’m starting to notice the posts in forums where people are complaining about how some optics – notably red dot optics – don’t go well with astigmatism.  I don’t have astigmatism myself, but I’m paying closer attention to these things than I did in my invincible 20s.

Astigmatism isn’t a catchy phrase that that guy from Top Gear would say, but rather an optical defect in which vision is blurred due to the inability of the optics of the eye to focus a point object into a sharp …

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