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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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29 Jul

How Thermal Works:

Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared.Heat is also called infrared or thermal. The thermal imaging unit creates a picture that shows the differences in heat, some are able to show the tiniest differences in heat and display them as shades of grey in …

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25 Jul

My last two blogs have been on reloading, so I think it is safe to say this is quickly becoming a serious hobby of mine.  Last month I wrote that I had a Hornady Lock-N-Load Power Case Prep Center coming.  Well, I finally received it, and have since then trimmed and prepped around 1,000 cases! 

                                    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The purpose of this device is to combine all of the major case prep tools into one unit – the major benefits of which are, saving space on the reloading bench and the ability to quickly …

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18 Jul

There is a TON of information out there both on the web, in books, and in people’s heads about how to buy a safe and features of them.  However, there are always special circumstances that need more specific attention and information.   I myself had a few criterion with a smaller house with some tight corners.  While everyone wants the “big” safe, in smaller homes you just don’t have the room to get it in there…or do you?

 Can you still have a bigger safe?  Well, yes.  However, you do need to make compromises.  While I like having a larger safe, …

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01 Jul

I get to look through a lot of optics.

Manufacturers bring in pre-production samples, asking what we like and don’t like about their new products.  There are trade shows – the NRA Convention, the SHOT Show and the like – that have every product, ready for sale or not, on display.  We don’t have a retail storefront, but I do wander about in our competitor’s stores, checking out the optics and leaving strategically placed business cards behind.  I request that items be pulled from stock for inspection, to answer a customer’s question or to satisfy my own curiosity about something …

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24 Jun

Being a firearms enthusiast, target shooter, and hunter, I was one of those people who always dismissed airsoft guns as being toys for kids, for Europeans who aren’t allowed to own real firearms, and of course, the mall ninjas.

Last weekend I went to my cousin’s graduation party where a group of ten years olds brought their airsoft guns. I didn’t pay them much attention until someone shot me in the back, leaving a nice welt. I was immediately curious – here was a plastic rifle with a folding stock, picatinny rails, and that overall look that scares reporters and …

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20 Jun

Last month I wrote about my startup into the hobby of reloading.  I covered some of the basic, budget friendly, equipment you need to start out.  If you haven’t check out my previous blog, it can be found here.  Since then I have loaded a few hundred rounds of .223/5.56 and learned quite a bit about the equipment. 

The first component that I quickly added was the Lee Pro Auto-Disk measure.  The standard Auto-Disk measure is more suited for a “set and forget configuration”.  The hopper is held down with screws and is not well suited for quick disk changes.   …

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13 Jun

Back before the Ukraine Crisis and the spike in Russian ammo prices, I had been eyeing the Molot Vepr 7.62x54r rifles.  Always wanted an AK style rifle, but I like bigger cartridges, and its fun to shoot cheap costing cartridges.  I was looking for the perfect fit.  AK style, magazine fed, not too heavy, and in the 7.62x54r.  The PSL was an obvious answer.  However, it still didn’t fit that “Russian” itch and I do not want to spend the $2000 + for a Russian Dragunov.  I did however, want that “look”.
After some research, I stumbled onto the Molot …

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05 Jun

Many of us continually review buyer's guides, research new manufacturers and products and dream about the state-of-the-art gear that we want to own. There's always something new and exciting coming out, but we sometimes overlook the simplest, most practical and often the best products that have been around for a long time.

Anyone who has spent time outdoors has at one time or another gotten their feet wet and knows how uncomfortable it can be. How many times have you struggled to put on footwear that was still wet? There's nothing quite like starting out a new day with wet …

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30 May

No, not that old limerick*, I'm talking about Pelican cases.

Last weekend I spent an hour or so looking at home for my copy of Wolf And Iron to loan to my friend Tim here at work.  He’s a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, and I’ve accumulated a fair sized library of the genre over the years. Problem is, all the paperback books are scattered throughout the house.  After rummaging through closets, the basement and numerous bookshelves, I never found it.  I did, however come to a revelation of sorts, one that I would never admit to my wife:

I have …

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19 May

Last month I headed up to the UP for a weekend. I was really excited to go as the last time I was there was in November. Little did I know, the woods still had five feet of snow even though it was fifty degrees and sunny!

Imagine the frustration at waking up very early in the morning, driving six hours only to be stopped at the last 3 miles because of snow in April. Then having to turn around and drive 6 hours back home. I figured I would try again in May; maybe winter would be over then.

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