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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16 Apr

As we expand our camping product selection here at OpticsPlanet, we are now carrying water purification equipment. Water purification can be complex with the variety of different products out there. If you need a pocket water filter for your camping trip or are looking to have the ability to purify water in a long term disaster scenario, we sell the equipment you need for both these scenarios and everything in between.

Water purification is not taken as seriously as it should. Water borne diseases are deadly and can account from everything between Cholera to the dreaded brain eating amoeba. It’s …

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08 Apr

The AR15 has always been, and is now more than ever, an extremely popular rifle.  It is the perfect firearm to learn the fundamentals of gun ownership and marksmanship.  With only a few trips to the range, you can quickly become a proficient shooter!  One of less thought of fundamentals, and just as important as the rest, is firearm maintenance.  A poorly maintained firearm can have dangerous consequences; everything from failure of components to failure to fire in situations where lives might depend on the ability of the rifle to put rounds down range.  Fortunately the AR15 is just as …

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03 Apr

In the shooting world you will hear a lot of “Rule of Thumb” guidelines.  Many are fundamental rules and/or skills that every shooter needs to know and follow, i.e., on a bolt gun, mount the scope as low as possible.  However, some have been beat out by newer technology and testing.  This one in particular that I am interested in, is barrel length vs. velocity and energy.

The reason being, I like compact rifles.  I want them to be a short as possible WITHOUT sacrificing their capabilities.  Well, we have all heard, “that if you cut down a barrel you …

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28 Mar

Yes, I want to talk about the K.I.S.S. principle… Keep It Simple, Stupid! Wikipedia says it was started by the U.S. Navy in 1960 and became a common phrase by the 1970's. I'm a true believer in the KISS Principle as it is very easy for all of us to overcomplicate our lives.  We go through many cycles in our lives, and now it seems that I'm back in one of the Simple cycles. I want simple foods, to avoid upseting my delicate system. I relax by watching simple old movies that may have a simple or corny plots and often …

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20 Mar

It’s officially spring, even though it was snowing this morning here in Chicagoland.

According to people who understand math, the vernal equinox occurred Thursday at 11:57pm CDT.  So, as I was sliding down my driveway this morning with a garbage can and a recycling container, my thoughts were not about what a long, bitter winter this has been, but about spring, and my upcoming vacation.

On vacation, my wife and I head to the Great State Of Tennessee, where I hone and perfect the art of sloth, and my wife tries to get me to go for long walks, improve …

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11 Mar

The MIL-STD-1913 rail or picatinny rail has become fairly common over the past decade. What started off as a mounting system for military rifles has now become standard on everything from civilian sporting rifles, handguns, hunting rifles, battle mugs, and even airsoft guns. Rails that are pretty close to picatinny specifications are even found on Nerf guns.

Image from Hasbro: http://www.hasbro.com/nerf/en_US/shop/details.cfm?R=69FF9118-5056-9047-F52E-772F30464246:en_US

The picatinny rail was originally developed as a way to mount scopes and optics to military rifles. The design was so successful it has led to the picatinny rails being used to mount bipods, lasers, lights, and other accessories on …

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07 Mar

The past year has seen an unprecedented number of sales for AR15 style rifles.  There is good deal of new shooters out there and ten times as many accessories.   If you have a new AR, a great way to increase your accuracy and enjoyment is with some kind of optic.  One of the great things about an AR is its adaptability.  You can easily start with a gun designed for close quarters/home defense (short barrel and collapsible stock), switch out a few parts and a new optic, and you have a gun designed for long range shooting.  It is important …

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28 Feb

Most people don’t like traveling for work.  I am gladly the very opposite.  When a work trip comes up that requires travel, I am in bliss.  That’s because it means I’m doing one of two things I’m very passionate about; shooting or hunting.  This past November, it was a hunt.

We (OpticsPlanet) and Vortex Optics ran a contest for one lucky hunter and a friend to go on a “dream hunt” in Central Nebraska.  This was to be a Whitetail OR Mule deer hunt.  That’s why it’s really a dream hunt.  Whites and Mulies live side by side there, so …

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28 Feb

Flip Open Lens Covers are one of the most popular accessories for your new riflescope, and for good reasons. They are super-convenient and they generally stay in place so you open them when needed and find that your scope's glass is relatively clean. Airborne dirt and debris can act like sand-blasting on the coating of your scope's fine optical coating. Rain and waterspots can also be avoided with good lens covers. If you've ever used the bikini style covers, they can also do a good job of keeping the glass clean, but if you want to use your scope, you …

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12 Feb

You know what the worst part about this winter is?  We here in Chicago have to share it with the rest of the country.  We normally get bragging rights about our life-threatening weather, but this year it looks like everyone is getting their share.  I get through the winter by pretending that I’m headed out to work on the International Space Station every time I have to suit up in the bulky coat required to survive the waddle from the house to the car, and from the car to work. 

We were fortunate enough to have a brief respite from …

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