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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19 Jun

It’s (unocifically for two more days) summertime, finally.  I’m not what most people would call "skinny" so I’m more comfortable outside in a little bit cooler weather.  I think extremely handsome, tough to break, and hearty are better adjectives to describe myself.  Fall and spring are my two favorite seasons.  I still spend a lot of my time outside during the summer, it’s just not my preferred weather.  I read an article this morning that this year is supposed to be the earth’s warmest on record (not in the earth's history, just since we've been keeping track).  Judging by the …

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10 Jun

In the spring, a young man’s fancy turns to thoughts of – bratwurst.

As regular readers of this blog have noticed, I tend to take the path of least resistance.  I let people in front of me in traffic.  I prefer a screw top bottle over a cork.  I don’t always make the bed, because I’ll be back in it in the evening.  If I just leave the satellite on Spike TV, it doesn’t matter where the remote is, Cops will be on soon.

And this is how I have come to cooking dinner on our camping stove for the …

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05 Jun

I will be the first to admit that I am not the neatest person.  I keep things safe, secure, and in order that matter like my outdoor gear and previous years' taxes.  If it wasn’t for having to clean the house and car every now and then to impress women, I would be knee high in clothes and whatever else it is that I’m too lazy to put away.  What I lack for in neatness, I make up for tenfold in a neurotic need to plan ahead. 

I just found out about a month ago that my family will be …

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29 May

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that I am a huge Trijicon fan. They make high quality, innovative products that are built to last. Over the weekend I got some trigger time behind an ACOG and couldn’t get enough of it.

 Like everything Trijicon makes, it is a joy to use. So it is no surprise that I have a set of Trijicon Night Sights, specifically the Bright and Tough series. They are arguably some of the best sights. I like them more than my Meprolight sight to be perfectly honest. But for my latest pistol, a Glock 17C, I …

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21 May

If you are looking to get a trail camera, a quick search will leave you feeling overwhelmed. There are many different models from different manufactures, different options/configurations, mount styles, and accessories. I always wanted a trail camera yet every time I began to research them I would find conflicting opinions on the quality and what manufacture made the best one. As I subscribe to the “buy once, cry once” mentality I would find myself frustrated from the lack of being able to determine the “Colt 6920” of trail cameras.

I was given the opportunity to test the Wildgame Innovations Elite …

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15 May

Well, my long awaited return to Spring Wild Turkey hunting has come and gone. It's truly amazing what we have forgotten which does not benefit by the passing of 15 or 20 years! As I mentioned earlier, I made every attempt to prepare buy relacing worn out gear and not forget anything… especially since I was turkey hunting somewhere I had never hunted before.

First, I decided to get my gun set-up since it would possibly require a bit more time and effort. My Remington 11-87 Special Purpose 12 gauge mag. is a slightly older one without any of the …

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07 May

I’m going to jump the gun a bit here, and talk about a new product that we will be carrying shortly, the Garmin nüviCam™ LMTHD.

One typically wouldn’t think of a GPS unit as an optic, but the fine folks at Garmin have combined a couple of different product categories with their new nüviCam™ LMTHD – the categories of dash camera and GPS unit.

Why I’m interested:

I had the unfortunate experience a couple of weeks ago of saying goodbye to a trusted friend of 10 years – Erik the Silver, my 2005 Volvo V50.  Either I drove over an …

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30 Apr

A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to head down to Indianapolis for one of my best friend’s 30th birthday party.  As I love a road trip, warmer weather (it was 15 degrees warmer there than at home that weekend), and spending time with my friends it was a no-brainer to go.  Rounding that 30 year old corner means that chances like this are becoming fewer and farther in between for everyone to get together so you have to jump at the chance when you get it.  We had a group of about 12 or so of old and …

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24 Apr

If you’ve read any of our blogs here, you are familiar with red dot sights. They are a fairly simple optic that are extremely versatile and one can be found to accommodate just about any budget. They are excellent on AR platforms, especially with night vision or combined with a magnifier, but can also go on shotguns, pistols, and almost any .22 platform. We’ve covered all the majors; Vortex, EoTech, Aimpoint, Trijicon, Burris, etc. But I’m always a fan of the not so mainstream and while normally we think of Armasight as mainstream, I am willing to bet many didn’t know …

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13 Apr

Have you considered being a treasure hunter? Metal detecting allows you to discover hidden metals under the ground. The origins of metal detecting are military in nature, the technology was used to discover unexploded bombs in the ground after WWI. Today metal detecting can be a great hobby. As with everything quality and functionality varies with price. A cheap metal detector would be ok for finding metal items under a thin layer of sand at the beach. A higher end metal detector will be more expensive but will allow for better distinguishing between metal types and also be able to …

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