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2021 New Optics Guide: Binoculars & Spotting Scopes

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While the hot-as-magma market for guns and ammunition has dominated the news, optics are also selling at a record pace. Fortunately, optics manufacturers have been able to develop and introduce a dizzying array of new products, including line enhancements, feature-rich budget options and technological marvels that were once unaffordable to anyone not named Bezos, but are now approaching price points where many shooters can make use of them. Whatever your needs or budget, we’ve got several binoculars and spotting scopes to fit your needs.

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Bushnell | Elite Tactical LMSS2 Spotting ScopeBushnell | Elite Tactical LMSS2 Spotting Scope
If you need to spot shots at long range, this feature-laden spotting scope is an excellent option. With a Picatinny rail section for accessories, ED Prime glass for clarity and brightness, a choice of reticles to help match your riflescope and a rugged aluminum chassis for durability, it is a must have for serious shooters.

Magnification: 8-40X
Objective Lens Diameter: 60 mm
Reticle: H322 or TREMOR4
Length: 12.8 inches
Weight: 40.7 ounces
MSRP: $1,749.99
(800) 423-3537; bushnell.com


Bushnell | Fusion X Ranging BinocularsBushnell | Fusion X Ranging Binoculars
This laser-rangefinder binocular allows you to instantly determine range to target out to 1 mile (depending on target size). A ballistics mode helps ensure proper data for your shot, and the display automatically changes color based on light conditions.

Magnification: 10X
Objective Lens Diameter: 42 mm
Reticle: ACTIVSYNC Display
Length: 7 inches
Weight: 35 ounces
MSRP: $699.99
(800) 423-3537; bushnell.com


German Precision Optics | RangeGuide 8x50German Precision Optics | RangeGuide 8×50
Boasting edge-to-edge clarity from crystal-clear glass, the RangeGuide 8×50 offers shooters precise ranging on reflective targets out to 1.75 miles and animals out to 766 yards. Featuring an orange OLED display and GPOBright lens coatings, this rangefinding bino delivers premium optical performance.

Magnification: 8X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: OLED Display
Length: 6.3 inches
Weight: 35.2 ounces
MSRP: $1,649.99
(844) 692-4667; gpo-usa.com


InfiRay Outdoor | Mini Series ML19InfiRay Outdoor | Mini Series ML19
Whether operated as a handheld monocular or a helmet-mounted, hands-free unit, the ML19 won’t weigh you down. Features include a manual focus lens, video out, HD display, stadiametric rangefinder and Bluetooth picture in-picture.

Magnification: 1X
Objective Lens Diameter: 19 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 4.6 inches
Weight: 7.9 ounces
MSRP: $2,999
(800) 769-7125; irayusa.com


Tract | Toric UHD 22x80 Angled Spotting Scope with MRAD PRS ReticleTract | Toric UHD 22×80 Angled Spotting Scope with MRAD PRS Reticle
Ideal for spotting during long-range shooting, the Toric UHD spotting scopes include an MRAD reticle to help make quick corrections to your aiming solution. Superior clarity and brightness are provided by Schott HT glass, making it easy to pick out impacts or holes at great distances.

Article by SHOOTING ILLUSTRATED STAFF

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