Saturday, January 20, 2018

Vortex Fury HD Laser Rangefinder Binoculars Preview

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Vortex surprised me with the announcement of the new Fury HD Laser Rangefinding Binocular recently. Claiming to be two devices in one (high definition binocular + angle compensated rangefinder) it certainly got me excited. With optics that compare with the Viper HD range, you just know this will be a high performance bin. According to Vortex, this compacyt reflective targets will give accurate readings up to 1600 feet, while distance readings on large animals will be accurate up to 1200 feet in good conditions. The rangefinder controls are situated on the right hand side, making it easy to carry your rifle or bow in the other hand. C:\Users\dss\SkyDrive\0000. Niche Sites\0.\0. Content\Vortex Fury HD Laser Rangefinding

Vortex Fury HD 10x42 Specifications

The 10x42 comes with a field of view of 314.4ft @ 1000 yards with a close focus of 20 feet. Weighing in at 31.8 ounces, it measures 5.75 in x 5.9 in.   Vortex Fury HD Laser Rangefinder Binoculars Specs

How good is the rangefinding capability?

We will have to wait and see how good the built-in rangefinding really is, but from the distance ranges mentioned, it sounds like the Fury is going to be a beast. It also comes with a intuitive display with a simple-to-use menu (unlike so many other rangefinders), and the display is clean and easy to read. It features HCD (horizontal component distance) and LOS (line of sight) modes. HCD is for angle compensated ranging, while LOS will display the actual line of sight range to your target. A very handy scan mode will show continous ranges as you scan across an area or when you are tracking a moving animal. Ranges can be set to display in yards or meters.


The Fury HD comes with standard Vortex VIP warranty, which is, in my opinion, one of the best warranties by any optic company. You can rest assured that if something goes wrong with your Fury HD, Vortex will repair or replace it at no cost to you. What makes this warranty ever better in this case, is that the Fury's electronics are also fully covered.

Launch Date

The Fury HD is not available in stores or online yet. The expected launch date is in the summer of 2018.

Where to buy at the best price?

As mentioned above the Fury HD Rangefinding Binocular is not available yet, but it will be on sale at the usual outlets, from Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops to any reputable outdoor store in your area. As in most cases, I would recommend checking out the Amazon pricing. I typically find Amazon offer good prices on optics and with the service levels and free delivery, they are my recommendation when buying the Fury HD.


While pricing hasn't been confirmed yet, I believe this rangefinder binocular will be in the $1599 price range.


Let me know if you are as excited as I am about the upcoming launch of these bins.

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Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 (Codename: Huey) Preview

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Vortex Razor® AMG® UN-1 HueyVortex Optics have revealed a sneak peek of their Razor® AMG® UH-1. Code-named Huey, this holographic piece of technology is weapon mountable, and on the right is the first picture publicly released. The Razor AMG UH-1 sight consists of an aluminium chassis and features far fewer moving parts when compared to more traditional holographic sights. This makes for a more durable piece of technology. Power comes from the included CR123A battery, but can also be from running LFP CR123A's. What I really like, is how these can be recharged on-board, through the use of the waterproof micro-USB port that can be found on-board. What makes this sight stand out even more, is that there is virtually no forward signature meaning the shooter is the only one to see the new EBR-CQB reticle. This is unlike any other holographic or red dot sight on the market. Keep your eyes on this page for more updates on launch dates, pricing, where to buy and reviews on the Vortex Razor AMG UH-1.

Vortex Razor AMG UH-1 Price and Launch Date Rumours (unconfirmed)

Neither the pricing or the launch date is yet to be confirmed by Vortex Optics, but the rumours doing the rounds suggests a price of $499 and a launch date in January 2018.

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Digiscoping Equipment: What you need, and what you don’t need starting out

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In addition to a digital camera, a digiscoping kit comprises a spotting scope with eyepiece and advisably an adapter and a tripod with a balance rail.


vortex-razor-hd-spotting-scopeThe Vortex Razor HD with good light-gathering qualities is a favourite with digiscopers. Your telescope should have a good optical system with bright and true-colour image reproduction - don't forget that the image which comes out of the eyepiece is stored on the digital camera's CCD sensor! A smooth focusing ring allowing fine adjustments will be particularly important when capturing images with high magnification. Please also ensure that your scope is waterproof, robust and lightweight and that there are some adapters suitable for digiscoping available for it. Your decision regarding the type of eyepiece and the magnification power may also affect the quality of the images you will capture. Most digiscopers use a zoom eyepiece with 20x to 60x magnification, as they also use the scope for observation and want to be as flexible as possible with respect to magnification. As digiscoping becomes more difficult as the magnification increases, some digiscopers use fixed wide-angled eyepieces with 20x or 30x magnification as these have a larger field of view and may possibly have a slightly better optical system, given that it is designed for a single magnification rather than for a specific range of different magnifications.


Adapters should be matched perfectly to your scope and its eyepiece. Aligning the camera with the spotting scope is the main purpose of a digital camera adapter, but the adapter also has two other functions - to attach the camera securely to the spotting scope and to limit stray light from entering the camera lens and interfering with proper exposure of the image. Test the adapter to make sure you can use it quickly and easily. When out in the field you might have not much time to get your camera in position and take the shot! Swarovski Optik's digiscoping products combine the superior optical performance of Swarovski Optik telescopes with the advanced features of your digital camera. The innovative DCB Digital Camera Base, the tried and tested DCA Digital Camera Adapter or the TLS 800 telephoto lens system for digital or classic SLR cameras which connect the ATS or STS telescopes to your camera form the ideal system for taking true-colour photographs.

Digiscoping Tripod

The tripod is an important requirement for sharp, contrast-rich images when taking photographs, much more so than when observing. Optimum stability makes a significant contribution to image quality. There are different types of tripods available for different applications. At high magnifications the image is very sensitive to motion and the slightest shake will result in a blurred picture. Keep the tripod legs and centre column as low as possible when shooting, so that they absorb what is known as microshake (vibrations) more efficiently. A wooden or carbon-fibre tripod will absorb vibrations more efficiently than an aluminium tripod although the two drawbacks here are weight and cost respectively. Another alternative is a weight bag - an accessory that hangs below the centre column and may be filled with rocks, sand, etc. to provide additional cushioning of vibrations. The tripod head plays an important role. The smoother the movements the tripod head makes, the easier it is to frame and lock on the shot. The Swarovski Optik balance rail ensures an optimum centre of gravity for the telescope, eliminating camera shake. Related reading: Digiscoping 101 | Tips and Tricks | Digiscoping Cameras

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Digiscoping Cameras: What to look for when buying

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The market for digital cameras is large and ever-increasing. There are almost 300 different brands and models of digital cameras available and though many of them will work for digiscoping, some work far better than others. There is an easy way to check and see whether your digital camera works well for digiscoping: Set up a telescope with your preferred adapter for digital cameras (if you do not own one yet use a friend's or ask your friendly dealer), turn the camera on, centre the camera lens behind the eyepiece of the scope, look at the scope's image on your digital camera's LCD screen viewer, press the shutter button half way down to focus the image and then take the picture.

Choosing a camera for Digiscoping

Does the camera fit on adapters which are optimized for your spotting scope? A threaded connector on the objective lens is required for using the Swarovski Optik DCA adapter, a threaded connector on the tripod is required for using the Swarovski Optik DCB adapter. Is the camera's optical zoom able to get rid of vignetting? (From experience it is advisable to use compact cameras with a 3x zoom.) Cameras which meet these criteria are generally fine for digiscoping. Other important criteria to be considered:
  • Does the camera have a remote control for the shutter release?
  • Does the camera have a short self-timer (2 or 3 seconds)?
  • Does the camera have a large LCD screen (at least 50 mm or 2 inches)?
  • Is the LCD screen pivotable (to prevent frontal sun-light on the screen)?
  • Does the camera have a good power supply for long use?
  • Is the camera programmable or are all features automatic?

Digiscoping with a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras)

Some of the large digital reflex cameras can be used with a 50 mm standard objective lens, the heavy weight does, however, cause additional problems in terms of stable attachment. It is also impossible to guarantee that the filter thread of the camera's objective lens will take a system that is as sturdy as one for a smaller compact digital camera. The main difference between a digital SLR camera and a compact digital camera is that the SLR camera has interchangeable lenses like a traditional film camera, is larger and a bit heavier but - depending on the model - offers more professional features like higher ISO, a wider range of different shutter speeds, the ability to shoot in RAW and also the ability to shoot a larger number of frames before the image buffer becomes full, etc. Related reading: Digiscoping 101 | Tips and Tricks | Digiscoping Equipment

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Digiscoping tips and tricks for novices and experts

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Digiscoping is an activity that young and old, inexperienced and experienced can take part in. There are however some digiscoping tips that will make your experience much more enjoyable. Here are some of the tips I have come across.

Preventing vignetting

A spotting scope has the basic function of bringing a magnified image to the observer's eye. Light enters the large objective lens at the end of the scope and comes out through the eyepiece as a round column of light known as the exit pupil. It is this column of light that the camera will be photographing so it must be centred accurately over the light column to prevent a condition known as vignetting or shadowing. Try zooming the camera's zoom lens (if it has a zoom lens - most do) to see if you can eliminate the black areas. Very important: Please do not use the digital zoom feature to accomplish this! Stay in the optical zoom range because if you use the digital zoom, your image will suffer a loss of quality!

Preventing blurring

There may be several causes for blurred digiscoping images. The following points are important when digiscoping: - Adjust the spotting scope's focus correctly (focussing) - Select the right camera settings (exposure time, ISO) - Use the camera's self-timer or a remote timer - Create a steady position for the equipment (tripod) - Take up a position out of the wind and - Practice, practice, practice...

Adjust the scope's focus correctly

Basically the camera captures every image reproduced through the scope. The more accurately the scope's focus is adjusted (focussing) to the subject, the better the result.

Select the right camera settings

Aperture size, exposure time or shutter speed and ISO sensitivity have a major effect on the sharpness of the image in digiscoping. The risk of blurred images is much greater due to the high magnification of the scope combined with the camera. The aperture is the opening which lets the light in to get to the CCD. By using a lower aperture number (i.e. f2.4), the aperture size is increased and allows more light into the camera. To achieve the correct exposure of the image, it is necessary to increase the exposure time when the aperture is small, or to increase the aperture if the exposure time is short. Basically: The shorter the exposure time, the lower the risk of camera shake and of ending up with a blurred image. Hence it is advisable to use the camera's automatic exposure setting for "Speed" or "Sport" or "S". This means: the setting with the fastest permissible time at the moment when the shutter release is pressed. A short exposure time must be selected manually if none of the settings mentioned are offered as standard in the camera's programs. The camera automatically selects the most favourable ISO sensitivity for the prevailing light conditions although this may also be adjusted manually. A low ISO number, e.g. ISO 100 or 200 is suitable for good light conditions. The poorer and darker the environment, the higher the ISO number should be set to, e.g. to ISO 400 or 800. So if the most suitable ISO sensitivity is selected (usually the sensitivity pre-selected automatically is exactly right), along with the "Speed" program setting, then nothing should go wrong. At most, one can alter the ISO number if the light fades or if one wishes to photograph subjects in motion.

Use the self-timer or a remote timer

The motto is: avoid all unnecessary movement. Literally holding one's breath when photographing or taking a moment to relax beforehand can have a decisive effect. Often, just the pressure of the finger on the shutter release button is enough to cause camera shake. Therefore the self-timer offers an excellent opportunity for overcoming this problem. There are two ways of doing this. One can use the camera's built-in self-timer or a remote control (not available for all cameras). The camera itself provides the first option; the second allows the shutter release to be operated without having to touch the camera at all (and the camera, therefore, remains perfectly still).

Create a steady position

Ensure that at the time of taking the photograph the spotting scope combined with the camera is in a very steady position and not exposed to any shaking. The tripod is an important requirement for sharp, contrast-rich images when taking photographs, much more so than when simply observing. Optimum stability is a significant factor in image quality. Keep the tripod legs and centre column as low as possible when shooting to absorb vibrations more efficiently. A wooden or carbon-fibre tripod will absorb vibrations more efficiently than an aluminium tripod but the two drawbacks here are weight and cost respectively. Another alternative is a weight bag - an accessory that hangs below the centre column and may be filled with rocks, sand, etc. to provide additional cushioning of vibrations. Related reading: Digiscoping 101 | Equipment for Digiscoping | Digiscoping Cameras

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Binocular Cases for Hunting

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Binocular Cases for Hunting - Our Top 3 picks for 2017 RevealedIf you’ve found the perfect pair of binoculars for your hunting trips but you’re still considering whether you need a case to carry them in or not, take my advice: you need one! Like many other things in life, binocular cases come in a wide variety and finding the perfect one will depend on more than just your budget. Factors such as durability, convenience and the level of protection needed should all be taken into account as well. For your convenience, we’ve narrowed the endless list of binocular cases for hunting down to our top three choices that you can find below.

Badlands Camouflage Tactical Bino X Hunting Binocular Case – Hydration CompatibleBino Case Mag

If you’re looking for a revolutionary way to carry those expensive hunting binoculars that you bought, then your search can stop at the Badlands Bino Case Mag. This camouflaged binocular case is perfect for use in the outdoors with its water resistant and dustproof magnetic no-zip closure that will keep your binos safe and secure no matter what weather conditions you face. The guys at Badlands not only had your binoculars in mind, but you as well. On top of the already great harness system that was designed with comfort and style as its core, they’ve added a rollout water reservoir pocket that can fit a 1L water bag to meet your hydration needs when out in the field. Safety, convenience and a little extra is all packed into this one binocular case. If this case falls into your desired budget, then there really is nothing more you can ask for!

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Voodoo Tactical Men's Tactical Binocular Case Tactical Binocular Case

Voodoo Tactical Gear brings you a compact binocular case that allows you to carry your binoculars close to your body in an airtight casing. This protects your precious binos from any harm and ensures that the case is covered as well. Being in the field as often as you are you’ll know that protection from snagging and other obstacles are a must! What makes this binocular case stand out against the rest is its convertibility. Universal straps allow you to attach this case to a belt, vest or pack. This feature makes this binocular case very convenient as you get to choose between a range of styles to carry your binos in. You can adjust the straps to you desire in order to reach maximum comfort when out in the hunting field. Once you’ve found what works for you, you’ll never want another case to use when hunting!

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Crooked Horn Outfitters Bino Shield Binocular CoversBino Shield

Bino Shield is a unique binocular case designed by Crooked Horn Outfitters. This binocular cased used when hunting will blend into your hunting area with its great camo print. The case was designed with convenience in mind and that is exactly what it is - convenient. You’ll be able to comfortably carry this case with you for a quick reach of your binoculars since it’s so compact and lightweight. Not feeling the burden of extra baggage while hunting is always a great benefit! The case is made from a strong outer shell and soft inner one. This combination protects your binos from the inside out. The outer covering prevents harshness from reaching your binos while the soft fleece inside of the case protects the whole device by being gentle when a knock is received. When secured in this case, you won’t have to worry about your binoculars getting harmed when crawling in harsh areas or facing rainy, snowy or dusty conditions.

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After seeing what each case can offer you I’m sure that you’ll agree that binocular cases for hunting is critical if you want to extend the life of your hunting accessory and make the whole experience of using a binocular more convenient for yourself. A good case will protect your binoculars while still being comfortable for you to carry around. Keeping all the important factors in mind is key to finding the right case. If you think we left a great binocular case out of our list, please let us know about it in the comments below!

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Best Binoculars Under 50

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Best Binoculars Under 50 - Top 3 Affordable Favourites of 2017 RevealedA good pair of binoculars can come in handy in many situations. For anyone who enjoys watching sport or is a novice or occasional bird watcher, a good pair of budget binoculars can make your life so much easier. The best binoculars under $50 will be able to help you out in any situation you find yourself in. If you are looking for a pair of good, all-round binoculars at a reasonable price, there are a few things that you will have to keep in mind. This includes features such as magnification, durability and whether your binoculars are waterproof. Finding the right pair of binoculars with a limited budget isn’t always an easy job. However, any one of the following reviewed binoculars will make a great addition to your lifestyle.


Bushnell 133450 Falcon 10x50 Wide Angle Binoculars (Black)Bushnell 133450 Falcon 10x50 Wide Angle Binoculars

The Bushnell 133450 Falcon 10 x 50 is a versatile pair of binoculars that will provide you with crystal clear images and wide angle view. Even though these binoculars are very cheap, their performance doesn’t necessarily reflect this. Focusing these binoculars is made easy with the Bushnell InstaFocus system, regardless of the weather conditions you find yourself in. This system allows you to focus by easily and quickly tilting a lever. Along with a field of view of 300 feet at 1 000 yards, the easy focus makes the Falcon 10 x 50 perfect for tracking objects such as birds and cars that are moving quickly. This 27-ounce binocular unfortunately only has an eye-relief of 9mm. However, for anyone who is looking for a standard, cheap, versatile pair of binoculars and doesn’t want to purchase separate pairs for different occasions, the Bushnell 133450 Falcon is the perfect binoculars for you.

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USCAMEL Folding Pocket Binoculars Compact Travel Mini Telescope HD Bak4 Optics Lenes Easy Focus 8x21 Colour BlackUSCAMEL Folding Pocket Binoculars Compact Travel Mini Telescope HD Bak4 Optics Lenes Easy Focus 8x21 Colour Black

The USCAMEL 8 x 21 folding pocket binoculars are compact, light and can fit into basically any pocket. This makes it the perfect binoculars to carry around with you at all times. The image stabilization on the USCAMEL folding pocket binoculars means that the shake of the binoculars will be reduced while viewing.  They also have a decently sized eye relief of 11 inches and the fold-back rubber pieces make them perfect for eyeglass wearers. Despite its petite frame and low cost, the performance of the USCAMEL binoculars remains excellent.  These rugged binoculars have a durable rubber armour that makes them both comfortable to hold and solid enough to endure any conditions you throw at them. The USCAMEL compact binoculars are also both waterproof and fog proof. Along with this, they feature power magnification and high-quality optics that is equipped with antiglare. This means that these binoculars will come in handy in almost situation, whether it is an indoor or an outdoor event.

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Merytes 10x25 Portable High Definition and Blue Film BinocularsMerytes 10x25 Portable High Definition and Blue Film Binoculars

The Merytes 10 x 25 is a high definition pair of binoculars that are both useful and affordable.  For everyday activities like sports events, going to the theater and bird watching, these binoculars are perfect. They are small enough to fit into your pocket and the quality metal aluminum alloy and natural rubber construction make the Merytes binoculars both lightweight and durable. However, even though they are meant for use in the outdoors, they are unfortunately not fog proof or waterproof. In poorly lit environments, the multi-layered optics of the Merytas Blue Film binoculars improves viewing with its great light transmission. For a budget price, the multi-layered lens coatings of these binoculars are perfect for viewing subjects that are less than 300 yards away. Along with this, these binoculars features a glass lens with FMC blue film. The film presents the user with minimal colour unevenness and a more precise and clearer view of the subject they are viewing.

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Buying the Right Binoculars

With a limited budget, you may not be able to afford a top of the line, do-it-all pair of binoculars, but this doesn’t mean that quality and viewing has to be compromised. Depending on what you aim to use them for, any of these three high-quality reviewed models will come in handy in any situation you find yourself in. Nowadays, there are a lot of quality binoculars with low prices on the market. However, picking out the right binoculars for yourself isn’t always an easy task. Hopefully, these reviewed binoculars will give you a better idea of which one would suit your lifestyle best and which one is the best binoculars under $50 for you.

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