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GUNS Magazine June 2010 - Page 26
OPTICS • JACOB GOTTFREDSON • CHASING BUDGET-MINDED OPTICS Konus is a great catch. he big three European binocular and spotting scope T manufacturers are Zeiss, Leica and Swarovski. These manufacturers and Schmidt & Bender sell some of the most For less than $400 at various online stores, the M30 8.5-32x52mm riflescope has a lot to offer: • Flip-upcoversincluded expensive riflescopes as well. When I read hunting magazines, I • Lockingfastfocusocular see some of these expensive optics being used by the authors. I • True30mmtubethroughout now often see them being used by the average hunter as well and • Lockingtactical turret switch certainly almost every birder. The first group is probably given such • Mid-sizedparallaxwheel great glass, the second is either wealthy or willing to push their (down to 10 yards) credit card to the limit. While these offer superb glass, and I too • Precision1/8MOA wish I had them, can the rest of us find good glass for a lot less adjustments money? The answer is a resounding: Yes. • Includes4"sunshade MENA SUVARI • Waterproofandfogproof So far in this “budget-minded optics” setting of the story Romeo and Juliet. It • Fullymulti-coatedoptics series I have concentrated on binos is famous for its Roman amphitheater • 45degreeoffsetreticle offering some great value for low dollars. and the Arena. I was surprised to learn it illuminator switch For example, Bushnell’s new Legend is also the home of Konus Optics. • Reticleplacedinthesecond Ultra-HD binoculars offers great glass Trying my best as an optics writer focal plane with ED lenses for only $300, part of the to keep up with the myriad forms of • Built-inanti-canting subject of my last article. The same value sporting optics in today’s market, I bubble system holds true for some spotting scopes and thought I ought to take a look at this Very innovative. Like many of today’s riflescopes. Why? Because many are up-and-coming company. They sent optics companies, they are adding what now being manufactured in China to the me two samples, their Konuspro M30 some might consider gimmicks to attract company’s specs. I remember the days 8.5-32x52mm and their red-dot sight customers and beat out the competition. when “made in Japan” meant low quality called the Sightpro-Atomic. The first But do they work, are they reliable, to the point of being almost a joke. held my interest because I am interested rugged and dependable, and is the glass Today, however, some of the highest in ultra long-range shooting. The second any good? quality products in the world come because I am also into close quarter I found only one minor gripe. It from Japan. And now, higher quality is battle training and competition. concerns the last revolution of each beginning to emerge complete turn of the from China. In the elevation or windage realm of optics, the dial. The last MOA, Chinese are getting in this case 7, has only their proverbial stuff 1/2 MOA to reach zero in order. on each revolution. Verona, Italy. Thus, when you For an American, get to 7 and go past the name conjures zero, the number 1 up images of the for one MOA on the Renaissance, art, next revolution is music or maybe even not 9 but 8.5. Not a the romance depicted big problem, but it in the old films of frustrates me. The my youth. It is the elevation dial would birthplace of Mario only give me about Capecchi (who now 40 MOA elevation teaches at my alma (specs say 50"). In mater here in the most cases that will states), Nobel Prize give a shooter about winner for medicine; ThevarietywithinKonusstandsoutinthisphotographoftheirKonusproM308.5-32x52mm all he can handle. Paolo Bellasio, tacticalscopealongsidetheirKonusSightProAtomicRedDot.Bothhaveinnovativeand For example, most composer of the usefulfeaturesandbotharewithinanyone’sbudgetaswell.NotetheAtomicRedDotissmaller of my long-range Renaissance; and the thantheturretmanifoldofthetacticalscope. rifles will get to 1,000 26 WWW.GUNSMAGAZINE.COM • JUNE 2010