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Old 06-16-2007, 03:17 PM
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The IOR 3-18x42mm second focal plane scope with the 35mm tube is the same. Pretty convenient math. At the 10 power setting the hashes are in mils - 1/2 mil and 1 mil. Turned up to 18 power, the small 1/2 mil hashes are 1" at 100 yds and the large 1 mil hashes are 2" at 100 yds. I have two of these scopes and the large 1 mil hashes are dead on (6") at 300 yds with both scopes. I like the simplicity of 1" and 2" per 100 yds when cranking through the math at the 18 power setting.

My assessment: My IOR scopes are a bit on the heavy side compared to some other conventional hunting scopes, but there's no way around that in a tactical-type scope. Their clarity/resolution is outstanding. I really, really like the IOR retical. They aren't as bright (light gathering) as Zeiss Conquest scopes, but they're pretty decent. If I were going to be hunting at night and in dim light conditions a lot, I would go with Zeiss or another good light gathering scope.

You'll be amazed at the detail you can see with the IORs set at 18X once you get the parallax adjustment properly set.
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Old 06-16-2007, 05:13 PM
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Their clarity/resolution is outstanding. I really, really like the IOR retical. They aren't as bright (light gathering) as Zeiss Conquest scopes, but they're pretty decent. If I were going to be hunting at night and in dim light conditions a lot, I would go with Zeiss or another good light gathering scope.

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First, scopes don't gather light, they transmit it, but we know what you were trying to say.

IOR scopes have a tremendous reputation for low light transmission capabilities. Actually most would rate them in the top 5. I agree there optics are superb. You would really be hard pressed to find another scope manufacture that can match there optics for color, clarity, contrast and light transmission for the money.

There is a group buy on Sniper’s Hide on special IOR 3-18 X 42mm scope that was designed by the input from the board members. I believe it will have a custom reticle though I don’t have details.
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First, scopes don't gather light, they transmit it, but we know what you were trying to say.

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Jeff,

The whole light transmitting thing has never been adequately explained to me. The confusing part is that when I look with the naked eye things are pretty dim at dusk or so. While through a good scope, especially on low power, things are definitely brighter.

Back in the "old days" everyone including dealers etc. called it 'amplification'.

Maybe its just transmitting/concentrating 44 mm (or objective lens size) of light down to what down to what goes into the eye?

I really don't know.
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First, scopes don't gather light, they transmit it, but we know what you were trying to say.

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Jeff,

The whole light transmitting thing has never been adequately explained to me. The confusing part is that when I look with the naked eye things are pretty dim at dusk or so. While through a good scope, especially on low power, things are definitely brighter.

Back in the "old days" everyone including dealers etc. called it 'amplification'.

Maybe its just transmitting/concentrating 44 mm (or objective lens size) of light down to what down to what goes into the eye?

I really don't know.

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Roy,

Your last statement is far too off. Without geeking out on this here goes.

The term light gathering scopes have been around for a long time. But the reality of the matter is scopes don’t gather light. Glass by its nature reflects light, thus preventing all of the light available from entering and exiting the glass. Glass does not gather light, nor does it amplify or regenerate light, though it can bend light. It simply lets light pass through. Optic manufactures work very hard developing coatings for there lenses that will reflect back less of the available light source allowing more of the available light to be transmitted through the lenses. Coatings for optics are often designed to work with certain light spectrums. Rifle scopes coatings are no different.

Quality scope manufactures will coat all of there lenses to maximize light transmissions. They usually state there scopes have multi-coated lenses. There goal is to transmit the maximum available light. Cheaper scope manufactures will only coat the outer lenses thus saving money.

It would be impractical and cost prohibited developing a light amplifier for a rifle scope or binoculars. Not to mention the average sized scope couldn’t hold the electronics’ necessary for the optical amplifier. Fiber optics transmission lines use optical light amplifiers and regenerators. Optical amplifiers lessen the effects of light dispersion and attenuation. EDFA’s (erbium doped fiber amplifiers) are one of the more common amplifiers for optical systems. These amplifiers are also designed for a certain light spectrum.

Hope that helps
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Roy,

Your last statement is far too off. Without geeking out on this here goes.

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I meant to say, "your last statement isn't that far off" The system wouldn't let me edit my quote.
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Jeff,

I hear what you're saying......

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Re: IOR SCOPES - light transmission ~ light gathering

I also have read praise regarding the light transmission of IOR scopes but it has always been a 2.5-10x IOR or one of the other IOR 4X power magnification scopes. I've read a lot of forum posts including Snipers Hide, Snipers Paradise, 24 hourcampfire, and many articles, and don't recall a single post or article where anyone has done side by side light transmission comparisons with an IOR 6X power magnification scope. If you're aware of any, I would appreciate your posting the web address so I can take a look. A buddy and I went out one winter evening and compared the following four (4) scopes for light transmission, one being my IOR 3-18x 42mm. We both came to the same consensus, from brightest field of view to dimmest field of view. We did turn all scopes to the same power setting for this comparison.

1st - Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x44mm - Brightest, no doubt about it.
2nd - Leupold LPS 2.5-10x45mm
3rd - Leupold VX3 2.5-8x32mm - Similar to IOR.
4th - IOR 3-18x42mm - Dimmest (Similar to the Leupold VX3).

If the 6X IORs are about the 5th best in light transmission then my comparison couldn't prove it. But they may rank highly against other equivalent scopes that also magnify over a 6X power range. My suspicion is that to achieve the 6X power range multiplication that additional lenses may be required. Each additional lens would cause additional loss of light to the eye.

With respect to resolution, we both rated these four scopes as follows:

1st - IOR 3-18x42mm - Notably the best
2nd - Zeiss Conquest 4.5-14x44mm - Pretty good - similar to Leupold LPS
3rd - Leupold LPS 2.5-10x45mm
4th - Leupold VX3 2.5-8x36mm
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