Originally Posted by jwp475
The only thing that I have serious doubts about is someone that owns neither scope making absolute statements about optical quality.
What I have said and will continue to say is " Nightforce optical clarity ia GOOD and compares favorable to my S & B scopes. If a S111 is better than a Nightforce it must be as good or better than a S&B and to believe that I would have to see it in a side by side comparison.
Have you looked through both scopes in a side by side comparison?
I own a Sightron SIII. My statements pertain to the optical quality of that SIII. I've looked through NightForce but don't own one. I have two IORs. The SIII is optically as good as my IORs. That tells me it's the equal, or better than, the NightForce line of scopes with respect to optical clarity. What it tells you is up to you and you alone.
Boss Hoss is the one that says NF doesn't measure up to S&B, USO, or Zeiss. Go chew him out. Your NF might be better than his. Maybe Boss Hoss looked into the objective end of his NF. Maybe he got a NF 'second'.
I didn't say the SIII was a better target or competition scope than NF. I didn't say NF was cow dung. I didn't say the SIII was tougher than a NF. In fact I said many shooters migrate to NF for mechanical consistency and reliability. I said, and am saying, that the optical clarity of a the current SIII 6-24x50mm is as good or better than a NF NXS.
The most you can say is you don't know. Because you've never looked through a SIII, let alone compared it to a NF or ANY other scope.
I don't need to own a NF, S&B, or USO, because I'm not attempting to compare the relative optical quality of those three scopes. This all started because you were inquisitive as to which scopes outclass NF glass and cost less. Well, I've given you one, and you can't live with it.
If you wanted to know which scopes - regardless of cost - outclass NF glass, I could have quickly added USO, S&B, Swarovski, top end Zeiss, and Premier Heritage also.
The guy that started this thread asked about nightforce clarity. I think he already knew the NightForce was a good solid scope. He wanted to know if they also provided $1400 worth of resolution. They provide $1400 worth of features. Utmost optical resolution isn't the only, or even the primary, priority of Nightforce optics, or their customers. You've already seen that expressed by other posters saying the NF is good enough - optically - in there opinion. They aren't - by and large - saying NF excels above and beyond all others.