Nice test, thanks for posting. Though I must say the results are a bit surprising, that’s OK, maybe the SS just doesn’t agree with your particular eye very well. That’s why it’s nice to read about as many people as possible doing tests like this. And that Leupold you have must be a freak of nature—don’t ever sell that thing!
As an aside, when I clicked on the link to the chart you used I was surprised—I’ve never seen that chart in the “negative image” like that before. I’ll have to try that sometime, I’m not sure how my eyes would like that. Sort of like a web page that’s black screen with bright text on it. Anyway, I’ll have to try it sometime. The chart I normally use, and seems to be more popular, is this one: http://accurateshooter.net/targets/usaf1951.pdf
. I do a lot of resolution testing in the daylight at higher powers, for that the chart needs to be sharp even on the tiny portion which I noticed the one you used wouldn’t be good enough for:
It doesn’t look as good in a picture naturally, with the bare eyeball and a good scope you can resolve down to the tiny numbers in the middle. I usually print it on beige “target color” paper to be a bit easier on the eyes on sunny days. I have used it in low light/dark as well but haven’t so far with the SS—my testing with that mostly has been picking out brown and gray shapes from dingy backgrounds where it did exceedingly well. Now I’m getting ideas about printing my chart above in say, brown ink on beige paper or grey ink on light grey paper or something like that to try and test “deer colored” scenarios as realistically as possible.
Anyway, thanks again for the test. Looking at that chart just got me thinking out loud is all….