Re: US Optics or Premier Reticles
I always get a kick out the hubble refference. Lots of folks call it the "baby hubble". It only mounts 7mm higher than a 56mm...
Trying to address the OP's problem. I don't recommend the 72mm for every application, but it is excellently suited to his situation.
The OP is trying to see distant targets at night. The most effective way to do this is with a larger lens.
Most people would consider 6mm to be the minimum exit pupil size for shooting in lowlight. This way the exit pupil matches the size of the pupil of your eye. The 72mm can achieve this exit pupil size at 12x. A similar quality 56mm scope has to be turned down to about 9.3 to achieve the same exit pupil size. All other things being equal a larger objective lens will always give better performance. But, all things are not equal in this case...
The 72mm lens we are discussing uses Zeiss FL technology.
- FL glass with fluoride ions in the objective for superior color correction.
- Thin lens design, employing multiple air-spaced elements for reduced weight, improved resolution and minimal distortions.
- Highly sophisticated eyepiece design for a wide field of view and long eye relief performance.
- Exceptional internal baffling against stray light for improved contrast.
- T* anti-reflective multi-layer coatings on all air-to-glass surfaces for brighter, high-contrast images.
Zeiss T* lenses also transmit light at the highest rate in the industry. A measured 99.8% per air to glass surface (there are typically 2 per lens).
You have to consider the problem when deciding what feature set you need.
Around 30moa of cant in your mounting system will settle the zero stop issue.
8 mils per turn mean you should get out of the 1st rev in a hunting situation.
It is an SFP scope, but so is the NF the OP is using. This just takes a little thought when in the field. 12x (middle) is standard value 24x (top) is half value and 6x (bottom) is double value. I have used this in rifle matches without problems. If you are taking shots at game animals you probably wouldn't be snap shooting, especially at these distances...
You mentioned pricing, but from a production standpoint, features don’t typically add much if any costs, but quality does.
I hope this addressed some of your concerns.
Last edited by HuDisCo; 07-28-2010 at 10:26 AM.