Scope shades ?

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by ol mike, Jan 3, 2010.

  1. ol mike

    ol mike Well-Known Member

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    What's the skinny on scope shades -do they diminish a scopes ability to gather light ?

    I like them because they seem help protect the objective lens .

    Thanks Mike
     
  2. LouBoyd

    LouBoyd Well-Known Member

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    They can help protect the objective but I think flip up lens caps protect better. You can use both.
    There are two kinds of scope shades. One more common is simply a cylinder barely larger than the objective lens with a black interior. It reduces light from the sky or direct sun entering the scope. The only detriment is being bulky and a little weight. There is no image degradation. They can definitely improve contrast particularly with a high magnification scope.

    Another type looks like a black coated honeycomb and fits in front of the objective lens. They are sometimes used by snipers to eliminate glint off of their objective lens being seen by others They shield at much narrower angles from the line of sight than a "normal" sunshade does. They do hurt image quality noticeably but hot as much a getting shot in the head.

    Another form of sunshade is just a hat with a brim which keeps sunlight and skylight out of the eyepiece and you eye. A dark underside on the brim helps. A black ski mask can help in addition if the weather allows it. It's most useful in snow where light comes from the sides and below too. For shooting into a dark location a black cloth draped over the scope and shooters head can help a lot allowing the eye to dark adapt.
     

  3. phorwath

    phorwath Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to presume you're asking specifically about the extensions that screw on the objective and extend forward several inches. As long as they're black matt internal finish and don't reflect light (they're designed not to) then they do not diminish light entry to the scope and to your eye. And they can actually improve vision by reducing light reflection and scatter off the objective lens. On the negative side, they can be a bit bulky and interfere with the ease of packability of a carry rifle. I have a Kifiru gun bearer sling and with the sunshade installed on my scope, the interference with the Kifiru required me to remove my sunshade.

    If you're going to sit and ambush hunt, or if they don't bother you for carry purposes, I think they're worth installing and using in any daylight hunting/setting.
     
  4. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    I have a 4' sunshade on my 3.5-14 LPS Leupold w/o any issues.
     
  5. NomadPilot

    NomadPilot Well-Known Member

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    Wow! I think I have sunshade envy. :rolleyes:
     
  6. Chas1

    Chas1 Well-Known Member

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    Ya it hangs about 2 feet past the muzzle and with a little barrel whip I can sometimes clip it with a bullet:D...I meant 4"...good eyes...you must be a peep sight man.:) Thanks.