Nikon LaserForce Rangefinder Binocular Review: The Latest and Greatest in 2017?

Nikon LaserForce RF binoculars
Nikon LaserForce RF binoculars

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Virtually all major optics manufacturers – Swarovski, Leica, and Zeiss, to mention just a few – make rangefinder binoculars. Even Nikon has their own RifleHunter 1000. So why would anyone come out with another model like the LaserForce rangefinder binocular?

Let’s take a look at the LaserForce to see why Nikon would attempt such a feat. Was it worth their time and effort or not? Continue reading “Nikon LaserForce Rangefinder Binocular Review: The Latest and Greatest in 2017?”

Leica Noctivid Binoculars Review: The Latest and Greatest?

Leica Noctivid 10x42 binoculars
Leica Noctivid 10×42 binoculars

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You may already be familiar with some of the other “-vid” optical offerings from Leica – the Geovids, Trinovids, Ultravids, Duovids, and Monovids. The latest and possibly greatest additions to the family are the Noctivid binoculars which come in the standard 8×42 and 10×42 sizes.

I’ll cover both of these sets of binoculars, which debuted in 2016, in this review as they are nearly identical. In fact, there are only 2 specifications that are different, and one of these is reportedly incorrect. Continue reading “Leica Noctivid Binoculars Review: The Latest and Greatest?”

The Ultimate Guide to Hand Feeding Birds: How To Make Feathered Friends

 

Feeing a nuthatch
Feeing a nuthatch

You may have heard of or have seen someone in your neighborhood or online who has a knack for getting wild birds to eat out of their hand, and you wondered how they managed to lure their feathered friends close enough to do so.

Actually, there’s no real “knack” to it. You just need a method of approach and some patience. I can’t bestow you with the required patience, but I can show you the method. Continue reading “The Ultimate Guide to Hand Feeding Birds: How To Make Feathered Friends”

The Only Tripod to Consider: Vanguard Alta Pro with 263AB 100 Kit

Vanguard Alta PRO
Vanguard Alta PRO

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There are so many decent tripods available, each with its own best this or best that. I’m just going to flat out recommended one of them – the Vanguard Alta Pro with the 263AB 100 Kit, which gives you the ballhead in addition to the tripod itself.

You can argue with me that there are better tripods for this reason and for that purpose, but overall most people will be more than happy with the Vanguard Alta Pro. It will more than likely satisfy your tripod needs for a long time to come.

So if you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of this Vanguard tripod at Amazon, click the link just below. Continue reading “The Only Tripod to Consider: Vanguard Alta Pro with 263AB 100 Kit”

SIG Sauer Zulu Series Binoculars Review: Take Your Pick

SIG Sauer Zulu9 Binoculars
SIG Sauer Zulu9 Binoculars

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SIG Sauer makes a lot of high-quality optics and firearms. Their Zulu Series of binoculars is among them. (I made brief mention of them earlier here. I’ve also told you about their line of rangefinders here.)

In the review, let’s take a closer look at the Zulu binoculars so you can have a better idea which, if any, of them are what you’ve been looking for in a fine pair of glasses.

If you are short on time and just want to check the availability and pricing of SIG Sauer Zulu binoculars on Amazon, you can click any of the links in the list just below. Continue reading “SIG Sauer Zulu Series Binoculars Review: Take Your Pick”

Best Spotting Scopes for Birding in 2017: Do We Have a Winner?

Vortex Optics Razor HD 11-33x50 spotting scope
Vortex Optics Razor HD 11-33×50 spotting scope

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So as not to keep you in suspense, I’ll answer the question in the title about the best spotting scopes for birding straight away.

No.

But wait! That’s not a bad thing. We have several winners here – four of them to be exact. Continue reading “Best Spotting Scopes for Birding in 2017: Do We Have a Winner?”

Best Spotting Scopes Under $300 and $500: Quality, Yet You Keep Your Limbs

Vanguard Endeavor spotting scope
Vanguard Endeavor spotting scope

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There are many excellent spotting scopes available in the market today. Finding the best spotting scope can be quite a chore, so I’ve tried to narrow your choices a little while still giving you some options from which to select.

The models you’ll see in this review are either less than $300 (Redfield and KONUS) or under $500 (Vortex, Vanguard, Leupold, and Celestron), so you won’t have to give an arm and a leg to get one. Continue reading “Best Spotting Scopes Under $300 and $500: Quality, Yet You Keep Your Limbs”

3 Best Spotting Scopes for the Money in 2017: Spending Wisely

Vortex Diamondback angled spotting scope
Vortex Diamondback angled spotting scope

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With the dozens and dozens of spotting scopes in the market, how do you decide which is the best spotting scope for the money?

I look at which ones seem to be the most popular based on ownership and reviews. Continue reading “3 Best Spotting Scopes for the Money in 2017: Spending Wisely”

Leupold Mark 4 Spotting Scopes Review: 2 Tactical Scopes That Impress

Mark 4 Spotting Scope
Mark 4 Spotting Scope

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Leupold manufactures many riflescopes in the Mark 4 line, but here we have a pair of Leupold Mark 4 spotting scopes to review. These are intended as tactical spotting scopes that you might want to use as part of a team, with one person controlling the spotting scope and the other handling a gun.

If that’s the situation you might find yourself in (and there are obviously other uses for these spotting scopes), you should take a good, long look at the Leupold Mark 4 12-40×60 spotting scope and/or the larger and more powerful Leupold Mark 4 20-60×80 spotting scope. Continue reading “Leupold Mark 4 Spotting Scopes Review: 2 Tactical Scopes That Impress”

Minox Minoscope 8×25 Review, AKA Macroscope 8×25: Nice by Any Name

Minox Minoscope 8x25
Minox Minoscope 8×25

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It’s hard to know what to call this monocular. You’ll see it called the Minox Minoscope, the Minox Macroscope, and the Minox mini-telescope.

Whatever you decide to call it, I think you’ll be pleased with what it can do for you. Continue reading “Minox Minoscope 8×25 Review, AKA Macroscope 8×25: Nice by Any Name”