Just how good can our optics get? It is an interesting question that the Outdoor Life optics test team poses every time we evaluate new binoculars, riflescopes and spotting scopes.
Current state-of-the-art technology allows for optical transmission rates of about 90 percent and it seems it can’t really get much better than that — or can it?
A team of scientists at MIT have developed a new type of glass, one that doesn’t reflect light back, which is a source of glare, and that doesn’t require any extra coatings to repel water or prevent the formation of fog.
Rather than explain all the details here, take a look at this link.
The implications for this technology, if and when it is incorporated into commercial production, are immense. Picture a riflescope or binocular that won’t create image-distorting glare and that you can’t fog up even in the most challenging environments because water can’t get a grip.
That’s a piece of glass I want on top of my rifle for my next hunt.