New Optics 2013: Best New Binoculars and Spotting Scopes

A hunter is only as good as his optics. With this edict in mind we round up the best new … Continued

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Nikon Aculon A211 Binocular
The Aculon A211 binocular officially launches Nikon’s all-new ACULON optics line. With seven fixed-power (8×42 pictured) and two zoom models, Nikon is aiming for an economically prized versatile line. The ACULON A211 uses aspherical eyepiece lenses (except zoom models) to minimize aberration and deliver rich, natural colors. Utilizing Nikon’s multilayer-coated lenses and Bak4 High Index Prisms, the company says these binos will offer good image brightness and clarity. A smooth central focus knob is an easy way to bring views into focus, and zoom models feature smooth fingertip controls. Ergonomic styling, mated with a fully rubber-armored exterior, provides added shock resistance and a firm grip. MSRP: $79.95-179.95; www.nikonsportoptics.com
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Leica Geovid HD-B Binocular
The Geovid HD-B 42 Laser Rangefinder Binoculars utilize Leica’s newly developed ABC™ (Advanced Ballistic Compensation) to provide the proper aim point for the hunter and shooter. The Geovid HD-B’s integrated ballistic processor can instantly gather and analyze the ballistic information with one touch of a button, giving accurate information for the correct hold-over or turret adjustment. When calculating the trajectory, the distance, angle, temperature and air pressure are all taken into account. Twelve ballistic curves, representing most of the trajectories of modern hunting cartridges, are programmed into the system. Within only 0.2 seconds, the Leica GEOVID HD-B 42 displays all of the necessary information for an accurate shot, especially with steep inclinations and at longer distances. An integrated micro SD card slot, located inside the battery housing, allows the hunter to program and save personal ballistic data for his cartridge/rifle combination. Different ballistic information data sets can be saved on separate micro SD cards for multiple cartridge/rifle uses. The Geovid HD-B 8×42 (pictured) displays a field of view of 426.5 feet (1,000 yards), with 18 mm of eye relief, and weighs 34.3 ounces. It also comes in a 10×42 model. MSRP: $2,595-2,995; www.Leica-Sportoptics.com
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Safari Ultrasharp Binocular
The new Safari Ultrasharp binoculars by Steiner bring a lightweight, sophisticated design to the table. The high-contrast lenses produce incredible color fidelity, while the UV filter cuts eyestrain down . The new Safari Ultrasharp binoculars come in a variety of magnifications and objectives, including 8×22, 10×26, 8×30 (pictured), 10×30, 10×42 and 10×50. MSRP: $199 – $699; www.Steiner-Binoculars.com
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Zeiss Terra ED Binoculars
The all new Zeiss Terra binoculars combine SCHOTT ED glass with the famous ZEIS MC coating to produce images that are bright, crisp and amazingly vivid – even in low light. The Terra ED binoculars feature a close-focusing distance of only 5.25 feet, so users will never miss close-quarters game. Compact and lightweight, the binoculars prepare hunters for any adverse condition when observing wildlife. With a durable, lightweight housing, all inner workings are protected. The 10×42 model (pictured) has an exit pupil diameter of 4.2mm, FOV of 30 feet (1,000 yards), 14 mm of eye relief and weighs just 25.4 ounces. It also comes in an 8×42 model. MSRP: $388-444; www.sportsoptics.zeiss.com
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Bushnell Fusion One Mile Binoculars
Adding to its already impressive optics lines, the new Fusion One Mile laser range-finding binoculars give cost-conscious consumers quality distance-determining glass for under $1,000. Available in three configurations (8x 32mm, 10x 42mm – pictured – and 12x 50mm), the Fusion One Mile offers premium optical quality thanks to BAK-4 prisms with PC-3 phase corrective coating for superior resolution and clarity. With distance-measuring capabilities from 10-1,760 yards, the Fusion One Mile is the most powerful laser rangefinder in the Bushnell family. Featuring the exclusive Angle Range Compensation (ARC) technology, the Fusion instantly accounts for the terrain angle when providing true horizontal distance for bow hunters and holdover information (available in inches, centimeters, MOA or MILs) for shooters and hunters. In addition, Variable Sight-in Distance (VSITM) allows shooters to receive holdover data based on a 100-, 150-, 200- or 300-yard zero. Users can choose between three modes of operation: BullsEye, Brush and Scan, depending on the terrain and surrounding conditions. MSRP: $999.99-1,299.99; www.bushnell.com
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Bushnell Elite Tactical 8-40 Spotting Scope
The Bushnell Elite Tactical 8-40 x 60mm Spotting Scope represents the best in optical quality and engineering the company has to offer. The Elite features ED Prime glass, BAK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics, designed for better image brightness and color resolution. Featuring the H32 reticle from Horus Vision, the spotter is optimal for identifying distances. With a minimum magnification power of eight times (ideal setting when employed with night vision) and a maximum power of 40 times, the Elite Tactical Spotting Scope is one of the most versatile spotting scopes being introduced this year. The scope includes a detachable picatinny rail, giving users the ability to quickly and easily mount the spotter to a firearm or tripod system. MSRP: $1,999.99; www.bushnell.com
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Vanguard Endeavor HD Spotting Scope
The Endeavor HD Spotting Scopes Series encompass some of the most advanced optical equipment Vanguard has ever produced. Available in 66mm angled, 65 mm straight and 82 mm angled (pictured) models, the line is sure to fulfill the needs of all serious optics aficionados. All models feature a rubber armored magnesium body, are waterproof submersible, nitrogen filled and fogproof. The optical system uses HD fluorite, low dispersion glass to ensure accurate color rendition and virtually eliminates color fringing. Lenses are fully multi-coated and feature BAK4 prisms. MSRP: $859.99; www.vanguardworld.com
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Nikon Prostaff 3 Fieldscope
The Prostaff 3 Fieldscope by Nikon combines quality optics in a compact, rugged package that hunters can take just about anywhere. Waterproof, fogproof, full multicoated optics and an integral 16-48x zoom eyepiece provide versatility and impressive performance at an affordable price ($329.95). The Prostaff 3 can be close-focused to 32.8 feet, has a field of view at 1,000 yards of 120 feet at 16x, and an exit pupil of 3.8mm at 16x. Its 19mm of eye relief at 16x makes it a good choice for glasses-wearers. The scope is just 12.3 inches long and weighs only 21.9 ounces. The fieldscope is packaged as an outfit with a compact tripod and carry case. MSRP: $329.95; www.nikonsportoptics.com.

A hunter is only as good as his optics. With this edict in mind we round up the best new binoculars and spotting scopes to hit the market in 2013.