Optics: A Look Back (2007)

Leupold Golden Ring 10/17x42 Binoculars
These remarkable optics allow the user with a flip of a switch to instantly go from 10x power to 17x power. The multi-coated lenses are waterproof, have a lifetime warranty and sell for about $900.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Leupold Golden Ring 10/17x42 Binoculars
These remarkable optics allow the user with a flip of a switch to instantly go from 10x power to 17x power. The multi-coated lenses are waterproof, have a lifetime warranty and sell for about $900.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Swarovski Z6 Optik
This high-end Austrian-made, 30mm rifle scope has a 6x zoom factor, a new era in optics for the company. It offers hunters a unique advantage in the field, by being able to zoom in to targets quickly and clearly for pinpoint shooting. MSRP is unavailable.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Leica Rangemaster 900 CRF Rangefinder
This bright optic, German-made rangefinder is useful for hunters in instantly estimating target ranges from 10 to 900 yards. Compact and lightweight, the 900 CRF is waterproof and features a bright red LED readout of yardages, ideal for bowhunters and riflemen. It sells for $579.Outdoor Life Online Editor
BSA Sweet Series Centerfire 3-10x44
Capitalizing on the success of their other "Sweet Series" scope line, BSA is marketing the 3-10x44, which should be a winner with the deer hunter, and just as worthy topping the rifles of sportsmen after antelope, elk, black bears and mule deer. The variable-power scope is clear and bright, and retails for $189.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Pentax DCF ED Series 10x50 Binoculars
These binoculars combine extra low dispersion glass elements, full reflection and phase-coated prisms, hybrid aspherical lens elements and fully multi-coated optics. These binoculars are built to last, with Class 6 waterproof construction, durable magnesium alloy body and a hard coating to protect exposed lens elements. MSRP is just under $900.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Bushnell Infinity 10.5x45mm
These fogproof, waterproof binculars are the perfect combination of lightweight construction, optical quality and rugged durability. Covered in durable rubber armor coating, these binoculars can take all the abuse the outdoors can give. MSRT is $399.99.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Nikon Laser IRT 4-12x42
This new scope from Nikon combines Nikon's patented DC reticle with an integral laser range finder. Touching a single button gives an instant distance reading. The new Laser IRT Riflescope weighs in at 26 oz and measures 13.1 inches in length. Eye relief of 3 inches and a low profile mounting system allows the riflescope to be mounted on almost any rifle the shooter prefers. O-ring sealed and nitrogen-filled for true waterproof, fogproof and shockproof performance, the Laser IRT is built for virtually any kind of environment. The scope operates on a 3volt CR-2 battery and ranges up to 766 yards. MSRP for the Laser IRT is $899.95.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Nikon Laser IRT 4-12x42
This new scope from Nikon combines Nikon's patented DC reticle with an integral laser range finder. Touching a single button gives an instant distance reading. The new Laser IRT Riflescope weighs in at 26 oz and measures 13.1 inches in length. Eye relief of 3 inches and a low profile mounting system allows the riflescope to be mounted on almost any rifle the shooter prefers. O-ring sealed and nitrogen-filled for true waterproof, fogproof and shockproof performance, the Laser IRT is built for virtually any kind of environment. The scope operates on a 3volt CR-2 battery and ranges up to 766 yards. MSRP for the Laser IRT is $899.95.Outdoor Life Online Editor

Hunting optics are often overlooked as a pricey but necessary evil. Not anymore. Sleek, ergonomic binoculars and high-powered scopes finally fit within the budget of most hardcore outdoorsmen. Don't believe us? Check out Bob McNally's product report from the 2007 SHOT Show.