Great Innovations in Optics

Riflescopes With 6X Zooms
Traditional variable-power riflescopes have had either three-to-one (as in 3""9X) or four-to-one (as in 2.5""10X) zoom ratios. Now, Swarovski has greatly increased the versatility of power changing with the six-to-one zoom ratio of its new 30mm Z6 series of riflescopes, which are available in 1""6x24, 1.7""10x42 and 2""12x50 models.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Integral Windage and Elevation Caps
Integral Windage and Elevation Caps
Anyone who has left windage and elevation turret caps at a shooting range or otherwise lost them in the field will greatly appreciate Leupold's new SpeeDial Adjustment System, which incorporates the caps into the adjustment dials. In other words, it's impossible to lose them.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Hydrophobic Lens Coatings
Hydrophobic Lens Coatings
First introduced in sport optics by Bushnell in 1999 under the brand RainGuard, hydrophobic (water-repellent) coatings of various types are now coming into wide use throughout the optics industry. Examples of such coatings include Sightron's Climate Control, Simmons's HydroShield, Steiner's Nano and Zeiss's LotuTec. Though not easily detected in fair-weather conditions, hydrophobic coatings work amazingly well at repelling not only water, but also oil and grease, which either runs or wipes off easily.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Ammunition-Specific Bullet-Drop-Compensating Reticles
Ammunition-Specific Bullet-Drop-Compensating Reticles
This clever idea involves using Cabela's extra-long (4.5- to 5.3-inch) eye relief Lever-Action Riflescope, with its special BDC reticles, in conjunction with Hornady Lever Evolution ammunition. The 3""9x40 scopes are available with three different built-in bullet-drop-compensating reticles, calibrated for .30/30 Win., .444 Marlin and .45/70 Government ammunition, respectively. If these scopes sell well, you can expect to see more like them in the years to come.Outdoor Life Online Editor
Digiscoping Made Easier
Digiscoping Made Easier
The Zeiss Camera-Eyepiece DC4 makes taking high-quality telephoto pictures through a spotting scope much easier than we ever thought possible. With the scope mounted on a solid tripod, you look through the eyepiece as you normally would, focus on the object to be photographed and press the shutter button on an infrared remote control. Presto! You've got a sharp digital photo of exactly what you saw through the eyepiece.Outdoor Life Online Editor

The best new features found on this year's crop of scopes, binoculars, and more.