Optics Editor Don MacDonald field tests a new pair of binos from the Austrian maestros...
Over the past few years I’ve been lucky enough to review and field test top of the line Swarovski gear. This includes the Z6 riflescope and the fantastic EL range of binoculars. These items are pretty much the best of the best in terms of hunting optics, so when the NZ Ammunition Co sent me a pair of new midrange SLC 10x42s I was a bit more reserved when the green box arrived. That was until I opened it...... Read More
Nik, Scotty & Phill field-test a high quality spotting scope from a world-class manufacturer...
It was on one of our roar hunts into a new area last year that we saw some potential for testing a spotting scope. The wide tussock valleys, open tops and expansive clay pan faces looked ideal for some serious glassing.
Phill and Scotty (Right) searching for sika with the Swarovski ATX 25-60x85. Phill found the spotter and tripod setup comfortable for extended periods of glassing.
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A scope for all seasons...
Famous for their binocular range, Leica has enjoyed mixed success in the riflescope market since the launch of the ER range back in the 1990s, which is strange as I found them to be a solid, well presented hunting optic. However, although the new Magnus riflescope arrived in the same silver box as the ER, my first impressions were very different. This is a totally new scope and I started getting excited as I studied the Magnus’s new features.
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