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The first week of buck season here in WV had some dismal weather this year, lots and lots of rain, but that's part of it....never a bad day hunting, just bad weather!
 
The rifle I was using had a Leupold on top and it was a never ending battle this year keeping the lenses clear from all the rain. On the bright-side, C-Clear done it's job preventing external fogging.
 
Anyhow, to the point; Are there any other scope manufaturers out there that have a proprietary coating such as Bushnell's Rainguard and is it possible to use an automotive product such as Rain-X on a scope without destroying the coatings on the glass?
 
Just some of my thoughts as I hunted in the down-pours during the first week. Smile
 
 
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I wouldn't be surprised if Rain-X worked well but you won't catch me experimenting on any of my scopes.  Nikon makes fogproof lens wipes but I've never used them.
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Burris has a storm coating on some of their high end scopes
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Bushwacker makes a nice flip up lens cover in multiple sizes.  Might cost you 20$ for a set with shipping.  I have them on all of my scopes and they've worked well.
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Sightron has a coating on the Big Sky scopes as do some Zeiss (LotuTec) and Leica (Aquadura I think).
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Originally posted by Horsemany Horsemany wrote:

I wouldn't be surprised if Rain-X worked well but you won't catch me experimenting on any of my scopes.  Nikon makes fogproof lens wipes but I've never used them.
I'd be willing to experiment on a cheaper scope and then possibly bite the bullet and try it of a Leupold or Zeiss.
 
Fogproof is one thing, a scope you can't see through because it's covered with water is another. I had Butler Creek caps on this scope, but sometimes it's not feasible to keep them closed and other times you just can't stop the lenses from becoming wet......trust me, I tried.
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Adding a chemical like rainx wouldn't be a wise choice.  IT could react to any coating on the lenses already and cause an adverse affect.  I would highly discourage doing that. 
 
I've seen blizard caps, scope covers, butler creeks, bikini covers all used in protecting scopes from the rain work some better than the others.  At some point if they dont' work you gotta ask yourself should you be out in those conditions anywayLoco
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Rain-X is NOT for coated lenses. Even says so right on the box.
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Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

you gotta ask yourself should you be out in those conditions anywayLoco
 
I am, therefore I hunt. Big Grin
 
Seriously, I subscribe to the theory that a buck has got to be somewhere all the time; I have never let the weather affect my hunting due to that theory....you may be correct, Loco


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Originally posted by Roy Finn Roy Finn wrote:

Rain-X is NOT for coated lenses. Even says so right on the box.
Thanks for the info Roy, I haven't looked at the bottle, because I haven't been anywhere to look at it, but I did email them today on the issue.
 
Again, thanks.
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The makers of Ultra Bore Coat/ Ultra Gun Shield are working on a product that will be safe for sport optics.

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Originally posted by Stud Duck Stud Duck wrote:

Originally posted by SVT_Tactical SVT_Tactical wrote:

you gotta ask yourself should you be out in those conditions anywayLoco
 
I am, therefore I hunt. Big Grin
 
Seriously, I subscribe to the theory that a buck has got to be somewhere all the time; I have never let the weather affect my hunting due to that theory....you may be correct, Loco
LOL.  I'm not as hard of a hunter as most.  I'll be the first to admit that.  Now if i was putting food on the table and that was the way I was doing it I'd be out there in any conditions but I've not been to that point yet.
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I hunted Monday in Pennsylvania about 80 miles north of Pittsburgh for opening day of deer season. I was in the same cold rainstorm as you. My Bushnell Elite 4200 3x9 stayed clear and useable all day, can't say the same for my buddies Leupold VXII. My leupold binoculars were also useless, fogged and blurry from rain drops. This is the 2nd time in the last 4 years that my opening day was saved by Bushnell. I hunted this morning in the rain/sleet with the same results, still had a good picture through the scope. I will probably buy a set of Bushnell binoculars (with rainguard) next. I am very impressed with the performance of rainguard.
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some real smart guy in our section put rainx on an old M3 luupy, before a mission, and you couldn't see anything with the pvs 26 on it. so it does something to the coating to screw with night vision, but during the day it was fine. he still got the sh!t smoked out of him.
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Parker's Perfect........it's the OP's answer to his quest.

 http://www.parkersperfect.com/intro_frameset.htm


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Oakley makes a hydrophobic coating kit for glasses; I sent them an email yesterday in regards to using it on sport optics.
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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

Parker's Perfect........it's the OP's answer to his quest.

 http://www.parkersperfect.com/intro_frameset.htm


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Originally posted by JGRaider JGRaider wrote:

Parker's Perfect........it's the OP's answer to his quest.

 http://www.parkersperfect.com/intro_frameset.htm


Fog isn't the issue; not being able to see through a scope covered with water droplets is.
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