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hi. I just got a new scope in. I was comparing all my scopes. I have 4. the new one is a Super Sniper 10 x 42.  Across the street is a van. This is about 35 yards. I looked at the tag on the license plate. the numbers are very small.  With the naked eye, you would need to be less than 10 feet to see them good. My Weaver Grand Slam 4.5 x 14 is the clearest. I can read the numbers at 10 power. The Super Sniper at 10 power- I can almost read them. The Nikon Monarch 4 x 12 side focus at 12 power I can not read them. With the Tasco Target Varmint 6 x 24 x 42 - I can read it at 12 power.
My question is - The Monarch should be better than the Tasco, right? What should I do about the Monarch?
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does the nikon had a side focus?  if not it may be a parallax error, i'd focus on a bit further distance.
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 yes it is
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I think Weaver Grand Slam Scopes are some of the best scopes for resolution and brightness for their price range.
 
My testing, that might have some controversy and be regarded as anecdotal, is to have the scope -- less rifle and at dusk, look at deer at 200 to 600 yds from my back deck while sipping a cool one. The Weaver 4.5-14X 40 is one of my favorite scopes and few can out perform it for the money. I can see all of the features of the deers in poor light and imagine and making a perfect shot ( again, no rifle - just scope) and easily adjust the focus/parallax. Sometimes I see coyotes. Ruger rings allow a remount with little adjustments.
 
Testing by looking at various objects and various light conditions is right on track.
 
Items that I wish Weaver would upgrade on the GS scopes are provide semi target type adjustment knobs that could be easily read and reset. I think GS adjustments are superior and deserve better knobs. The numbers on the rubber objective and ocular rings rub off in a month or so of use but the rubber surfaces are easy to grip and turn. Weaver claims 94% light transmission for the GS scopes but they appear to equal scopes having higher light transmissions.
 
The Zeiss conquest will edge out the GS in my tests.
 
 
 
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Are all the scopes mounted on a rifle, or are you free-handing them? And just because the number is printed on the ring doesn't mean it is necessarily true. You can be pretty sure of the top and bottom of the erector, but the others aren't exact.
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they were all on the same gun holder. there was 4 different guns - 4 different scopes. all were adjusted to the very best focus. the AO, the Parallax, and all eye pieces were adjusted the same way. 
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I strap my test scopes to a tripod head padded with electrical tape using rubber surgical tubing then peer out through them. Markings on either objective or ocular rings don't mean much if you cannot see them. Generally, power setting numbers are on track but focus/parallax numbers are essentially approximate as the objective (in-out) or side focus position (back forth) or ocular (SS in-out) position the focal plane at the correct position.
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