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I hope this is the right forum for this. I was thinking about this yesterday and wondered what others thought. I would say I am partially color blind to certain colors OR have a hard time seeing certain colors. When I went into the military they gave me the color blind test with the big circles with different colors and you had to read the number. Some of those circles I couldn't see any numbers :( Often times trailing deer can be difficult if there is not a GOOD blood trail. Red is one of the colors I have difficult with.

Would good optics/scope be more beneficial for someone like me OR would I not see as much of a difference (Alpha glass vs mid-range glass) as a "normal person"?
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Color is a part, to be sure, but resolution is what really matters. In that, you will see a difference in really good glass and just okay glass.

Many companies have a distinctive "tint" to their glass, one might work better for you than another. Which would work best, I cannot say. The ones that immediately come to mind for me are S&B and IOR, both very nice glass, both with a discernible coloration. USO too. Now that I think about it.

Color isn't my first concern in a hunting scope, since much of what you hunt is, by evolution itself, very well camouflaged in its environment. You need the capacity to resolve.

Someone might disagree, but my contention is to still look for the best quality glass you can afford.
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You posted my life story...seriously. Funny, one of the few "numbers" I saw, was almost invisible to the guy administering the test and clear as day to me. The number was "58"....I can still remember it as if it was yesterday. 

I don't think alpha glass cures our color vision inadequacies, but better glass has it's own rewards, especially in low light scenarios and overall performance. 
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I know good glass won't help colorblindness. Just wondered if someone's vision, like mine, would not be able to get as much benefit from great glass.

Cheaptrick: Yeah, I was guessing like h3ll at some of those. If I remember correctly it came down to the last colored circle and I guessed two different numbers. He told me to stick with my original answer. So I believed I passed somehow. I know on some I had to tell him I couldn't see anything :)
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I failed the color vision test. It restricted my MOS options. 
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This might be a bit of a sidebar...

But I've noticed that you can call the manufacturer or a few local guys I know will apply a tinted film and have a specific tint put onto glass.

I had a blue tint put onto a 3-9x40 Nikon.
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Hi,

"Coolaid" as got right, in my opinion, high resolving power of the lens system is key. Colour blindness will only affect the ability to see contrasting colours. Minor disadvantage shooting game, I would have thought, through a scope.

In microscopy there is a mathematical calculation to determine the resolving power of a lens system, that evades me at the moment. I am sure it could be applied to a riflescope, I will look it up for you in the next few days and signal you again.

Acker.Yippee


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