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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/30/2013 at 13:36
Renico View Drop Down
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Hello all.

At the Uni im doing a large task about hunting optics. I've come to the "Alpha optics part". Something like this:

Is there any noticeable differnce in the very high end of hunting scopes? Here I think S&B Zenith, Swaro z6, and the new Zeiss HT.

Isn't it just a matter of what reticle you like the best, or what name sounds cooler to you?

I know that brands like Zeiss and others do everything to make their product seem to be the best. Zeiss says: New HT brigthest scope and finest red dot in the world.

But if you took the 3 scopes I mentioned and put them side to side together, without any logos on them, would you then be able to tell a difference? other than different magnification, reticle etc.?

S&B is very popular but dont do any fancy marketing it seems? I mean they dont have any fancy named stuff as SWAROBRIGHT, LOUTEC and so on. But just plain good glass it seems.

This is what i plan on writing down so just wanna ask the "profs in here" if it is close to correct :)

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/30/2013 at 15:08
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Hey, friend... I don't want to sound harsh here, but you've already received an answer to this same basic question multiple times. The answer is no different this time just because you asked it in a different way. Please refer back to your other threads on the high end scopes for your answer. They are all very comparable to each other and you'll never get a consensus on which is "best." There really is no "best."

I haven't seen Zeiss HT yet, so I cannot comment on Zeiss' claims for it.

Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/30/2013 at 17:07
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Pick the one that has the features you want most.  Optics wise they are all awesome and to the average user in average hunting conditions any of them would be fantastic and you would be hard pressed to say one looks better than the other. 

Even some of the $1000 scope these days are pushing they big boys optically.  Look at Meopta, they have some awesome glass for crazy cheap compared to the big boys. 

For a hunting scope some kind of water and dust shedding coating would definitely be a must IMO.  After having scopes with and without it, it is a nice feature.  So if S&B does not, that a lone would take it out of the running for me. 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: April/30/2013 at 21:46
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So - you are gathering information for a school paper you are writing as a student at a university in Denmark - is that correct?
So what you are saying is a lot like saying that there really is no difference between the different makes of expensive cars because they all have four wheels.
I tend to believe that there are subtle differnces in the different optics and if you are not in a price range to afford them those differences really dont matter but if you are able to afford them then a closer look makes a lot of sense. Sometimes the difference is as subtle as how thick or thin the reticle is and your preference and sometime the difference is how much internal adjustment there is and one may have much more than another in which case one may not be at all suitable for a particular use. Guys who own expensive scopes and have owned several brands really do notice a difference and one of my friends is in that category and he really loves scopes made by Premier but he has owned several different brands of very expensive scopes and notices subtle differences as well as things that make one more useful than another like what the magnification range is which can often be the most important aspect.
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