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Hi,
 
Does anyone here own one of these:
 
How does the side focus work? Does it function in the same way an AO lens does?
 
How would you set it for yardage?
 
How close in can this scope be focused?
 
I can't figure out how this works mechanically.
 
Thanks.
 
 
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 I don't have that particular scope, but there are a lot of side-focus scopes out there. They generally work the same as an adjustable objective for focus and parrallax control.
 Distance is often marked on the turret, but is often not real accurate, depending on manufacturer, etc., (so I gather from recent posts on the subject.)
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 I'm not sure how they work mechanically, but the ones I have mounted are much easier to operate than the AO models. I do not have any Simmons side focus, only Nikon Monarch.

 On the bench there is not a lot of difference. In hunting situations, there is a world of difference in ease of operation.

  I have read a few favorable reviews on the Simmons Aetec.
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So long as you are a righty, the side focus is simpler, but does require the addition of optical elements, so you get what comes with that.

The distance scale on the parallax turret is mostly irrelevant, turn till the image is parallax-free.


For hunting, parallax adjustments can be needed at long ranges, otherwise, they are not a huge burden or help.
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 I've heard that side-focus was designed at the request of the military sniper community, to minimize detection by enemy forces, by keeping hand movement to a minimum, while focusing in on the target.
 I've also read rather positive things about the Aetec series. Probably a pretty good scope for the money, (but certainly not upper-crust by any means.)
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