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What is first and second plane reticle?

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In rifle scopes, the reticle can be positioned in the first (objective-sided) or second (ocular-sided) image plane.

If the reticle is in the first image plane (objective-sided) of a variable magnification rifle scope, the reticle will be magnified in direct proportion to an increase in magnification. If, however, the reticle is positioned in the second image plane (ocular-sided), the image is magnified, but not the reticle.


This and other scope terminology can be found at our riflescopes school.

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