Optics

Welcome to the Optics hub. This is where we index all our articles on the subject of Optics. From our informational articles to our buying guides for crossbow scopes to spotting scopes, they're all here. 

Resources, Guides and Info

This is where we cover informational and useful topics about optics. Guides that inform and teach on a range of subjects all within the field of optics.

How Does a Rangefinder Work?
A quick informative guide to the principles behind how laser, optical and other types of rangefinders (LIDAR, SONAR etc) work.
Angled vs Straight Spotting Scopes – Which do you need?
Do you need an angled or a straight spotter? Which is best and why? What can you do with an angled that you can't with a straight scope?
Spotting Scopes vs Telescopes, an Eye-Opening Comparison
If you're not sure whether you need a spotting scope vs a telescope our guide compares the two optics and lets you know which works for which jobs.
Spotting Scopes vs Binoculars, an Eye-Opening Comparison
If you're not sure whether you need a spotting scope vs binoculars our guide compares the two optics and lets you know which works for which jobs.
What do scope numbers mean?
Does 4-32x80 make no sense? Our guide will make this and all other specifications you find on scopes from spotting scopes to binoculars clear.
Crossbow Reticle - 4 Line

Crossbow Scopes

If you want to shoot accurately and consistently at any sort of range with your crossbow, you'll need a scope.

What's the Best Crossbow Scope on the Market?

Our guide to the crossbow scope market from fixed magnification to speed compensated scopes and red dot scopes.

Spotting Scope on Tabletop Tripod

Spotting Scopes

Spotting scopes are used for birding, hunting, archery, target shooting and many other outdoor hobbies and pursuits. We've done our market research and found you the best scopes and accessories for a wide range of uses in these articles.

What's the Best Spotting Scope?

Our guide to spotting scopes in general and those we consider to be the best in each market segment. Entry level, mid level and high level scopes.

What’s the Best Budget Spotting Scope?
Need a spotting scope but have a restricted budget? We've identified and reviewed the best budget spotting scopes for you.
How to Choose the Best Spotting Scope Tripod
Types, sizes, legs, heads, mounting plates cases and features in general. We take you through choosing the best spotting scope tripod for you.
What’s the Best Spotting Scope for 100 Yards?
Need the best spotting scope for up to 100 yards? Maybe you're a short-range target shooter, archer or backyard birder we picked out the best for you.
What’s the Best Spotting Scope for Target Shooting?
Need a spotting scope for target shooting? We've identified and reviewed the best for each distance from 100, 300 to 500 yards+.