Bushnell Outdoor Products recently introduced a new compact roof prism spotting scope in the Bushnell Tactical line that’s equally at home in the field–the Bushnell Elite Tactical 8-40x 60mm Lightweight Modular Spotting Scope (LMSS). Featuring ED Prime glass and fully multi-coated optics, the Elite Tactical 8-40x 60mm LMSS provides incredible image brightness and color resolution. Available standard or with the Horus Vision H32 reticle, an ideal reticle for identifying distances, the Elite Tactical LMSS is an extremely versatile optic. With a minimum magnification of eight power, an ideal setting when employed with night vision, and a maximum of 40 power, the Elite Tactical Spotting Scope is one of the most versatile premium spotting scopes on the market.
Constructed with a rugged, rubber-armored housing, the spotting scope is fully fog proof and meets IPX7 waterproof standards. Combine that with the permanent, water-repellant RainGuard HD lens coating, a patented Bushnell technology that causes moisture to bead up and scatter less light, and this optic is built to withstand the toughest tests from Mother Nature.
The spotting scope includes a detachable Picatinny rail, giving users the ability to quickly and easily mount the spotter to a firearm or tripod system. The Elite Tactical 8-40x 60mm LMSS is available for an estimated retail price of $1,699.99 or $2,199.99 with the Horus H32 reticle.
Meopta has a slick new adapter that lets you take incredible close up, long range photos with your iPhone. The MeoPix iScoping Adapter cradles your iPhone and simply slips over a spotting scope or binocular eyepiece at the right eye relief distance to use your spotting scope basically as a huge telescopic lens for the phone’s camera.
As a pre-season scouting tool, such an arrangement is especially helpful to outfitters and professional guides who are spotting game anyhow, and can now take large, clear photos (and video) of the game in their hunting areas for potential clients to see. For hunters who are serious about record book entries, it makes it possible to photograph game, and then take the time to really size up the quality of a potential trophy. And since the photos are stored on your phone, you can instantly blast them out to friends so they can enjoy seeing what you see as well.
The Harris antelope ground squirrel you see here was photographed behind SCI Headquarters at about 50 yards using an iPhone 4 and Meopta’s SD 82 HD spotting scope set on 60x. To give you some idea of how “close up” you can now get with your phone, this species of squirrel stands about five inches tall.
The Nikon PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope Outfit combines quality optics in a compact, rugged package for a take-anywhere spotter. Waterproof, fogproof construction, fully multicoated optics and an integral 16-48x Zoom eyepiece promise versatility and performance. Packaged as an outfit, with compact tripod and carry case, the PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope is ready for the next outing.
The PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope outfit can be close focused to just 32.8 feet, has a field of view at 1,000 yards of 120 feet at 16x, and an exit pupil of 3.8mm at 16x. It features 19mm of eye relief at 16x, making it ideal for people who wear glasses, as well as those who do not. The scope is 12.3 inches long and weighs a mere 21.9 ounces. Never before has a fieldscope had a weight light enough to rival a binocular.
With fully multicoated optics, the PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope provides bright, high contrast images in most lighting conditions. The fieldscope is nitrogen filled and O-ring sealed for fully waterproof and fogproof , and is rubber armored for shock resistance and a sure grip, wet or dry. The PROSTAFF 3 Fieldscope Outfit will retail for $329.95.