January 31, 2024
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These standout hunting optics unveiled at SHOT Show 2024 in Las Vegas offer exciting new features. Also Read: New Riflescopes from SHOT
Leica's new Geovid Pro 10x42 AB+ is a groundbreaking binocular setting a new benchmark in precision and features. The new package integrates Leica's renowned optics and a top-tier laser rangefinder which is further enhanced with the precision of Applied Ballistics Elite software. Leica is the first optics manufacturer to introduce "Shot Probability Analysis," an exclusive feature designed to enhance shooting and hunting accuracy for real-time decision-making. The state-of-the-art technology, developed by leading ballistics software manufacturer Applied Ballistics, calculates the probability of hitting a desired target by evaluating distance, wind speed, rifle precision and muzzle velocity of the bullet. After providing variable input data, users receive a hit probability percentage shown both in the Leica Hunting App and the Geovid Pro AB+ display. The binocular provides individual measurements and a scanning mode, ensuring reliable performance even in challenging conditions. With a maximum range of 3,200 yards or more, and accuracy of +/- 0.5 yards, they are ideal for any long-range hunting or shooting application.
German Precision Optics has introduced a new member of its popular Passion binocular line—the Passion SD, featuring top-shelf performance in an affordable price. The SD includes six new and different models: 8x26, 10x26, 8x34, 10x34, 8x42, and 10x42. The sub-compact 8x26 SD and 10x26 SD are designed for transport, weighing 11 ounces and measuring 4.5 inches long to fit into a shirt pocket or handbag. The compact 8x34 and 10x34 are small and lightweight, weighing 17 ounces and measuring 5 inches long, perfect for the user who needs good optical performance generated from a 34mm objective lens but does not want to carry a larger binocular. The mid-sized 42mm products are perfect for any serious field optical use, with larger objective lenses and a weight of 24 ounces and a length of 5.7 inches.
German Precision Optics’ popular RangeGuide rangefinding binocular line with the new RangeGuide 8x40 and 10x40. Measuring just 5.6 inches tall and weighing 25 and 26 ounces, the new binos are the smallest and most compact premium mid-sized products in the industry, only slightly larger than the RangeGuide 8x32 and 10x32. These new RangeGuide now complete the company’s rangefinding binocular lineup that includes an 8x32, 10x32, 8x40, 10x40, 8x50, and 10x50, which is the industry’s best brand lineup in this category.
Like all the GPO RangeGuide, the new 40s feature a magnesium frame that decreases the weight and increases the strength of the product. The eye-safe Class 1 laser produces a lightning-fast 0.25-second response time that has been enhanced to reach targets up to 3,500 yards and has true-range angle technology that calculates the proper distance to the target after measuring the angle to the target, giving you a precise inclination/declination compensation reading.
Sig Sauer designed its new flagship line of binoculars—the Zulu10 HDX, with a rugged aluminum chassis wrapped in rubberized armor—for the discerning hunter. The binoculars feature incredible light transmission and ultra-high image resolution. The line features SpectraCoat, LensArmor and LenShield technologies. Available in 10x42, 10,50, 12x50 and 15x56 models.
Swarovski’s AX Visio features Swarovision glass and top-drawer technological advances. Built-in software can identify more than 9,000 species of birds and animals, an integrated camera can shoot images and video of the field of view and a digital compass. The "Share Discoveries" function allows users to guide others to a marked object via pointing arrows in the field of view.
SPOTTING SCOPES & RANGEFINDERS
Boasting a refreshed industrial design and built to the same rugged standards that outdoor enthusiasts have come to expect from Burris optics, the new Signature HD Spotting Scope with 20-60x Magnification offers a premium high-magnification optic suitable for any task. Premium HD lenses couple with an apochromatic lens system to deliver optical performance that exceeds its class expectations. The scope’s glass reduces overall color fringing and provides crisp edge-to-edge resolution, with the highest clarity, true vivid colors and striking contrast. Whether scouting wildlife, tracking big game, or focusing on distant targets, the Signature HD Spotting Scope promises precision and performance, especially in challenging low-light conditions. The scope has a die-cast magnesium body that’s reinforced to withstand hard use. Its design also incorporates an ARCA-Swiss compatible tripod mount and an M-LOK attachment with a universal red dot, ensuring versatility in mounting options.
The third-generation Leica Rangemaster CRF R is a compact monocular rangefinder that sets new standards in precision optics and laser technology. Designed for quick and reliable aiming, Leica wanted to cater to the unique needs of outdoor enthusiasts and hunters, by fusing innovation with practicality. At its core, it boasts a blend of highly precise laser technology with the highest optical performance. It features an intuitive user interface for easy and rapid handling, all within a streamlined housing unit. The Leica CRF Rangemaster provides precise distance measurements within 0.3 seconds, with an accuracy of +/- 0.5 yards at distances from 10 to 219 yards. The maximum range of the CRF R is 2,000 yards. It weighs around 6 ounces and will fit comfortably in a pocket or pouch belt.
Capable and compact, the Bone Collector 1800 rangefinder is an affordable option for the die-hard hunter. Key features are the Applied Ballistics Ultralite software package with app, and 1-yard accuracy out to 1,800 yards. The software, with the Bushnell Ballistics app, delivers a precise shoot-to solution at the touch of a button.
TenPoint Crossbow Technologies recently launched their new Align 800 Rangefinder, which offers bowhunters 1-yard accuracy with angle compensation. The Align 800 ranges out to 800 yards, is well concealed in TenPoint’s Vektra camo, and includes pouch and lens cloth.