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Benefits of Rangefinding Binoculars

Rangefinding binoculars with shooter in background

We are just going to say it. A pair of rangefinding binoculars needs to be one of your hunting necessities. These types of binoculars are often better than plain rangefinders and can help you on your expeditions. Here are reasons you should consider purchasing a rangefinding binocular if you haven’t already!

Increased Magnification

Rangefinding binoculars such as our RB1042 binoculars give you increased magnification. Often, you will get better magnification rather than using a generic rangefinder. This can help you on your hunts when you’re posted up and on the lookout for your next target. Being able to see closer up from farther away means less of a chance at scaring an animal away.

Range Farther

detail of rangefinding binoculars

Rangefinding binoculars allow you to range farther than traditional rangefinders. Not only that but having a binocular and a rangefinder built into one device means one less piece of equipment you have to bring out onto the field. You can range an animal and its relation to landmarks around it much easier and with a clearer view.

Multiple Modes

Most rangefinding binoculars have multiple modes within one device. Our RB1042 and RB0842 binoculars have four different modes. These modes are standard, hunting, rain, and golf. Each different mode ranges a little differently, giving the purpose of the activity you are currently doing. Regular binoculars or rangefinders do not have options such as this.

Helps with Accuracy

Since rangefinding binoculars have increased magnification and longer-ranging capabilities, it allows you to aim more accurately at your target. You will have a better idea of where exactly your target is and how far away it is from you. This can help no matter what your weapon of choice is. Rangefinding binoculars have become increasingly popular with bowhunters as of lately.

There are many benefits to using a binocular with rangefinding capabilities. Are you up to trying one out for yourself?

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Introducing Our New Rangefinding Binoculars

Rangefinding binocular detail

X-Vision Optics is continuing to expand our ever-growing product selection with our new lineup of Rangefinding Binoculars.

There are many benefits of rangefinding binoculars, and the RB0842 and RB1042 are here to change the game! Combining the technologies of glassing and rangefinding, you’ll be able to find AND know how far away your target is with one device. Add a rangefinding binocular to your hunting must-haves this season.

Long Distance Ranging

hiker with rangefinding binocular in rain

Our RB1042 and RB0842 binoculars provide the distance data needed to get the job done. The RB1042 has 10x magnification for precise readings to your target whether you’re hunting, golfing, or using it for recreational purposes. Additionally, the RB0842 has 8x magnification. These extremely effective binoculars have an angle measurement range of +/- 90 degrees that is accurate within 0.5 degrees.

Multiple Modes

In addition, these rangefinding binoculars offer multiple modes: Standard, Hunt, Golf, and Rain. The standard mode has no icon displayed on the OLED (red-colored) display. The standard mode provides distance and angle measurement. On the other hand, the rain mode is ideal for rainy or foggy days where the target distance is greater than 30 yards, with the horizontal distance (HD) provided. Additionally, the golf mode gives the priority to the near object which is helpful in picking out a flag from objects behind it. If the rangefinder obtains multiple distances, it will display the nearest option. Lastly, the hunt mode gives preference to the further object, ignoring interfering objects like bushes and branches. No matter the mode, you will get precise, line-of-sight ranging distances.

Rangefinding Binocular Set

Easy to Use

These compact and lightweight rangefinding binoculars are easy to use with two operating buttons to give you fast and accurate readings. The product includes a protective carrying case, neck strap, lens covers, CR2-3V battery, battery key, and microfiber lens cloth. Moreover, the rangefinding binocular runs on a single, long-lasting CR2-3v Lithium battery. Uniquely, the OLED screen has a simple, clean, easy-to-read display menu for quick and accurate readings. The rangefinding binocular lenses are multilayered, anti-reflective, and come with an anti-scratch glass coating.

For more additional specs and information, be sure to check out our product pages!

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Tips on Setting up a Trail Camera

Deer in woods - Trail Camera setup

If you’re new to trail cameras and don’t know how you should set one up, we’ve got you. Setting up a trail camera is are easy to do, but there are key factors to keep in mind. Follow along so you can up your game this fall hunting season.

How High Up to Put Your Camera

Where you place your camera can vary depending on whether you are on public or private land. On private land, place your camera three to four feet off the ground. You don’t want the camera at the same height as you—you want it at the height of a deer. Placing your camera at this height could mean it’s easy to find and someone could potentially take it. That’s why if you are on public land, you should place your camera about ten feet high. Then, angle it down so you can see when deer walk past. Passerby won’t notice it as easily.

Clear Away Brush & Branches

trail camera attached to tree

You don’t want to trigger your camera from stray brush or branches. When setting up a trail camera, check the surrounding area for anything that could cause an unnecessary trigger. It’s also important to know whether you are aiming to take pictures or videos. Of course, videos will take up more space on an SD card than photos, but maybe that is what you want. Knowing your plan before putting up your camera can help figure out the right spot for it.

Know When to Check Your Camera

It’s always hard not to run out and check your camera whenever a deer crosses its path. But in reality, checking your camera and switching out SD cards should not happen that often. If you go at the wrong time, it could ruin your spot completely because you leave your scent behind. Checking your camera when it’s raining or extremely hot out are the perfect opportunities. So, plan accordingly.

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What is the Best Clothing for an Elk Hunt?

Elk in wild - best clothing for an Elk Hunt

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again—elk season is right around the corner. You probably have all your hunting gear set and ready to go. But do you have the proper attire? Since elk hunting brings you into the mountains, you must be prepared for constant weather changes. The type of clothing you wear is one of the most important aspects of your hunt. It could be the difference-maker on whether you have a successful hunt or not. So, what is the best clothing for an elk hunt?

Wear CamoPeople wearing Camo in woods - Best clothing for an Elk Hunt

Camouflage clothing is the best clothing for an elk hunt. It allows you to blend in easier with your surroundings so elk have a harder time spotting you. There are hundreds of patterns and colors out there. Typically, it doesn’t matter what you get, it’s all based on personal preference. But it is important to consider the type of terrain you will be hunting on. This can help you better choose what type of camouflage will help you blend in better with your surroundings.

Bring Layers

We can’t say this one enough. Bring layers! When you’re hunting in colder weather AND in the mountains, weather can be inconsistent. It’s better to pack too much clothing than not enough. You can always take layers off as you get hot. Breathable clothes are beneficial in helping you to not overheat. Make sure every piece of clothing you put on is comfortable and allows you to move around. You’ll likely be on the move and also sitting for long periods of time.

Pack a Hat and Gloves

Hat and gloves seem to be the items that are most easily forgotten. They may not seem important in the moment, but you’ll be glad you brought them along when you’re deep in a forest. It’s also the easiest way to shed a layer if you start getting hot.

Remember, clothing is just as important as your optics on a hunt. Be prepared for this elk hunting season.

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Tips for Hunting Elk

Tips for hunting elk

The elk hunting season is rolling around again. Are you ready? The rolling hills and deep forests are calling our name. We put a list of tips for hunting elk together that will help you be prepared on your next hunt.

Move Away from Roads

If you’re hunting on public land, the chances of you finding an elk near a road are extremely slim. Sure, every once in a while, one might venture close to paved paths, but it’s likely someone else will get to it first. Elk want to stay as far away from people as possible. This means you must go where people normally never go. Deep into forests and rough country will be your best bet.

Hunt Late in the Season

Next on the list of tips for hunting elk is hunting later in the season. Later in the season means more snow on the ground. And more snow on the ground means it’s easier to find tracks. Elk will be pushed lower out of the upper slopes due to increasing levels of snow. This means you won’t have to walk as far and into tough terrain as you might have to earlier in the season.

Optics are Essentialhand with rangefinding binoculars

Optics are a must when it comes to elk hunting. Finding a good pair of binoculars, especially rangefinding binoculars, will help you spot them from afar and know exactly how far away they are at. This allows you to aim more accurately and on-target.

Dress Properly & Stay Hydrated

When hunting in the mountains, you must keep in mind that the weather could change at any moment. Dressing in layers is important. You’d rather be too hot and take some layers off than too cold. Bringing water with is also important. Since you’re in the mountains, there will typically always be a water source nearby such as a stream or snow. Bringing a filter with you so you can filter your water can prevent you from being bogged down from carrying all your water.

Remember, hunt places others won’t. And good luck this elk hunting season.

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Why You Should Use a Rangefinder When Bow Hunting

Use a rangefinder when bow hunting

Bow hunting season is just around the corner. If you’re planning on going bow hunting with some buddies this year, you should bring along a rangefinder. There are many benefits to using a rangefinder such as eliminating distance estimation issues. Along with that, here are three more benefits to using a rangefinder.

Durable & Portable

Rangefinders have an ergonomic design that makes them comfortable and easy to carry around on your hunts. Rangefinders are made of durable material and are somewhat waterproof/fogproof.  You can carry them comfortably in one hand or put them in a pocket because of their small design. It’s a no brainer when it comes to bringing along a rangefinder when bow hunting. If it doesn’t take up any extra space—why NOT bring one?

Reduces Inaccurate Shots

If you are an avid bowhunter, then you know that many factors play into a single shot. Whether you are shooting from an angle, the distance to your target, and taking gravity into account all play into whether you will hit your target or not. Rangefinders decrease the chance of having an inaccurate shot. This is because they can accurately range when shooting at an angle.  When are you actually shooting from completely level ground?

Fast & Accurate Ranging

rangefinder when bowhunting

Rangefinders provide fast and accurate ranging. As with our X-Vision Optics rangefinders, you simply press a button to get an almost-instant reading on how far away an object is. Additionally, rangefinders are more beneficial than using a spotting scope. This is because you can range and shoot accurately from even greater distances than when using a scope.

As you can see, rangefinders are a great product to use when bow hunting. A missed shot almost always comes from not knowing the correct distance away your target is. So, don’t take the chance of missing any shots when you could use an efficient optic such as a rangefinder.

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What does MOA Mean?

what does MOA mean

August is National Shooting Month. This means it’s a great time to get out on the shooting range. For those of you that are new to target shooting, you may be new to scopes, too. You’ve probably seen “MOA” thrown around when looking at different scopes. But what does MOA mean in regard to scopes? Knowing what this stands for and means can help you to shoot better on target.

What Does MOA Mean?

MOA stands for “Minute of Angle.” This is an angular measurement. A minute of angle is 1/60th of a degree. This in turn stands for 1 inch every 100 yards. Knowing what this is and how it works helps you to adjust your calculations when aiming at a target. Sometimes it is difficult to perform the calculations in your head. An easy way to determine this is to divide the distance you are shooting (in yards) by 100. So, for example, if you are shooting 350 yards away, 350 divided by 100 is 3.5. This means 1 minute of angle at 350 yards is 3.5”.

Still Confused?

what does MOA mean

Are you still confused? Don’t worry, we’ve got you! Let’s say you are trying to adjust 4 inches at 200 yards. You want to think in 2-inch increments. 2 inches fits into the 4-inch adjustment 2 times, which means you would need to adjust 2 MOA. When we say, “adjust by 2 MOA,” we mean adjusting your scope by 2 MOA in order to aim more accurately at a target.

Know Your Scope Adjustments

What does MOA mean in regard to scopes? Every scope is different. This means they may adjust in different increments, too. What we mean by this, is that every adjustment on a particular scope could be ¼ minute of angle per click, ½ minute of angle per click, and so on. Knowing how to think in minute of angle and not “clicks” helps you to get an accurate aim much faster. For example, if your scope adjusts ½ minute of angle per click and you know you need to adjust up 2 MOA, you will need to adjust your scope 4 clicks.

MOA can be a confusing concept. The more you learn about it, the better you’ll understand. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there at some point! For more information, visit the NSSF website!

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Let’s Talk About X-Vision Optics’ New Rangefinder Models!

new rangefinder models RFP875 and RFO1600

We’ve got two NEW rangefinder models that we are introducing to our lineup! Both the RFP875 and the RFO1600 are made for every outdoor enthusiast. Their high-precision capabilities will give you confidence whether you’re in the tree stand, on the golf course, or verifying that the person next to you is six feet away. So, what else is there to know about them?

Two Different Models

We are adding two different new rangefinder models —the RFP875 and the RFO1600. Both models have similar features, but different ranging distances. The RFP875 has a PDLC smart glass display while the RFO1600 has a red OLED display. Both allow you to get clear readings even in low light environments.

Long Distance Ranging

new rangefinder models- RFP875 and RFO1600

The RFP875 has a long-distance range of 875 yards, while the RFO1600 has a long-distance range of 1640 yards. Both these models have 6x magnification for precise readings to your target. Both the RFP875 and the RFO1600 have an angle measurement range of 90 degrees that is accurate within 1 degree.

Multiple Modes

Both rangefinders have 4 different modes: Standard, Rain, Golf, and Hunting. The standard mode has no icon displayed on the screen. This mode provides distance and angle measurement. The rain mode is ideal for rainy or foggy days where the target distances are greater than 30 yards. Golf mode gives the priority to the nearer object which is helpful in picking out a flag from objects behind it. Hunting mode gives preference to the further object, ignoring interfering objects such as bushes or branches.

Easy To Use

These compact and lightweight rangefinders are easy to use with two operating buttons to give you fast and accurate readings. Each rangefinder includes a cleaning cloth, soft pouch, lanyard, and poly bag. The RFP875 and the RFO1600 run on a single, long-lasting CR2 battery.

For any additional information, visit the RFP875 or the RFO1600 product pages to learn more!

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Night Vision Care: How Do I Care for My Night Vision Product?

X-Vision Night Vision Binoculars in hand night vision product care

Night vision devices are made easily available nowadays. They used to be used mainly by the military and law enforcement. But with easier access and advancement in technology, it’s simple to get your hands on an NVD for a range of uses. From hunting to surveillance to recreation and more, night vision devices are becoming increasingly popular. With the use of a night vision product, you should know proper night vision care. Taking care of your device will help prolong its life.

Take Care of Your Batteries

Whether your device uses AA batteries or a rechargeable battery, you must take good care of them. This means keeping them stored in a dry and safe location. Wet batteries could damage the device.

Avoid Lots of Water

An important aspect of night vision care is to avoid lots of water. If you are planning to take your device out for a hunt, it’s best to check the weather. Lots of exposure to rain could damage the device. Night vision devices are meant to be a little waterproof, but only to limited amounts of water. If you happen to get water on your device, dry it off as soon as possible.

Be Careful What You Use to Clean Your Device

night vision product care

Cleaning your night vision device with harsh chemicals could potentially ruin it. If you want to clean the outside of your device, try using a damp towel and dry quickly afterwards.

Store Your Device in a Safe Place

If you are planning on not using your binocular for a while, store it in a safe place. This means putting it in a dry location and not exposed to the elements. You should also remove your batteries from the device.

Follow The Owner’s manual

Every product is a little different. This means night vision care may vary depending on brand. Reading the owner’s manual on how to care for the device helps it to last longer. Proper maintenance and following the instructions will help to make sure you are using the device correctly as well.

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How to Use Your KRAD Scope One-Shot Sight-in Target

sight in target - How to Use Your KRAD Scope

If you have bought our KRAD night vision digital scope or are considering buying it, this guide will be helpful for you! Each package comes with a one-shot sight-in target to easily zero in your scope. So, you will be out in action in no time after following these simple steps. Here’s how to use your KRAD scope one-shot sight-in target.

What Does “Zeroing” Mean?

First, you want to fine-tune a scope to ensure that bullets will hit the aiming point at a certain distance. This is called “zeroing” the scope. The KRAD night vision scope comes with a zeroing target for this purpose. So, when you make adjustments during these procedures, the image on the viewscreen shifts relative to the reticle. It is important to note that the reticle remains at the center of the viewscreen. Correspondingly, this affects bullet placement.

zeroing screen of KRAD Target Scope - How to Use Your KRAD ScopeZeroing Target

X and Y coordinates are labeled on the zeroing target. To use it, aim the scope’s reticle on the center of the target and fire a round. The bullet is likely to be off target. Inputting the X and Y coordinates of the impact point will help you to correct the bullet placement.

Steps to Follow

  1. First, put your zeroing target at a range of 50 yards.
  2. Next, using the smartphone app, access the Control Panel and scroll down to the “Zeroing” section.
  3. Then, set units to “British System”.
  4. Next, set “Zero Range” to 50 yards.
  5. After this, set “Cursor X” and “Cursor Y” to (0,0).
  6. Next, save setting by tapping “Zeroing Setup” and entering the password 87654321.
  7. Then, aim at the center of the target and fire one round.
  8. After this, record the X and Y coordinates at the impact point.
  9. Using the smartphone app, change the “Cursor X” and “Cursor Y” inputs to match the impact point. (Example: Cursor X -40, Cursor Y 140).
  10. Next, you want to fire another round to confirm the scope is zeroed in.
  11. Lastly, if additional adjustment is required, adjust the x and y coordinates by small increments to zero the scope.

If you have any questions on this process, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Sighting in your scope is extremely important to using it correctly and accurately.