Been looking for a new scope? Not sure what one you need, or what types of scopes are used for what purposes? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. There are tons of different kinds of scopes out in the market right now. This guide can help you determine which scope may be right for you.
These types of scopes are extremely simple. Their main purpose is to create a bright and easy to see image in many different weather conditions. Typically, when you are hunting, you need to be able to make quick decisions. Therefore hunting scopes are made to be easy to use and extremely durable.
Night Vision Scopes
If you are an avid night hunter, then a night vision scope is for you. These types of scopes you can use in dark or low light conditions. Our KRAD night vision scope is an example of this. With a built-in IR illuminator, it allows you to see even when there is little to no light.
Long Range Scopes
Typically, any scope that has over 10x magnification could fall into this category.
This type of scope is very simple. This is because it has only one magnification level. You can’t adjust your magnification up or down. These types of scopes are typically the cheapest option for this exact reason. It could be a good starter scope if you are new to these kinds of optics.
These types of scopes allow you to adjust your magnification across multiple levels. They are great to use at both shorter and longer distances. Of course, they will be a bit more expensive than fixed scopes, but it would be worth the price.
As you can see, a scope may fall into many of these categories depending on its features. Long story short, if you’re in the market for a new scope, it’s best to read up on it before you buy. This way you will know exactly what it does and what it is best equipped for.
Don’t worry—we’ve all been there. Everyone has heard “cowitness” but what does it actually mean? It’s one of those questions that we all seem to think we should just know. But what if we don’t? Sit tight as we explain it to you, so you can be the expert the next time it gets brought up.
What does Cowitness Mean?
Cowitness is the term used in relation to how your irons are set up height-wise compared to your red dot. Most guns have iron sights that are stagnant and won’t change height. This means that it is in relation to changing the height of your red dot. Typically, this can be done through placing your red dot on different size mounts. There are two different types: absolute cowitness and lower 1/3 cowitness.
What Does “Absolute” Refer to?
Absolute cowitness means that your red dot and your iron sight are lined up perfectly. So, in other words, if you were to aim at a target, your iron sight and your red dot would be one and the same.
What Does “Lower 1/3” Refer to?
Lower 1/3 cowitness means that when you aim at your target, your iron sight will appear lower than your red dot. It is called a “lower 1/3” because your iron sight appears in the bottom 1/3 of your field of view. One benefit of this is that your iron sight won’t be in the way of your aim. You can view the red dot without any obstruction.
Why is it Good to Know This?
In case your red dot sight runs out of battery, it’s good to know where it lines up relative to the iron sight on your gun. That way if you are in a pinch, you can still aim accurately through your iron sight by knowing how your red dot was lined up.
Red Dot Sights
Nowadays, people rely heavily on their red dot sights rather than iron sights because of their accuracy and reliability.
Hunting on public lands allows people to recreational hunt. It gives people more opportunities and is a privilege here in the United States. Having this privilege means we have to take responsibilities in keeping ourselves and others safe. Here are some tips for hunting on public land that are good to know before your next outing.
Know and Follow the Rules/Law
It is extremely important to do the research before you head out for your hunt. Know your state’s laws and regulations and also know the regulations on the piece of land you are planning to hunt on. Rules vary by state AND by land, so staying informed is critical. It’s also important to know that a general hunting season—such as deer season—may not be the same on public land.
Be Aware of Your Surroundings
Always be aware of your surroundings!! This means keeping an eye out for other hunters. If you come across another hunting group, move away from them in a completely different direction. If you arrive at a public hunting area and notice there are already a lot of vehicles there, it is best to move to a different location.
Know Gun Safety
Never shoot at something that you can’t 100% see. If you aren’t 100% certain you are aiming at a deer, then don’t take the shot. Always have your gun pointed in a safe direction and keep it unloaded AND on safety as you travel from place to place.
Be courteous of other hunters out and about. Keep an eye out for them and respect their space. Have different hunting spots in mind just in case people have already taken your first hunting place. Be respectful to the land you are hunting on. This means pick up your trash and if you see any trash laying around from someone else, pick that up also. You always want to try to leave the land looking better than when you got there. Again, hunting on public land is a privilege, and we can’t take it for granted.
Photographing your hunt to share with friends and family is not always easy. Hunting at night and getting the right lighting takes some practice. There are a couple of different ways to photograph your hunt—whether that be through a night vision device, or on an actual camera. Here are some tips and tricks for both so you can show off your hunts to everyone later on.
Photographing your Hunt Through a NV Device
If you are looking to purchase a night vision binocular, buying one with photo and video capabilities is a huge plus. You won’t have to worry about bringing along a camera or fumbling around in the dark for your phone. Some tips for taking pictures on a NV device is to make sure you have a memory card in the device. You won’t be able to see your pictures later if there is no way to save them. Always try to keep a steady hand so your video isn’t shaky. Use the zoom features on the device to see an object clearly and up close. Playing around with your night vision binoculars ahead of your hunt will help you tremendously in the field. You will know where each button is on the device and how to properly work it.
Photography Through a Camera
If you’re hunting at night, having the flash on your camera is a must. It doesn’t matter if you are in a dimly lit area—if you don’t have the flash, your picture won’t turn out. Most hunting products are black in color, which means if it isn’t situated correctly in the picture, it won’t show up against a dark background. Some of the best hunting photographers place their hunting product against something of a lighter background. Whether that be the animal itself, the ground, or holding it in their hand.
Just remember—it takes time and practice to get quality photos when hunting at night. Take time to know your device before taking it out in the field. Take time to read directions so you use your devices correctly, and we promise your hunting photos will turn out like a pro’s.
Today it’s time to take a look at target shooting. Many of you may have heard of it—and many of you might also participate in it. But for those of you who don’t know much about it, we’re here to tell you all about the hype.
Target shooting is a type of sport. It involves a variety of ways to use a device and shoot at a target. You could use rifles, pistols, crossbows, etc. You can aim at a target (hence the name), bottle, can, etc. Pistols are typically used at shorter ranges while rifles are used at longer ranges. If you are new to this sport and wish to start from shorter ranges, a pistol or rifles of .22 caliber are a good option. Although this sport is mainly done for fun, there are also competitions for those who have a competitive edge. Target shooting is also popularly used for Firearm Safety classes.
What Optics Should I Use For Target Shooting?
Popular target shooting optics include red dot sights and scopes. Red dot sights are the most popular. X-Vision Optics has 4 red dot sights in our product lineup. Red dot sights are used in this sport because it helps a shooter to aim better by placing a dot on your target. Our KRAD digital scope does the same thing but with more advanced settings.
Where Can I Find a Competitive Shooting Program?
There are a lot of competitions and programs out there for competitive target shooting. The NRA is a great place to start if you are new to finding programs or competitions that would be right for you. They have over 11,000 shooting tournaments and 50 national championships every year. They even have programs at over 300 colleges and universities.
There are many shooting ranges throughout the United States. Some require memberships while others are open to the public. Make sure to do your research if you are trying out a new shooting range for the first time.
Planning a coyote hunting trip with some buddies? If you’ve never gone on a coyote hunt or need some brushing up on some tips, then settle back and relax. We’ve got you covered with some night hunt tips for your coyote outing. However, before we jump in, just remember to check your state’s laws to see if you can hunt coyotes at night. Even if you can’t, these tips can help you out.
Learn Where to Look
Knowing where to look can make-or-break your hunt—especially out on a night hunt. Finding coyotes can be hard at times because they spend a lot of time on the move after denning season. Keeping tabs on their habits and learning where to look can help you this fall season. Finding signs such as tracks or droppings can be a good start. Droppings can act as a type of marker. You can typically find these in places such as roads, creeks, and any other type of natural boundaries.
Study Coyote’s Behaviors
Coyotes have different behaviors at different times of the year. Being able to understand how coyotes typically behave at certain parts of the year is a huge step in the right direction. Coyotes spend most of the year (from late summer through November) trying to find food. This would be the best time of year to go on a night hunt. We think the most popular optic to use is a scope when trying to hunt coyotes.
Try Different Calls
Coyotes are smart, which means they can pick up on calls that are used often. This means if you try using a call in a good location and get no response, it could be that they’ve already learned from a past experience. Be sure to use calls that work in the area you are hunting. Trying a certain animal call in an area that never has that type of animal won’t do you much good. On a night hunt when everything is extra quiet, you’ve got to get your calls right. Turkey calls, small dog yips, or rodent calls is a good starting point.
For more information on coyote hunting tips and tricks, check out this website!
X-Vision Optics originally started out as a night vision company. You had a choice of a few night vision binoculars, a night vision monocular, and a night vision rangefinder. In the past couple years, we have been lucky to expand our product lineup to include red dots—and more new optics are coming soon. Here are all the categories of products you can now buy from us!
Red Dot Sights
Our red dot sights are what made us expand from a night vision company to an optics company. With three different sights added to our lineup, you are sure to find one that fits you best. We also included a red dot magnifier, which when paired with a red dot, allows you to view objects closer and clearer.
We started out as a night vision company with our line up of night vision binoculars. Today, you can choose from four different options. Some features include video and photo capabilities while others feature a hands-free design. What makes these binoculars even greater is that you can use them both in the daytime and the nighttime.
As a night vision company and an optics company, we also have a monocular in our product lineup. This digital monocular has night vision capabilities but can also be used in the daytime. You can see up to 400 yards in the daytime and up to 150 yards in the nighttime.
KRAD Scope & Flashlight
The KRAD digital night vision scope allows you to see up to 950 yards in the daytime and 350 yards during the night. It’s four-button design makes it easy to use. This scope also comes with built-in WiFi that allows you to connect your phone to a free phone app. You can see exactly what your scope is pointed at on your phone or tablet. We also have an IR flashlight in our product lineup. This can be attached onto the scope or used with another night vision device.
Last but certainly not least, our night vision rangefinder has a unique trio of technology. It has range finding, night vision, and magnification capabilities. This device is easy to use and opens the door for every kind of adventure at any time of the day.
Follow us as we continue to expand out of a night vision company and into an encompassing optics company!
Alright everyone, it is almost 4th of July! Which means camping trips, hunting trips, and more. This time of year is always great to see friends and family—and it would be even greater with some night vision optics. Here are ways some optics can fit into your 4th of July plans this year.
4th of July typically brings about camping trips. Having a pair of night vision optics to bring along with you can be beneficial and fun. Each pair of our X-Vision night vision optics can be used both during the daytime and nighttime. So, enjoy using them as a pair of regular binoculars on your hike to your campsite. And once nighttime rolls around, you can take them out to see if you can spot any animals. They can also be used as a safety measure to see where you are walking if you happen to get stuck walking back to your campsite after the sun goes down.
A long weekend calls for taking a hunting trip with some buddies. What better way to do some night hunting than to use a pair of night vision optics? Hog hunting is extremely popular with the use of night vision devices. Most of our binoculars allows you to take videos and pictures through the device. Before you go out on your trip, just be sure it is legal to hunt at night in the state you are in.
Help Navigate in the Dark
It’s fairly obvious that night vision optics help you to see in the dark. Having a pair handy for 4th of July weekend could help you get back home safely after viewing the fireworks. Not only that, but if you have any pets that are skittish when it comes to fireworks, you can help keep an eye on them. Or even use a night vision device to help find them if they were to run off.
Showing Friends & Family
Night vision optics are fun for the whole family. You don’t have to use a night vision device just for hunting or camping. Showing family or friends what it’s like to look through a night vision device brings fun for everyone. Seeing people’s reactions of looking through the device for the first time is like no other! So this 4th of July, bring a pair of night vision binoculars to show off.
Here at X-Vision Optics, we’ve got many options when it comes to night vision goggles. If you are new to buying night vision or having trouble deciding, this guide might help you out. Let us tell you about our Deluxe Digital Night Vision Binoculars so you can be sure you buy the right pair for you!
Why the XANB30 Deluxe Digital Night Vision Binocular?
These night vision goggles bring together affordability, functionality, and capability all into one device. Going on a hog hunt soon or a fun camping trip? You can record videos using a memory card to showcase your hunts and adventures. These binoculars can also take pictures so you can show your friends and family later. Even though they have “night vision” in the title, you can use it during the daytime AND at nighttime. You can use it for hunting, bird watching, surveillance, camping, and more!
High-Performance Distance Range
These night vision goggles allow you to see up to 150 yards during the nighttime. If you wish to use it during the daytime, you can view up to 400 yards. See clearly through the device and capture quality images and videos.
Long Battery Life
The Deluxe Night Vision Binocular has a daytime battery life of 10 hours. Its nighttime battery life consists of up to 6 hours of performance. You should use AA Alkaline batteries when operating this night vision device. Alkaline batteries allow these night vision goggles to perform to the best of their ability. We wrote a blog on why you should use Alkaline batteries over other types of batteries, you can view it here!
Easy to Use
The Deluxe Digital night vision goggles are extremely easy to use. With 5 simple buttons, they will give you straightforward operation and ease of use. You can comfortably use these binoculars to view with both eyes, including the use of glasses.
Interested and want to learn more? Check out our Product Video for more information!
As you might remember, we launched our new KRAD digital night vision scope a couple of months ago. This scope has the capability to connect your phone to the scope’s WiFi. You can see exactly what the scope is aiming at while viewing it on your phone or tablet. So, if you’ve ever wondered why you would want a digital night vision scope with streaming capabilities, stick around and we will tell you!
One of the most important things about hunting is firearm safety. Being able to see exactly what the scope is pointing at by viewing it on your phone or tablet allows you to help younger hunters make sure they are being safe. It also helps to tell them how to be accurate and consistent. With just starting out, you can tell a young hunter where to aim and what to aim at, without even having to physically look through the scope. Its video capabilities allow you to record their target and shot. This way you can replay it back and tell them how to do better next time.
Allows Anyone with a Physical Disability to Still Enjoy Hunting
There are some hunters out there with physical disabilities that make it difficult to enjoy hunting. With streaming capabilities, a hunter can aim at their target without having to physically look through the scope. By viewing the screen on a tablet, you can aim at your target and see the target easier. It also allows more freedom for the hunter to be able to aim and shoot on their own while still being safe. This feature of the digital night vision scope allows any type of hunter to use it.
Connect With a Few Friends
Another great feature of the KRAD digital night vision scope is that you can have a few of your friends connect to the WiFi at the same time. If you are out hunting with some buddies, they can get in on the action. Have your friends watch you in real-time as you aim at your target.