Review: Armasight Spark CORE

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The Armasight Spark CORE is aiming to bring night vision to the masses.

Most high-quality night vision devices are quite expensive. The Armasight Spark CORE stands apart from these devices by affordably retailing it while providing a surprisingly clear picture.


CORE Technology

It is categorized as Generation 1 because it does not contain a microchannel plate. But it brings it to the very brink of Gen 1 technology. Its Ceramic Optical Ruggedized Engine, also termed as CORE, is the unit’s image intensifier tube.

What sets the Spark CORE apart is the fact that it doesn’t use glass in its tubes. Instead, it uses a blend of ceramic fused with metal alloy as lenses. This is the same…


Optics 101: Anti-Reflective Lens Coatings

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Lens coating was discovered by Alexander Smakula, a Carl Zeiss engineer, in the 1930’s. He was credited for developing it, and this completely changed the world of optics.

Pretty much every lens you’ve ever looked through has a lens coating. Be it a camera lens, a rifle scope, a binocular, and a spotting scope. All kinds of optics need to transmit light from one end to the other for the user to see where it is pointed at.

Optics like spotting scopes, use lenses, prisms, and mirrors to transmit light and images to the user. Without the coating, what you would deal with is…

Best Catfish Rods in 2017: A Buyer’s Guide

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At some point, nearly every angler is compelled to try catching the catfish living in the local reservoir, river or pond.

But catfishing occurs in different flavors and there is more than one way to catch a cat. So it is important to decide what type of technique you enjoy.

For example, many anglers love sitting with nothing fancier than a spinning rod and a pack of hot dogs, trying to catch a stringer full of small channel cats. While others use high-quality rods and a $30,000 boat to wrench 40-pound monsters up from the depths.

And obviously, there are an infinite number of variations between these two extremes.

All of these approaches are fun and no style, technique or gear is intrinsically better than the other. But that doesn’t mean some things – mainly different catfishing rods – aren’t better suited for some situations than others.

Best Saltwater Rods in 2017: A Buyer’s Guide

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Any fishing experience is really fun but there is nothing like chucking a lure out into the great blue ocean and waiting to see what you pull back up.

Unlike fishing in ponds or rivers, which usually harbor only a half dozen gamefish at most, the ocean is a different kettle of fish. Dozens of species are lurking over every reef and under every pier, not to mention that many of them are huge.

But to have a good chance of landing the best haul, you need a rod suited for saltwater angling.

Best Surf Rods in 2017: A Buyer’s Guide

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Whether you are fishing for buckets full of croakers or targeting the largest cobia in the cove, fishing is always more relaxing when there is sand between your toes and seagulls in the distance.

Surf fishing allows you to catch a wide variety of species, using different lures and baits, without the need to access a boat or pier. It is also a great way to combine family time with fishing time, as most kids love the activity (at least, for a while).

You might have to assist with casting and hook sets for young kids but that’s a small price to pay for the chance to introduce them to the world of fishing. Besides, there’s always the chance that they hook something particularly delicious or noteworthy.

But to have any reasonable chance of success from the shore, you need some gear designed specifically for the job. Start your gear collection by first selecting a good surf rod.

Night Vision: Can I Legally Hunt With It?

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Is Night Vision Legal?

Generally, this is an easy question to answer. Night vision and thermal devices are legal to own in the United States. Through my research, I found out that only California has laws regarding illegal sniper scopes.

The California law states that it is illegal to possess any attachment, device, or similar contrivance designed for or adaptable to use on a firearm which, through the utilization of a projected infrared light source and electronic telescope, enables the operator thereof to visually determine and locate the presence of objects during the nighttime…

Guide To Reverse Draw Crossbows w/ 2 Recommendations

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Crossbow hunting is here to stay, love it or hate it. What used to be a specialty item reserved for disabled hunters has become one of the fastest growing sectors of the hunting world.

The crossbow’s design hasn’t changed over the thousand or so years it has been around. Of course, the addition of cams added a new level of efficiency but the main design didn’t change until recently with the innovation of the reverse draw crossbow.

While the high cost creates a barrier of entry to people wanting to upgrade to the new design, the radical new version of the crossbow is gaining traction.