Because we know how important quality optics are to the hunting enthusiast, we at Petersen’s Hunting traveled all the way to the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas to track down the best new optics for the new year. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
Several of the hottest new products came from Zeiss, which introduced the Victory HT and Conquest HD5 scopes and the new Terra scope/binoculars. The Conquest HD5 comes with a rarefied 5x SuperZoom, which Zeiss says is the most advanced in the world. Designed and built in Germany, the new Zeiss line lives up to its rich heritage.
Also new this year was the Bushnell Fusion 1 Mile, a hybrid binocular/laser rangefinder in one. With new matrix display technology, Bushnell was able to provide the clearest, brightest and most true-color hybrid to date in their rangefinder/bino combo.
For all the details on our optics adventure, check out the full gallery new products straight from the 2013 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.
Following up on last year's model, Bushnell hit one out of the ballpark with the Fusion 1 Mile. The new bino/rangefinder ranges out to one mile, per its namesake, and features matrix display technology for a brighter, clearer and true-color light transmission.
The Fusion 1 Mile will be available in February in 8x32, 10x42 and 12x50.
Its Arc technology allows for true horizontal readouts on both bow and rifle modes, offering true horizontal distance out to 99 yards. The Scout DX 1000 Arc will be available in March in black and Realtree camo.
Price: $299 (black); $329 (camo)
The RX-800i is also extremely compact and lightweight, so you won't waste any space on your next hunt. With a new LCD display and multi-coated optics, the RX-800i offers the most in-class brightness of any rangefinder.
The RX-Full Draw comes with a new bow mode good out to 175 yards and line of sight out to 600 yards. The 6mm exit pupil is 50 percent larger than many other rangefinders, and offers 60 percent more light transmission than most models.
The Conquest HD binos also feature Carl Zeiss LotuTec coating for clear vision in any weather.
Price: $1,055 (8x42); $1,100 (10x42)
Available in multiple setups, the HD5 scope maintains a low profile in a lightweight body and has a 5x zoom. The lenses on the HD5 are coated with Carl Zeiss LotuTec protective coatings, and it comes standard with 1/4 MOA adjustments for 100 percent repeatability from shot to shot. According to Zeiss, this is the world's most advanced SuperZoom scope.
Price: $972 to $1,194
The Terra is built for versatility and durability, with an extremely compact one-inch design.
Price: $388 to $555
The Zeiss Terra ED binos feature Schott ED Glass with Zeiss MC coating for pure, bright and vivid images even in low light. With 5.25 foot close focus, wide field of view and rapidly smooth focus, the Terra ED binos will never slow you down in the field.
Price: $388 (8x42); $444 (10x42)