New binoculars, rangefinders, and thermometers from SHOT Show 2022

In a previous post, I noticed a wave of low-power rifle scopes pouring in from optics brands this year. I noted the lack of introductions to other optics categories such as binoculars and spotting scopes. But some classes are stronger than others. Laser rangefinders, in particular, are having a good year. And since thermal sights and handheld sights somehow slip into normalcy, there are a few notable features to mention in what we might begin to call the category of electro-optics.

Notably, this is the first year in memory that a pioneering microscope hasn’t been presented on the SHOT Show. There’s the great Leica Geovid to discuss, but it’s not so much a microscope as a laser rangefinder, ballistic calculator, and digital map all tucked away under its elegant cover. But there are no new flash units from the brands you might expect: Swarovski, Leupold, Vortex or Zeiss. I don’t remember seeing any new Discovery Scopes at this year’s SHOT Show either.

But not everything. You’ll see introductions to stromal optics from Hawke, Vanguard, Bushnell and Meopta, among other brands.

The Leica has been downsized while expanding the capabilities of its flagship rangefinder, the Geovid. Now available in an 8x32mm version, the new periscope combines best-in-class optics and a more powerful processor with a full suite of ballistics and mapping capabilities.

The Geovid retains its distinctive banana-shaped frame that fits a Perger-Porro prism, a design that gives the Albino a wider field of view and better rim clarity than many of its competitors. The open barrel design also allows for easy one-handed operation, and the smaller 32mm frame is nicely slender. Combined with the close range (near 10 yards), this is an excellent choice for bow hunters, a market the Bulker missed, the heavier 42mm Geovid.

Additionally, Leica has ushered in this model of Bluetooth connectivity into a better version of a ballistic app and GPS-enabled geolocation capability that mates with any number of digital mapping services. In practice, this means that you can specify a target range, save a path point, and then connect to a mapping app that will show that exact location on a digital map, allowing shooters to better restore game, triangulate between landmarks, and share waypoints with hunting partners. Geovid also has a digital compass that can help users find their way home. The new Geovid also connects to the Leica Ballistic App so you can use both standard and custom ballistic data.

Specifications of Leica Juvid Pro 32

  • Configuration: 8 x 32
  • Max distance 2300 yards, close distance 10 yards
  • GPS based positioning technology
  • Bluetooth connectivity to ballistic applications
gpo binoculars for rangefinding with green lens

Leica isn’t the only brand with a low volume rangefinder. German Precision Optics featured 8×32 and 10×32 versions of the RANGEGUIDE, which were previously only available in 10×42.

This is not an electro-optics. There is no Bluetooth connectivity or ballistic app on board. Instead, you get a straight-forward laser rangefinder capable of pinpointing reflective targets up to 3,000 yards.

Specifications of GPO RANGEGUIDE

  • Configuration: 8 x 32 and 10 x 32
  • magnesium frame
  • Weight: 24 oz
  • Environmental sensors on board
  • Ranging: deer to 766 yards, trees to 1,093 yards, reflective targets to 3,000 yards.
  • MSRP: $1,099 (8 x 32) $1,149 (10 x 32)
Bushnell Broadhead

Bushnell has a new laser rangefinder that, if name not disclosed, will be configured for bow hunters. Broadhead follows the path of The Truth ARC (Angle Range Compensation) from Primos with a bow mode that allows bow hunters to range obstacles in their arrow’s flight path, detecting one end, for example, that might deflect an arrow.

Broadhead has the same ARC technology that accounts for the terrain angle. It is also one of the most accurate short range rangefinders on the market, with a stated accuracy of 0.3 yards to 150 yards. Features an ACTIVSYNC display that turns from black to red as the light fades. Other features include a brighter image thanks to optical glass, a screw-on tripod, and a hand-held surround.

Bushnell Broadhead Rangefinder Specifications

  • Configuration: 8x24mm
  • Range capability: 1500 yards on reflective targets, 800 yards on trees, 500 yards on deer
  • MSRP: $299
Full LeupoldRX Drawing

In the duel of bow-hunting-friendly rangefinders, Leupold introduced the RX-FullDraw 5, a fully equipped unit configured for short to medium distance range. Features that will appeal to bow hunters include Leupold’s Flightpath technology that uses ballistic calculations to determine if your arrow will clear obstacles between you and your target.

FullDraw uses calculations defined by Archer’s Advantage to allow users to select bookings based on stock dynamics and shot angle and distance. Updates to the new unit from its predecessor, the RX-FullDraw 4, include an optional 20-yard Flightpath solution, a rain/fog mode, and a minimum arrow velocity so it can be used with both traditional and youth bows.

Leupold RX-FullDraw 5 . specifications

  • Configuration: 6x22mm
  • Range capability: 1200 yards on reflective targets, 1,000 yards on trees
Myopta Myo Pro Binoculars

Next-generation versions of the premium Meopta MeoPro HD binoculars are available in 10×42 size and a massive and extremely bright 8×56 configuration. Both feature improved optics and coatings from their predecessors in the MeoPro line. Other updates include a smoother, more precise focus wheel, a more grippy shield, and rubber-on-metal eyeglasses that are durable but comfortable.

The 8×56 configuration borrows heavily from Meopta’s European roots. The binoculars, with an enormous exit pupil of 6.7 mm, may be the last few years’ best expression of an optic capable of hunting and observing in low light.

Specifications of Meopta MeoPro HD Plus

  • Configuration: 10 x 42 and 8 x 56
  • Upgrade optics and coatings
  • Better edge clarity
  • MSRP: $499 (10 x 42), $749 (8 x 56)
Hawk Vantage Binoculars

Hawke is making the transition to entry-level optics buyer with its new Vantage line, full-feature binoculars that retail for less than $200.

Vantage enclosures are available in 10×42 and 8×42 configurations. Both feature Hawke’s HS System optics, which provide good clarity and brightness, and the products are covered by Hawke’s System HS Optics warranty. These are great options for novice anglers and birders, or good backup options for a small window, boat or deck.

Specifications of Hawk Vantage binoculars

  • Configuration: 8 x 42 and 10 x 42
  • Standard prism roof binoculars
  • MSRP: $159 (8 x 42), $169 (10 x 42)
black thermal range

Pulsar introduced what might be called a preliminary thermoscope. In the Talion XQ38, shooters will find a moderately sensitive 384×288 sensor, 2.5 to 10x magnification, and a detection range of 1,400 yards. It’s a thermal scope for those who don’t need rangefinding capabilities or a whole host of other shooting options.

Instead, you get 9 hours of playback time on a single charge, and it’s a haptic focus wheel that users can efficiently operate in the dark and record video and photos on the plane. But at about $3,000, that’s about half the price of the main Pulsar Thermo ranges.

Pulsar Talion XQ38 مواصفات Specifications

  • Configuration: 2.5-10 x 38
  • 384 x 288 . sensor
  • Detection range of 1350 meters
  • Pulsar APS5 Rechargeable Battery
  • MSRP: $2999

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