Category Archives: Observation Devices

Binoculars, spotting scope, monocular, laser rangefinder etc

[Shot Show 2016] New Vortex Recce Pro Monocular

I visit the Vortex booth every year at Shot Show. They’ve always got a boatload of new things to drool over. This year a lot of the attention went to their new American made optic, and that’s cool. But I found a cute little guy that got me all nostalgic for when I first started shooting videos.

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Night Vision Phase One

Here’s the first wave! This central video will grow as each feature piece is added on. I’ve been working with night vision for years. Looking at different systems and solutions for different people and budgets. This series is going to lay out some of that in as simple a way as possible. There’s lots of details and specific scenarios when it comes to working in the dark, but my goal is to give you the basic understanding and present some comparisons. From there we can start to tackle the fun-stuff.

Stay tuned! Each companion piece will take us into deeper detail on it’s system and topic. And if you have any specific questions about NV gear and the dark, let me know!

Preview: An Examination of Night Vision Systems…

Coming soon! It’s no secret that in the past I’ve worked for companies that sold night vision. Now that I’m freelance and have free reign, I’ve been putting together a large scope project for several months. Now we’re quite close to seeing it come together, so this is your sneak peek.

Essentially, I’m looking to clarify NVGs and compare what you get for your money with different technologies. So I will be examining both image intensified and thermal night vision units, looking at a budget and mil-spec example of each. Expect lots of photos, videos, and a few words from me.

I’ll also talk about some beginner mistakes made with different forms of night vision, and examine scenario specific equipment. Getting the right gear for working in the dark is all about the kind of work you’re doing.

I’ve seen a few low light courses and instructors run very successful programs, but completely ignore the opti-electronic devices that are increasingly available. There’s nothing wrong with white light, but there’s a whole other world happening once you enter the IR spectrum. Stay tuned…


Vortex Razor HD GenII 1-6x Rifle Scope Review

I’ve used a lot of different powered optics, and spent some serious time with different low-power tactical-focused scopes. When Vortex announced the Razor HD Gen II 1-6x rifle-scope using Jerry Miculek’s JM-1 reticle, I was very interested. Having loved the Viper PST 1-4 scope on my Tavor, I was excited by the chance to upgrade my glass and power.

Vortex Optics VOTRS kit



I spend some hands on time with the VOTRS kit, and try a few variations outside what ships in the box. Designed for long term viewing, the VOTRS kit combines both mid and high power optics in one system. It’s worth noting that I did not order a kit directly out of the catalog. I built mine over the course of a year picking up one part at a time. As a result my combination is different from those sold directly from Vortex.

Razor 85mm spotting scope, Razor 10×42 binoculars, Recon 10×50 RT monocular, CBX tripod


I assembled this over 2 years, mostly of stuff bought from Wholesale Sports. The case itself I had to special order from vortex. They no longer sell VOTRS kits as a retail item, but they will still custom build them for anyone who asks.