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Old 04-19-2013, 04:06 PM
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I just got back from Bass Pro doing a test on two scopes, the Nikon Monarch 2.5-10 x 42 vs the Burris 3-9x40 E1. I wanted to see the new C4 reticle but they didnít have them yet. The Nikon should have had the advantage with the larger main lens. I want to set up a new rifle and had the Nikon Monarch 3-12x42 as my top choice. After comparing the two scopes mentioned having both scopes set to 9 on magnification, I couldnít believe what I saw. The Burris was noticeably brighter looking at several different objects dark and light and it was just as clear. The sales person was a Nikon person and made that clear before we did the test. I asked him to look and compare and he couldnít believe it and agreed the Burris was brighter. The Nikon was my first choice but now I am not sure. Does anyone have any thoughts on this?
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Old 04-19-2013, 06:51 PM
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All my "scoped" rifles wear Burris "Signature Select" 4X-16X 44MM scopes.

Biggest bang for the buck IMHO.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:30 AM
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If someone has the time I would like them to do the same test. I went in knowing the Nikon was brighter and was wrong. I haven't heard anyone say they held both side by side just what they say should be considered in a purchase. I know the Burris is durable and accurate I have had one for years. I thought it would be an upgrade, but is it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:45 AM
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All Burris scope lens are precision ground and Fully Multi-Coated. This means every surface of the lens is coated, providing some of the best optics in the industry.
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:48 AM
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I've always preferred Burris to Nikon. Guess the Nikon's and my eyesight just don't peacefully co-exist. That said, testing any scopes inside a building can yield "interesting" results. I've always tried to have an employee accompany me outside to check / test there. I do realize that some vendors (i.e. Bass Pro) likely would not comply with that wish...that's why they don't get my $.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Huntr2 View Post
All Burris scope lens are precision ground and Fully Multi-Coated. This means every surface of the lens is coated, providing some of the best optics in the industry.
Just about every scope over $100 is fully multi-coated. When you consider that each manufacturer has its own set of coatings with different properties, the term loses a lot of its meaning.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by OpticsCamp View Post
Just about every scope over $100 is fully multi-coated. When you consider that each manufacturer has its own set of coatings with different properties, the term loses a lot of its meaning.

That is true about anything without universal standards.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:55 PM
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Old 06-08-2013, 12:12 PM
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I was disspaointed with the two Nikon Monarch scopes that I obtained. These were mounted on used rifles that I bought. I have their top end "Venturer" binoculars and these are excellent.

I did a semi-scientific test of these two along side scopes costing far more, about the same price and a couple of scopes that I had that MSRP's for about $200 less. My test was viewing into the woods behind my house as the sun set. The Monarch's were one the first to go "dark". The clarity of the edge to edge image, the detail and contrast .... just were not there well before other comparible priced scopes were still very clear .... Leupold Vari-X III, Ziess Conquest, B&L 4200 and a Kahles.

They did not, and I did not expect them to, compare at all with the top end Swarovski and Ziess scopes that I have. These and the B&L 4200 were these last 3 to "go".
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:25 PM
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Havn't compared those scopes, but unless you have the two scopes in the field without artificial light, etc I don't know what the comparison will give you as far as usable info.
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