Best riflescope | Minox ZA5
With improved distribution in Canada, Minox’s ZA5 scopes are sure to find favour with big-game hunters. There are seven scopes in the series, from 1.5-8x32 on up to 6-30x56, and all but one are built on a one-inch tube. The biggest has a 30-mm tube. Eye relief is a comforting four inches or more, and the windage and elevation turrets are resettable to zero. The waterproof ZA5s are available in a choice of five reticle styles, including the increasingly popular German #4. Each scope comes with a protective neoprene cover.
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Best spotting scope | Classic Series
Available with either a straight or angled eyepiece, Classic spotting scopes are designed to make long days spent searching for game a little more tolerable. The 15 to 45 power range is suitable for any glassing situation, while the large ocular lens helps reduce eye strain. And at only 15 inches in length, it’s compact enough to easily fit in a daypack.
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Best hunting binoculars | Nighthunter XP
Available in four sizes—from 8x42 up to 10x56—Nighthunter XPs feature the optical quality for which Steiner has long been known, maximizing brightness and contrast. Contoured eyecups keep out distracting ambient light, and twist-up eyepieces let you adjust to your preferred amount of eye relief. The XP provides a viable option for those looking for superior performance during low light.
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Best telephoto lens | Prominar 500 mm
Kowa has killed two birds with one stone by building an F5.6 500-mm lens that easily changes from a camera lens to a spotting scope. With available adapters, the lens will fit Nikon, Canon and Pentax camera bodies. Use a mount adapter, and the focal length of the lens can be changed to an F4 300 mm or a F9.6 850 mm. To convert to a spotting scope, simply connect the lens to the optional prism unit and one of seven available eyepieces.
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