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Cliff Ray

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About Cliff Ray

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    In the sea at Felixstowe
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    Everything except biology, history and politics.

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  1. Why the obsession with the diameter of the lens for your magnification calculation? Yes it makes a load of difference for light gathering and image quality, but the lens diameter does not govern the magnification. Magnification is down to the focal length of the lens and the spacing between the lens and the sensor. It would be perfectly possiblee to make lens of 100mm and 1mm diameter with the same focal length in which case placed at the same distance they would give the same magnification.
  2. Lamp Shy, there isn't a warranty issue regarding water on the ATN scopes provided you don't leave them in a bucket of water. They are warranted for use in the rain. so there is no issue with doing so. Actually the two scopes don't have the same lens size as the ATN is quoted as the focal length rather than the physical diameter. It's a pain for comparison, but lots of optics are quoted that way. As what you are seeing is a 4.5x magnified image that uses all the pixels in the sensor , then that is the non-digitally-zoomed native image. If you want to claim that is a trick then speak to Swarovski, Zeiss etc, since the magnification they quote includes the affect of the the lens closest to the eye.
  3. Woops, forgot to reset the time and date. They are taken just after 9am, but obviously light doesn't make any difference to a thermal scope. The distances are in the file name, but in order they were 206m, 94m, 274m and 471m
  4. Not that I know of in West Scotland, but if you are close to Glasgow you can fly to Southend and I will meet you there for a demo.
  5. This is what I could get in 10 minutes this morning as I have masses to do before heating to the shooing show. It's jerky as I was also using a rangefinder at the same time, plus it was freezing cold and I was on the way to a squash match so really inappropriately dressed. Shot with the an 384 4.5-18x scope, handheld so I didn't get arrested. http://www.opticalsolutions.uk/footage/labrador at 206m.MOV http://www.opticalsolutions.uk/footage/golf at 94m.MOV http://www.opticalsolutions.uk/footage/golf at 274m.MOV http://www.opticalsolutions.uk/footage/golf at 471m.MOV
  6. Okay, tonight I would need SCUBA kit to go outside, but it is forecast to be better tomorrow
  7. Pick what distance and I will go and record it as soon as the rain stops. I can't guarantee a fox, but I should be able to persuade my neighbours whippet to pose for you
  8. .17

    I don't know what part of Kent you are in, but if you can brave a drive across Essex into the bottom of Suffolk you are welcome to see the two in action and form your own opinion
  9. NV holdover

    Rabid, I worked for many years supplying in IT related sales and treated all my customers with respect, so don't see why I should stop now.
  10. NV holdover

    It's really easy to say anything you like on line, so an argument is pointless, but anyone who likes is welcome to come and look at the complete range. If they want to bring down any other manufacturers products to do a comparison I am also happy with that.
  11. NV holdover

    The ATN X-Sights and MARS thermal scopes all have the same three options. 1) Choose a reticule with aimpoints and learn what they relate to the same as with any day scope. The reticule acts as though it is in the second focal plane, ie stays the same size as you zoom the image, so you need to allow for the same way you do with a SFP day scope. 2) Once you have input your ballistic coefficients, scope height etc, you can input the distance you have estimated the target to be at and the ballistic calculator with move the aim point accordingly. There is also an option to aim to the top and bottom of you target and have the scope calculate the range according to the angle each time, but that relies on you knowing or estimating your target size. 3) As method two, but use the ATN rangefinder. Just range the target and the rangefinder tells the scope via Bluetooth and the scope adjusts the aimpoint for you. And to make method three even more effective, attach the rangefinder to the side of the scope and allign it with the scopes aimpoint. That way you never need to look through the rangefinder, simply aim the scope and press the rangefinder button. Anyone who wants to try this is welcome to give me a call.
  12. Thermal Spotter on a Budget.

    They don't have anything below a thousand, but if you want to try all the ATN scopes there is an open evening at the Little Brown Jug in Tonbridge next Tuesday. http://www.opticalsolutions.uk/index.php?route=information/eventslittlebrownjug
  13. Night Vision Demo Friday 10th in Suffolk

    Let me know when you are next down in Suffolk. I can show you everything at Felixstowe, or give John Bidwell a call as I am sure he won't mind you looking at them at High Lodge are long as they aren't attached to the top of a rifle.
  14. Just in case anyone wants to try the ATN thermal scopes or see the latest Spartan bipods/tripod and is anywhere near Suffolk this Friday...... http://www.opticalsolutions.uk/index.php?route=information/eventsbranthambull