Originally Posted by sandog
You'd think when building a "Scout scope" they'd give it enough eye relief. 10 to 11 inches is a good range, 8" is not enough ( think my girlfriend said that the other day, LOL). The Nikon at 9" to 30" should be fine, not sure why the FOV shrinks to nothing when you crank up the power ring above 5x.
all optics shrink in fov as magnification increases, if your talking about the dreaded black ring shrinking the image to a mere dot then see the following:
well, while i like nikon, their eye relief isnt great anymore since they dropped their african monarch line.
what most companies advertise as eye relief is usually the eye relief at that smallest magnification power. the problem with cheaper optics is the lack of constant eye relief. some models are so bad at eye relief you cannot position the optic with the same chin rest at lowest power as you do at highest power.
for these scopes you have to find the eye relief at low then at high and the true eye relief is where all magnifications can be used with the same cheek weld. this number is pretty much always much less than advertised.
its just one of the problems of lower end optics. its not a deal breaker just means they are less forgiving and require more fiddling to find the right distance for all magnification settings.