Originally Posted by supergus
Minute of Angle - Essentially what this translates to is 1 inch for each 100 yards you are shooting. Minute of Angle at 200 yards is a 2" group. Minute of Angle at 150 yards is 1.5 group and would called 1.5 MOA
Basically an illuminated reticle scope with limited, if at all, magnification. When you look through the unit, and it's off, you see a piece of glass and your sight picture. When you turn the unit on a red in color reticle is projected on the glass. If it's a dot, you have a red dot, if it's a crosshair, you have a red crosshair. Since the red "dot" came first, these types of scopes are called Red Dots.
Basically it's a range finding reticle that is used by snipers mostly. For your applications I feel you will find the unit too busy, but here is an image of the Mil Dot Reticle....
This is the image you see through the scope. Pretty much all makers have their own signature reticles, but all have a crosshair, a post pattern, usually all have a Mil Dot, or their range finding version of a Mil Dot. Essentially what do you want to shoot with? A dot? Range finder built in? A standard cross hair?
A scope that can change magnification levels. 1x is what you see with your naked eye. 2x, twice is good. 14x, you are seeing 14 times what you can see with your naked eye. The higher the number, the more narrow the field of view though, plus at super magnifcations you are susceptible to mirage. You will see the heat waves and it can effect your site picture.
I'm figuring on a range out to about 300 yds. What is an appropriate, economical optical set up, and what are the differences between the things I mentioned above. Thanks in advance.
How much you looking to spend? I would recommend something like 2.5-10X variable, maybe a 4.5-14X if you have bad eyes or are looking at shooting small targets, on the surface based on what you have going so far.
See if that helps -