Aggrevated with scope... Please help.

Discussion in 'Optics & Mounts' started by jps37033, Nov 16, 2009.

  1. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    I just bought a cheap Tasco Pronghorn scope. I mounted on my .243, as I dont have anywhere to take long shots. It has been a long time since I even used a scope.

    The problem I am having is that If I look away, and back through the scope, I can see the crosshairs plain as day and good, but the target is a blur in the background, and out of focus. If i look through the scope for any period of time, I can see an ant far off, but the crosshairs are gone.

    Is this typical scope shooting? Is it me/my eyes, or is it the scope? Is that how it works? How do I know where im gonna hit if the object is in perfect focus, but I cant see crosshairs?
     
  2. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    JPS,

    At what distance are you looking through the scope when this happens and what is the magnification set on? Back the magnification down to 3 and see if this helps any.
     

  3. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    Its a fixed 4x32. The only knobs to turn are the windage and elevation knobs (and the back end screws out, but I think that just removes it).

    I am looking from 50 to 125 feet. But it does it at any distance.
     
  4. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    Sounds like your scope may be broken.

    OR

    You are looking at things way to close. Parallax is set at 100 yards. That means the image and the crosshairs are clear and crisp at 100 yards. to close and the crosshairs will move around your target with the slightest movement of your eye. You need to sit down on the range at a known 100 yard distance and make sure that the image and the crosshairs are clear and crisp if they are not then you need a new scope more than likely.
     
  5. Troy Michalik

    Troy Michalik Is it Friday yet? Supporter

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    I thought parallax only dealt with the movement of the reticle in regards to the target and not with the ability to focus on both at the same time?

    Agreed that you should sight it at 100 yds to start, and go from there.

    But dang, now I have to go home and look through one of mine :D bummer
     
  6. Persuasive

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    Sorry friend, tasco did its best. I think your scope is broken.

    Here's a good explanation of parallax

    Parallax
     
  7. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    "I just bought a cheap Tasco Pronghorn scope." I think that may be your problem as well as parrallax.

    Please don't misunderstand, I'm not being a snob, but Tasco isn't a very good scope and there are some excellent low budget scopes out there as alternatives.

    Take a look at the Nikon Pro-Staff. They run around $125. or so and can be had even cheaper on sale.
     
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  8. JonM

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    indeed it does. the xhairs are of all scopes are one plain and the image is on another. parralex can be set from anywhere from 10 yards to 150 yards depending ont he scope and scope manufacturer. typically most cheap scope set for 100yards. this generally cannot be adjused in cheap scopes

    the further you stray + or - from the set parralex the more the image will move on the xhairs or the xhairs move on the image. for most deer hunting shots are generally anywhere from 50-150yards and parralex is really a non-factor. parralex only really raises its head with precision shooting where sub-moa starts to matter. or at really long ranges with non-adjustable scopes.

    problems with parralex, focus, brightness, and holding zero are VERY common in cheap wally world type scopes. usually these issues start going away or minimize as the price point of the scope hits around the 150-300$ range.

    the proper way to set the focus on the eyepiece is to rotate the focus knob all the way left or right and preferably point the weapon at the sky and start to rotate the focus until the xhairs are crisp and clear. as soon as they are crisp look away and look back. if they are not immediately clean crips and clear rotate a litle more till you can look away and back and have them remain in focus.
     
  9. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    The crosshairs are perfectly clear when I look through the scope at the sky. Its just when I look through it at an object that the crosshairs are almost invisible. Im starting to think its my eye focus???
     
  10. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    WHen was the last time you went to get your eyes checked?
     
  11. jps37033

    jps37033 New Member

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    Thanks everyone for the input. I fixed it.....

    As before on other optics (crappy handgun sights), I used the wifes old 1989 Neon Orange nail polish. I put a tiny dot on the outer lense. I now have a perfect center and sight picture. Pretty dead on too :D
     
  12. CA357

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    A very high tech solution indeed. ;)