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Old 01-23-2017, 06:44 PM
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The most disruptive technology in our lifetime-the use of specially engineered polymers that will replace glass lenses-will make our binoculars, spotting scopes and rifle scopes much lighter, and more powerful than ever- Andrew McKean/Outdoor Life Technology Report.
Nano engineered lenses able optics that have higher resolution, wider fields of view, and are lighter. Nano lenses can have as many as 500,000 to 3.5 million layers. They will be lighter, shorter, clearer and stronger according to McKean. Currently the military is replacing the glass in the PVS-14 night vision units with the new techology. The glass version is 4.4 oz and polymer nano version is 2.9 oz. The new optics may debut as soon as the 2018 Shot show.
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Interesting, but I don't know that I'd call that "disruptive technology", where optics are concerned. Unless they come along at a competitive price point, (unlikely) very few shooters are going to ditch their existing scopes for something unproven. Also, just how durable are these polymers, compared to high-quality optical lenses made from glass? Having worked in the field of technology for a couple of decades, I always keep a pinch of salt handy for every new thing that comes along.
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Yep, agreed.
But I don't look to Outdoor Life, as my source for technological innovations for humanity either.

The most "disruptive" technology in my lifetime, isn't whether or not someone can make a lens from a lighter material...
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Kind of like the ultimate sound system that sells for big bucks. Unfortunately, the majority of people can't physically detect the difference. Loss of hearing (in this case visual accuity) lessens any potential advantage. As stated above, at what price point for the gain? Is the gain usable? Scientifically measurable doesn't translate into a need.
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Greater potential, or throwing more money at it?

IMO we may have taken glass about as far as it can go, while keeping price within an affordable range. Not to say that some VERY FINE glass can't be had with the BEST labor intensive grinds & coatings, with the associated COSTS. IMO nano tech would be the future with more option possibilities and a POTENTIAL for equivalent, to better quality at lighter weight and lower cost, HOPEFULLY. A wait-N- see situation.
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I would also add that reducing scope weight by a few ounces, on a rig that weighs 120oz or more, just isn't going to be "disruptive" to any hunter or shooter.
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...now if this stuff was TAC-tical nano technology I'd be more impressed.

Like everything else, I'll watch the train run a while before I buy a ticket and jump on.
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Gun rag writers who think themselves important, are "disruptive."
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Wonder about abrasion resistance as compared to the glass lens? I know my plastic prescription lens are far more suscptible to scratches than regular glass lens.
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I've managed to shatter one 50mm Glass lens on a Red Dot sight, mounted on a Ruger Flat Top 44 Special, ( 4.6" bbl.). If these newbie polymer?? lenses are shatter proof like poly-carbonate safety lenses, then maybe there will be a short barreled weapons' market for them.
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I could see nano tech opening up a lot of possibilities as it matures. IR without a battery, maybe a lens that fades into night vision as ambient light drops...
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Smart scopes?

I hope they will be easier/more user friendly/ less of a learning curve than smart phones. I've been putting off that jump in tech for about as long as possible.
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