The optical system design, lens design, and coatings on the lenses are what determine how good an optic is in low light. Pretty simple, right? Well, not necessarily. There’s a lot of information and misinformation out there about what makes an optic work well in low light, and we’re here to shine a little light on the subject.
Whether you’re glassing a trophy buck or picking apart thick cover to cross another rare bird off your list, it’s the details that matter. The twitch of tail or wing, the shift in a shadow, the momentary reflection of the sun off a single antler tine—how many times have you missed it?