Alan R. Hale Sport Optics Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, and Rifle Scopes
Sport Optics is a helpful guide for purchasers of binoculars, riflescopes, and spotting scopes for use in hunting, bird watching, astronomy, nature viewing, and other hobbies. The book helps one make the correct purchasing decision after considering the various optical parameters with the intended use for the product. The author has been in the optical industry for over 50 years selling and designing optical instruments and intimately knows optics.
"Sport Optics" is a comprehensive survey of the issues involved in choosing sports optics, from one of the recognized masters of the sports optics craft. Sure to be of help to anyone interested in the best optical experience in the field. (Stephen Ingraham, Birding & Observation Product Specialist, ZEISS Sports Optics) and former Publisher of Better View Desired). In this well-conceived, well organized and authoritatively written book, Alan Hale tackles a daunting challenge, that of addressing the specific needs of different optics users, whether for hunting, astronomy, birding and nature viewing places upon optics. This book is packed with useful and vocationally-calibrated tips that will guide optics buyers to the instrument that meets their needs. Everyone will learn something from this book. (Pete Dunne is a well-known birder, hunter, and author of multiple books).
Alan Hale's new book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to sports optics ever written. Everyone with an interest in sport optics products from experienced users, to potential buyers, to those simply curious about optical equipment, will find this beautifully illustrated book filled with useful information that is clearly presented. It is also a reminder that sports optics serves a wide variety of outdoor activities. (Dennis di Cicco, Senior Editor at Sky & Telescope magazine).
"Sport Optics" is an exceptional and thorough overview of the current state of the optics industry. It has comprehensive, updated information and background on all of the various types of observation instruments available. (Daniel C. Hamilton - President, Vortex Optics).
Alan Hale's book on Sport Optics is a welcome addition to the literature about the workings and uses of consumer binoculars, spotting scopes, and riflescopes. The great variety of instrument types currently available worldwide comes through loud and clear. The technical content is understandable and adequate for most users of these optical instruments. (Paul Yoder is a renowned author of several books on optical instrument design, including "Mounting Optics in Optical Instruments" and "Opto-Mechanical Systems Design", and has taught numerous courses on optical and opto-mechanical engineering worldwide).
Alan Hale has impeccable credentials in the optical industry. Everyone who uses or is contemplating the purchase of binoculars, spotting scopes, or riflescopes, including all sports fans, bird watchers, hunters, shooters and amateur astronomers needs to read "Sport Optics". Best of all, "Sport Optics" is written for the layman in a clear, understandable and interesting manner. (Chuck Hawks is a former professional photographer. He is the owner of several websites including "Guns and Shooting Online" and "Astronomy and Photography Online" at chuckhawks.com).
Alan Hale has used his lifetime of optics experience to produce an invaluable reference guide, "Sport Optics", about understanding, choosing and using sport optics products. If you're in the market to purchase an optical instrument, be sure to read this guide first - it will ensure you make the very best choice for your needs! This book is destined to become essential reading for optics enthusiasts and for all those that want an in-depth primer on sport optics. (Brin Best is an award-winning author in the UK, with a lifelong passion for binoculars. His book, "Binoculars and People", told the 400-year story of the relationship between people and their binoculars in war and peace time).
"Sport Optics" has to be the most comprehensive book on optics currently available, what is more, it is written in such a way as to make very technical terms simple to understand and easy to read. (Jason Whitehead owns the website bestbinoculars dot com). --Industry Experts
Alan Hale is one of the Zen masters of sport optics in North America. He knows more about how optics work, how and where they are made, and how to put them to their highest possible use than most outdoor sport optics writers. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in buying or using optical devices, whether for star-gazing, bird and wildlife watching, or hunting. Read this book before you make any optics purchase and you won't be sorry! (Bill Thompson III is the co-publisher of "Bird Watcher's Digest and the author of numerous books on birds and nature).
Books on optical instruments usually come from academics writing to impress other academics or people who know much more about grammar than optics. Through a life-long association with the optics industry, Alan Hale's "Sport Optics" cuts through the hype and sensationalism proffered by manufacturers wishing more to promote products than educate consumers. He gives the consumer helpful information in an easy to use format. (William J. Cook has worked in virtually every facet of optics and tech writing for 43 years).
Alan Hale's wide career experience serves him well in "Sport Optics", a reader friendly, excellent book covering the most important aspects enthusiasts need to make informed optical equipment buying decisions. It's a great service to a public deserving accurate basic technical knowledge to replace popular optical myths and ad slogans. (Al Nagler is a noted optical designer and the founder & CEO of Tele Vue Optics).
The distillation of a lifetime of practical experience choosing and using optics, Alan's book is a "must have" if you are thinking of buying a binocular, spotting scope, or rifle scope. (Fred Bieler has 34 years of experience in optics retail and manufacturing and the owner of Astronomics). --Industry Experts
Alan Hale's new book is the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide to sports optics ever written. Everyone with an interest in sport optics products from experienced users, to potential buyers, to those simply curious about optical equipment, will find this beautifully illustrated book filled with useful information that is clearly presented. It is also a reminder that sports optics serves a wide variety of outdoor activities. I highly recommend this book. (Dennis di Cicco, Senior Editor at Sky & Telescope magazine) --Senior Editor, Sky & Telescope Magazine
About the Author
Alan R. Hale was the President, C.E.O., and Chairman of Celestron for many years, as well as a minority owner in the past, and currently is Chairman Emeritus of Celestron. Celestron is an international company and Hale was instrumental in leading it to be one of the world's largest optics manufacturers offering various optical products such as telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, microscopes, and related products. Alan has gained a vast knowledge of optical products over the years. Alan has B.S. and M.B.A. degrees. He is an amateur astronomer, bird watcher, hunter, and target shooter as well as an avid sports enthusiast. He actively hikes and greatly enjoys nature and wildlife.
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