Leupold Twilight Max VX-3 scope, from SHOT Show 2016.

New Leupold Twilight Max technology in the VX-3i line of scopes enhances brightness and clarity in low-light conditions, making them ideal for hunters.

At SHOT Show 2016 there were plenty of new optics offerings for shooters to eyeball, but one refinement at Leupold may give the long-time optics leader an edge, particularly in the hunting scope market.

Leupold Twilight Max

Designed, machined and assembled in the United States, the new Leupold VX-3i is designed to enhance optical performance and keep hunters in the field longer. More than just light transmission, the new system balances light across the visible spectrum, leading to a brighter, crisper image. It also eliminates the washed-out image than can come from direct sunlight.

“Hunters know that those first and last few minutes of legal light are when the monster bucks are moving,” said Tim Lesser, vice president of product development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “The VX-3i makes sure hunters can make use of those last few minutes of legal light, which can be the difference between success and an unfilled tag.”

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The innovation enhances brightness, color and clarity, especially in low-light conditions. The VX-3i allows for enhanced target acquisition, identification and shot placement in diminished light. From the end of the day, to heavy overcast to deep canyons, the Twilight Max light management system will let hunters see, identify and deliver a precise shot on game animals in low-light conditions.

“Light transmission is an important factor, but it’s not the only factor that matters in optics,” Lesser said. “The VX-3i has excellent light transmission, but we’ve looked at managing light for optimized performance. You can transmit 99.99 percent of available light, but if it’s not managed and properly balanced you won’t have the performance. In fact, the new VX-3i has the highest average light transmission across the visible spectrum, but its true performance lies in the management of that light.”

The VX-3i has other refinements. It features an easier-to-turn power selector, with a more aggressive knurl, making adjustments easy, especially when wearing heavy gloves. A more pronounced power indicator lets you know what magnification the VX-3i is set at, without having to raise your head.

A new dual spring precision adjustment system provides match-grade accuracy adjustments, while maintaining its in-the-field ruggedness and durability. Once hunters have the VX-3i zeroed, they can remain confident that it’s good to go.

As of press time it was not known if Leupold would expand the new lenses to its tactical line of scopes.


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