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Scope problem - parallax??

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by mx5er, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. mx5er

    mx5er Posting Addict

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    I know this will probably be a 'tired' discussion, but I've noticed a problem when sighting the target through my scope.

    I had the rifle rested steady on bags to test the grouping of various pellets, and as I moved my head around the bullseye moved in relation to the crosshairs. I've been doing some reading and I think this is 'parallax' right?

    erm.... what can I do about it? Just make sure I keep a consistent cheek position on the stock?

    My Scope is a budget offering - Nikko Stirling mount master 3-9x40... Do higher end scopes cope with this better? or is it just down to better shooting technique.

    Sorry if these are basic questions, but I've been away from air gunning for a very long time.

    Cheers guys!
    Neil
     
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    Get an AO scope,if it's adjusted correctly then there will be no movement whatsoever
     
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    More than likely your scope will be parallaxed at 100yards - much too far for an air rifle. Ideally you want it parallaxed to about 10-35 yards and this is something you can do yourself by reparallaxing your scope, just search for a youtube video its very simple. This is all if you are using the same scope. The best thing really is to get a scope with adjustable AO but I understand that may not be an option.
     
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    I've recently been reading about a shooting aid called the Accu Cover, I believe it's designed to eliminate parallax. Google it and have an interesting read, seems to be getting very favourable reviews. I'm seriously considering purchasing one as I need all the help I can get!! Hope this is of some assistance.
    Denz
     
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    As with any form of shooting the idea is to eliminate all errors either through equipment or by the user.Keeping the same hold & head /eye position is the way for consistent shooting with the gear you have.
     
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    That indeed is very sound advice landymick. I'm getting there slowly, now realising that correct hold and repeatability is the name of the game. I've spent plenty of time adjusting and readjusting the turrets on my scopes only to find it was was me not consistently repeating my hold.
     
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    Thanks for the input :up: I'm going to work on my technique more to try and maintain a constant hold. I'm also considering a slight upgrade with the scope as I'm getting a cheaper springer for plinking and I'll fit this existing scope to it.

    I've been looking at this: http://www.hawkeoptics.co.uk/hawke-airmax-ev-4-12x40-ao.html

    Cash is a bit tight at the moment - but this should be an improvement right?

    thanks again
    Neil
     
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    look on the forum sales section, you will be able to pick up a good scope for a good price, no point in buying from a dealer.
     
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    Good point - I never thought :rolleyes:
     
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    Ken had a really nice,higher mag scope,I would PM him if he still has it :)
     
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    Dont know what mountmasters are PX`ed to if its 100yards i would try adjusting the front lense to bring the PX to around 30yards.
    This will help lots.
     
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    The real answer is to focus the scope to get rid of the parallax but you will need to get another scope, one with an adjustable objective (AO) or side focus (SF) which I find easier to use. It obviously helps if you can get the rifle mounted in exactly the same way for every shot but if you vary between prone, sitting, kneeling and standing plus shooting up or down then that's easier said than done.
    Parallax is worse at higher magnification so if you had, say, a 4-12x mag scope you might not be able to see it at 4x but at 12x it could be quite bad and if you go up to even higher magnification it can become critical. Focussing is best done at the larger zoom values because it is easier to see when it's spot on and you can then turn it down to your normal shooting position. Also don't forget that your mil dots or other marks for holdover will change as you alter the zoom.
     
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    Glad it worked matey:D
     

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