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Old March 3rd, 2009, 16:27   #16
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Eye relief is critical as you'll be wearing some type of eye protection.

With poor eye relief it means you can't get close enough to see through the tube properly if your goggles are an inch away from your face.
Thanks for your help guys. So this is going to be a NEWB question so please dont flame mee. So for eye relief, its the distance between your eyes and the lens. In that case, is it better to have a HIGH eye relief so that you can focus from greater distances away from the scope?

I went through many of the sites selling scopes, but none mentions eye relief. How will I determine this?
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 16:39   #17
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Eye relief is the range your eye can be from the scope to be in focus. It is not necessarily the distance from the scope. For example a really nice scope might have a 3" eye relief but it starts 1" from the scope. So your eye has to be no less than 1" and no more than 4" from the scope.

Usually you can get quite close to the scope, like say 1/2", and I even have one scope (semi-permanent loan to my room mate for his M14) that has an almost 6" eye relief (only 1.5x though.)

I have owned some really cheap NCStar scopes that had 1/2" or less eye relief, there was one super precise point your eye had to be at for the scope to work at all, was horrible.

Usually the higher the magnification, the worse the eye relief. So for say a 3-9x scope it is usually really easy to use at 3x but you need to take your time and be more precise at 9x because of the lower eye relief.

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Old March 3rd, 2009, 16:55   #18
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My Bushnell Trophy Gold scope is a 1.5 to 9 and it has close to 12 inches of eye relief... It's beautiful.
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Old March 3rd, 2009, 17:10   #19
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