in 8-32x and it looks as the 12x under the same low light conditions as the Leapers but both seem brighter and sharper than the Simmons. All are bright and sharp under normal lighting conditions. Could be the Simmons lenses are using a different lens coating that lets in just a bit less light at low lighting conditions.
The Leapers has mildots, illuminated reticule and sidewheel focus for a a quarter-third of the price of a Bushnell 4200. The objective lens on my Leapers is also quite a bit larger than my 4200's which could play into the brightness illusion. The ultimate would be a longer fixed 12x scope in a tube size of your choice with sidefocus, IR with half mildot recticules. The longer tube might give you a bit bet range finding past 40 yards.
We've pretty much reached the engineer limits of what passive optics can do under most lighting conditions. Adaptive Optics are the next step and they aren't that far off.
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