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    Default How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    How do English speakers "say" this ''x"?
    As in, for example," The Dragnov sniper rifle is usually seen with a PSO-1 4x scope..."
    I've had this question for a long time...I figure you native speakers know for sure. Thanks.

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    The most common reading I've heard/used is 'times'.

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    That's also the first word to pop up in my mind...I was just not sure of my instinct.
    Thank you, Bobk.

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    You're welcome. Looking again at the thread's title, though, I'm not sure - it would feel odd to say 'one times'. Fortunately, I've never had to read '1x'!

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    eh...I've forgot to mention it: I saw a short passage written in German, and it's about the cancelled G11 caseless assault rifle. The weapon is equipped with a "1x Reflex Sight". Although I frequently encounter description of weapon optics I never learned how to "read" it. I decided I've had enough, and posted this question here...Indeed most reflex sights provide no zoom.

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    I think - if I had to - I'd say 'one times', if only to avoid confusion with 'one-time' (in the meaning of 'former). Alternatively you could say 'non-magnifying'.

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    I think "Non-magnifying" is the proper choice. I actually asked an native American today and he said:"I don't know." to the same question....How wierd...

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spetsnaz26 View Post
    eh...I've forgot to mention it: I saw a short passage written in German, and it's about the cancelled G11 caseless assault rifle. The weapon is equipped with a "1x Reflex Sight". Although I frequently encounter description of weapon optics I never learned how to "read" it. I decided I've had enough, and posted this question here...Indeed most reflex sights provide no zoom.
    To get around the problem, you could say "times one".

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spetsnaz26 View Post
    How do English speakers "say" this ''x"?
    As in, for example," The Dragnov sniper rifle is usually seen with a PSO-1 4x scope..."
    I've had this question for a long time...I figure you native speakers know for sure. Thanks.
    Sometimes I have heard it referred to as "1x" or a "10x" lens where you pronounce the "x" as x

    the "x" means a power of magnification with respect to optics and usually one would say "times"....10x = 10 times. But as pointed out there can be confusion with a 1x lens = 1 times lens. If that were the case I would refer to it as a 1x lens. There is no confusion here.

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    Default Re: How to read "1x" when describing an optic?

    You call a lens designated "4x" a four power lens.

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