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

    Wow! I thought this problem is all tied up...Thank you guys! I think I'll stick to "non-magnifying" for 1x optics and "times" for magnifying sights. Now that you said it won't create misunderstanding then it feels much better.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    You call a lens designated "4x" a four power lens.
    By the way, is "four power" also suitable for describing 4x optical sights, as on weapons?

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

    Yes, the x in magnification (of all types) is read as power.
    Check definition #20 here: power - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    I have used magnifying optics (including rifle scopes) for over fifty years. I have always heard, and used, the word power (written x) to describe the level of magnification.

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

    Very reassuring,sir. Thank you.

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