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Ilya Koshkin

I hold a B.S. in Applied Physics from Caltech and an MBA from UCLA. I have spent most of my professional career working on projects related to test and measurement as well as image and data analysis. A few years back, as I was just starting out with rifles, I went online trying to find some information on rifle scopes. I knew very little about scopes at the time, but I had a good background in optics and imaging. A lot of the information I found on the web made little sense from an optics standpoint, so I decided to stick around and clear things up a bit. People started asking me questions and in order to provide the answers I had to look at more and more scopes. As the questions were getting repetitive, I ended up writing and posting fairly detailed reviews that I could point people to. Then, I just kept at it and companies trying to get some publicity started sending me their latest and greatest optics for review. Ilya Koshkin runs an independent optics review website, Ilya is also “affectionately” known as the Dark Lord of Optics. (Just ask him!)

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