Using a verifier to bring fuzzy archery sight pins into focus
A verifier could be the cure for your fuzzy sight pins.
What’s a verifier?
It’s a tiny lens that goes into your peep sight, and is intended to help people who have difficulty primarily seeing their sight pins. The target typically isn’t a problem. It’s the pins. In other words, people who have trouble focusing on close objects.
If you have trouble seeing the target using a lens in your scope housing, then you might opt for a clarifier.
Archers often confuse the two lenses, and so the easy way to remember them is that clarifiers help clear up your sight picture, while verifiers help clear up your sight pins. A clarifier is typically used in conjunction with a scope lens, while a verifier is not.
Specialty Archery is the primary manufacturer of verifiers. They offer six, which are numbered from 4-9. The lower the number, the weaker the verifier.
Verifiers are made as inserts for 1/8, ¼ and 5/16 inch, threaded peep housings. You simply screw the appropriate size verifier into the matching peep.
When trying to pick a verifier, try several different ones so you get a sense of what looks right and what looks wrong. The most common ones used are 4, 5 and 6.
Generally, if the pins look good, but the target gets blurry, the verifier is too strong. If the target is clear, but the pins are blurry, the verifier is likely too weak.
If you wear reading glasses, one way to find a starting point is to follow this chart:
No.4 verifier = 1.0 reading glasses or weaker
No. 5 verifier = 1.25 reading glasses
No. 6 verifier = 1.27-1.75 reading glasses
No. 7 verifier = 1.75-2.0 reading glasses
No. 8 verifier = 2.0-2.5 reading glasses
No. 9 verifier = 2.5 reading glasses or higher
The perfect scenario is to have clear pins and a clear target.
Understand that increasing and shrinking your peep size can affect the clarity of a given verifier. Shrinking the aperture reduces the stream of light that reaches your eye, increasing your depth of field, which brings objects into focus.
So it’s possible the No. 4 verifier doesn’t quite work for you in a ¼-inch peep, but shrink the aperture to 1/8 inches and things might clear up.
If you’re not sure what you need, go to your local pro shop and try different verifiers to figure out which works for you.