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Old August 8, 2014, 10:12 PM   #1
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Night scopes

Anybody ever use one of the Gen 1 scopes. How good are they and long do they last.
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Old August 10, 2014, 07:01 PM   #2
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Not directly answering the question, but . . .

No, I haven't used a Gen 1 scope. However for not much more (if any) money I bought a Sightmark Photon digital NV scope and I like the heck out of it!

It has some features that I don't particularly like, such as:
* If you use video the crosshairs don't show up.
* It has a red dot to illuminate the center of the crosshairs which, although not really necessary, is nice but it turns on separately from the NV portion. I tend to forget to turn it off. It uses a separate battery which runs down when I leave the dot on.
* The battery compartment cap is bit flimsy, and I broke the locking mechanism on mine. However, I was able to fix it with a couple of small screws from Lowe's, and I've learned to be more careful with it.

It also has features that I like a lot:
* Being digital, it works during the day as well as in darkness
* The on-board IR illuminator is effective out to at least 75 yards, maybe 100.
* The price!! $500 at http://www.ultimatenightvision.com/P...hoton-3.5x.htm (where I got mine).
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Old August 14, 2014, 10:02 AM   #3
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I've used Gen 1 monoculars, not rifle scopes. Don't bother unless you're going to use it at very short range.
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Old August 15, 2014, 08:32 PM   #4
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I have had a few the ones that had a good image wouldn't hold a zero.

I can say, if you buy one get it from optics planet. They will allow you to return it if you are not happy with it.
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