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Low Light Scope

Discussion in 'Long Gun Sights and Accessories' started by drmajor, Oct 31, 2017.

  1. HamSlamma

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  2. hq

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    Errr... no. Don't get me wrong, I really wish there was a cheap scope that was good for more than just mashing potatoes in the dark, but during last three decades or so of dawn/dusk and nighttime hunting I have yet to come across one. In this regard I've thought of the Meopta Meopro 4-12x50 as the bargain of the century, at MSRP of just over $700. Walkalong's Leica is even better.
     
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    My go to has become the Swarovski Z5 3-18x44. Great glass, fairly lightweight for what it is, and the BT system is nice. It’s not cheap, but it’s not 2g’s either.
     
  4. RussellC

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    Same with astronomical type telescopes. Its all about exit pupil, which gets smaller with increasing power. In those telescopes for sky use, a "Rich Field" scope is used for greatest light gathering which has great light gathering ability with the correct eye piece, but you are limited as to magnification.

    This is why observatories have such huge telescopes, light gathering ability at higher power.

    Russellc
     
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  5. entropy

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    Yes, the better glass and coatings of the high end euro-glass makes the sizable investment in them worth it for such use. Many years ago, the Swarovski rep took us out to a range late in the afternoon, and we shot the various rifles he had the Swarovski scopes on well after legal hunting would have been. On cheaper scopes you have to rely on lower power and higher objective lens size. The brands I definitely recommend for low-light are Swarovski, Zeiss, Schmidt & Bender, Nightforce, and the top end Leupolds. The better of the more affordable scopes are Leupold, Nikon, and Burris.

    Technically correct, but you do gain some 'slop factor', that is, you can put the gun up not perfectly, and still have 100% of the view, instead of 'lunettes'. (crescents on the side that rob you of view and light) A worthwhile trade off for most types of hunting.

    Your statement that I bolded again is true, but due to the eye accomodating.
     
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  6. DannyLandrum

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    You first must tell us what the budget IS; not what it's not.,,, in order to help.
     

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