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Night scopes

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Dinosaur1, Aug 8, 2014.

  1. Dinosaur1

    Dinosaur1 Member

    Jul 7, 2013
    Anybody ever use one of the Gen 1 scopes. How good are they and long do they last.
  2. der Teufel

    der Teufel Member

    Aug 26, 2011
    In the vicinity of Austin, TX
    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/Photon-3-5X-Digital-Rifle-Scope-p/sightmark-photon-3.5x.htm (where I got mine).
  3. skoro

    skoro Senior Member

    May 2, 2008
    I've used Gen 1 monoculars, not rifle scopes. Don't bother unless you're going to use it at very short range.
  4. jmorris

    jmorris Senior Member

    Sep 30, 2005
    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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