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Sightmark Photon XT Night Vision ....... Two thumbs UP

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by Dean1818, Feb 14, 2015.

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  1. Dean1818

    Dean1818 Member

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    I received my Sightmark Photon XT today, and couldn't help but take it out to an area where I could use it with little light.

    I have to say that I am very impressed.

    For around $500 a person would have a great experience hunting at night up to 100 yards

    Its not as good as the GEN 3 and 4 that some folks have. (Kids in college limit the toys I have these days)
    Its not a thermal.......

    But.... from what I have seen on Youtube, it rivals the GEN 2 systems that I have seen, and maybe is a step up
    (Youtube probably isnt a fair comparison though)

    I will mount it on my 6.8 and sight it in next week, and will give an update, but this looks like a winner so far.

    (My first pig hunt this year is in April on the Texas / Mexico border... I hope to use it then in a hunt)

    I will give a full review then.
     
  2. Stony

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    I use a Sightmark on a regular basis for hogs at night, and it does a fine job. Most of my night hunting is between 70 and 100 yds and it's not a problem with it. Shot this gal a couple night ago...
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  3. retrieverman

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    My brother has a Photon, and I have a Pulsar N750. Optical quality-wise, the N750 is hands down better, but the Photon trumps it by being smaller and lighter.

    I don't plan to get rid of my N750, but I will more than likely add a Photon.
     
  4. der Teufel

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    I have a Photon 3.5X, the predecessor to the Photon XT. As noted above, it's not the very best night vision scope available, but it doesn't claim to be. It is, however, a very cost-effective and useful tool for those of us on a bit of a budget. There's just no way I can justify a thermal scope, but the Photon is indeed roughly equivalent to a Gen2 NV device, and I really like it!

    Having the Photon has definitely expanded my hog hunting capabilities and opportunities.
     
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