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    jwrabbit123
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    OK any one have any input on entry level nite optics ? like for a pcp air gun for close range varmints , 

    I am not talking military grade thermo optics just a nite-vision optic where u can tag say  coyote at 100 yards or a bunny at same distance

    I own a nice collection however nothing for nite work  , tell me what you use and your longest shot or groups please ,thanx LOU

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    cmatera
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    Sightmark Photon with a good IR illuminator.  Around $800

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    jwrabbit123
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    OK  thanks I will check it out so I would need a separate illuminator any type or size better for varmints , how far can you see say a rabbit?

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    guod123
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    Give a look see at Yukon 2.5X50 with the 2X extender. No frills no recording model pops up cheap from time to time.

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    cmatera
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    The older model that I have is the XT series.  The newer one is the RT.  Both series come in 4.6 magnification or 6.5 magnification.  The 6.5 mag with a good IR illuminator should get the job done. There are lots of vids online showing the performance of the Photon.  A secondary IR illuminator is mandatory except for close ranges and perfect conditions.

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    jwrabbit123
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    OK thanks I check both out I want to get a set for coyotes

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    cmatera
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    This:

    https://www.ar15.com/forums/Equipment-Exchange/NIB-Sightmark-Photon-RT-6-12×50-Digital-Night-Vision-Riflescope-600-/23-1786355/

    and a good IR illuminator is about the cheapest functional NV there is.  I have NO affiliation with the seller.

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    Bob_O
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    I'm waiting on an ATN X-Sight 4k Pro to be delivered.   It will be my first night optic.

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    jwrabbit123
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    HI crmatera did u test this ?,   the sight mark is day and nite?  HI bob did you ever try the atn x sight?

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    cmatera
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    The Sightmark is a day and night scope.  You have to use the cover with a pinhole dot during the day though.

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    jwrabbit123
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    Ok I understand i know of a friend who didnt do this and ruined the unit it had a huge blotch in it , the day part is just rubber with a pin hole? can you aquire a full mil target threw this ? or just like a dot?

     

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    cmatera
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    I had no problem seeing the whole sight picture through the pinhole during the day.  A greater concern was washout from too much light, even through the pinhole depending on where the sun was.  As with all night optics, that is their forte.  Daytime use of any kind is a nice bonus.

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    jwrabbit123

    HI crmatera did u test this ?,   the sight mark is day and nite?  HI bob did you ever try the atn x sight?

    No, I've never had a night optic or setup of any kind.

    Just got shipped today.  With any luck I'll have it Thursday and will go on my first night hunt for coyotes Saturday or Sunday night.

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    jwrabbit123
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    great post here how it works for you

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    Bob_O
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    For sure I will.

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    TerryE1
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    I'm looking at an Armasight WWZ 4X right now. I don't need video,bluetooth or USB. Just wanna hit what I'm pointing at in the dark. 

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    TerryE1
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    I'm looking at an Armasight WWZ 4X right now. I don't need video,bluetooth or USB. Just wanna hit what I'm pointing at in the dark. 

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    jwrabbit123
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    i dont need video either  just a optic to see varmints in dark @ 100 m max

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    1shooter
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    I have now two different setups but neither are used for long range or powder burners.

     I have too many rats and so shots at 16 and 27 yards with a pcp, prod and now taipan. 

    You can go 2 ways dedicated or add on

    (My first is dedicated:) Photon xt 4.6x bought in 2015 for around $500, from amazon, and has been solid.  I just upgraded it to the extreme type that takes m42 photo lenses, sharper better/ adjuastable iris for day to night

         Adding a t20 ir or like light, from amazon, with 850nm for the bulb wavelength (850 stronger ir light for futher distance) for long range or (like I use for rats, short range) the t20 light with the 940nm wavelength bulb (less powerful but more invisable to the game, best for under 50 yards) Adding a light is very important for 2 main reasons, more power and saves the batteries on the scope. Minor reasons are the lens on the flashlight could be adjustable, 3 powers settings on some lights, different wavelengths available and a rat tail/click on-off button to power the light for convenience. 

    Light:https://www.amazon.com/Evolva-Future-Technology-Flashlight-Torch/dp/B00TDGWZVE?keywords=ir%2Blight&qid=1534396296&sr=8-1-spons&ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa&psc=1&th=1

     

    (My second and latest is:) WG760 add on NightVision.

    https://m.aliexpress.com/item/32861522326.html?pid=808_0000_0101&spm=a2g0n.search-amp.list.32861522326&

      Built and sold from china, so relatively unknown.  This is new to me and the market but so far I like it. I don’t want a rifle dedicated to night vision and prefer not to switch scopes and have a questionable zero. That is where add on units shine. Keeping your daytime scope and adding a unit like this turns your scope into nightvision or even like this daytime with color recordable and zoomable with a build in ir light, shines. I have heard its good with built in ir light for shooting out to 100 yards but can see game further.  Adding a seperate stronger light should extend its range. It removes easily from scope and can then be used on other scopes via the adaptors. Also can be hand holdable for spotting.  Problem is it around 4” long to the back of your scooe so a add on butt pad and longer cheek weld should be needed.  (Example is my cheek weld is on the last inch of my new to me taipan and I built a removable buttpad to use with this unit. No regrets and I knew this before buying but most scopes have and 3.5” eye relief and this is around a 4.5” unit)

    Pulsar makes one similar unit that goes on the front but retails like 4x the price.  

    I might post a review with pictures of the wg760 night vision at somepoint as it is new/unknown and to me seems like the best out there along with the future for nightvision add on’s.

     

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