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First pest down to the X-sight.

Forums Hunting First pest down to the X-sight.

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    JDShapp
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    Accuracy: +7

    This little adventure starts out about 2 days before I had hernia surgery last week. I caught sight of a rabbit near my spinners, and since I’d lost my hazelnut saplings following the weeks of recovery after my previous hernia surgery I decided it was best to not take any chances this time around with the two peach trees I’ve planted this year. As usual I took aim, pulled the trigger and saw the rabbit do a flop. Once I got halfway to the rabbit I discovered not only had it only been stunned, but it was turning back onto its feet. Rather than trying to chase down dazed rabbit I tried to creep back to my wildcat to get another shot, but instead went for a trip with one leg down a sink hole. By now I figure the rabbits gone, but after getting back to my feet I get back to my Wildcat and manage to see the rabbit turn around and hop off as if it’d had a good laugh at my expense.

    That brings us to tonight. During my downtime I’d found an X-sight 2 for a price I could afford, and had sighted it in at 40 yards. So as I was testing things out tonight and making some short videos I caught sight of movement beyond what I’ve normally be able to see with my old setup. Rather than rush to it I waited a few minutes watching this rabbit munch on wild onions until it came into range, and then pulled the trigger. The rabbit did usual shot-somersault, and when I did an inspection found it was the same one from before. Apparently my previous shot had only grazed the very back of its neck, giving it less than a flesh wound. Best thing of all though is I managed to at least catch this shot on video.

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    bcharlett
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    How are you likening your x Sight 2?  I have been thingking about getting it as well.  Currently just using a IR capable camcorder and cheaper IR torch.  Do you like your X Sight 2?  How do you like it during daytime shooting? My only hold back with the x sight 2 is that I really like the ability to shoot slow motion 240 fps.  I have a Side Shot coming tomorrow and am anxious to try that out with my Ipone 7 plus.  

    Thanks,
    Brett

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    JDShapp
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    I’d have to say I really enjoy it compared to what I use to use. So far its performed quite well using my Evolva T20 IR illuminator, and its a fair daytime scope. Something of note is that the X-sight performs very well with the low light that occurs after sunset. Also while I do enjoy the occasional slow motion video I picked this up because most of my pest control takes place at night and most of my shots rarely have the opportunity to make it on video. That of course might change if the recoil activation works with the minor kick from the .25 Wildcat I use.

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    Alan
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    With some fear of hijacking a post…

    Before you buy an ATN X-Sight II, go to their user’s site, and spend some time (http://atnowners.com/board/139/sight-ii).

    I’ve owned two X-Sights for nearly 18 months. It is really heavy by any measurement. There are a lot of problems remaining in the firmware, and too many limitations with respect to the ballistic program the site contains. The problem is, it takes too long to input the data into the scope. They sell a laser range finder which talks to the scope, but for airgun use, it is almost useless. 

    The recoil activated video doesn’t work well, and doesn’t work at all on an airgun. Except, it does work on my 9 mm, or did, until the recoil damaged the scope. And FYI, the repair turnaround now exceed 2 months!

    The Bluetooth and WiFi work, but only passible if you’re only on top of the X-Sight II. Ten feet away, forget it! Did I mention it is heavy?

    For fixed daytime and nighttime shooting, at fairly stationary targets, it performs fairly well considering what it sells for. The only thing you need is a brighter IR source for night use. Amazon sells those for about $20. They look like small yard lights, and are easily powered off any 12 volt source. The one I bought is bright enough out to 50 yards, that you don’t need the night vision setting turned on! Did I mention it is really heavy?

    Oh! One more thing. You’ll find out, once you get a decent IR source, that the green setting is much clearer. 

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    JDShapp
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    Everything Alan has said is true, but it also plays into my style of pesting so it hasn’t been as big of a disadvantage to me. Beforehand I already had my distances marked in my yard, and since I never take night shots on anything beyond 50yds its worked out well so far in practice. My main reason for picking up the x-sight 2 was to actually see things beyond my comfort zone, and help identify things before they approach. For me there was nothing worse than seeing eye shine through my old setup only to discover it was a cat coming in rather than the raccoons I’d been after.

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