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NV Scope Recommendation

Postby jdhudson5415 on Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:28 am

I am researching scopes to put on my .270 and have a couple questions. The scopes I am considering include gen 1 ATN, ATN Night Arrow, Pulsar N550, and PS-22. First, I am a little confused about eye relief comments. Is there a risk of getting kicked in the eye with larger calibers on some of these units? I understand the PS-22 fits in front of my existing scope so no problem there but wondered if there is an issue on any of the others with larger calibers. Second, please give me a recommendation based on what I am doing. I am hunting hogs and Coyotes and would like a scope that can reliably reach out to 100 yards although most shots will be under 100. I want a high quality scope. I am willing to pay more for a quality scope that fits those expectations but if Gen 1 will do what I need then I am happy not spending the extra money. I am seeing pros and cons for the N550 but not sure I have yet read a real (field tested) long-term review of the scope. What i have read sounds very interesting but taking comments, both good and bad, with a grain of salt.
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Re: NV Scope Recommendation

Postby Trevor_B on Tue Sep 06, 2011 10:30 am

Depends if you want a dedicated NV scope and rifle. If you would like to use your rifle during the day and at night, the PS22 is the way to go. This attached to the objective of your scope and can be removed and added as needed. The gen 2 ps22 should be enough to give you very good detail at 100 yards or less. If you want a dedicated NV rifle setup, I actually do really like the N550. I have sold many and have only heard positive feedback. This unit has actually had recognition close to the gen 3 level as well. Keeping in mind this is digital and has a black/white screen rather than the normal green screen seen on most NV units. B&W screens do help with contrast though. PS22 for a dual purpose or N550 for a dedicated setup would be my vote.
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Re: NV Scope Recommendation

Postby jdhudson5415 on Tue Sep 06, 2011 11:50 am

Thanks Trevor...I notice you did not mention the night arrow so your top two choices would be the N550 and PS22. If it did not matter whether the gun was a dedicated NV or not, would you go with the N550 or still stay with PS22? I am asking from a durability, quality, recognition, and resolution standpoint. It would be a benefit to be able to use the gun during the day but not a requirement...it is a backup gun as is.

Also looking at monocles as a means for a hunting partner to watch the action while the shooter shoots (assume that is the best way to go about it). Pulsar recon 550 or Yukon ranger?
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Re: NV Scope Recommendation

Postby Trevor_B on Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:30 pm

Honest opinion, hands down go with the PS22. I would actually go with a Gen 3 PS22, a gen 3 tube will give you a much further recognition range and thousands of hours longer tube life. It's definitely built to take more than the N550 from Pulsar, even rated to take the recoil from being mounted on a 50 BMG. The PS22 will allow you to keep a zero on your rifle and use it during the day and at night.

Now, for a companion, I have used both the Pulsar recon 550 and Digital ranger. I am a huge fan of the digital ranger, its a great product. The 550 recon is a newer and more advanced version. It carries a higher price tag but you get a more compact unit and I believe a longer battery life and less batteries used.
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Re: NV Scope Recommendation

Postby Trevor_B on Tue Sep 06, 2011 12:34 pm

Honest opinion, hands down go with the PS22. I would actually go with a Gen 3 PS22, a gen 3 tube will give you a much further recognition range and thousands of hours longer tube life. It's definitely built to take more than the N550 from Pulsar, even rated to take the recoil from being mounted on a 50 BMG. The PS22 will allow you to keep a zero on your rifle and use it during the day and at night.

Now, for a companion, I have used both the Pulsar recon 550 and Digital ranger. I am a huge fan of the digital ranger, its a great product. The 550 recon is a newer and more advanced version. It carries a higher price tag but you get a more compact unit and I believe a longer battery life and less batteries used.
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Re: NV Scope Recommendation

Postby jdhudson5415 on Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:27 am

Trevor, I think I have decided for sure on the Pulsar Recon. However, I want to get a more powerful IR for it but can not seem to find it on the site. I understand I should go with the 940nm and assume the Recon has an attachment area for it. Is this what I should use and if so, does OPtics Planet offer the product?
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Re: NV Scope Recommendation

Postby Trevor_B on Tue Sep 13, 2011 7:44 am

Pulsar does have the Polaris 960 which would probably be your best option for adding an additional IR illuminator. Not a bad price for the quality you get either.
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