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Sightmark Photon Digital Night Vision Riflescope
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Digital Technology is clearly the coming cutting edge approach to night vision. As the CCD cameras become more sophisticated quality images will foll...
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Decent, but could be better

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on April 24, 2014
I just received the 3.5x version of this scope from Optics Planet.

The scope is basically a standard scope with an addon tube containing electronics, as you can see in the photos.
It looks great on a rifle, and the picture is decent.

The eye relief needs to be improved and it is okay, at best, in its current state.

There is a small LED on the back of the IR illuminator that tells you the display is turned on.
However, there is no indicator to tell you the illuminator is on. (why?)

The finish on the scope scratches easily, so you have to baby it a little bit if you want to avoid scratching it.

The focus adjustment is on the rear, and is smooth. However, nothing is ever in proper focus due to the low resolution of the LED screen. This is expected, but there is room for improvement.

The Reticle illuminator is cheaply made and lights up one side of the viewfinder (not properly sealed?), in addition to the dot in the middle of the cross-hairs. I believe this is due to quality control issues and only the dot is supposed to be illuminated.

There is what appears to be a picatinny rail on the side of the scope (this rail is plastic). However, you cannot mount anything on it because I believe it is a proprietary design only for Sightmark accessories. It really does look like a standard rail, but I could not get anything to mount on it.

It takes standard AA batteries for the LED screen and IR illuminator, which is nice! Thanks to Sightmark for this decision. Ho...
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The coming technology

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, PA Written on March 19, 2014
Digital Technology is clearly the coming cutting edge approach to night vision. As the CCD cameras become more sophisticated quality images will follow. Additionally the cost of this technology will more than likely to be lower than traditional generation units. The photon is one of the first attempts to marry classic glass optics with digital technology and illustrates the point. The image quality at the price of this units cost is impressive and easily matches Generation 2 night visions units. There are two downsides: First: the unit is extremely well built but as a result it is quite heavy but not markedly different from classic night vision units. Second: For viewing distances of more than 100 yards an additional night infrared or laser illuminator will be necessary. Even with this added cost the photon is still about one forth the price of an equally performing classic night vision device.
Pros: Excellent performance versus cost
Cons: Heavy...
Would recommend: Yes
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