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Need help.  I am looking a getting a Meopta Meostar 3-12x56 scope.  I have an option of getting the illuminated reticle.  It's $100 more.  Want to hear your experiences.  Pros and cons.  Much thanks!
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I'm a fan of illuminated reticles in certain scopes, namely those that I use for predator and hog hunting, which I do a lot on moonlit nights.  In really low light, lit reticles give you just enough contrast to see your POA in the shadows against dark colored animals. 
 
To be really effective, it must be a well-designed illuminated reticle, though.  Poorly designed illumination tends to flare out the inside of the scope and overpower your target.  As your eyes get accustomed to the dark, your iris dilates to take in as much light as is available.  If you then look at a bright enough light source, it causes your iris to constrict again, ruining your night vision for a short time.  Too much light inside the scope will cause this to happen, hindering your ability to see what you're aiming at.  It's not just a matter of too much illumination intensity either; if too much of the reticle is illuminated, it can also cause the same problem.  A good illuminated reticle provides just enough light to clearly see the center of your reticle and no more.  It's better to have only the "working" portion of the reticle lit, such as the very center dot or "+", maybe mil dots, if present, and nothing more.  Well-designed illumination should also have a broad range of intensity settings to adjust only as much brightness as needed for the light conditions.
 
Pros for lit reticles:
- Provides much better visibility of POA in low light, especially against dark colored animals standing in the shadows.
- Allows you to have a thinner reticle for more precise aiming in good light, while still permitting you to see it in low light.
- Draws your eye to the center of the reticle much faster than a non illuminated reticle, allowing you to shoot faster.
 
Cons:
- With the exception of Trijicon, requires batteries.
- Electronic components in general are not as reliable and don't last as long as purely mechanical components.
- Warranty coverage of illumination typically doesn't last as long as the remainder of the optic.
- Greater cost.
- Some increased weight for the controls, albeit nominal.
 
 
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I looked through a Meopta Illuminated scope a few months ago. I think it was a #4 reticle with a red dot in the center.  I really liked it. The glass was clear and bright and if the illumination is only 100 bucks extra I'd be all over it. 
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Yes, Meopta Meostar scopes are great.  They're a little short on ER for some applications, but they're quite nice and reasonably priced for what you get.
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I definately favor illuminated reticle optics. I dont have a Meopta but that should be a nice scope and I would definately pay the  extra for the illumination.
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I like the #4 with illuminated dot.
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agree with rifledude
tried a bunch of them, only a few are done right where it's not counter productive
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