Has anybody here compared last years' VX-III with this years' VX-3? Specifically I'm looking at the 1.5-5x20. I'm debating illuminated duplex vs non-illuminated. Does anyone have any experience with the reliability of Leupold's illumination? This is for my upcoming Lothar barreled 6.8 SPC AR15. Thought? Opinions?
sholling. This afternoon I compared a new VX-3 to a 6 month old VX-III. Both are 4.5-14x50 illuminated reticle scopes. Both are pretty good illuminated reticle scopes for the money but I could not see that much difference. I tested them (informally, unscientifically) from about Sunset to dark. The VX-3 had a very slightly better resolution. I can not say one was brighter than the other. Dimensionally they appear to be identical. Cosmetically they are virtually the same except for a small difference in the medallion and ring. The VX-3 has slightly dished out turret caps and came supplied with a rubber eye guard. The diopter adjustment on the VX-3 is identical to the VX-III and is not a fast adjustment.
Full disclosure: I'm 53, a life-long near sighted eyeglass wearer (bifocals starting about 10 years ago). I've know my optometrist for about 25 years and consider him a friend. Although my vision is corrected to 20/20 I do not think my distant vision is as razor sharp as it was say 20 years ago. He says this is a typical comment from sportsmen who use binoculars, etc. So it's entirely possible that a younger user would find greater differences with the VX-3. Here is a picture with the VX-3 on the bottom.