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I was looking at  the specs on the Monarch, 4200 and Sightron Sll, in 4-16X.   The prices are very close, within say about $30 of one another.   Since the prices are so similar, the only real value difference would be the quality of the scope.  I've seen Monarchs and 4200s compared but I've not see the Sll tossed on the pile. 
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S II 's are nice, but come up just a bit shy of the 4200. I have both in 1.5x6, and the 4200 is just a bit brighter, and has Rainguard to boot.
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The Sightron in my opinion is the equal of the Nikon or Bushnell.  The key is to look through all of the scopes outside before purchasing.  If possible, do this without knowing which scope you are looking through.  So, if each scope has a different reticle, do not look through the scope before hand and ask the dealer to hand you each scope and let you make an initial impression and go from there.

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I compared a big sky sightron vs a 4200 elite (both 4x16's) and they were very close in optics. Almost too close to call a clear winner, little differences like the sightron was less prone to flare out and the reticle stayed blacker in reflected light. The elite seemed a tad more resolute on an acuity chart and it had maybe a minute or two more staying power in fading light. They were very close and nothing was a deal breaker as far as advantages, both good customer service and a rain coating. Both had the slower lock ring focus but the sightron had a slicker AO that didn't turn the objective end of the scope. No experience with nikon but the these two are quite a good match. Hope this helps.

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So the Sightron was a side focus model?
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Originally posted by Dolphin Dolphin wrote:

So the Sightron was a side focus model?


No it was an objective end focus but it was a slick deal with just a movable ring at the end that allowed the end of the scope to remain unchanged with AO adjustments. The 4200 allowed the entire end to move making scope caps turn at different angles with adjustment. Not a big deal but a nice fearure none the less. Some of the reticles in the big sky line are etched also but not all, you don't hear about this much but its something I prefer as the reticle stays a constant black under differing light reflection conditions. Leupolds and to some extent elites will change to a bronze/brown color with light reflection off the wire itself, again not a big deal but a pet peeve I have with wire reticles.

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Originally posted by Focus Focus wrote:

Originally posted by Dolphin Dolphin wrote:

So the Sightron was a side focus model?


No it was an objective end focus but it was a slick deal with just a movable ring at the end that allowed the end of the scope to remain unchanged with AO adjustments. The 4200 allowed the entire end to move making scope caps turn at different angles with adjustment. Not a big deal but a nice fearure none the less. Some of the reticles in the big sky line are etched also but not all, you don't hear about this much but its something I prefer as the reticle stays a constant black under differing light reflection conditions. Leupolds and to some extent elites will change to a bronze/brown color with light reflection off the wire itself, again not a big deal but a pet peeve I have with wire reticles.

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I know what you are referring to. I think there are situations in which that characteristic helps to make the reticle more visible in some low-light situations. Anybody else agree?

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