New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - New here, some Low Light scope questions.
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Check GunBroker.com for SWFA's No Reserve and No Minimum bid firearm auctions.

New here, some Low Light scope questions.

 Post Reply Post Reply   Topic Search Topic Search  Topic Options Topic Options
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/05/2010 at 10:34
BowHunter252 View Drop Down
Optics GrassHopper
Optics GrassHopper


Joined: January/05/2010
Location: NC
Status: Offline
Points: 7
Hey everyone, I just signed up.  I am wanting to get a decent scope for my hunting rifle.  Top on my list is good low light performance.  I will be hunting in fairly heavy woods, so it will be getting too dark to see in there long before it would out in the open.
 
I don't need very much zoom, but if I can get more zoom and it not hurt low light performance that would be good.  I would like to keep it under $350 or so, less would be better.
 
Would say a fixed 4x scope be better than a 3-9 in low light if the 3-9 was set on 3x? 
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/05/2010 at 10:41
SVT_Tactical View Drop Down
Optics Retard
Optics Retard
Avatar
Chief Sackscratch

Joined: December/17/2009
Location: NorthCackalacky
Status: Offline
Points: 28753
First off welcome, now on to the recomendations.  With your price limit I would say the Bushnell Elite 3200 Line has some "firefly" reticles that would work well in your situation. As far as not needing much "zoom" This one jumps out
Comes with raingaurd, free light, and free pull over. 
If you want a little more magnification and larger objective they have one of those too.
 
Good luck
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/05/2010 at 10:55
pyro6999 View Drop Down
Optics Retard
Optics Retard
Avatar
OT TITAN

Joined: December/22/2006
Location: North Dakota
Status: Offline
Points: 22024
Originally posted by BowHunter252 BowHunter252 wrote:

Hey everyone, I just signed up.  I am wanting to get a decent scope for my hunting rifle.  Top on my list is good low light performance.  I will be hunting in fairly heavy woods, so it will be getting too dark to see in there long before it would out in the open.
 
I don't need very much zoom, but if I can get more zoom and it not hurt low light performance that would be good.  I would like to keep it under $350 or so, less would be better.
 
Would say a fixed 4x scope be better than a 3-9 in low light if the 3-9 was set on 3x? 

depends on a few things, lens and coating quality, objective size and  reticle type. what type of rifle do you use?
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/05/2010 at 13:36
koshkin View Drop Down
MODERATOR
MODERATOR
Avatar
Dark Lord of Optics

Joined: June/15/2004
Location: United States
Status: Online
Points: 10961
For low light performance a couple of things come into play.

One is the ability to see your target.  Another is the ability to see your aiming point, i.e. reticle.

If you are comfortable with a 4x scope, the best low light performance for around $250 is IOR Hunting 4x32.  It is available with a very visible post reticle which works great in low light:
Alternatively, you could get it with 4a reticle:

Another good choice is Zeiss' excellent Conquest 4x32:

Aside from that, there are several very good variable scopes in your price range, Vortex Viper 2-7x32 for example.  However, most of these have reticles that are a little too thin for very low light situations.

ILya
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/06/2010 at 13:14
BowHunter252 View Drop Down
Optics GrassHopper
Optics GrassHopper


Joined: January/05/2010
Location: NC
Status: Offline
Points: 7
I was looking at the 4200 line or a Monarch.  It is going on a stevens 200 in .243. 
 
What kind of difference would there be in the 2.5-10x42 and the 4-16x42 Monarchs if they were both set a 4x?
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/06/2010 at 13:15
pyro6999 View Drop Down
Optics Retard
Optics Retard
Avatar
OT TITAN

Joined: December/22/2006
Location: North Dakota
Status: Offline
Points: 22024
it would come down to glass and coatings basically.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/06/2010 at 13:25
biggreen747 View Drop Down
Optics Journeyman
Optics Journeyman
Avatar

Joined: October/16/2009
Location: Colorado
Status: Offline
Points: 470
http://swfa.com:80/Nikon-Team-Primos-Riflescopes-C1407.aspx Take a look at that scope.
It is essentially the old Monarch UCC rebranded. Excellent glass at less than the price point you are looking at.
I used to have the Monarch UCC 3-9x40 (sold along w/rifle) on a 300WM and found it to be an excelent all around
scope with good low light performance. At the time I bought it it was a $300.00 scope.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/06/2010 at 13:58
SD Dog View Drop Down
Optics Master Extraordinaire
Optics Master Extraordinaire
Avatar
OT Scratching Post

Joined: February/28/2008
Status: Offline
Points: 4176
Originally posted by BowHunter252 BowHunter252 wrote:

I was looking at the 4200 line or a Monarch.  It is going on a stevens 200 in .243. 
 
What kind of difference would there be in the 2.5-10x42 and the 4-16x42 Monarchs if they were both set a 4x?


For exiting pupil diameter, both would be the same.  42 / 4 =  10.5.  I don't posses either scope so I don't know if tunneling effect with the 4-16x42 set on 4x.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/06/2010 at 15:45
magshooter1 View Drop Down
Optics Journeyman
Optics Journeyman
Avatar

Joined: August/27/2008
Location: El Dorado, AR
Status: Offline
Points: 730
Originally posted by BowHunter252 BowHunter252 wrote:

I was looking at the 4200 line or a Monarch.  It is going on a stevens 200 in .243. 
 
What kind of difference would there be in the 2.5-10x42 and the 4-16x42 Monarchs if they were both set a 4x?
 
For thick woods the 4x16 probably wouldn't be very good.  It has a pretty small FOV compared to the 2.5x10.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: January/08/2010 at 11:00
Randall45 View Drop Down
Optics Apprentice
Optics Apprentice


Joined: June/25/2009
Status: Offline
Points: 284
The Bushnell Elite 3200 with the post reticle.I have a 3-9x50 30mm tube which is clear and good in low light.
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Similar Threads: "New here, some Low Light scope questions."
Subject Author Forum Replies Last Post
Need low light, light weight rifle scope ElkMan Rifle Scopes 1 4/29/2004 3:26:17 AM
Finnish low light scope test - 50mm scopes puppezed Rifle Scopes 9
Low Light Rifle Scopes johnboy74 Rifle Scopes 5
Best Low light condition scope rkellah Rifle Scopes 10
Good low light scope for < $250.00 stilhuntin Rifle Scopes 13
Low light scope test 2 1911man Rifle Scopes 8
Binoculars vs Rifle scope--low light viewing? ceylonc Binoculars 12
Low light scope? Enno Rifle Scopes 20
Which low light scope seawolf Rifle Scopes 77
I had a unique experience (Scope Low light-Meopta) BOLIO1 Rifle Scopes 7


This page was generated in 0.656 seconds.