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Sometimes I go out on my deck with scopes, not mounted of course, and test them in the available light.  I test them clear/overcast, full moon/quarter moon, dry/wet/snowy ground, etc.  To get a better sample I test those of my friends, too.  Last night I tested a 4x40 Nikon Monarch, a Trijicon Reflex, an old Simmons, and a new Simmons under a thin overcast with wet ground (wet reflects more light than dry ground).
The Reflex was good if I had both eyes open, but useless using only one eye as the blue tint blocked too much light.
The old Simmons was useless in the dim light, despite its large objective.  That old Simmons needed a "seeing eye" dog.  The China made Simmons seemed much better.
The 4x40 Monarch was quite good, allowing me to discern colors.  The reticle thickness was the weakest link.  I could see part of the reticle, but not all.  I could have made a shot on a deer or coyote sized critter at 50 yards, but not on small game.
The Leupold European scopes have the thickest #4 reticles I have ever seen and likely they would work well.  I'm going to try to talk a buddy who has one into letting me test it along side a similar sized Zeiss.
Does anyone else have tests they would like to share?
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Did you try the "Optic Reviews and Tests" forum?
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There are a couple of tests posted on the forum.
You will have to do a bit of searching and scratching around.
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I tested three scopes in low light and at night.Leupold VXIII,Nikon Monarch,Sightron SII.The Sightron won the night time test.The Nikon Monarch was good in low light but the Sightron better.The Leupold was only clear during daylight hours.All scopes were 3-9 mounted on hunting rifles used during the hunting season during an overcast sky.If i'm hunting for coyotes the Sightron SII Big Sky is my best scope for that type of low light hunting.      
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Originally posted by Guided Bullet Guided Bullet wrote:

  I could have made a shot on a deer or coyote sized critter at 50 yards, but not on small game.
What measure are you using to determine this?  What standard?

When you say you  are "testing" scopes, exactly what tests are you performing?  What measurable, repeatable criteria do you evaluate against?  

Just wondering, some specifics would be nice.  

You can resolve trouble seeing the reticle with an IR, but in some cases that introduces additional problems.  
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Originally posted by hunter12345 hunter12345 wrote:

I tested three scopes in low light and at night.Leupold VXIII,Nikon Monarch,Sightron SII.The Sightron won the night time test.The Nikon Monarch was good in low light but the Sightron better.The Leupold was only clear during daylight hours.All scopes were 3-9 mounted on hunting rifles used during the hunting season during an overcast sky.If i'm hunting for coyotes the Sightron SII Big Sky is my best scope for that type of low light hunting.      
     Wow, very interesting results. I've found my VXIII to be better in low light  than my pardners Sightron, both of equal power. I think personal eye sight has much to do with this factor as well more than what people think. This is'nt talked about much, but I think play's a big part.
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