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 When hunting in lowlight is illuminated reticle and mildot worth the extra cost? I know the average cost of illumination is about 150.00 or more. My experience with illuminated scopes is zero so your comments will help before I order my new scope.  Thanks
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My opinion is that the illuminated reticle is not very useful to hunt with. If you are using a scope with top glass like a Zeiss Diavari or Schmidt&Bender with the heavy post reticle then you can see as late as possible with any light source at night like a decent moonlight. If you cannot see with the above mentioned scopes at night then the next option would be a night vision scope setup. Just my opinion though maybe some other guys will give you some more info to help.

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The illumination is great for nighthunting.

But that is only if you are using a VERY HIGH quality glass.

Mostly lower or medium brands have far to strong illumination to be used when it's dark.

 

Best illuminated scopes for use without nightvision attachments are those with just a small illuminated dot in.

Full illumination on the whole grid is nog gaining anything .

 

Mildot, is not espesially good for nighthunting unless you have a nightvision attachment ( and I suppose you dont?)

 

But no4 reticle works ok in low light, and German no 1 works even better, but best is illuminated.

 

Regards Technika

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i am a fan of the #4a reticle with the thick side and bottom posts and open top.

 

easy tracking and good for lowlight.  like technika said, if you don't have top quality glass, the illumination

will actually have a negative effect.  i have been down that road. it's not fun.

 

get great glass and a heavy post reticle and enjoy.

 

J

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Technika, What do you think about the # 11 Zeiss Diavari reticle? That is what I use on my Diavari Victory and I feel that reticle is about as good as it gets for low light hunting without and illuminated reticle. I did alot of research on the best lowlight reticle-non illuminated and I tossed and turned between the Zeiss # 11 reticle and the S&B #1 reticle. I chose the Zeiss and it has been great for me hunting deer in South Alabama in the twilight.
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I'd pass and put the money into better glass.

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The no11 is my favorite of the non illuminated reticles.

But I usally never meantion it, cause few people know what it is.

But the conical bars is outstanding for both low light and driven game.

 

I have a few SuB with their no1  that is very similar to the No11, but the SuB is having the point to the top of the sidebars, and i prefer to have it centered.

 

 

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