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#5891174 - 08/22/15 09:07 PM Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews
Connercox25 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 127
Hey Im just wondering if any one has ever used this scope and have anything to say about? Im looking to get one for my AR because its in my college student price range. Ive heard its good for the price and better with an after market IR illuminator. Let me!

Thanks! rifle
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Weapons of choice-
Ruger M77 .308
Custom Built .300 Blackout
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#5891251 - 08/22/15 10:14 PM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
Powerstroke99 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 02/01/15
Posts: 9
I have one mounted on my 300 BO AR using a 30mm Burris PEPR QD mount (reversed to move the scope closer to my eye). I am very pleased with its performance and it is a total game changer for hogs and predators. It's good to over 100 yards, but I generally shoot at 50 or less. If using the onboard IR, you will open the lense cap fully of course, but when using a more powerful IR, pop out the inside 22mm portion of the lense cover and close the cap. Focus/clarity is much better this way.

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#5891389 - 08/23/15 05:44 AM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
Pigsicles Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/18/07
Posts: 46
The Photon is an excellent entry level night vision scope and with a UNV 20iIR or a Evolva T20 it is good out as far as I care to shoot at night. It's simple to use, instant on, easy on batteries and you can get an optional recorder if that floats your boat.
Great bang for the buck, just check out the reviews anywhere on the net ( Amazon, Optics Planet, BPS etc)


Edited by Pigsicles (08/23/15 05:45 AM)

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#5891497 - 08/23/15 08:43 AM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
fr3db3ar Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/08/15
Posts: 283
Loc: Holland, MI
I just recently shot a coyote @ 210 yds with my Bmag and the Photon 4.6 and a T20. All I could see was eyes but we'd already identified the target with thermal.

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#5891656 - 08/23/15 10:59 AM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
Connercox25 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 127
Thanks For all the info yall! cowboy
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#5895093 - 08/25/15 10:40 AM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
bornforit Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 270
Loc: Longview, Tx
Shot this hog at 80 yard at 11:30 at night. video isnt as clear and detailed as the actual scope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPPTN3TvNRs

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#5895955 - 08/25/15 06:21 PM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: bornforit]
Connercox25 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 07/15/12
Posts: 127
Dang 80 yards looks great!! are you using an aftermarket IR light???
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#5896202 - 08/25/15 08:11 PM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: bornforit]
miket1 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 05/16/12
Posts: 195
Loc: Plantersville, TX
Originally Posted By: bornforit
Shot this hog at 80 yard at 11:30 at night. video isnt as clear and detailed as the actual scope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPPTN3TvNRs



Very nice and nice shot! Check out this one. This is one I shot a few weeks ago with an earlier version of my homemade unit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDLrzYq81uM&sns=em

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#5897583 - 08/26/15 04:11 PM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
bornforit Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 270
Loc: Longview, Tx
Originally Posted By: Connercox25
Dang 80 yards looks great!! are you using an aftermarket IR light???


Yes I am using an aftermarket light. Its the same as the unv-20ir. And there is a center tab I take out of the scope cover on the front. about the size of a dime/penny. seems to help with clarity quite a bit.

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#5897590 - 08/26/15 04:16 PM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: miket1]
bornforit Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 270
Loc: Longview, Tx
Originally Posted By: miket1
Originally Posted By: bornforit
Shot this hog at 80 yard at 11:30 at night. video isnt as clear and detailed as the actual scope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPPTN3TvNRs



Very nice and nice shot! Check out this one. This is one I shot a few weeks ago with an earlier version of my homemade unit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDLrzYq81uM&sns=em


I've been watching a lot of your videos and your progress on all your builds. Pretty neat how you pieced them together and did it all. What does that newest one cost to put together?

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#5898173 - 08/26/15 09:30 PM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: bornforit]
miket1 Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 05/16/12
Posts: 195
Loc: Plantersville, TX
Originally Posted By: bornforit
Originally Posted By: miket1
Originally Posted By: bornforit
Shot this hog at 80 yard at 11:30 at night. video isnt as clear and detailed as the actual scope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DPPTN3TvNRs



Very nice and nice shot! Check out this one. This is one I shot a few weeks ago with an earlier version of my homemade unit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDLrzYq81uM&sns=em


I've been watching a lot of your videos and your progress on all your builds. Pretty neat how you pieced them together and did it all. What does that newest one cost to put together?


Well.....uhhh...normally I would have no problem posting that but I have had multiple requests by people to make more and sell them one. I am finishing the instructions etc and have sold 2 units. So basically I am at the point that I hate to divulge my costs. I will say this, I am over $200 but hope to lower costs as ( if ) quantities get higher .

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#5898569 - 08/27/15 08:08 AM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
bornforit Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 12/11/06
Posts: 270
Loc: Longview, Tx
Understood. Back to original thread before it gets completely hi-jacked.

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#5904615 - 08/30/15 08:12 PM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
TGillar Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/08/15
Posts: 14
Loc: Katy Texas
Between me and two friends we own 5 photons and one gen 3. For stand hunting I don't see how you can go wrong with the photon. Buy an Evolve T20 for about $50 and you can shot as far as you will need too.

The gen 3 is used just for spotting the pigs.
The photons are the kill sights.

No way we could justify decking out 5 rifles with $2500 nv. But it was easy to deck 5 rifles with 5 $500 Photons.

Just my two pennies.

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#5923282 - 09/10/15 11:21 PM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
DocHorton Offline
Veteran Tracker

Registered: 12/06/10
Posts: 3433
Loc: DFW
I have a Photon XT and I was very impressed. Like others have said you can see a long ways with the UNV IR. I have used it hog hunting a couple times and could easily identify animals at 250 yards. I also added the doubler which makes the magnification around 9x which really helped to see further out.

I think it is the best bang for the buck NV scope available.

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#5923573 - 09/11/15 08:52 AM Re: Photon XT digital Day/Night Scope Reviews [Re: Connercox25]
mustanger Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 06/24/14
Posts: 59
I have one and have hunted with it for about a year now. I am very impressed with it. I also own the previous model. I still use it on my spare rifle. I have to agree that it is the best bang for the buck. Next possibility is the digisight, but that is another price level. You can't go wrong with the Photon XT. I also own a thermal monocular that I spot with. Both units have produced a lot of dead coyotes for me.

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