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#6073458 - 12/08/15 03:38 PM Night vision scope
bg75074 Offline
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Need suggestions on decent night vision scopes that don't cost a ton. I hunt in east Texas woods and have a 50 yard max shot, any input is appreciated, I currently have a green light on remote control but is sometimes spooks the pigs.

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#6073719 - 12/08/15 05:55 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
fr3db3ar Offline
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Registered: 02/08/15
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Check out the Optics forum for more information already posted

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#6073846 - 12/08/15 06:51 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
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Registered: 06/30/08
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Sightmark Photon 4.6x

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#6074041 - 12/08/15 08:27 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
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My brother may be selling his. It is an ATN. Not sure which model and how much but ill ask him tomorrow if you are interested.
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#6074060 - 12/08/15 08:38 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
drycreek3189 Offline
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Registered: 04/23/15
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Loc: Troup, Texas
I have a Gen 2 ATN that's pretty good out to 100 yd. on a fair moon, but I put a good IR flashlight on my rail that turns it into a 200/250 yd proposition under any moon at all. Best $250 I ever spent. Here's another trick. Buy some $15 IR lights (12 volt) for security cameras. Place them on a T post overlooking your feeder/corn and the cheapest night vision will work really well. You can run them all night with a feeder battery. Keep in mind that in the woods you're gonna get a lot of " flash" off of nearby vegetation that will hamper your vision. Good luck !

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#6074070 - 12/08/15 08:42 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
Beckett Offline
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Loc: Plano
Sightmark Photon 6.5 - Cheap, lightweight, works great during day or night and uses 2 AA that last a long time.
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#6074360 - 12/09/15 04:10 AM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
bg75074 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 101
Thanks for the suggestions

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#6074426 - 12/09/15 06:34 AM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
Vern1 Offline
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The Photon 6.5 may be a little too much magnification for the distance you are shooting.
I have a Photon 5X (predecessor of the Photon XT) on my back up that I loan to friends to introduce them to night hunting.
It has taken quite a few pigs in many different folks hands.
Hard to beat for the price.

I have two buddies who have the X-Sight who have yet to get anything but massive cases of frustration.
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#6074432 - 12/09/15 06:43 AM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
flintknapper Offline
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Registered: 02/18/15
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Loc: Deep East Texas
Quote:
I currently have a green light on remote control but is sometimes spooks the pigs.


^^^^^^^^^^^ Is this a rifle mounted light, or something mounted at a bait site/other?

If you decide to go with NV.....consider that you might need/want to have some means to 'scan' the area other than using the scope itself.

It can become tiring using a rifle mounted NV device to check an area. Many folks will use some type of NV monocular/binocular. But your situation (say watching a nearby feeder), might not require that.

Any of the digital NV scopes mentioned should serve you well and not break the bank.

Good luck to you,

Flint.
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#6074461 - 12/09/15 07:18 AM Re: Night vision scope [Re: Vern1]
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Originally Posted By: Vern1

I have two buddies who have the X-Sight who have yet to get anything but massive cases of frustration.


^This
I would not recommend the ATN X-Sight
I have the 5x18, wish I had never bought it

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#6074730 - 12/09/15 10:09 AM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
bg75074 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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I have a light fixture with a green flouro bulb at the feeder I can activate remotely. It works pretty well but it is frustrating when they spook, as I do not get to go very often.

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#6075018 - 12/09/15 12:42 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
flintknapper Offline
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Originally Posted By: bg75074
I have a light fixture with a green flouro bulb at the feeder I can activate remotely. It works pretty well but it is frustrating when they spook, as I do not get to go very often.


If you choose not to go the NV route, then a couple of things you might look at.

1. Mount the light as high up and as close to the bait site as possible. The more 'overhead' the better. The reason for that is that the hogs are much less likely to spot the source of the light and it will not create as many 'shadows' as something mounted lower. I use red LED lights this way to good effect.

2. Turn the light on before dark and LEAVE IT ON (if you are not already doing so). If you wait until hogs are under the feeder or are approaching, then switch on your light, you are just begging to spook them. Regardless claims to the contrary (Hogs can not see Green/Red light) you will find that they see 'something', even if only a shade of gray. Not to mention the shadows it produces. Nothing is absolute, but I find that hogs are more willing to walk under a light that is already on, than to stay around once one is shined on them.

Try these two things...and see if it helps.

Best of luck to you.

Flint.
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#6075880 - 12/09/15 08:42 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
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cheers Some great info on this thread.... flag
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#6075943 - 12/09/15 09:09 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
bg75074 Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
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I actually do not need "night Vision " if they will come into a lighted feeder, always been reluctant to leave it on as I was under the assumption they would avoid the corn.

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#6076104 - 12/09/15 10:41 PM Re: Night vision scope [Re: bg75074]
flintknapper Offline
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Originally Posted By: bg75074
I actually do not need "night Vision " if they will come into a lighted feeder, always been reluctant to leave it on as I was under the assumption they would avoid the corn.


If you can, get it up high and overhead. Light intensity and angle of incidence are pretty much what determines if hogs will react to it.

It has been my experience...that hogs would MUCH rather walk under an area bathed in light (of their own volition in their own time) than have a light suddenly shone upon them.

Yes, they might 'hang up' on the periphery, but they almost always work their way in. I've also had much better results with Red light than green. But if the green is not too intense/bright...you might do fine with it.

Do everything you can to minimize 'shadows' (caused by placing the lights at low angles or too far away from the bait site).

Give it a try, what you are doing now...is not giving you the results you desire.

Now, before anyone jumps in here and tells me about their green/red/purple lights set on a fence post 10 yds from the feeder...and your hogs RUN to it. Yes, I know. I have some like that too. Those type of greedy, unwary hogs are NOT the ones we are worried about. Anyone will kill those. But pressured hogs...with a smart 'Lead Sow' won't go for it.

Spend a little time changing things up, experiment. You'll find the best combination for YOUR set up and will spook fewer hogs.
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