My 2 cents....I would not buy a Gen 1 scope period. They aren't a good investment, their popularity is almost non-existent and for good reason. They are over priced for what you get and you pop the lens cap open during the daylight and you can damage or ruin the tube. Not trying to be negative, but I'm just being honest. For your budget, stick with digital. I've sold exactly 1 Gen 1 scope in the last 2 years and only a handful in the last 5 years and in that last 2 years I've sold hundreds of Photons. I know you don't plan on selling it, but I'd rather buy a product that has a resale value and if almost no one is buying something anymore, it's worth at least asking why. I've used a lot of Gen 1 and it just doesn't do well against something like a Photon IMO.
I'm a big fan of the Photon XT's as a good tried and true digital scope. The RT's have begun shipping, I got in a (surprisingly) big shipment last week, with several of every model. I don't think you can go wrong with a Photon XT or RT.
Again, those are my opinions on what to buy, having personally used everything you've listed so far. Good luck and let me know if you have more questions, I'm glad to help.
As for monocular choice, I would stick with the Quatnum Lite XQ23V over any of the older Quantums. The Quantum Lites are all 17 microns vs 25 on the old Quantums and all the Quantum "A" models have LCD screens, where all of the new Pulsars have AMOLED displays. That is reason enough to buy the Lites.
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