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Old 11-16-2019, 10:23 AM   #1
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My eyes arenít working like they used to, and in low light situations I am finding it harder to identify animals at the feeder, even through the scope. Some of the areas I hunt are heavily wooded which makes it even harder to see the last 20 or so minutes of shooting light. Looking for a good quality scope that will gather as much light as possible for under $400 or so. I currently have a Leupold on my Thompson Center Encore, and I have been pleased with it. Just looking for suggestions from some of the guys that shoot more than I do.
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:26 AM   #2
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I would go with a 50mm objective and 30mm main tube to drawn in as much light as possible. Europtic has a special right now on Vortex scopes. Let me look it up for you.
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Old 11-16-2019, 10:27 AM   #3
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https://www.eurooptic.com/Vortex-Str...e-SE-1627.aspx

Tons of magnification.
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Old 11-16-2019, 11:55 AM   #4
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I'm sure someone will come along with a great solution but imo a $400 scope isn't going to be a game changer if your sight is getting that bad.

Can you see through the scope well enough to aim?

I'd try to put as much money possible towards a really nice pair of binoculars if you can. Identify with binos then shoot

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Old 11-16-2019, 11:56 AM   #5
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High magnification with that quality of glass is going to achieve opposite results of what he wants

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Old 11-16-2019, 11:57 AM   #6
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I had issues with Vortex scope in low light situations.
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:08 PM   #7
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There many great reviews on the vortex scopes. His budget is the main factor.

Let's just recommend a scope for his budget instead of recommending something different.

Even if you can see with good binoculars, you still have to see the target thru the scope, which he has said is an issue for him.

I do a ton of research before making purchases. More often then not, I get paralysis by analysis and its not really necessary.

1. He wants a new scope
2. He can spend a maximum of $400

What fits that budget?
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:26 PM   #8
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Just a little over but a hell of deal and scope SWFA SS 3-15x42 demo under $500.
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Old 11-16-2019, 12:47 PM   #9
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I guess what Im wondering, is can I find a decent upgrade to what I have for teh price I am willing to spend. Here is what I have now.

https://www.leupold.com/scopes/compa.../vx-2-3-9x40mm

It does amazing for every situation except the last 15-20 minutes of shooting light. Even in dawn light I can make everything out because my eyes are adjusted to low light. Its the transition in the other direction as my eyes are trying to adjust to losing light.

Here is something I found, and was wondering if upgrading to a similar model would be worth the extra expense, or if the difference would even be noticeable.

https://www.eurooptic.com/110688-Leu...lex-11068.aspx
https://www.leupold.com/scopes/compa.../vx-r-3-9x50mm
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Old 11-16-2019, 05:26 PM   #10
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Is your scope a vx 2 or vari x ii?

I might be interested in it if you're trying to expand the budget any.

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Old 11-16-2019, 07:12 PM   #11
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The problem is optical quality is easy in the day. My pst gen 2 rivaled some higher end scopes in the day. But at dusk or dawn the gen 2 struggles...

I would go the lowest mag you can find with the best glass.
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Old 11-16-2019, 07:52 PM   #12
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It's going to be tough to beat a Leupold for low light clarity. Take a look at the Leupold VX-3i line and look for something with a 50mm objective and a 30mm tube.
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Old 11-16-2019, 07:56 PM   #13
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I have a vx-3i 2.5-8x36 i'm considering listing here. It does well in low light especially at only 100 yds.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:43 PM   #14
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My eyes arenít working like they used to, and in low light situations I am finding it harder to identify animals at the feeder, even through the scope. Some of the areas I hunt are heavily wooded which makes it even harder to see the last 20 or so minutes of shooting light. Looking for a good quality scope that will gather as much light as possible for under $400 or so. I currently have a Leupold on my Thompson Center Encore, and I have been pleased with it. Just looking for suggestions from some of the guys that shoot more than I do.


Look for a Meopta Meostar used if you can. You will probably have to up your budget by a $300 but itís well worth it.


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Old 11-18-2019, 05:09 PM   #15
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Get you a vortex enough said
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Old 11-18-2019, 10:28 PM   #16
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Get you a vortex enough said
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Old 11-18-2019, 11:00 PM   #17
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Looking at red dots for extended periods hurts my eyes and blurs things for me. I know theyre sexy...red and all dotty...but I think the red dot would detract from you even more. It may somehow enhance your cones and rods to receive more light from the scope...Im not a believer until we get some testimony.

It sounds like your more concerned with the object being viewed versus the reticle. 50mm objective and 30 mm tube for sure.

Its interesting how all the other reticles for the VX-R are no longer available.
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Old 11-19-2019, 03:02 PM   #18
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I picked up one of these last week for 349.99. It is a regular 600 dollar plus scope. Once you begin to checkout used the discount code "VIPER" . I love my other Vortex products and decided to add this one for my next build.

https://www.focuscamera.com/vortex-v...a-reticle.html
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