A budget night vision scope combines price, reliability, and image quality. It is necessary to consider the specifics of each model, as the device is influenced by the brand and type of weapon. So, before you rush into buying night scopes for pellet guns or scopes for other types of guns, look through our tips to choose a quality and affordable night vision scope.
What is the difference between a “classic” scope and a “digital” scope?
A night vision scope is a monocular, which is mounted on the weapon with a bracket. There are two varieties of devices. They perform the same task – the detection of the target in the dark, but the principle of operation of the sights is different.
For the electro-optical scope, the weakest source of light (reflected from clouds, the moon, and objects) is enough to catch the picture and amplify the signal several tens of thousands of times. Some models are equipped with infrared illumination, which allows obtaining an image even in pitch darkness.
A digital sight converts the light flux into an electronic signal with the help of a matrix (CCD or CMOS). It consists of photocathodes (pixels), which accumulate a charge of different power (depending on the intensity of light). The information is processed by a processor, and then the signal is transmitted to the display.
Characteristics of displays
Many factors influence the choice of monitor, but by and large, it is a matter of taste: the shooter himself determines which visualization to give preference. Digital models demonstrate a clear advantage when comparing the picture obtained in the same light and other conditions. In addition, these modern sights with high-definition displays often cost considerably less than the EOP competitors.
Let’s list the parameters you should pay attention to:
– availability of a zoom;
– maximum resolution;
– the sharpness of near and far objects displayed;
– the angle of view (magnification);
– Frame-in-frame mode (an additional image that is located on top of the sight);
– Brightness and contrast settings;
– choice of color schemes;
– speed – how fast the matrix picks up objects;
– power and type of illumination.
The reticle allows you to estimate the distance to the object and calculate the trajectory of the bullet. If in the EOP sights it is applied “physically”, but in digital transmitters, it is a part of the program: we see its image only on the monitor. Most often the reticle looks like a circle with crosshairs inside, but it can have additional lines, degrees, and radian markings.
Experts recommend choosing simple types of grids for dynamic shooting. More complicated ones are for high-precision shooting. With their help, they make corrections for wind direction, animal speed, and type of terrain.
There are two types of Scope reticles
Hunting scope reticles. They are used for close and short distances. They look like a crosshair. May have an additional 1-2 subtle intersections.
Tactical. They are more complex markings. Helping to accurately aim at different distances. They are selected individually for caliber, type of shooting, and region.
The number, without a doubt, is much more convenient for those who prefer to change reticles during the hunt: the choice is limited only by the software. It is also worth paying attention to models in which the guidance lines are illuminated: this makes it easier to fire at the target.
Various additional options allow you to improve the accuracy of shooting. Depending on the manufacturer, sights are equipped with special programs, electronics, or special modes.
Additional options for scopes:
– Wi-Fi – streaming photos or video directly through your cell phone or to the Internet.
– GPS navigator, compass, etc.
– Reinforced housing – protection against shocks, wear and tear, or moisture penetration.
– Remote control.
– Video and photo shooting capability.
– Replaceable lenses. Included in the set or ordered separately
Similar functions are available in both expensive and budget night sights. However, inexpensive devices are easier to maintain. Therefore, beginners should not emphasize the multifunctionality of the sight: we advise choosing 2-3 additional options.
Magnification of a hunting scope
This characteristic determines the ability to zoom in on objects. Usually, the data is specified together with the diameter of the objective lens. For example, the marking “8×36” shows that the magnification is 8x and the diameter is 36 mm. There are the following types of magnification:
Constant. Designed for shooting at a certain distance. Thus, it is suitable for one type of hunting.
Variable. Allows “on the fly” to adapt to the type of prey and changing conditions.
A night vision scope is an important attribute for hunting and sport. The device improves accuracy, brings the object closer, and allows you to see in the dark. However, not everyone can afford to buy professional expensive equipment. However, with the above-mentioned information and tips, you can now opt for a good night vision scope without spending a fortune.