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Earlier this year I was introduced to Vortex Scopes for night hunting by another forum member. The quality, light gathering ability, and features are remarkable. I felt so strongly in their performance I became an Authorized Dealer. I will be offering five Vortex models, three with V-Brite lighted reticle and two with V-Plex cross hairs. All five models work very well for night hunting. If you are in the market for a scope I highly recommend looking at the Vortex line of scopes. Whether you purchase one from me or another dealer I feel you will not be disappointed. They also offer a lifetime warranty that is transferable with no receipt needed. I will be selling them at the lowest price allowed by the manufacturer and as always we offer free shipping with no minimum order. You can check them out on our website at: www.NightEyesLights.com

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Night Eyes - I have a general question regarding scopes for night hunting...

I think I understand the benefits of the lighted reticles & glow cross hairs,,,

and I'm sure the scope has very good light gathering ability,

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lets say its a very dark night (new moon)...

without a light beam - how do you pick out a target from a distance,,

reason I ask - I have great difficulty seeing through a scope at night - or very low light conditions via my Leupolds, --- perhaps it is just my eyes that are unable to get the job done???

(reason why I use shotgun for night hunting)

just curious if you heard this from others shopping your product...
 

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Not sure if this will help but I’ll try to explain how I do it. Most of my hunts are on dark nights and while I’m calling I am using a scan light to look for approaching eyes. I set my scan light on one of the lower settings since not much light is need to see the reflection of eyes. I also do not want to overpower them with too much light all at once. My scan light is never turned off I scan the entire time. I can usually see the eyes approaching from 250 to 300 yards away. Once I see the eyes I keep the scan light on them the entire time. This does two things, it conditions them to the light as they approach and it conceals you. They cannot see you or anything else that is behind your light. Once they get into shooting range I transition the light from my headlamp (scanning light) to my gun light. Understand that the gun light is much brighter and is attached to either the gun or scope. If using a rifle the light beam will be lined up with the crosshairs. Simply point the gun in the direction of the approaching predator turn on the gun light to identify your target and make the shot. I like calling them in close so most of my shots are between 35 and 125 yards however, on occasion I will take them at further distances. I have no problem seeing them and making the shot using a non-lighted reticle. I just started using the lighted red reticle and it makes it nice for some of those longer shots. I keep the setting down around 2 or 3. If the predator comes in close, the lighted reticle gets washed out and resorts back to black. So in a sense you have the best of both worlds. The reason a good light gathering scope is helpful is because the light beam from your gun light reflects off the target and back into your scope. The further out the target the less light going into you scope. The better your light gathering scope is, the better you will see the target and your crosshairs.

When using a shotgun I only use the headlamp (scan light). As the predator approaches I turn the scan light on full power and cant it to the side. Canting it helps line the beam up to your front sight and the approaching predator when you pull up to shoot.

I hope this answers your question.

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Good info - thanks...

I use your same tactics - via red hat mounted scan light, + kill light attached to my shotgun barrel...

My shot range is close of course - 25-40 yds (when I get a chance for a Kill Shot)...


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sidenote:

Years ago, I had artificial lenses implanted into my eyes (Multifocal Rx)- The Eye Surgeon set me up as follows - Left Eye - farsighted - Right Eye - nearsighted...
My Brain (what's left of it) compensates and gives me 20-20 vision - which is great - because I am no longer blind as a bat,

But I have trouble seeing through a scope at night - even with my Leupolds which provide good light gathering capabilities.....

So thst is the reason I am limited to night hunting via un-scoped 12ga short range.
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Interesting info about how the lighted reticle gets washed out & resorts back to black... That may be the solution to my problem.

I will have to check out your scopes...

Thanks Again..
 

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I do not keep those in stock but can do a special order.

I just purchased two for myself however they haven't arrived yet. Can't wait till they get here
 

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i have 3 hog hunter scopes for night hunting and really do like them by the way i also have the night eyes head lamp in dual beam and it is awesome
 

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I had a Vortex Crossfire. It performed satisfactory for a scope in it's price range. I had to deal with Vortex three different times. First scope was bad when it arrived. Nothing but blurr. They had a new one in my hands in less than a week. It had the wrong markings on the turrets. They sent me new ones at no cost. Eventually it would not hold zero on my 308. The turrets would move on recoil. Now I did A LOT of cranking on these turrets shooting ground hogs at long range and also shooting in ground hog match shoots. They just got weak. I sent it back to Vortex and they fixed it good as new. It is currently on my brother in laws 308 and functioning fine. I said all of that to say this, Vortex's customer service is outstanding. I give them a 100% satisfaction rating. I would not hesitate to buy another Vortex. Some may say different, but that is my experience.
 

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hunter44 said:
i have 3 hog hunter scopes for night hunting and really do like them by the way i also have the night eyes head lamp in dual beam and it is awesome
I just bought a Hog Hunter for my CZ .17 Hornet. Can you tell me what mounts you are using and the size?
 

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I have a Diamondback 3-9 that is not so great. I also have a 2.5-10 Viper PST that is a pretty good scope. The only thing I don't like about the Viper is that it goes through batteries very quickly. I'm starting to think there might be something wrong with it.
 

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kdvarmint said:
I had a Vortex Crossfire............
I have to add, the Crossfire I bought is not the same scope as the Crossfire II that Joe carries. Vortex stopped making the Crossfire a few years ago. I don't doubt that the Crossfire II is an improvement.
 
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