If I had to hazard a guess I'd say there is a lot more shooting done at night here in Australia than in the U.S.A. .I have shot literally thousands of feral and pest animals at night myself and there are plenty around here that have done a lot more than I .
IMHO whilst no doubt there are better scopes than Leupold around if you can't see well enough with your Leupold Vari X 111 then you need a better light not a better scope . The good thing about lights is that they are a lot cheaper than scopes . Have a look at the Lightforce range , far and away the most popular brand here . They are extremely light , yet robust , can be bought with remote vehicle mounts or scope mounts , battery packs and colour filters for light - sensitive species . Go with a 140 or 170mm model if scope mounting , otherwise 240mm .They are made here in Australia and are associated with the same people that make Nightforce scopes. Definitely available in the U.S. too .Here is their website :- http://www.lightforceusa.com/corded.html
FYI many of the professional fox and kangaroo shooters here use good european (Swarovski , Kahles , Zeiss , Pecar , S and B , Docter) fixed 8 x 56 scopes . I use a 6.5 - 20 x 50 VX111 using the low powers for target acquisition and the higher powers for long shots . It works very well with a good light .
Illuminated reticles seem to be taking off here but I've never used one so can't comment on them .
[ 10-06-2004: Message edited by: Aussie ]