Roy I'm guessing that your budget is around $1000 seeing your two options.
Now I'll probably get stoned for saying this but I have never realy been impressed with either the Nightforce or the Conquest scopes low light ability or resolution. I think that their are scopes out their that are brighter and more clear for the same and in some cases less money , granted they will probably not be in the same class as the Nightforce as far as ruggedness goes but I doubt that you'll be using your rig that harshly.
Now if your so scared of your wife (childish attemp at peer pressure) that you won't poney up the funds for a Schmidt & Bender PM 2 which is hands down the brightest clearest scope I have ever looked through , but their only about $2500 on sale:eek: then I would look at the IOR Tactical series , they make a 4-14x50mm with a 35mm tube thats a realy great low light scope for about $900-$1000 , or my second bet would be a Leupold VX-L in 4-14x56mm ,I've only looked through a few of these scopes but they all were very bright and clear.
but most of all you gotta remember that your "hunting" not just shooting , so just like when you find a big buck that only comes to a good shooting lane an hr after dark , you gotta find where hes comming from and setup closer to try to catch him before dark. I've had to do this with my two biggest bow killed bucks , including making a 2hr "creep" only 600yds to my stand which was only 100yds from the thicket that the deer were bedding in. As much as we practice setting up for that 1000yds shot alot of times we have to revert back to being a better stalker than shooter. Same thing goes for the folks that think that Marine snipers are only great shots , shooting is the easy part its the setup thats generaly the hard part.
So just walk in and tell your wife "woman , we are skipping the next 2 or 3 morgage payments so I can get a new scope" then report back with the results of that
Yea it diden't work for me either