Illuminated Reticles

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by Shufisher, Apr 27, 2006.

  1. Shufisher

    Shufisher Active Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Just curious about opinions on illuminated reticles. Having never used one I can see where it could be advantageous during twilight hours or in deep shadows, but what are some of the cons?
    I have two scopes of interest, the Sightron SII 6-5-20x50 or the Nikon Monarch 6.5-20x44 with, you guessed it, an illuminated reticle.
    Thanks so much,

  2. Ian M

    Ian M Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2001
    This is an interesting topic. I have seen some tactical scopes recently that used the third turret for illumination controls rather than parallax adjustment. Personally, I would much rather have the parallax adjustment at the turret location rather than on the objective. Matter of fact for the number of times I have used illuminated reticles I could pretty much do without them.
    Fact is, they work. They do enable shots in poor light conditions. How many shots they enable I am not sure - I have concerns about shooting late afternoons since tracking will be difficult if the light goes. Early morning - usually I can see my crosshairs and light is improving.
    I shot targets out at 1000 yards one time in almost total darkness with an NXS 5.5-22 with the illumination on and we smacked the steel man-targets ever shot. Weird deal, we could see the little white blob, no wind, just work the trigger and you got a hit.
    A question - does having illumination entice hunters to push the limit re shooting light? Probably not but I still do not like shooting at game near the end of legal light.

  3. Gerald89

    Gerald89 Well-Known Member

    Jan 15, 2005
    I have never used one but was thinking of getting one for use at night with a lamp set up.

    Since then I have come to the conclusion that in the lamping situation the point where enough light is present on the target for a good positive ID,there is enough light to see the reticule (big fat s&b reticule that is).

  4. coyotekiller

    coyotekiller Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2005
    i use Leupold and Dr Optics illuminated scopes all the time. I have no complaints to speak of except the warranties on the illumination is 1year not lifetime like the scopes. I use mine to hunt coyotes and bobcats at night under a red light and they perform great. I have used a nightforce with the NPRR2 reticle and it was too much at night. everything in the scope lit up and caused a haze affect. The Nightforce had to have the battery taken out to change the amount of brightness, not a good thing in the dark. The others that I have used, Leupold-Dr Optics-Nikon all have the external dial to adjust the brightness. In my opinion this is a much better setup.