I'm interested in a scope for long range hunting. I've been target shooting at extended distances but never have really done any long range hunting, nothing much past 400yds anyway. For now I'm just wanting to know what features are really desirable on a scope for long range hunting and not so much asking about any certain brands of scopes yet. Is an illuminated reticle ever helpful? I have a Bushnell Elite tactical that has an illuminated reticle and hunted with it once at dark where I could see the deer but not the reticle but when turning it on the lowest setting I could then see the reticle but not the deer so it wasn't helpful to me that occasion. Would you suggest a Mil-dot or similar reticle over just a duplex? If I get something other than a Duplex I think I'd want something of a standard measurement and not a BDC type reticle that’s supposedly matched to any particular caliber or load as I’m sure it’ll be put on different rifles over time. What Power range do you prefer to cover all situations from woods hunting at 25yds out to 1000yds? You prefer a first or second focal plane? Capped or non-capped turrets? High or Low profile turrets? Zero stops? I like the look of 40 to 44mm objectives but are 50mm objectives noticeably more beneficial in low light, when comparing same quality glass? Any other things you can think to add for consideration I’d appreciate it. I’ve not set a budget for this scope purchase yet, just want to decide what options I really want to begin.