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Laser pointer/ designator for NV scope; are they worthwhile?

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by Nexus180, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. Nexus180

    Nexus180 Engaging Member

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    Hi all - thinking of getting a laser pointer/designator to help (I hope) with range finding at night when using NV (Yukon Photon) on 12 ft/lb air rifle for rabbits ie to give me a hint as to whether rabbit is at 15 or 25m - what are people's experience of using these with NV; is it worthwhile? If anyone has found this useful, I'd be grateful for any recommendations (I am thinking of a Beamshot 1000s).

  2. terry1001

    terry1001 Major Poster

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    I don't think that you will find it useful. When you turn the laser on you will just see a large white flare where the beam strikes so you can't tell whether it's on, above or below the centre of the reticle. Some people have managed to dim the laser either with something in front of the beam or removing one of the batteries (often they have 3 or 4 tiny cells) and replacing it with a spacer - has to be connected through the centre but isolated from the earth side. If you can solve the brightness problem then you next need to get the laser mounted as far off the line of the scope as you can, I've tried one on a dayscope with 8" between laser and scope and if I'm careful I can get a reasonable reading of range. You will only have 3 definite intersection points on a Photon which is a bit limiting but you could get round that and you could set it up so that one of the marks is set for your maximum shooting distance do you would know if the target is within range at least.
    If you do decide to get one make sure it has adjustment turrets for zeroing as on a scope.

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