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X sight

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by danban, May 30, 2015.

  1. danban

    danban Posting Addict

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    Hi have any of you guys got any info on these? I never see any s/h for sale. But does it mean that not many sold
  2. terry1001

    terry1001 Major Poster

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    I don't imagine that they sell in huge numbers, mainly because of the price. There was also a lot of bad publicity regarding the early versions although the issues have now been addressed by various modifications, mainly to the firmware. Digital sights are a new concept and most of the previously available night vision equipment was very sepcialised (not to mention extremely expensive compared to conventional scopes) and was generally bought and used by people who knew what to expect from the equipment. As soon as the technology became available on the mass market there were loads of complaints from new users who seemed to have unduly high expectations of the products.
    The usual problems surfaced with the X Sight:
    focussing which was made worse on the first 3-12 model by the lack of manual focus. Digital sights used in the dark are fussy about the focus because they use large, wide aperture lenses to let in enough light.
    zeroing - most users expect to see the reticle centred in the field of view as it's something they've been used to with modern scopes but on a digital sight this isn't as easy to do and this particular issue was made worse with the X Sight because of the zoom function. The same problem on the Photon is usually solved with adjustable scope mounts but the X Sight has a built in Weaver mount which means that any adjustment has to be done with shims which isn't ideal.
    ATN have now added manual focus to the 3-12 model and firmware updates have ensured that the reticle remains in view as the scope is zoomed. I have a 3-12 model and I'm pleased with it, so far I've not had enough trigger time with it and have only had the opportunity to shoot a few rats but so far it's been fine and very usable both day and night. The most recent updates have sorted out the ability to run it from an external power source if you want to and I have a small usb type power bank which plugs into the sights usb port.
    If you want to try before you buy the Scott Country do offer this so it might be worth considering that option.

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