We have all heard it before. The promise of all the features you want in one package. Occasionally the manufacturer actually comes through with the claim, but the sticker shock is nausea inducing to say the least. When setting up a new varmint rifle, I want a decent quality optic with plenty of adjustability. I would love to have night vision and the capability to video my shot or the hunt. These features are not new, but I do not have $10K to $15K to drop on a piece of glass, regardless of the features and quality.
Fortunately, I am not alone in my thinking. While reviewing products at the 2014 Shot Show, I made a beeline to Sightmark’s booth. Of particular interest was Sightmark’s new hybrid scope.
Upon arriving, I learned Sightmark has a host of new products—at prices shooters can afford and you need to check out. Cheaper Than Dirt! will be covering several new Sightmark products in the coming weeks, but for my dollar the new Photon 5×42 Digital Night Vision Riflescope was a top contender for best of show—and yes, it is affordable! The easiest way to describe the Photon would be to take a 5x riflescope and cut it in half. Then, split a night vision scope in half and marry up the best of both. That sounds a little crude but trust me, the Sightmark go it right and produced a great looking product that performs.
Here is how Sightmark describes the Photon. By taking a daytime riflescope, removing the objective lens, and replacing it with a cutting-edge night vision attachment complete with a CCD sensor and built-in infrared illuminator, Sightmark has created a unique product capable of vivid daytime and nighttime viewing.
“Though around the same price point as Generation 1 night vision products, the Sightmark Photon 5×42 delivers twice the range of observation compared to Gen 1,” said Sightmark President James Sellers. “The Photon also features the best of digital technology and a unique design, allowing shooters to enhance their nighttime shooting experience considerably.” The Photon also features a high-powered 150mW laser IR illuminator to increase the overall detection range for a clear focus on any size long-distance target in low-ambient light conditions or pitch-black darkness. The Photon 5×42 Digital Night Vision Riflescope utilizes a Dot-Duplex reticle for quick target acquisition and 5x magnification for vivid detail.
Whether hunting hogs, varmints or any other legal game, the Photon 5×42 is the ideal optic for your rifle. The Photon 5×42 Digital Night Vision Riflescope has an added bonus too. Users have the ability to capture everything seen, day or night, with the unit’s video output feature. Now you can share the thrill of the hunt with friends or relive the moment.
A few details of the Photon are still up for grabs. As of this writing, the expected MSRP is expected to be under $700.