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Rule the Day and Night — Sightmark Photon 5×42 Night Vision Riflescope

Sightmark is breaking the mold with its introduction of the Photon 5×42 Digital Night Vision Riflescope. Sightmark started with a daytime riflescope, removed the objective lens, and replaced it with a cutting-edge night vision attachment complete with a CCD sensor and built-in infrared illuminator. The end result is a unique product capable of vivid viewing regardless of whether it is day or night.

Sightmark Photon 5x42 night vision rifle scope
The Sightmark Photon 5×42 comes complete with a high-power 150mW laser IR illuminator and increases the overall detection range for a clear focus on any size long-distance target in low-ambient light conditions or pitch black darkness.
One of the most exciting details about the Sightmark Photon 5×42 will be the price given its capabilities. “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 Sightmark Photon 5×42 comes complete with a high-power 150mW laser IR illuminator and increases 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 features a Dot-Duplex reticle for quick target acquisition on fast-moving targets, and 5x magnification for vivid detail. The Photon 5×42 is ideal for hog or varmint hunting—or pretty much any nasty critter lurking around in the dark including a Sasquatch! Okay, maybe the Sasquatch does not really exist but if it did, you could capture a clear, crisp image—day or night— thanks to the incorporated video output feature.

Do you have an ideal platform begging for one of Sightmark’s new Photon 5×42 Night Vision Riflescopes? Tell us in the comment section.

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Comments (12)

  1. I am currently testing this product and so far I am extremely satisfied! It is just as clear day as it is night. with the infrared illuminator turned on you can get about 100-150 yard shots. The image is B&W with a red illuminated center dot.

  2. I would like to know and test out this nv on my m14ebr system.if it will hold together?I tried out one of sightmarks red dot sight and did not do a good job.the recoil just knocked it silly after 5 rounds.I have anpvs 2nv.but just a hassle to take it off and on and rebore sight it everytime.and I too would like yo know the msrp? And if James seller would guarantee money back if it does not hold up.and none of the that 15% restocking bull?or who ever sells it.

  3. I have been looking for an affordable, reliable NV scope to use for coyotes, other varmints and recreational low vision shooting. Sightmark has the opportunity to score a major coup if the Photon series is as advertised. I would welcome the chance to wring out this scope. Here in Missouri, we have some great shooting scenarios in broken fields and CRP land. But would have liked to see an MSRP listing.

  4. “. . . the Sightmark Photon 5×42 delivers twice the range of observation compared to Gen 1,” said Sightmark President James Sellers. What might that range be?

  5. Re “a clear, crisp image—day or night” – What is the “day” view? Still the green NVG image? Is the Gen 1 light intensifier tube usable in broad daylight without damage? Does the reference to “CCD sensor” mean it sees like a video camera’s color or black and white ccd, i.e., a TV type “day” display, not the green NVG view?

  6. I’ve recently built a stainless AR, chambered in 6.8spc. Its my newest hog gun that I’m itching to try out and would love to use one if these with it. Need an in field review? Sounds like a great combo.

  7. I cannot seem to find this for sale anywhere on the net. Sightmark isn’t the best, but a 5×42 w/ Gen 1 night vision option would be too hard to pass up, IF it is priced right. If they want any more than $350 for it, though, it isn’t worth it, IMO.

  8. I have a difficult time trusting anything from this company. My father-in-law gave me a Sightmark rail-mounted laser for my Kimber 1911. The laser failed after 3 mags. By “failed” I mean it literally flew apart.

  9. This thing is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for!!!! But I searched CheaperThanDirt and it’s not listed, although many other SightMark products are.

    I hope that the author can comment on this.

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