What is the brightest scope at dusk, up to $1600.00

rangerxp

Four Pointer
#31
Zeiss Diavari -Z 2.5-10x48 T* Made in Germany with 30mm tube.
No longer made but can be found used ,,, IF you trust spending that much on a used
scope . Several used on ebay for $1300
I've used one for about 25 years
 
#32
Not pertaining to the OP, but just to mention.....I have a couple of Weaver V9's that are 38mm objective. ONE of them is awfully bright at dusk and dawn.....as good or better than any Leupold or Zeiss that I have. Also better than my buddies Swarovski. They must have had one heckuva batch of glass on that run.
 

shadycove

Twelve Pointer
Thread starter #33
As my vision has grown older and less sharp, it is harder to judge antler when the light starts to fade or it is cloudy.
If I was gonna poach, I would not even need a scope. I'm not interested in that stuff.
But when you have a good buck at 200+yds and you want to shoot him.
You need a bright scope.
 

TravisLH

Twelve Pointer
#34
But when you have a good buck at 200+yds and you want to shoot him.
You need a bright scope.
Also how good a scope you need is really dependent on where you hunt.... if your just hunting open bean fields and decent $300 scope will get you to last light, but go back into the thick pines and that same scope just cut the last 20min off your hunt.



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#35
when you hunt holly swamps and pine woods you need every advantage you can get when it gets close to the end of LST. I upgraded my scope on my main hunting rifle after not being able to judge a buck while it was there in my lane at last few minutes and decided to not shoot. I ultimately regretted that decision when I checked camera and my target buck was there and was in fact the deer I didn't shoot lol. Went from Leupold vx-3 to Meopta and haven't looked back.
 

GSOHunter

Twelve Pointer
Contributor
#36
I've got no problem seeing through my scope in an open field well past LST. If I am sitting deep in the woods it can be hard to see anything past 30-40 yards with 10-15 minutes to go.
 

bryguy

Twelve Pointer
#37
Hunting a pine thicket tonight and could see to shoot easily at 5:45 with the nightforce I have on my rifle. And I also didn’t have the illumination on either. Gun was unloaded and this was done strictly as an experiment to see how long past legal I could go in this dark hole. No deer were harmed during the execution of this test.


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#38
As my vision has grown older and less sharp, it is harder to judge antler when the light starts to fade or it is cloudy.
If I was gonna poach, I would not even need a scope. I'm not interested in that stuff.
But when you have a good buck at 200+yds and you want to shoot him.
You need a bright scope.
This was exactly my reasoning for investing in a better scope. Always had VX-3's in the past but a few years ago I bought a Swaro Z 5 5-25x52. I don't really need a 25 power scope where I hunt but it is very convenient for zooming in to check the antlers real close. I think I paid around $1300.00 for it with a coupon I had. It is definetly an improvement over the VX-3. I narrowed it down between the Swaro and a Nightforce that was of comparable price, liked the Swaro just a little bit better. Shot a nice 8 last year at first light with it. Very clear glass!