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SM18008 Photon XT is a digital night vision riflescope which is packed with advanced features at a price less than $1000. It is one of those unique riflescopes that can be used at daytime as well as at night.
Let’s look at its features one by one.
Features of SM18008 Photon XT:
Photon XT has a fixed magnification power of 4.6X. This means that your target looks 4.6 times closer than in real life. There are many advantages of using a fixed power scope.
Interesting, there are fewer lenses on a fixed power scope. This allows for greater light transmission and brighter images. According to a research, a 4x scope is around 8% brighter than a 3x-9x variable scope.
As there are fewer moving pieces, fixed power scopes like Sightmark Photon XT tend to be more durable. They also stay sighted in and leave no space for week spots.
The objective lens of SM18008 is a generous 42mm in diameter and has a front focus feature. This falls in the category of large objective lenses. More light can pass through this lens which results in brighter images.
The optical system is resistant to bright light exposure, this means that even if you use this scope in broad daylight, the piercing sunrays will not damage the lenses.
Reticle and Illumination
Digital Reticle in 6 Styles
The strength of Sightmark Photon XT night vision scope is its digital reticle which comes in 6 styles. It has two crossbow reticles for all the snipers out there. These reticles support 320-400 fps crossbows.
For varmint and hog hunters, two duplex reticles are installed. These reticles are simple with thicker outer crosshairs.
In order to make range-finding easy, a mil-dot reticle option is available. With such a reticle, you can easily estimate the approximate size and distance of your target.
Finally, a German style reticle is installed. It has thick right, bottom and left crosshairs. It is one of the most commonly found reticles in night vision scopes.
The target is displayed on a digital LCD screen which provides well-defined and clear images. The resolution of the display screen is 640X480 pixels.
LED IR Illumination
It comes with a built-in 810nm LED IR Illuminator that works with 2 AA batteries. With 33% longer battery life, these batteries can last up to 4 hours. The scope does not require any external power.
For your information, an Infrared Illuminator works as a flashlight at night. Interestingly, this light is not visible to human eye.
Photon XT is a sturdy scope built using metal and composite material. It has a shockproof and weatherproof design which makes it one of the best options for outdoor adventures in the wild.
According to Sightmark, it is 30% light in weight as compared to other digital night vision scopes that are available in the market. It has a 30mm tube diameter and it weighs only 23.6oz.
Using a video output, you can easily record videos with this scope and can share them with your friends and family members.
Photon XT has a long eye relief of 60mm. With this generous eye relief, you can easily mount your scope farther away on the rifle. This type of mounting offers a wider field of view and is generally known as “Scout Mounting “.
A large eye relief allows the shooter to have a more relaxed shooting position. So, in case you have to stay out in the field for longer periods of time, your body will stay in a comfortable posture.
With a generous eye relief, you can quickly reload your rifle and under emergency conditions your rapid action can make all the difference.
When you purchase your Photon XT night vision scope, it comes with a carrying case, a user manual for easy installation, a video cable for video recording and a lens cloth for keeping the objective lens clean at all times. It also has an additional weaver rail for mounting purposes.
Pros of SM18008 Photon XT:
- Allows for Clear and Crisp Images
- Well-Built and Strong
- Easy to Mount
- Impressive battery life
Cons of SM18008 Photon XT:
- Front focus dial is Hard to Adjust
- Issues with the Crossbow reticle
If you plan on owning the night then Sightmark Photon XT digital night vision scope is what you need. Loaded with 6 reticles, LED IR Illumination and a powerful optical system, this scope will never miss a target! It is an extremely versatile scope which caters to the needs of almost any shooter. Give Photon XT a try, we are sure that it will not disappoint you.