Several weeks ago I ordered a Starlight Longbow form Paul at Scott Country, they did great and it only took 11 days from ordering to arriving, which is amazing! Then there were a few problems in that I had to have a custom mount made to get it onto my Sauer 202. I picked that up yesterday, took me 6 rounds to zero with the day ocular on and then last night at 22:30 I set off to try it in anger.
I have been after a big dog fox on the farm for a couple of weeks now, seen him a few times but at the merest hint of light he is away on his toes. At about 11:15 I set up the foxpro and gave a 30 second burst of distressed rabbit. One minute later he was making his way across the field from my left to right at about 150 meters, I tracked him all the way through the Longbow, he started moving diagonally and when he was about 100 meters in front of me he stopped, he looked directly at where I was but had no reaction, up to the point where he fell over.
I first used NV in about 1976/77 when we were issued with 1 NV unit per section in the army, it was a huge heavy thing that was welded onto the top cover of the SLR. At the time I was really impressed, but this Longbow unit is light, and so much more brighter, it literally turns night into day. If this is several steps behing what the military are currently using, then the MOD kit must be truly amazing.
Anyway back on topic. I have looked at several digital NV setups and also the Startlight Archer, none come anywhere near the effectiveness and usability of the Longbow,
This was the second 3 round group whilst zeroing at 100 meters.
An possibly overcomplicated mount but it works, it is on Apel swing off mounts, so I will be putting the Zeiss back on for daytime.
And this was the result last night, 15 minutes into its forst outing.