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    Yukon photon yey or ney....?

    Ok, so they've been about a little while now, looking for a bit of advice on entry level night vision and was wondering if the cracks had started to form in people's opinions of the photon?

    i don't want to spend much more than that sort of money, so the market is pretty limited, but I'm not talking about it having a demanding job to do, but I have been asked to make a dent in the foxes on some land I look after the deer on, and due to various other factors, lamping isn't particularly suitable so I thought I'd investigate the NV options.
    also intrigued by the NS 200 as an alternative but they come with mixed opinions.....
    ideally looking for whatever I get to either be used on QD mounts on my .308 so I can still use my S&B for stalking (how does the photon cope with recoil, I know they advertise it as being ok up to .308 but are they really up to it?) either that or I'll stick it on my .22 and be done with it, but be limited to suitable shots.

    appreciate your input please!
    Last edited by deerstalker.308; 01-04-2014 at 15:30.
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    I would suggest you look through one. I love mine, its got a doubler and IR filter fitted and on my 17 Rem its perfect for knocking fox and rabbits over out to 200yrds. I'm hoping to stick it on the 7-08 for some boar over in france later in the year (it wears qd rings and comes off during daytime shooting)However a few people dont like the brightness of the image and the slight lack of clarity of the display (it doesnt have that many lines of pixels) which is why you really need to judge for yourself.Personally I dislike the ns200 nv style and cant get on with it so for the money the photon wins.

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    Thanks for that, ok, so, as an add on, does anyone in the Norfolk Suffolk Cambridgeshire area have one they'd mind letting me look through?
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    As an entry level night vision unit the Photon is hard to fault. At this time of year it's ideal for going out an hour or so before dark and just carrying on for as long as you want. A very useful piece of kit.

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    It might be worth hanging on for a week or two until the starlight arrow is released and see what peoples' thoughts are on them. I think that the entry level arrow is on a par with the photon price and performance wise. As a rear fitted add on unit it would be very easy to swap between rifles.

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    I have one on a Steyr scout in .308 and have found it okay.

    I have shot foxes out to about 150 yards now, my thoughts are the unit costs about 400.00, if you then add the various bits, doubler 85.00ish, adapter 48.00 ish, better IR T20 50 + adjustable IR clamp 23.00, maybe new rings (due to doubler) .... You may be better looking for S/H N550.

    Having said that, my Photon works well enough and stands the recoil with no problem

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    i have one,with doubler and t-20 and personally think for the price,photon 400,doubler 78,adapter 45 and t-20 47,you cant go wrong,you will need high mounts for it,but the thing with the photon is your in your natural position,your head position is the same,your not leaning back looking at a screen,or lifting your head up stretching to look through a 550 or 750,which are a bit higher than the photon

    as said for the money its a no brainer

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    I have mine on a 17 Rem and it works well. Pretty much point and shoot as if you can see it and identify it then it will be in range. They are not good as a spotter though. I have paired mine with a Flir and they complement each other well.

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    I've got one you can have a look through.its just standard but I do have a nm800 on my pulsar which we could swap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srvet View Post
    I have mine on a 17 Rem and it works well. Pretty much point and shoot as if you can see it and identify it then it will be in range. They are not good as a spotter though. I have paired mine with a Flir and they complement each other well.
    just googled Flir to see what you meant.... Out of my league financially and for the job needed, I was thinking of using a lamp very minimally to spot eyes then go to the scope after that...?
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