The amount of product Sightmark has under the name photon is astonishing. But we are not here to judge Sightmark on their naming scheme. I mean we are here to judge scopes they made. But anyway let me stop the blabbering & Let me introduce the two models of sightmark photon rt –
- Sightmark Photon 6.5x50S Digital Night Vision Riflescope
- Sightmark Photon RT 6-12×50 Digital Night Vision Riflescope
SIGHTMARK PHOTON RT COMPARISON TABLE
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SIGHTMARK PHOTON RT 6.5x50S REVIEW: FEATURES AND BENEFITS
SIGHTMARK PHOTON RT 6.5x50S SPECS
|Objective Lens Diameter||50 mm|
|Tube Diameter||30 mm|
|Reticle||Illuminated Photon XT|
|Resolution||656 x 492 pixels|
|Eye Relief||60 mm|
|Field of View, Linear||6 m at 100 m|
|Battery Type||AA, CR2032|
|Operating Temperature||5 - 122 Fahrenheit|
|Water Resistance Level||IPX-4|
Like all the other scopes in the Photon series, this one also has a metal body. The material is called glass-nylon composite/metal. It is pretty durable. On top of that, the scope is shockproof.
Designed for both day and night use the housing of Sightmark photon RT 6.5x50S is built rather durable. The durable housing makes the scope weatherproof and shockproof.
SENSORS AND OPTICS
As the scope is a digital night vision one, it mainly works through a sensor. The sensor is called CMOS. The max resolution of this particular sensor is rather low. With just 656 x 492 pixels you might not expect that good of a picture from the scope.
But as the scope is made for both day and night use they paid extra attention to the objective lens and made sure it blocks the maximum reflection and lets light transmission through.
Thanks to that the scope produces some excellent day time pictures. As for night time, the scope uses an 810 nm IR illuminator.
You get two options regarding this matter. You can either purchase it as default 810 nm IR illuminator. It performs greatly within 100 yards. It lacks behind in the long-range department but the rather cheap price of this makes it up for it.
Do you want long-range vision (more than 100yards)? then you might want to switch for the 940 IR illuminator.
If you want to increase the range of the IR illuminator then, you should check if your rifle supports Weaver rail. & If it does then buy a third party IR illuminator. With the help of that you can increase the range as much as you want.
There are 6 available reticle on the scope and they are available in 4 different colors. The perks of having a digital scope. The LCD can display that reticle excellently.
It may not be glass etched reticle but from accidental drop, the reticle won’t move on its own.
You need 4 AA batteries to use this scope. The battery life is rather generous. With the IR enabled you can expect around 4 hours of battery life.
But with the IR disabled you can expect it to increase by more than an hour. Somewhere between 5-6hours.
You can turn off the IR flashlight to save battery during day time use. We recommend you doing that. You need to turn off the IR illuminator if you are planning on using a 3rd party IR flashlight.
SIGHTMARK PHOTON RT 6.5x50S REVIEW: CONCLUSION
The Photon RT 6.5x50S is an excellent digital night vision riflescope for the price. The 810 nm might lack in the range department but let’s be honest, the scope has a fixed zoom why do you need more range in your IR illuminator? If you really do anyway then, you have the opportunity to increase it by using a third party IR illuminator. Take advantage of that.
Best Night Vision Scope
Another interesting product from Sightmark. This scope comes in 2 variants. While both of them are the same but comes with different IR illuminator. We will talk about the differences but for review purposes, we are using the Sightmark Photon RT 6-12×50 850 IR version.
SIGHTMARK PHOTON RT 6-12x50 REVIEW: FEATURES AND BENEFITS
SIGHTMARK PHOTON RT 6-12x50 SPECS
|Magnification||6 - 12x|
|Objective Lens Diameter||50 mm|
|Tube Diameter||30 mm|
|Reticle||6 reticle options with 4 colors|
|Reticle Focal Plane||Second Focal Plane (SFP)|
|Illumination Color||Red, White|
|Night Vision Generation||Digital|
|Display Resolution||640x480 pixels|
|Video Record Resolution||640x480 pixels|
|Refresh Rate||50 Hz|
|Eye Relief||70 mm|
|Adjustment Click Value||0.25 MOA|
|Field of View, Linear||18 ft at 100 yards|
|Field of View, Angle||3.3 degrees|
|Range of Detection||300 Yards|
|Diopter Adjustment Range||4 - -4 DPT|
|Operating Temperature||-15 - 50 Fahrenheit|
|Battery Life||5 hours|
|L x W x H||18 in x 3.93 in x 3.62 in|
|Water Resistance Level||IP55|
|Sensor Resolution||768x576 pixels|
|Fabric/Material||Metal, Glass-Nylon Composite|
LCD Display, 2x Zoom, Nighttime Detection Range 300 Yards, One-shot Zero Function, Built-in Video/Sound Recording, WiFi Remote View via Pulsar Stream Vision
Carrying Case, User Manual, Lens Cloth, Spare Battery Container, Battery Container Pouch, USB Cable
The body quality is impressive like the other ones. This one is also made out of metal. Stainless steel type of metal. The whole housing is rustproof. The housing is coated with a black matte finish which looks beautiful.
The main tube is 30nm and the objective lens of the scope is 50nm. We know you can read those in the specifications part but many people ignore that chart.
The thing is it has been tested by many durability checker that unless you decide to break it on purpose, breaking the Photon RT 6×12-50 will be a tough job.
The main sensor of the scope is called a CMOS sensor. It can capture pictures up to 1280×960 pixels. While the sensor is a 768×576 pixels one.
The objective lens is 50nm and it has a built-in sunshade. So, the lens only captures light directly transmitted onto it from the target.
Which eliminates the chance of having reflection. This means you get crisp and clear pictures. The scope is also made for day time uses.
You can turn off the IR illuminator during the day and use the scope to its full glory.
Here you get two options to choose from. The default an 850 nm one or 940 nm one. There is some difference between the two. As the name suggests one is more powerful than the other. Both of them come with a 2x digital zoom.
The range on the 940 nm one is higher than the 850 nm. It’s also pricier. If you want more range you can always opt for an extra third party IR illuminator.
Like all the other Photon this one also has 6 reticles that come with 4 colors. You can choose any of the options at any time. As long as you have battery life left that is.
The reticle is in the second focal plane. When you apply 2x zoom the 6x zoom will change to 12x zoom. But the reticle will stay at the same size.
We know the zooming system is kind of weird. But you will be able to master it with a couple of days use.
The Photon Rt 6-12×50 needs 4 AA batteries to operate. It can last for up to 4hours with IR turned off. But with turned on around 2.3hours. Which is still a lot.
SIGHTMARK PHOTON RT 6-12x50 REVIEW: CONCLUSION
Overall it’s an excellent product for the price. If you are looking for a compact and lightweight digital night vision rifle scope you can’t go wrong with this one.