Welcome to Optics Trade debates. In each episode, we talk about a different topic and try to answer the most common questions we receive about it. Today, we are going to talk about daytime usable illumination.
A lot of scopes have illuminated reticles, but only a small part of scopes have daytime bright illumination.
Daytime bright illumination is important because rapid target acquisition is much easier if there is only a red point in the middle of the field of view. A lot more concentration is required with a dark reticle. Daytime illumination is a lot more suitable for hectic situations than a dark reticle.
Daytime illumination is a key feature of wide-angle riflescopes that feature a 1x magnification. They are used on wide angle hunting scopes and on wide angle tactical scopes. They also feature a reticle but the mind automatically focuses on the illuminated dot.
There are a lot of wide angle riflescopes currently on the market that are priced lower than 500 €. The cheap scopes have a lot of problems, their illumination is too bright for low-light use but is not bright enough for daytime use.
In other scopes that don't have a 1x magnification, daytime illumination is not needed. Scopes that don't need daytime illumination but still feature it, fall into the premium category. They feature it simply because they can.
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Explanation of the term on our website:
Daytime illumination of the riflescope reticle serves a different purpose than twilight illumination, and in such rifle scopes, high-intensity levels are a necessity. The illumination of the reticle is meant for rapid target acquisition since a bright red dot is the best possible aiming point. Shooters’ eyes are instinctively drawn to a bright red dot in the center of the field of view. Such strong illumination is feasible only in rifle scopes with magnification lower than 1.5x or ideally 1.0x. Such wide-angle rifle scopes with a real 1.0x magnification and daytime bright illumination of the reticle can even be used with both eyes open, similar to reflex/red dot sights.
Riflescopes with daytime illumination are the best choice for IPSC, CQB, tactical shooting and driven hunting in bright daylight.
Riflescopes with daytime usable illumination: https://www.optics-trade.eu/en/riflescopes/shopby/adjustable_ilimination-yes.htm