Written review is below the video, for those who are opposed to reading
Pulsar Digisight N750 Digital Riflescope
Date: February 8 & 9 2013
Location: Dallas/Ft Worth TX metro area
Objective: The objective of our first look at this scope is to determine if the new feature set enhances or detracts from the experience out in the field. The goal is to broaden the consumer knowledge base through a written and video review so that a well informed purchase decision can be made.
Product: Pulsar Digisight N750 - The second version released for consumer use to the United States by the global optics company which operates as part of Yukon Advance Optics Worldwide. The scope is manufactured at a factory in the Republic of Belarus with initial product release occurring throughout European areas ahead of U.S. importation. This version of the scope shares many qualities with the former version of the digisight model (N550) however many new features have been implemented such as: A micro OLED display rated at 640x480 pixels / built-in invisible laser illuminator with graduated power output / 1.5x digital zoom via push button design / multi-colored aiming reticle (dot) set within a T-bar hunting reticle.
So here we go then...
Type of Review: First look / Field test
The scope ships with the weaver rail mount (picatinny) separate from the scope housing so proper tools will be necessary to mate it with the weapon platform. I chose to use a set of 4 AA rechargeable batteries which install into their compartment at the bottom rear of the scope. The battery compartment and cap are robust with a knurled screw type fitting, be advised that swapping and changing batteries with the scope mounted on the weapon will take some time and patience due to clearance of scope housing to gun stock. Once the scope was mounted I used the "one-shot zero" feature at a short distance of 20 yards to ensure proper windage and close elevation coordinates. I then set the target out to 100 yards and performed another one-shot zero procedure for final zero calculations. The user manual does a good job of outlining the steps for zeroing the scope and states that each adjustment of the reticle will cause a 1/2 inch shift at approximately 100 yards.
Night 1: 50 degrees, no wind, sky clear (starlight).
The scope is capable of operating without adverse effects in daytime conditions, there is no need to use a pin-hole cover on the front objective like other types of night vision scopes. The display of the N750 renders a realistic image during daylight in black and white with a slight hue of brown colortones. Using the scope during the day takes some getting used to as your brain and eye conform to the scopes digital representation of targets / foliage / wildlife. Cycling between a red and green dot in the center of the reticle is really all about personal preference. Dialing down the screen brightness and pressing the contrast button on the side of the scope will help to deter washout of the image. An accurate shot can certainly be achieved with the scope during the day however the fluidity of the image and fine details of resolution will leave some wanting for more, especially those accustomed to traditional day optics or viewing digital images on high-definition screens.
As dusk gave way to night I sat in anticipation for the sky to become fully dark, I purposely sought a night with no moon as I felt it would present the most challenging environment through which to judge the scope's capabilities. The first night's setup involves 4 hog decoys placed at ranges varying from 100, 150, 200, and 250 yards. The decoys provide a consistent method of evaluating the scopes ability to focus and render an image through it's large front objective set at a 4.5x fixed magnification. The scope's base image without illumination was useless, the feeder light could faintly be seen in the display however with no moonlight the scope couldn't render any discernable image surrounding the feeder pen. The display frame rate with no illumination in these conditions is very low which requires a sure rest to minimize movement of the scope in hopes of taking an ethical kill shot. I quickly moved to initialize the onboard laser illuminator which is activated via the power switch (rotary design), stage 1 added enough illumination at 100 yards to eliminate the display frame rate studder while stage 2 and 3 gave an output that now made identification and shot placement possible at the further distance targets. I was absolutely thrilled with the performance of the laser illuminator coupled with the OLED display on a moonless night. I could clearly make out the head and rear of the 250 yard hog decoy and with the added bonus of a push-button 1.5x digital zoom I would have confidence in taking a shot, safely! I must mention as a downside that when using the laser illuminator a "screen door" effect occurs on the display screen and representatives with Pulsar confirm that a diffuser causes the speckeled image. This condition is a result of safety requirements for eye safe lasers however external sources of illumination do not cause the same issue so that is good to know.
As we set to wrap up for the first evening a shot opportunity arose, at 200 yards a white tail rabbit was checking out the scraps we laced the trail with. Using a sandbag from within the hunting blind and with little to no wind I was able to place the shot with ease on target, surely a credit to the scope's ability to present a fine and detailed night time image.
Night 2: 45 degrees, wind gusting 15 - 20 mph, overcast high humidity
Hog decoys were set out at 100, 200, 300 and 400 yards in a cultivated field that we have taken many hogs on in the last few years. Being that we hunt from a stand overlooking the field it is very possible that shots will be taken at extreme distances.
Applying the same approach of starting without illumination and then running up to stage 3 on the laser illuminator it became apparent that the max range is near 250 yards under no moonlight conditions. While the targets at 300 and 400 yards could be recognized as dark objects they wouldn't be able to be identified between a calf / hog / deer thus it wouldn't be expected that a shot be taken in this scenario.
Conclusion and what's ahead:
I am impressed with the n750 digisight scope, I believe Pulsar has a winning product that is versatile and affordable with regards to other technologies on the market. I certainly would recommend the product and would encourage buyers to research this and other reviews and/or contact an authorized dealer to ask questions related to pricing and availability.
Stay tuned to this thread for upcoming field reviews of the N750 with external illumination devices and a side by side comparison between the n550 and n750 with a focus on differences between the two.
Of course I certainly look forward to having the opportunity of introducing the n750 to a Big Texas Feral Hog but apparently they were camera shy this weekend.