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Old 07-15-2019, 4:41 AM
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Default Help Selecting Night Vision Scope

I'm trying to get a dedicated night vision scope for under $1000. Iím trying to find a great one, when research online, I found this very helpful resource https://ioutdoorpursuit.com/night-vision-scope/ but don't know how about a specific product. I'm looking for one that I can put on a 22 lr/mag and even a 223 for predators.
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Old 07-15-2019, 8:57 AM
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What's the intended use?
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For hunting
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Old 07-18-2019, 8:26 PM
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Under $1000 your options of really usable NV are limited. You're most likely looking at Pulsar, Night Owl or ATN. I'd stick with ATN of those 3. However, just a caveat. Hunting with NV in CA isn't legal.
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I thought only thermal imaging scopes were illegal in the PRK.
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Thermal and night vision optics are all perfectly legal in CA, just not for hunting. Per PC 468:

Active IR scope with magnification = illegal
Active IR scope with no magnification = legal

Passive IR scope with magnification = legal
Passive IR scope with magnification and an IR illuminator = illegal
Passive IR scope with no magnifcation = legal
Passive IR scope with no magnification and an IR illuminator = legal

Active IR goggles with magnification = legal
Active IR goggles with no magnification = legal

Passive IR goggles with magnification = legal
Passive IR goggles with magnification and an IR illuminator = legal
Passive IR googles with no magnification = legal
Passive IR goggles with no magnification and an IR illuminator = legal
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To add to details others posted, all hunting in CA with IR/NV or thermals is illegal in CA, except where specifically allowed.

You can use infared / night vision scopes on your rifle for target shooting.

Hunting = illegal with any kind of IR / NV or thermal scope, monocular, bino, or other optical in use or in your possession.

A separate Penal Code section pertains to thermal "sniper scopes" being totally illegal. Hand held thermals are ok for target shooting, but again are totally illegal for hunting AFAIK.

Below is the hunting law section.

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/f...ectionNum=2005.
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Fish and game code, Chapter 1, section 2005:

...(c) It is unlawful to use or possess night vision equipment to assist in the taking of a bird, mammal, amphibian, reptile, or fish. For purposes of this subdivision, “night vision equipment” includes, but is not limited to, the following:

(1) An infrared or similar light, used in connection with an electronic viewing device.

(2) An optical device, including, but not limited to, binoculars or a scope, that uses electrical or battery powered light amplifying circuits.
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