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ATN X-Sight ll 5-20 HD sighting in for rat killing
« on: February 04, 2018, 12:45:05 PM »
Yesterday I got in a bit of quality time with both my .25 Sumatra Carbine and .25 Gen 1 Marauder rifle. The goal was to blow off steam and to make very sure both rifles were sighted in and I could repeatedly put a pellet in a spot the size of a rat or mouse head at any of the rat feed stations. My immediate concern is sighting in the ATN X-Sight ll 5-20 HD. Spring is here, and I anticipate much more rodent activity and rat killing during the night.

I put one shredded rubber filled 5 gallon bucket at 25 yards up the hill of the backyard, and one at about 35 yards. Both buckets get a 5.5” orange peel and stick target stuck to the lid, stapled in place.

Shooting straight up the hill the 35 yard target is about on a 15 degree slope from the ATN’s point of view. (The ATN X-Sight ll measures angle of the sight). The 25 yard target is at about 13 degrees. It’s all approximate since I measured the angles while standing with no support.

So I’m shooting up. All my feed stations are up on the hill and I have only one 10 meter target on a flat level with me sitting or standing. Normally I shoot from a corner and though I’m stilll shooting up the angle is less pronounced from 9-13 degrees depending on the feed station.

I began my shooting from the central flatlands area of the yard in the cove between two wings of the house. Aim was at the 35 yard target. I fiddled around quite a bit with the ATN figuring out myriad features . I’m starting to get used to this thing. Starting, being the key word.

Daylight shooting with the X-sight is way easier than nighttime. In the ATN you are looking at a transmitted light source as opposed to a reflected light source you get with the compound lens of a normal telescopic rifle scope.

At night, for the ATN it’s really the same as staring at an LCD TV, in the dark. That to me is the most significant difference.

Daytime viewing is easier because brightness of the x-sight’s LCD, is much closer to the brightness of the ambient daylight of the sun. Looking in the ATN, and then looking away, your eyes have little brightness differences to adjust to.

Likewise, the color of the X-sight transmitted light is probably more comparable to daylight in the middle of the day. Perhaps 5,000 to 5,500 degrees kelvin. I’m guessing because I can’t seem to find that specification on ATN’s website.

At night, as I drag my carcass out bed, and from my dark bedroom,  outside to shoot a rat, my pupils are wide open.

Turn on the ATN X-Sight and at first it’s a wash of light that completely makes my vision go out of whack. My right eye’s pupil contracts, and the left one is completely dilated. If I look away from the x-sight I can’t see squat unless I close the right eye.

Of course the light coming from the x-sight is not a neutral color,  at least in my perception, in this particular situation. And now one eye is used to the ambient light of the yard whether it be the moon light, scattered light from the neighbor’s mix of incandescent and cold LED spot lights, or red LEDs lighting up the rat feed stations. This adds another complexity for my eyes to adjust.

Here’s an experiment. Find that set of cardboard framed 3d movie glasses you have in a drawer some where. You know the ones that have one blue lens and one red lens. Put them on for ten minutes or so. Remove them. Now cover up one eye. What is your observation? Now cover up the other eye. Which eye looked through the red lens? Which eye looked through the blue lens? What???

I get both rifles and their sights dialed in for the sharp angles of shooting up the center of the hill. Then I head to my regular rat killing and sniping corner and I’m off by a click on the BSA Side Focus sight, and about the same equivalent on the ATN X-Sight ll HD 5x20.

I shoot at the two lower targets and spend a while with the higher, top of the hill feed station. They are both very close to one another in dialing in, no doubt to the flat trajectory of both rifles.

Next morning I look at the Arlo security camera videos and I see zero rodent activity. I see the Skunks and Possums roaming on their nightly destinations, but that’s it.

So I ponder the situation. The rat killing stations got extra peanut butter. But nothing else has changed. Oh wait. I did not have the red LEDs on last night, only the IR flood I use was on. I’ve done this before an observed more activity with the red lights off. Hmmm.

Oh.

I shot at the feed stations for a good hour, and one of them has a sheet of 1/8” UHMW plastic as a backdrop. It’s LOUD. I suspect it was the pellet noise that announced to the rats that the grim reaper was present. I’m there, rats aren’t because rats are pretty smart. They know that sound usually means a rat dies.

As I’m sitting here in the backyard soaking in this perfect springtime sun and cool breeze and contemplating this lack of Rattus Rattus , I look up at the cottonwood tree that host two of my rat feeding stations. I realize the trees are still bare of their fluttery leaves and no doubt this limits the rat activity in this tree and on these feeding stations. The rats have little cover and this makes them nervous in a yard that is frequented by Great Horned and Barn - Owls and me the Grim Reaper.






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Re: ATN X-Sight ll 5-20 HD sighting in for rat killing
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2018, 05:21:54 PM »
The display brightness is adjustable, and should be turned down for night time use. Also, don't use high sensitivity in night vision; just use medium or low to minimize bloom.
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Re: ATN X-Sight ll 5-20 HD sighting in for rat killing
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2018, 06:00:31 PM »
The display brightness is adjustable, and should be turned down for night time use. Also, don't use high sensitivity in night vision; just use medium or low to minimize bloom.

Yessir. I haven’t talked about that yet. I have tried a variety of settings and will continue to. Right now I’m just kinda speaking out loud. Way more observations, stills and videos to come.

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Re: ATN X-Sight ll 5-20 HD sighting in for rat killing
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2018, 07:48:26 AM »
steveoh,

Excellent write up - thanks!
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