Upgrading your Yukon Photon Digital Night Vision Riflescope

The Yukon Photon 6.5x50 Digital Night Vision Riflescope has taken the market by storm. Retailing at just over £400 this digital night vision riflescope offers 190m man size detection out of the box, and is a reliable easy to use solution for hunting vermin at night on air rifle, rim fire and centre fire.

The Yukon digital night vision riflescope Photon is an original combination of a digital riflescope and daylight sight merging a digital night vision monocular with a traditional riflescope body.

The Yukon Photon XT 6.5x50 night vision riflescope is mostly designed for twilight and night time use, but due to the CMOS sensor, the riflescope is also suitable for any illumination conditions, including daylight allowing you to rezero in daylight or even shoot vermin under the sun. A traditional night vision device would be damaged by using it in daylight conditions.

The riflescope is equipped with the built-in laser eye-safe IR-Illuminator and is manufacturers using a 30 mm tube, standard for daylight optical sights, which enables the Photon be mounted on various types of hunting weapons using proven solutions. The Yukon Photon Night Vision is designed for hunting, sports shooting, security, general observation.

Taking an in depth look at the new Yukon Photon Digital Night Vision

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The difference between "detection" ranges and "recognition" ranges.

Most night vision devices will have a manufacturer claimed max detection range, which on paper equates to the range you would detect a man size object in ideal conditions. 

Scientifically this refers to an object 1.7m high, illumination level 0.05 lux ("1/4 moon") so in other words you may see the outline of a man sized object on a hill in 1/4 moon light using the built in laser IR illuminator on the Photon at ranges up to 190m.

This however does not mean you can view a rabbit or a fox sized object through the Photon at these distances, however there are things you can do to improve this which we will cover later.

A man sized object can be "detected" at 190m however you would see the shape but not identify what it is. At 100-150m a fox sized object would be identified.

You can increase the "recognition" distance of the device by adding a high power infrared illuminator, which not only increases the recognition distance, but also provides a clearer image which we will cover below.

Upgraded IR  vs Integrated IR illuminator

The built in Photon IR will provide adequate illumination for vermin out to 100m. 

Due to the design of laser illuminators, the image seen does have considerable image artefacts, bubbles and swirls which will provide a grainy image compared to an bolt on IR illuminator.

Through various field tests we determined that the Tracer F900IR Illuminator provides the best image when twinned with the Photon.

The Tracer F900IR is a high-power, long-range infrared illuminator, which is capable of providing IR illumination up to 900m.

Whether you use a dedicated night vision (NV) scope, a digital or tubed NV scope add-on or night vision binoculars, the F900IR will give you all the distance you need for spotting, accurately identifying and safely shooting your quarry. 

Due to the adjustability of the power-output and beam (from spot to flood), the F900IR  can be used with airgun, rimfire and centerfire rifles. You simply adjust it to suit your hunting needs and situation.

The first thing you will notice when using this IR illuminator is the clarity - there are no rings or artifacts in the beam, which you can get with some IR lasers. 

Next you will notice the powerful long-range illumination, which is useful for covertly spotting and shooting your quarry. 

The Tracer F900IR attaches to the Photon using the adjustable weaver mount which allows you to centre the beam output with your optics.

Other upgrades for your Yukon Photon: Important information concerning Photon "doubler" lenses.

We supply a few other accessories for the Yukon Photon which we will cover below, however we are regularly asked if we can supply such a thing as Photon Doubler lens kit.

With the Digisight people often used a adaptor and lens which accepted the Pulsar 1.7x lens and allowed for the magnification to be increased.

We looked into having a doubler made for the Photon, but given than the Photon is a budget design, there were two stumbling blocks.

Firstly when you magnify the lower resolution screen of the Photon, you in effect increase the noise, and therefore the magnified screen appears more pixelated.

Also when we contacted Yukon to ask their permission to develop a Photon doubler, as we are a main dealer we have to ensure that all accessories are warranted by the manufacturer, and Yukon came back to us with the following official Yukon statement:

"Unfortunately this will not work for Photon, it has been made as a budget product and it's design will not allow to hold additional loads"

Therefore on instruction from Pulsar and Yukon's UK distributor we have been advised that fitting ANY doubler lens add-on's for the Yukon Photon will invalidate your warranty, and therefore should you have a unit failure it will not be covered by warranty if the evidence of the doubler lens fitting is apparent.

External Power Supply for Photon

The Yukon Photon runs on 2 x AA batteries, and will provide a run time of up to 3hrs using the on-board IR. For extra run time, we recommend the Pulsar EPS3 battery pack which will provide up to 10hrs run time. It attaches to the weaver accessory rail on the side of the Photon making a neat package without need for a battery pack on your belt etc.

Recording video footage from the Photon

The Yukon Photon has a video out port on the side which allows you to connect a device such as the Yukon MPR. You can then capture video footage via the Photon, albeit without an overlaid reticle, as the reticle is a physical non digital output.

This footage can then be uploaded to You Tube or shared with friends.

Visit our website to find out more about the Yukon Photon XT, and indeed the new Photon RT which is due in July 2017

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