When tracking product line evolution for optoelectronic devices from different manufacturers, you will see a trend – the functionality of each subsequent model of a night vision or thermal imaging riflescope or monocular is improving.
Following the electronics development it seems logical. The hunter of today and the early 21st century hunter are different people. A lot of hunters today are not just concerned with locating and hitting their target, they also wish to record, evidence and share their shot, as well as desiring more advanced features that until recently have been considered unobtainable. Additionally, improved functionality usually results in a higher price point for electro-optic devices, whilst not necessarily increasing the shooters accuracy or ability to engage with their target.
Comparing the sales volumes of Pulsar and Yukon devices with advanced functionality (refer to thermal imagers and digital night vision devices which can connect to phones) with the number of Stream Vision app downloads, Yukon has come to the conclusion that integrating optical and mobile devices is not considered essential by the users. Therefore, we have designed a riflescope with streamlined functionality that does not interfere with the device’s operational efficiency, but instead fulfils a shooters basic priorities I.E.: Detection, shooting precision, etc.
The Sightline riflescope has no video recording or Wi-Fi for phone integration, but instead focuses on the detection & observation of subjects within its field of view and offering quality night-time sensitivity. The devices design has the same sensor and display as Yukon’s flagship models, the Digex and Digisight Ultra night vision riflescopes.
Some will say that given the Sightline riflescopes Specification, Yukon violates the logic of development for its own product line? When in fact it is an example of a customer-oriented approach that meets the needs of a significant number of the customer base.
The Sightline riflescopes product line is represented by four models: Sightline N450S (F50/1.2 lens, 4-16x magnification, built-in long-range IR illuminator with a wavelength of 850nm), Sightline N455S (F50/1.2, 4-16x, 940nm IR illuminator), Sightline N470S (F70/1.2, 6-24x, IR illuminator 850nm) and Sightline N475S (F70/1.2, 6-24x IR illuminator 940nm).
Sightline riflescopes standout due to the improvements made to their internal electronics, in comparison to previous models within the Yukon product line. Major changes include the use of a 1280x720 HD CMOS sensor and a frost-resistant 1024x768 HD AMOLED display, the combination of which provides the hunter with a high contrast image and allows the Sightline Series to perform in lower temperatures, which is an important advantage when using the riflescope in the cold winters of Eastern Europe or Scandinavia.
Additionally, the Sightline has an ultra-high night sensitivity, the best in the Yukon product range and one of the best on the market in general (as of today, only Pulsar's Digex and Digisight Ultra riflescopes compete with the Sightline on that parameter). The higher the infrared sensitivity the less often (or later) you need to turn on the IR illumination. When used outdoors in passive mode, the Sightline works perfectly without using artificial illumination, whether it is being used during twilight hours or at night during a crescent moon.
Artificial illumination is only needed on moonless nights or in complete darkness. Considering its night operational capability, the Sightline is on the same level as flagship digital riflescopes, such as the Digex & Digisight Ultra and completely surpasses other models at the same price point.
The Sightline has a variable magnification. The sensor has made it possible to have 4x zoom without any impact on the image quality even at maximum magnification. Picture-in-Picture mode makes it possible to maintain a high-level of precision shooting whilst retaining awareness of the greater field of view.
Depending on the modification, the night detection range for Sightline riflescopes is 350-500m. As a rule, the datasheet reflects the measurements of the detection distance made in ideal night conditions for a large animal (boar, elk, or deer). As practice shows, you can easily count on 50-70% of the declared ranges when hunting the aforementioned subjects at ordinary night, i.e. 200-300 metres regardless of the night-time conditions.
Significant improvements have been made to the reticles such as making them thinner. Reticle options now include a ballistic selection, which are scaled, changing their size in proportion to the magnification change. The reticle functions correctly regardless of the magnification set on the riflescope. Ultimately, it aids the shooter in calculating the correct shooting distance, so they can hit their acquired target more accurately. If the hunter has difficulty with attaining the subject’s distance, they can use the on-board stadiametric rangefinder, which uses a dynamic scale that provides an estimated distance based on the height of a known object (Sightline provides measurements to the target of a 1.7 m. (deer), 0.7 m (boar) and 0.3 m (hare)).
The Sightline allows the user to create three shooting profiles with up to 10 memory cells each to store the zeroing coordinates for various distances with reference to several rifles. The pitch at maximum zoom is less than 0.1 MOA (1.8 mm at 100 m distance) – perfect zeroing is possible.
The interface for attaching mounts is similar to that used in the Digisight Ultra riflescopes. Accordingly, the Sightline fits all the mounts offered for the Digisight Ultra including those from third-party manufacturers such as Innomount, MAK, Contessa, etc.
As you can see, the shooting components of the Sightline are great. Let's briefly mention a functional quality.
The Sightlines fast start-up time immediately attracts attention, powering the unit on within 3 seconds of pressing the button. Designed to be easy to use with the power and IR illuminator being controlled by two separate buttons. The other functions (zoom, zeroing, settings, reticles switching etc.) are controlled by the encoder, a wheel with a button, which is very easy to control. Other useful features include, the Stadiametric rangefinder, wide operating temperature range, side incline indication, shock-resistance for large rifles and smooth-bore calibers and adjustable automatic shutdown.
The riflescope is powered by a standard DNV Battery Pack (a similar, time-proven solution which has been used with Yukon Photon RT riflescopes and Pulsar Quantum thermal imagers). The battery pack is quick-release, meaning a spent battery can be replaced with a charged one within a few seconds. A special tongue on the lid will allow you to orient the battery correctly even in zero visibility conditions. A quick-release battery pack and charger are included in the standard Sightline package and can be purchased separately – one more charged battery in your pocket will be helpful. A container for holding rechargeable AA batteries is also available as an accessory.
The Sightline offers a reliability that can be difficult to find in modern products. This riflescope has been designed for those whose highest priority in a night vision device is its primary functionality: target detection, proper identification and operational consistency.