Introduction of Nightforce NX8
Nightforce is a US-based manufacturer of high-quality rifle scopes and accessories for professional use. Their scopes are known for extraordinary durability, reliability, and repeatability, and thanks to that, these rifle scopes are widely used by militaries, police, and law enforcement all around the globe.
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NX8 F2 Rifle scope
The NX8 series of rifle scopes is the newest series from Nightforce. After the introduction, it quickly gained a great reputation. The 8x zoom factor packed into a very small housing is the biggest advantage of this series, and 3 rifle scopes in the series cover all shooting applications.
To expand the NX8 line, Nightforce came up with 2 new rifle scopes with the reticle set in the second focal plane, but with the same magnifications as we already know - Nightforce NX8 2.5-20x50 F2 and NIghtforce NX8 4-32x50 F2.
These NX8 scopes feature the same housing as the Nightforce F1 models, with just minor changes in length and weight. The second focal plane scopes are just 3 millimeters longer, and only a few grams heavier in weight – both are not even noticeable.
Nightforce 2.5-20x50 VS 4-32x50
Due to the same housing, also the NX8 F2 models feature a 30 millimeters main tube with the same mounting length. The elevation and windage adjustment range didn't change either. The Nightforce NX8 2.5-20x50 F2 features 110 MOA/32 MIL of elevation and 80 MOA/23 MIL of windage, and the Nightforce NX8 4-32x50 F2 model has 90 MOA/26 MIL of elevation and 70 MOA/20 MIL of windage.
A small difference is, whatsoever, in the field of view of the NX8 2.5-20x50 model. It is a bit smaller than in the NX8 F1 model, which is still 12.2 meters at 100 meters at 2.5x magnification power. At 20x magnification, the field of view is 2.0 meters at 100 meters.
Because of the short construction and a big field of view, both of these Nightforce scopes are well designed for use in combination with a front-attached night vision or thermal imaging device.
Since the reticle in second focal plane rifle scopes doesn't change its size when changing the magnification power, are the subtensions valid only at one given magnification. Because of that, it is possible to calculate the distance and measure your shots and corrections only on one given magnification.
On the Nightforce NX8 2.5-20x50 F2 model this is possible only at 20x magnification power, but on the bigger model, this is possible at 16x and 32x magnification. Nightforce even designed a special reticle for this purpose, where you have 2 sets of numbers in the reticle – the bigger numbers are true at 16x magnification, and the smaller ones at 32x magnification.
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Does NX8 have zero stop?
Both new Nightforce NX8 scopes feature the Nightforce Digilu illumination technology with the illumination color in red and green and the Nightforce ZeroStop on the elevation turret.
With 8x zoom packed into such a small housing and with magnifications that can be used for many applications, these Nightforce scopes surely will gain great success. We expect that the Nightforce NX8 2.5-20x50 will be very popular among hunters, and the Nightforce NX8 4-32x50 among sports and tactical shooters.