Thursday, December 23, 2010

1x45mm NC Star Red Dot Sight Review

Photo Credit: NcStar.com
Specifications and Features
Light Source: LED
Brightness Adjustments: 7
Power Source: 3V Lithium Battery (CR2032)
Objective Diameter: 45mm
Magnification: 1x
Reticle: Red Dot
Dot Size: 3 MOA (not quite sure how you can measure the size of a circle in arcminutes...)
Click Value: 1 MOA
Exterior Finish: Black Aluminium
Lens Coating: Ruby
Net Weight (oz): 8.40
Length (in): 5.12
Mount: Integrated Weaver Style
Price Range: 30-34 (USD)

Pros
First off I'd like to point out that this red dot is an extremely good price compared to similar ones out there.  The performance:price ratio truly is high.

Another nice thing about this sight is that, on it's highest brightness setting, it is VERY bright!  Even in broad daylight, you never have to worry about the dot being too faint.

The field of view in the scope is also nice, as it doesn't constrain vision very much and allows the shooter to actually see things surrounding their target.  This is also a con, however, and I will address it accordingly below.

The body is metal and seems to be very sturdy as far as durability goes.

The sight is extremely adjustable and the clicks are very slight, so it's easy to get perfectly zeroed in.

The scope also comes with some nice extras: a spare battery and a cleaning cloth for the lenses. 

Cons
 The wide field of view also leads to inaccurate aiming if you don't look down the sight straight enough.  This is a problem inherent to all red dots, but its exacerbated by the huge 45mm lenses.

The front lens is glass as far as I can tell, which is never a good thing for durability.  I've seen similar sights break from direct BB hits onto the lens.

The lenses tend to fog up from condensation in wet weather.  I live in Seattle, so this is a huge issue with me.

The lens covers are possibly the most obnoxious things on earth.  They stick really far up, making your guns profile a lot bigger, which is really annoying for CQB when being large and clunky can be a huge disadvantage.

Pictures
"Aiming Down the Sight" view

Those lens covers stick way too far up and are a huge nuisance on the battlefield, as you can see with the site mounted on my MK36c (G36c that dodges copyright infringement).
Final Opinion
The biggest plus of this sight is its price relative to its performance.  I'm going to give it a 6/10, though, because it does have one major flaw - the whole condensation thing.

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