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LSUlefty
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Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
Who's got what and how do you like them? I can't justify the cost of thermal so I'm considering one of these. Thx.


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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
I have hunted both the sightmark photon and the ATN. I sold the ATN on eBay. It was trying to do too much, the sight mark was simple to operate in the dark, held a reliable zero, worked much better with my illuminator and was a smaller package to deal with on an AR platform.


Bawcephus
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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
Have a Wraith.

Would buy again.

This post was edited on 1/13 at 7:48 pm


LSUlefty
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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
Does yours record audio? Is it 4k?


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armsdealer
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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
ATN's do a lot for the money, but seem kind of gimicky. I never used one, only sold them, but ATN was my best selling brand.


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jdavid1
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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
Go with the Wraith.


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Got Blaze
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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
I’d recommend Sightmark as ATN has subpar customer service. The original Wraith HD is a very nice digital day/night vision scope. Prices range from $375 (Academy Black Friday sale) to $499 which is retail. Only negative would be no audio recording. The new Wraith 4K ($799) is the real deal and has audio recording with amazing imaging and built-in battery recharging. The HD requires 4 AA batteries or an external battery pack that plugs into a micro USB port. Due to the extremely high demand and COVID effecting parts and manufacturing, the Wraith 4K is back-ordered at most places and dealers are only receiving limited shipments. Many 4K buyers are on a waiting list. Lots of great information and reviews on YouTube.


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bayoudude
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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
Wraith owner as well. Downside is the battery life without an external pack. Also base magnification is a tad high at 4x. I believe the new 4K model has internal rechargeable battery and a lower base mag. That said it can see to shoot very clearly out to 150 yds with the stock IR light. Slap a coyote cannon and you can push those scopes out further than most should be shooting


jdavid1
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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
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Also base magnification is a tad high at 4x.


They came out with a Wraith HD that is 2-16 now.


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Douglas Quaid
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re: Sightmark Wraith vs ATN
I've been running the ATN x-sight 4k 3-14 for about 6 months now and have not had any problems with it. It was my intention to get the Sightmark Wraith 4k but ultimately I didn't want to wait for it to release so decided to give ATN a chance.

What I don't like about it:

1. It is too damn big...TWSS. So I guess ATN wanted to make something that resembled a traditional scope that could mount using rings as such to market to the traditional bolt action crowd. I'm not a fan of this design considering how much more compact this type of scope could/should be. An optical scope is shaped as it is to accommodate lenses inside. A digital day/night scope is a camera on the front end and a display on the back end. No need for all that length between the two to stretch it into a traditional scope shape. Win for Sightmark going with a more compact design that ignores the "traditional" scope shape. I've read that the ATN is lighter than the Wraith but doubt that is a significant consideration for most.

2. Needs to have display brightness controls on the scope or an auto adjust feature instead of having to fumble through the screen menu to adjust. This can be a bit of a pain in dawn/dusk conditions.

3. It has two different modes for video: recoil activated and manual. When the scope is in recoil mode manual doesn't work and vice versa. I lost video of a good buck I just wanted to record instead of shoot because the scope was in recoil mode instead of manual. I don't see why recoil and manual couldn't be combined just as easily.

4. In the daytime, the clarity of the display is nowhere near on par with that of good optical scopes. It is what it is but buyers should be aware of this limitation going in. This will be noticeable when using the scope on longer shots in the day time.


Pros:

1. It has held zero through 5 pigs and 3 deer. However, the mounts that come with it do not appear to be very high quality. I'll probably upgrade them if I keep running it long term.

2. Battery life is good. I can make 3-4 hunts continuously running on a single charge. No need for external battery pack. There is a "boot-up" time of about 10 seconds from pressing the on button to being able to shoot. Just need to be aware of it if you intend to shut down to conserve battery life.

3. Capable of taking quality videos day and night assuming focus is properly adjusted for distance.

4. Has audio recording for those that care about that.

5. The stock IR illuminator works fairly well. If conditions are clear I feel comfortable shooting out to about 200 yards with it. Sufficient for my needs. I'm sure it would perform better with a higher end illuminator such as the supernova. I'd be curious to know how it would perform paired with an IR laser to go along with the illuminator.


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