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A while back I bought one of those Bushnell Holosights, thinking it would be a pretty neat thing to have. This was the original model, btw. Well, when I got it, I tried it out just hand holding it before mounting it on a gun, just to see what the image looked like. The reticle was a circle with a dot in the center. Kind of.... Well, the image was VERY blurry, pretty much unusable for me. The center "dot" was a large blur, and the circle itself looked like it was smudged.

I asked my wife to take a look at it, to get her opinion and she looked through it and asked when the heck she was supposed to be seeing. All she saw was one large blur. She couldn't even see the dot in the middle of the circle. On a hunch, I took off my glasses and looked through the site. Sure enough, the entire display was just one large blur. So apparently the sharpness of the display was very much dependent on the quality of the eyesight of the viewer.

Now, to date, I have not heard ANYONE else mention this sort of problem with these sights. And to be honest, that worries me. Do both my wife and I have some sort of severe eyesight problem that these types of scopes are pointing out to us? I have other red dot style scopes that don't seem to have this problem, but they are not the same design as the Bushnell unit. And no, I have not gotten another Bushnell unit to try out to see if the one I got just had some sort of defect.

Just curious if anyone else has noticed this sort of problem....
 

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A while back I bought one of those Bushnell Holosights, thinking it would be a pretty neat thing to have. This was the original model, btw. Well, when I got it, I tried it out just hand holding it before mounting it on a gun, just to see what the image looked like. The reticle was a circle with a dot in the center. Kind of.... Well, the image was VERY blurry, pretty much unusable for me. The center "dot" was a large blur, and the circle itself looked like it was smudged.

I asked my wife to take a look at it, to get her opinion and she looked through it and asked when the heck she was supposed to be seeing. All she saw was one large blur. She couldn't even see the dot in the middle of the circle. On a hunch, I took off my glasses and looked through the site. Sure enough, the entire display was just one large blur. So apparently the sharpness of the display was very much dependent on the quality of the eyesight of the viewer.

Now, to date, I have not heard ANYONE else mention this sort of problem with these sights. And to be honest, that worries me. Do both my wife and I have some sort of severe eyesight problem that these types of scopes are pointing out to us? I have other red dot style scopes that don't seem to have this problem, but they are not the same design as the Bushnell unit. And no, I have not gotten another Bushnell unit to try out to see if the one I got just had some sort of defect.

Just curious if anyone else has noticed this sort of problem....
Many people have a problem using red dots. This is when they first discover they have cataracts. I suspect you have a bad scope, but if you have trouble driving at night and stop lights on the cars ahead look blurry, you probably have cataracts.
 

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Many people have a problem using red dots. This is when they first discover they have cataracts. I suspect you have a bad scope, but if you have trouble driving at night and stop lights on the cars ahead look blurry, you probably have cataracts.
Gee, that certainly makes me feel better........

No, I don't have problems with driving at night or stop lights, but I guess I am overdue for an eye exam.
 

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I wonder, does the scope have an adjustment to sharpen or soften the dot? I seem to remember seeing something like that in an ad for a red dot.
 

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Red dot scopes have an intensity adjustment which allows the user to increase or decrease the intensity of the dot to a comfortable level. Since most red dot scopes are 1X with non-magnifying lenses, I don't think there is anything to focus.
 

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some of the red dots get FUZZY??? OUT OF FOCUS??? WASHED OUT WITH RED??? or just plain blurry how ever you wanna put it when on max brightness in darker area. is it still blurry to you when intensity is lowered?
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This ProPoint red dot unit has 4 dot sizes and 11 brightness settings.

When I went to check it this morning after reading this thread, I turned it on only to see the dot looked more like a stretched out bar! :bawling: What the heck? OH... :rolleyes: my glasses are smeared! ;)

The ambient light definately makes a difference on the appearance of the dot.
 

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Fuzzy Eotech answer

I had the same question about the fuzzy dot on the Eotech 552. I called the guy I bought it from at Tacticalsight.com
and he answered all of my questions. There is nothing wrong with the sight. Make sure you have your glasses prescripion up to date for the most refined dot picture.
 

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Well this is a concern if you use such a sighting device on a firearm you intend to use for defensive purposes. If you grab it up in a hurry and don't have on your glasses, depending on how bad your uncompensated eyesight is, the electronic sight may be completely useless to you.
 

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Rich Z said:
Well this is a concern if you use such a sighting device on a firearm you intend to use for defensive purposes. If you grab it up in a hurry and don't have on your glasses, depending on how bad your uncompensated eyesight is, the electronic sight may be completely useless to you.
As per not having on glasses if you need them, any illuminated, holographic, or red dot reticle will blur noticeably. This happens to me too.

If you notch the power up by one increment, does the blurriness go away at all?

I noticed this a little with my EOTech 552 but it wasnt bad enough to cause any sort of problem, and one more power level took most of the grainyness away. Remember the situations in which it will be used in and was ment for, in the ring - tap tap - next tango.
 

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Eotech/Bushnell holo's

Some of these units seem to have a little parallax issue
, and most are a little "grainy" at higher brightness settings-but blurriness shouldn't be a factor unless you're maybe mounted too close/ or not used to using BOTH eyes open aim, which takes a while to get used to if you've
always shot with one eye open. Try viewing someone else's
set up, or if there is a more forward mounting option on your weapon, get it out there(farther away from your eyes).
You might try contacting the manufacturer to see if there would be issues with near/far sightedness, eye relief differences for different vision(ie 10/30, 20/10 etc) factors.
I wouldn't lose a lot of sleep over it, if its not for you, then a laser may be a better option. As previously mentioned, these holo's are for fast aquisition vs fine precision reticle and bench type shooting-and finally to beat a dead horse -don't keep trying it if you're not comfortable with it, especially just for fashions sake. By comparison, a laser "dot" is actually on the target, vs "super imposed" or holographic.Good luck- and let us know what worked or didn't work for you if you would.??-
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Yes it does and so does the intensity (brightness of the dot). Play with intensity and adjust the length of sight-to-eye distance. It don't have to be close to your eye to work since it don't magnify.
 
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