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Pulsar N550: Anatomy of a Digital Riflescope

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Born from technology developed by the military in the old Eastern Bloc, the Pulsar electronic riflescope is at the leading edge of the marriage of digital imaging with traditional optics. The sight, made in Belarus, is becoming increasingly popular among hog hunters and varmint shooters in states that permit night-vision equipment to be used to hunt non-game species. Among its attributes:
Customizable reticles**
Download any of several standard reticles or design your own, with personalized graphics and aiming points. The custom reticle can be tuned to your specific hog load.

Night-vision capability
The Pulsar N750 uses an infrared illuminator combined with a high-contrast display to enable viewing out to about 600 yards with the light equivalent of the reflection of a quarter moon. Weaver-style accessory mounts enable shooters to add external lights to enhance low-light visibility.

One-shot zeroing**

Instead of moving the crosshairs to your point of impact, as you do when zeroing a traditional optical riflescope, the Pulsar lets users move the entire image to the impact point, allowing you to zero a rifle with a single reference shot.

Push-button zooming

****A remote control enables shooters to zoom the 4X image up to 6½X. Price for the first-gen N550 is $1,400, $2,400 for the newer N750. (

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