Excalibur Twilight DLX Scope Review
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- Best light gathering capability I?ve seen in a crossbow scope
- Stunning clarity and crispness of image
- Dual red/green illuminated reticle
- Only adjustable to crossbows shooting 300-400 FPS
- Too large for some crossbow cases
Guides: mounting, sighting-in, maintenance
What Are the Dimensions of the Excalibur Twilight DLX Crossbow Scope?
With its 44mm objective lens and 30mm tube, the Excalibur Twilight DLX Crossbow Scope is probably the largest scope I’ve seen for crossbows. It measures 12.9″ long and 2.9″ tall, and weighs almost a pound and a half. That’s pretty beefy, adding a fair bit of weight to your kit and making it difficult to fit the crossbow into a standard crossbow case with the scope mounted.
How Much Magnification Do I Get From the Scope?
This scope is a 3-6X scope, providing you with zoomable magnification from 3X to 6X. You can truly get up close and personal with your prey, assuring you the ability to make precise shot placement for that kill shot.
How is the Optics Quality on the Crossbow Scope?
The optics on the Excalibur Twilight DLX are among the best I’ve ever seen in a scope, even rivaling the famous Leupold glass. This scope features fully multi-coated optics for maximum clarity and brightness, without the worry about glare, reflection, or fogging. The multiplex crosshair system is etched into the glass, and is illuminated in your choice of red or green.
What’s the Light Gathering Capability Like on the Scope?
A 44mm objective lens gathers a lot of light, making this scope supreme when it comes to hunting in extreme low light situations. The 30mm tube helps guide all of that light to your eye, and the fully multi-coated lenses ensure maximum brightness. The red and green illuminated reticle has perfectly-adjustable brightness, and I love hunting with this scope in the first few minutes after sunset or before sunrise. On one of my hunting trips with the Twilight DLX, my hunting buddy spotted a deer but couldn’t make out a clean enough shot with his Leupold scope. I took a gaze through the Twilight DLX, and the lighting was absolutely dead-on for a kill shot on the buck. The illuminated reticle was just the right brightness to be visible but not overshadow the sight of the animal in the crosshairs, and I was able to get off a shot that my friend simply could not manage, even with his more expensive scope.
How Wide is the Field of View?
Excalibur doesn’t specify what the field of view is for the Twilight DLX, but I would estimate it to be in the 50′ range at 100 yards with full magnification. This is one heck of a wide field of view for 6X magnification, making this scope especially useful when you need to lead an animal before taking a shot.
How Easy is the Scope to Mount?
The Excalibur Twilight DLX does not come with rings, so make sure you order a set of 30mm rings when you purchase your scope. Once you have the right rings, though, the scope sets up and mounts in just a few minutes. Then, it’s off to the range to see how much you love the scope!
How Easy is the Twilight DLX to Sight In?
If you have a crossbow that shoots between 300 and 400 FPS, the Excalibur DLX is very easy to sight in. The windage and elevation knobs are easy to access and use, and the scope features an adjustable wheel that allows you to set your crossbow’s velocity to ensure the reticle lines are dead on for accuracy in precise 10-yard increments. Unfortunately, if your crossbow shoots slower than 300 fps or faster than 400 fps, you will have a more difficult time determining what range the reticles are good for. Once sighted in, the scope holds zero well. I sighted mine in once two seasons ago, and have not had to make any adjustments to it since then. The only time you will probably need to sight it in would be after removing it from your crossbow and then remounting it, or when switching to a new crossbow.
How Durable is the Scope?
This scope is made from aircraft-grade aluminum, and is definitely durable enough to take out in the hunting field with confidence. It’s got plenty of shock resistance, is water resistant, and is virtually fog proof. I’ve had my crossbow fall out of my tree stand and land on the scope, without hardly a scratch and with no damage to the performance. (I don’t recommend trying this / I might have gotten lucky!)