Nightforce has manufactured many quality riflescopes over the years. But two most noteworthy line of devices among them are Nightforce ATACR Scopes and BEAST. Two features that both these devices boast of are high quality and precision. While BEAST is known as a powerhouse performer, ATACR is an advanced tactical device. Both have 34mm scope tube but different dimension. In this article we are trying to compare different aspects of these devices.
The first thing you will like most about this riflescope is the ED Glass that provides superior quality of visibility as well as clarity. Lowest magnification power available to users for getting 18 ft FOV at 100 yards is 5x. Hunters as well as military snipers find it useful. Some of the features that need special mention are 5-25x magnification, second focal plane, 56mm objective diameter, 2.28mm to 10.52mm Exit Pupil Diameter, 1.5 m to 5.47m Field Of View @ 100 Yards / 100 Meters, 90mm or 3.54 inch eye relief, .250MOA / .1Mil-Rad Click Value, 1.34 inch or 34mm Tube Diameter, 44mm Ocular Diameter, 6.13 inch Mounting Length, and standard illumination. One of the greatest aspects here is definitely the presence of Zerostop, which is generally not available for civilian purposes in many high end scopes. This impressive feature helps your scope’s settings to return to zero after every shot. Nightforce ATACR is 363mm or 14.3 inch long and weighs 38oz. The internal adjustment specifications available here are 17.45Mil wind adjustment, 120MOA elevation, 60MOA wind, and 34.9Mil elevation adjustment. Two kinds of reticle are compatible with ATACR and they are MIL-R and MOAR.
Full form of BEAST is Best Example of Advanced Scope Technology. In the promotions, they regard it as ‘Unleash the BEAST’. In fact, you will also feel the difference when you check this scope first hand. Just like ATACR this riflescope also comes with 34mm tube.
Many think that the name signifies enhanced weight, appearance, and size of the scope. However, in reality it has nothing to do with them. This device was manufactured for overcoming some basic problems. Speed adjustments are extremely fast and the shooters can accurately and quickly calibrate this device in the field.
Some of the features of BEAST are 5-25x magnification, first focal plane, 56mm objective diameter, 2.3mm to 8.3mm Exit Pupil Diameter, 1.45m to 5.7m Field of View @ 100 Yards / 100 Meters, 85 to 90mm Eye Relief, .25 and .50MOA Click Value, 34mm Tube Diameter, 5.92 inch mounting length, 46mm Ocular Diameter, and Digillum Illumination. Zerostop is present in this device too. BEAST is 15.37 inch long and has a weight of 39oz. Five kinds of reticles are compatible and they are H59, TReMoR 2, MD2.0, MOAR (F1), and MIL-R (F1).
Illumination and reticle in Nightforce ATACR and Nightforce BEAST are very different. However, both can be used by hunters and snipers easily. Though comparisons are drawn between the two, preference of device depends entirely on the user.