Top 5 Fixes For Blurry Red Dot Reticle

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Many people have asked questions about how to deal with blurry red dot reticle when looking through the optic, and here are the top 3 things shooters can try to get a much more crispy dot for better aiming.

Wipe Dirt Off The Lens

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Cleaning off dirt, rain droplets, finger smear and oil residue off the lens will do the trick for the most part.

For shooters that train under rainy conditions or have occasional mud splashes all over their rifles, keeping the optic lens clean is something the shooters have to do constantly.

Wear Corrected Lens

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If you see this while driving around the city, then your red dot will look like the picture on the left.

eye shape astigmatism

Shooters with different levels of astigmatism and bad eyesight will see smeared or blurry reticles due to the imperfection of eyeball curvature and it's different for every person.

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Most red dot sights on the market today have a clean dot if you look through it under a digital camera. For the most part, correcting your vision is the best way to see a crystal clear dot.

We also recommend using prism sight where the glass etched reticle is much more clear for shooters with astigmatism.

Adjust Magnifier Scope Eye Piece

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For a red dot with a magnifier scope setup, shooters must adjust the eyepiece (diopter) adjustment on the magnifier to focus the reticle.

The red dot and magnifier work independently, so the user must dial the eyepiece so the magnifier scope lens can focus on the reticle.

This works the same way for glass etched reticles on prism optics and long range scopes.

Adjust Reticle Brightness

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If the red dot brightness setting is cranked up too high, you should dial it down to minimize the starburst and glare.

For low light conditions with some ambient lights, it's better to turn down the brightness to get a much cleaner sight picture without the emitter brightness obscuring what you're aiming downrange.

Learn more: How to set red dot brightness between for daylight and low light

Switch To A Bigger Dot

3 moa vs 6 moa dot sizes comparison

For pistol and shotgun shooters that want a much cleaner and rounded dot reticle, please try a 6 MOA or bigger dot sight, so the bloom effect of the emitter starburst is less than on a 1 or 2 MOA dot, and you can still see the rounded dot in the center.

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If the reticle brightness is turned up on a 1 MOA dot, shooters will generally see the starburst as the reticle than a rounded dot. You can still aim with it and unfortunately, that's the what shooters have to deal with.

Since everyone's eyesight is different, the best solution is to go with a bigger dot.

Learn more: Difference between 3 and 6 MOA dot