Leatherwood/Hi-Lux Optics displayed their new MaxTac Dot red-dot sight at SHOT Show 2014. This new red-dot packs a lot of features for just a $159 MSRP. Some of those include a robust machined aluminum housing, dual-mode digital illumination control, built-in picatinny mount and a screw-on anti-reflective filter comes with the sight.
On the top of the Hi-Lux Optics new MaxTac Dot you'll find an ambient light sensor which is a part of the automatic illumination control feature. The user has the option of overriding the sensor to manually adjust the reticle brightness. The objective lens size is the standard 30mm - and all lenses are multi-coated.
On the left side of the new Hi-Lux red-dot, there’s the battery compartment for the CR2032 lithium battery. The battery life is between 400-500 hours and there’s an automatic shutdown to save battery power. A touch of either button will wake up the sight from sleep mode. Hi-Lux is currently working on a mount spacer that will increases the sight height to 1.5 inch for shooting with AR style rifles.
The Hi-Lux MaxTac Dot’s lens covers are metal and screw into the front and rear of the machined aluminum body housing. The anti-reflective filter that's included also threads into the front of the sight, using the threads for the metal lens cover. The sight’s capped adjustment turrets offer 1/2 MOA per click. The sight housing is sealed, and is water proof and shock resistant.
The Hi-Lux MaxTac Dot has a 4 MOA red dot reticle (the dot is off focused in this image). I found the lens coating has a noticeable greenish tint at low light. Due to its use of larger honeycomb grids, the Hi-Lux anti-reflective filter does not seem to dim the sight picture as much as other similar type of ARD filters.