I can see where an illuminated reticle could be an advantage in low light conditions or when in deep shadows on a dark animal, but I talked with a rep from Leupold and the expected battery life of the battery in the VX-6 scope, once installed but not turned on is 2 years. So if the battery is installed right before the hunting season it would be good through that season and the next, but if it had any use would be going dead before or during the third season. So I'd be changing the battery (which may not be commonly available in years to come) every two years. I've never used illuminated reticles- am I missing something? are they worth the apparent need for regular changing of the battery?