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Buyers Beware: Xenophage’s Ornament Scope can be extremely reflective to light.

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While I was doing some scope comparisons between the default skin and the ornament "A Better Specimen" I quickly realized something was off about the scope. I did a few tests and found out that the ornament scope is much more receptive to lighting while the default isn't, making it more difficult to track enemies and it can hurt the eyes a bit. While it might not be a huge issue, I thought it was still worth documenting the differences between default and ornament, and why the default skin is better for your eyes. (Especially for night-time players!)

I decided to take some comparison images in the Menagerie to show how flawed the Ornament scope can be when compared to the default scope, especially when closer to a light source. I did these tests on Brightness 5, and note that these issues only occur when a light source is behind you and is hitting the scope.

In a Well of Radiance:
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https://i.imgur.com/0V0K4ft.png (With Ornament) |
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https://i.imgur.com/lQnPRKC.png (Without)

In a regular healing rift:
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https://i.imgur.com/t1dJA2p.png (With Ornament) |
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https://i.imgur.com/zpBV6LV.png (Without)

Torch Lighting:
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https://i.imgur.com/g50ssT9.png (With Ornament) |
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https://i.imgur.com/Azuqeqw.png (Without)

Natural Lighting:
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https://i.imgur.com/7ke2Bw4.png (With Ornament) |
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https://i.imgur.com/BgMSOER.png (Without)
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I don't know if this is intended to be this way, but I believe it is important to post this before people spend 1,250 dust for an ornament of a PvE meta weapon. The difference in clarity between the scopes is noteworthy when in well-lit areas. I know people are hurting on dust, especially when Solstice is coming up; if you don't have a high enough dust reserve, this ornament might be worth the pass. Personally, I'm already getting a headache from doing these tests. I'm just going to stick with the default.

And just for funsies, I wanted to see the how the Brightness scaled with the Ornament Scope comparing the highest to the lowest. (The default has no reflective scope, no point in comparison:
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https://i.imgur.com/juhsLjR.png). This time I did it in Crown of Sorrows' entrance, directly in the lighting coming behind me from above. It will never be this bad in most areas of the game, but this is how extreme it can be when the scope is exposed to direct lighting.

Exterior wise, it's almost exactly the same (weirdly enough):
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https://i.imgur.com/pfAn5w4.png (Lowest Brightness) |
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https://i.imgur.com/g9dDRMU.png (Highest Brightness)

Thankfully when ADS, there is an actual difference:
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https://i.imgur.com/FFxQLlB.png (Lowest Brightness) |
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https://i.imgur.com/FG4XaBU.png (Highest Brightness)

I hope this post was somewhat informative, it isn't the hugest deal in the world but its something to consider before buying. Thank you for reading!

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