Yea mine's kinda big and when I have it up real bright it has some starburst/hue around the dot that makes it seem bigger . I have always just kept it at the lowest setting I could and still see it . That seems to work really well .
I always have 2 TFL open While I'm replying so I can go back and look at the original post to make sure I'm answer everything . I just noticed your edit . If your looking to step up your budget .There will be a hole lot of other red-dots to consider . What may your new budget be ? If it's gone up to around $200 I have a few more ideas but if your still at $100 or less your on the right track
This is the cheapest Eotech I have found new .http://www.amazon.com/EOTech-512-A65...al+HOLOgraphic
The real bumer is it's been $370 for the last month and it just went up a couple days ago
This is real nice , you can beat the hell out these and they will hold zero http://palmettostatearmory.com/index...fle-optic.html