Don't go night force or any other glass for that matter get a smit & bender pm 2 I'd go the 5-25
Being more than double the price of other options discussed as well as better than $1,000 (and about 40%) higher than the OPs's max
budget, I don't see how that suggestion works out.
Still happily answering to the call-sign Peetza.
The problem, as you so eloquently put it, is choice.
He is no fool who gives what he can not keep to gain what he can not lose.
-Jim Eliott, paraphrasing Philip Henry.