In this post we will take a look at the best night-vision scopes that you can get. Once you've tried to hunt in the night or just go plinking when it's dark, you know that it's pretty hard to see and even harder to hit something.
However we do not have to surrender to the limitations of our eyes. Technology made it possible that we can have night-vision goggles but why stop there. To see in the night is cool but equally important is to hit something. Here the night vision scopes come in handy.
For a good scope for the night there are several things to consider and compare. It all starts with the magnification as it is still a scope for the night, typically the magnification is in the area of 3 to 6 times. However there are scopes with up to 20 times magnification out there. given the fact that most night-vision devices have a limit of 100 to 200 yards, 3 to 6 times is mostly enough.
The next thing you need to look at is the resolution. The night vision scopes work a little bit different from the pure optical daylight scopes. Typical resolutions go around 640x480 but you can also find some that give you the true 4k. A better resolution helps with finding identifying and ultimately hitting the target but the standard is enough in most cases. Sometimes a resolution might be given in LPMM that means lines per millimeter. Here you use the same rule of thumb; the higher the number the clearer the picture and the better you can see the target.
Another important factor is the generation with them comes a price tag and quality of picture; the lower the number-the cheaper the price and the less you can see. A generation 1 scope works with passive infrared and ambient light, you can see as far as 75 to a 100 yards, some go beyond that but this comes at a price. Generation two scopes give you a better picture because of a higher resolution. Also they can see out to 200 yards. Generation 2 scopes can use more photons to create a picture that gives you a higher resolution and a greater range.
Furthermore, many night-vision scopes offer you the possibility to take a video or a picture, this allows you to record your practice shots and learn or to record your hand and relive your greatest moments later. In the latter case that might also save you some trouble. Licensing is a tricky thing when it comes to hunting If you can prove what you shot you might get yourself out of a potentially legally problematic situation. The best night-vision scopes will start to record automatically as soon as you shoot, they have a sensor for the recoil, this allows you to concentrate on your target instead of fumbling with the controls in the most important moment.
Another point that should not be discounted is the glass quality. The better the glass-the more you get out of the light. This means more light gets captured and you can see a clearer image and that on greater ranges. Higher quality night-vision scopes come with a coating, this protects the high-quality glass of the scope from the shock and from scratches. Here it is better to invest a little bit more and have some more life from the scope than having to buy a new one again and again.
Next is the size and type of the reticle, you should have a BDC reticle that compensates for bullet drop. This way you can zero your rifle for a hundred yards and get an aim point for every further hundred yards. Some night vision scopes will allow you to use them in daylight, this is great because it means that you get two scopes for one price. However, check if it is really true, just to be able to use it in daylight doesn't mean it is useful. If the daytime use came as an afterthought or is built in as a gimmick it will not help you much compared it to a real scope.
Night-vision scopes are used in a lot of different weather situations. There is the temperature drop in the night, fog and water. It is better to look for a weatherproof model that also includes fog proof and even shock proof, that way it can stay with you a lot longer. Now that you know what you need to look for in a night-vision scope, let's go to the actual models.
ATN X-Sight II HD 5-20
Our first choice is the ATN X-Sight II - This starts with a clear vision night and day and this an HD 1080p. This means you get images that are crystal clear and this over hundreds of yards. The magnification can be adjusted from 5 to 20 times, this allows you to actually put the ranges of good use. Besides a picture that you get from the target you can even take it as a video and this an HD 1080p - but if you think that stops there, you were wrong. You can stream it live via a Wi-Fi connection. The recording function can be set to start automatically once a recoil is detected. This allows you to go hands-free on the camera not the rifle.
The scope includes a ballistic computer that can calculate the trajectory of the bullet and show you the right point of impact. This simplifies our practice and of course your hunting, It comes also with a smart rangefinder, just toe clicks later you can have the range to your target accurate width plus minus one yard.
If you want to know which way to go, the scope offers you with GPS and E compass. The battery will hold for 22 hours a continuous use then you can recharge it. Also, it has an infrared illuminator they can also work with other night-vision devices. The price is high but the scope brings the value. It does even double as it also offers you a clearer daytime vision so you can use a day and night. However it has one small disadvantage, it is not weatherproof.
Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Riflescope
If you are on a budget you can also go for some less expensive options. A good alternative is the Sightmark Photon XT. Come with the cheap price but it is still pretty versatile.
The magnification is fixed at 4.6 times you can choose a color of the reticle according to your needs, you have the option to switch between green white or red.
Also the types of the reticle can be switched. You can have it as a duplex, mil-dot or German style. All options have a resolution of 640x480 and you can see up to 120 yards away. Of course you cannot expect a picture that extraordinarily clear crisp but you can still see quite clearly.
The biggest advantage of this scope is its weight. It is one of the lightest you can find, it is sleek and compact. It comes with an integrated weaver rail that allows you to attach accessories, you can adjust the windage digitally.
This scope also offers a recording function but it needs to be activated by hand. However this also means it saves electricity which leads to a 33% longer battery life, the scope is also very durable and weatherproof.
Firefield NVRS 3x42 Gen 1 Night Vision Riflescope
Next is the fire field NVRs 3 x 42 Gen 1 . It offers you a fixed magnification of 3x which offers you a good accuracy up to 200 yards. You get a great image and a high powered illuminated, with this you can see every detail in the dark.
With a lens of 42 millimeter the scope gives you a lot of light and at the same time a good field of view, the lens can be shielded with a flip cover, this is handy when you were transiting between positions.
The reticle is a duplex type with an automatic illumination that can be adjusted. The scope is light, durable, weatherproof. The optics have multiple coatings to allow for a better transmission of the light while being resistant to scratches. However on the day you'll not be so happy with it.
Armasight Nemesis6x-SD Gen 2+ Night Vision Rifle Scope
We go with the Armasight Nemesis6x-SD Gen 2+ . This is a generation 2 plus scope that offers you is six times magnification. You can shoot out to 200 yards and more.
The resolution is 480p, just in case it comes with flip-up iron sights. This means you can switch between your eye sight and night vision. This is not as good as a daylight optic but it gives you options and changing light conditions.
The scope is sharp protected and gives you a wide field of view which allows you to spot your target easily. You can use manual or auto brightness setting and you have an illuminated REDCROSS reticle in the center.
The battery holds for 60 hours before it needs recharging, however the disadvantage is that it is water but not weatherproof.
ATN X-Sight 4K Pro Smart Day/Night Rifle Scope
Next comes the ATN X-Sight 4K Pro Smart Day/Night Rifle Scope. For this scope you need to cash out a little bit more. But you have a true day and night scope with Ultra HD and obsidian 3 dual-core. This brings you the best pictures under all conditions. Shooting it is easy, as a ballistic calculator helps you and it even includes range and wind into the calculation.
You can stream the picture and record to an SD card in a scope, it is really cool activated and the battery holds for 18 hours.
Night Owl Optics NightShot Digital Night Vision Riflescope
With the night owl optics we have a less expensive option. there's a 640x480 resolution and a 3 powered optic you can see and shoot out to 200 yards. You can adjust the type and illumination of the reticle. It is weatherproof and it is compatible either with picatinny or weaver rails. Using typical AAA batteries you can always have some spares with you.
Bushenll 4.5X40 Equinox Z
Our next scope is the Bushnell 4.5 x 40 Equinox Z that can be mounted on your rifle or a tripod. It offers excellent clarity and color day and night, however it offers only a shorter battery life.
Best Sight DIY Digital Night Vision Scope
Let's take a look at a more affordable model the best sight DIY digital night vision scope. With the price a little bit over $xx, it is a great option. It even comes with an 18 month warranty, you can use it in daylight and in night. You have the scope and a monitor as well as a camera, however you need a separate battery for it.
Armasight Orion 5X Gen 1+ Night Vision Rifle Scope
The Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1 plus is another great and affordable option. It offers a range of 200 yards and a 5 times magnification. With a shock protection and a battery life of 40 hours it is a welcome companion to your rifle when you go into the night.
Pulsar Digisight N750 Digital Night Vision Riflescope
Our last model is the Pulsar Digisight N750, you can switch between a resolution of 4.5 and 6.75 that has a laser infrared illuminator and you can detect a target up to 650 yards out. It is protected against bright light gives you a great eye relief and a good image quality. However it comes at a price.