Ranking The Top 10 Best Night Vision Scope Reviews in 2020

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    Best Night Vision Scope

    First, let me introduce all the contenders of today’s massive reviews. 

    1. ATN X-Sight 4k pro 5-20x Night Vision Riflescope
    2. ATN X-Sight II HD 5-20x Night Vision Riflescope
    3. Yukon NVRS Titanium 2.5×50 Night Vision Riflescope
    4. ATN X-Sight II HD 3-14x Night Vision Riflescope
    5. Sightmark Photon RT 4.5-9x42S Night Vision Riflescope
    6. Night Owl optics NightShot Digital night vision Riflescope
    7. Sightmark Photon XT 6.5x50L Night Vision Riflescope
    8. Firefield NVRS 3×42 Gen 1 Night Vision Riflescope
    9. Sightmark Ghost Hunter 2×24 Night Vision Riflescope
    10. Bestsight DIY Digital Night Vision Riflescope
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    How to Choose The Best Night Vision Rifle Scope

    Choosing a brand new scope is never easy. The task is even more-hard when you are choosing a night vision riflescope.

    You need to keep somethings in mind before opting for your new scope. That’s why we are here to help you to make your decision easier.

    Which generation of night vision riflescope scope do you want?

    There are 3 generations of night vision riflescope available. We know some site claims to have 4th gen night vision products, but technically there is no 4th generation of night vision riflescope.

    To simply put the newer generation provides better performance while costing much more money then gen 1 products.

    Your Budget

    Before you search about products or read this article of us, make sure you have a budget in your mind. The more options you look the more confused you will be. If you have a strict budget you will only find selected options.

    Build Quality

    Is it good? Is the scope durable? If the answers are yes then you got yourself the perfect candidate. While today we got products that are made of thermoplastic and glass fiber they are plenty durable. In night vision only build quality does not matter.

    Optics/Sensors

    Choosing a gen 1 scope? Make sure the scope has an excellent optics quality so that you get good day time performance.

    Choosing a gen 3 scope? Make sure the image sensor is good.

    Gen 3 scope is also known as digital night vision scopes. They use a high-quality camera sensor to capture what’s in front of you and feed that into the eyepiece monitor.

    That’s why some scope uses complex chips like the processor to amplify the footage and make your life much easier with a digital user interface. The scopes that come with processor also packs a tons of other sensors. Like a ballistic calculator, smart rangefinder, live streaming footage to your mobile devices, RAV, etc.

    Is The IR illuminator Good?

    If you are planning to buy a gen 1 scope please make sure there are positive reviews about the IR illuminator. We know you can upgrade the base IR illuminator by simply adding a new one (separately purchased). But for that, your scope needs to support weaver rail and your scope must have a feature to turn off the built-in IR blaster.

    That is why IR illuminator/flashlight is really important. Your entire night hunting depends on it.

    Just keep in mind these key factors. The rest is the same as a riflescope magnification, reticles, etc.

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    Best Night Vision Scope For Hog Hunting

    ATN is a well-known brand in the sports optics making industry. We have reviewed ATN products in the past. And every one of them ATN performed excellently. They proved it again and again that they are one of the best night-vision scopes manufacturer. 

    Yes, you going to pay a premium price for the scope but you are going to get premium features in the return as well.

    Topic Value
    Magnification 5-20x
    Field of view at 1000 yds 240 ft (5°)
    Sensor ATN 4K M265 Sensor
    Core ATN Obsidian IV Dual Core
    System Resolution 600 lp/mm
    Micro Display 1280x720 HD Display
    Eye relief 90 mm
    Video Record Resolution 1080p @ 30/60/120** fps
    Ballistic Calculator Yes
    WiFi iOS & Android
    Bluetooth, 3D Gyroscope Yes
    3D Accelerometer, E-Barometer Yes
    Smart Range Finder, RAV Yes
    Electronic Compass Yes
    Smooth Zoom Yes
    Night Vision Mode Yes
    Reticles Multiple Patterns & Color Options
    Micro SD card 4 to 64 Gb
    Microphone, Micro USB, type C Yes
    Mount 30 mm Standard Rings (included)
    IR Illuminator Included
    Battery life (Li-ion) 18 + hrs
    Battery Type Internal Lithium Ion Battery
    Waterproof Weather Resistant
    Smart Mil Dot Value Range 1.0-10.0
    Operating Temperature -20°F to +120°F / -28°C to 48°C
    Dimensions (Body Only) 14.9"x3"x3"/ 379x76x76 mm
    Weight 2.2 lb / 1.01 kg
    Warranty 2 years

    Body Quality

    Made to withstand high caliber weapons. Built with hardened aluminum. It can take some serious hit. You can pretty much use it with any high recoil caliber without any issue. We found the build sturdy enough to use in any kind of weather. On top of that, all the certification from ATN’s website is pretty reassuring.

    It’s not that hard to find fault in a scopes build. For our testing, we found no such issue. ATN even assured the IP rating of the scope. The whole body is water-resistant. You can use it in the rain without worry.

    Optics Quality

    While like regular scope there is no complex prism related stuff going inside the scope. But there is much more complex stuff is hidden inside the hardened aluminum body. The core ATN Obsidian IV dual-core is hidden inside the body. We are not going to cut open the scope if anyone wondering.

    That’s why instead of talking about optics thoroughly like other rifle scopes. Let’s talk about the sensor inside instead.

    Sensors

    Like we mentioned before the life of the scope is its core aka processor the ATN obsidian IV dual-core and the scopes sensor is ATN 4K M265 Sensor, 3864 (H) x 2218 (V). 

    ATN is really proud of its sensor and processor. The sensor is capable of capturing 4K footage and stream it simultaneously. Well, the streaming burden is on the processor. The processor is more than capable of dual streaming.

    The micro display is 1280x720p but don’t let it fool you. The sensor can provide you non-pixelated images with a smooth 120fps at any distance. 

    The processor and image sensor aside the scope also comes with tons of other sensors that we mentioned in the specification part.

    Ballistic Calculator

    Let’s be real it is damn hard for a novice hunter to compensate bullet drop from regular old glass etched reticles. The ATN X-Sight 4K Pro has a built-in ballistic calculator. 

    Multiple rifle profiles, temperature, humidity, angle to target, wind-speed, wind direction, etc. You name it. The scope got it all. And they are damn accurate even in long-range. And thanks to that crystal clear image sensor you get the same result even in the night.

    One-Shot Zero

    ATN claims that they are scope has a one-shot zero feature. Which is like godsent for novice peoples. And from a novice to night-vision scope perspective the scope was relevantly easy to set zero. They are indeed correct about their claim. 

    You have one-shot zero function inside the menu. Bring that up match your reticle to target take some shots. If they are accurate press the button and done. Your scope is now zeroed.

    We are not kidding it’s that easy. You cannot get it wrong. We will give ATN 10/10 for their such excellent and easy to use UI.

    Smart MIL Dot Reticle

    Veterans also know this as the first focal plane reticle. They act the same way. With your zoom, the reticle adjusts itself. Which is an excellent thing to have. Sometimes at maximum zoom on a second focal plane scope is kind of hard to read. Because your reticle stays the same no matter what. 

    It is one of the plus points of ATN X-Sight 4K Pro night vision rifle scope.

    Recoil Activated Video (RAV)

    I have a feeling we are going to talk about this throughout the whole post. Because it is such an excellent feature to have in your scope.

    First of all, let me tell you what RAV is!

    If the name already didn’t give it away. RAV is a feature that starts recording your footage through the scope from the moment you pull the trigger. Thanks to the recoil of the gun the scope records everything from right before the shot and stops at after the shot traveled to target.

    This feature works excellently on ATN X-Sight 4k thanks to ATN Obsidian IV dual-core processor. And thanks to dual-stream you can see the RAV footage right when it happens on your mobile phone.

    Battery

    When it comes to electronics that run on battery, everyone has this concern about battery life. For those people (we are one of them) ATN has great news. 

    They claim that this is the first-ever digital scope that can continuously run for 18 hours! 

    18 hour! Can you believe that? 18h continuous footage on a 4k scope which has one of the best processors inside a night vision scope.

    It’s like a killer deal! Right?

    So rest assured you are getting an excellent battery life. And thanks to USB-C type charging slot the scope tends to charge faster than micro-USB too. Overall zero complain about battery consumption.

    Pros

    • 5-20x zoom without distortion and smooth 120fps footage.
    • The Obsidian IV dual-core processor is a beast.
    • One-shot zero.
    • 18 hour continuous use battery life.
    • A lot of! Sensors.
    • Ballistic calculator which is accurate.
    • Smart mounting feature.
    • Hardened aluminum body.
    • RAV, dual streaming, app support, etc.
    • 4k thermal sensor provides crystal clear footage throughout day and night.

    Cons

    • Expensive.
    • You need to purchase IR-illuminator and ATN Auxiliary ballistic laser 100 for the best night-time performance.
    • Even though the scope along is a beast but those pricey accessories might feel like a hassle to a lot of people.

    This is a best night vision scope to start the post with. An excellent piece of product if you are willing to spend the money on. Overall we were fully satisfied with its performance.

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    Best Night Vision Scope For Coyote Hunting

    Another ATN. You guys shouldn’t act surprised. Because ATN is just that good to be left out. Let’s get on with the reviews-

    Topic Value
    Sensor HD 1080p ATN L130 Sensor
    Magnification 5 - 20 X
    Field of View @ 1000 yards 240 ft
    Angle of view 5 °
    Objective lens 85 mm
    Micro display HD Display
    Core ATN Obsidian II
    System Resolution 160 lp/mm
    Adjustment per pixel 1/8 "
    Eye relief 65 mm
    IP rating Weather resistant
    Video Record Resolution 1080p at 30 fps
    Microphone, Micro USB, Micro HDMI Yes
    MicroSD card From 4 to 64 GB
    WiFi iOS & Android
    Bluetooth 4.1
    GPS, 3D Gyroscope Yes
    3D Accelerometer Yes
    3D Magnetometer Yes
    E-Barometer Yes
    Smart range finder Yes
    Smart Shooting Solution Yes
    RAV, E-Compass, Smooth Zoom Yes
    Reticles Multiple Patterns & Color Options
    Mount Picatinny, Interchangeable
    Battery life (Li-ion) 8 - 12 hours
    Battery type 4 AA type batteries
    Dimensions 11.36" x 3.5" x 3.45"
    Weight 2.55 lbs
    Warranty Two years

    Body Quality

    In case you didn’t know ATN is well known to supply scopes in the national artillery division. So it goes without saying they build some of the best scopes overall. That said the body quality of ATN X-sight II HD is top quality too. Made out of aluminum the body is really strong and rugged build. If it isn’t obvious the build quality of ATN X-sight II HD is excellent. 

    The water-resistant body makes sure your chip inside stays unharmed. One thing that we learned during our scope reviewing career. Well-known brands never cheap out on build quality. Unless that batch had any quality control issues.

    Sensor

    The ANT X-Sight II HD has an HD 1080p ATN L130 Sensor for capturing images. And to process those clear images the scope has an ATN Obsidian II core. While this might not be as powerful as the 4k Obsidian IV dual-core. Obsidian II is still a pretty good processor.

    You are not missing much either. Other than it’s an HD chip, not 4K. This is not a deal-breaker for us. The images you see through the sensor is crystal clear. Both during day and night, you can expect a top-notch performance from the scope.

    RAV (Recoil Activated Video)

    Recoil activated video is an awesome feature to have. To simply put the sensor records everything after you pull the trigger. It even records some footage before you pull the trigger. But the moment you pull it the recording starts thanks to the sensor. You can even watch the footage by live-streaming it to your phone. Your spotter can watch the feed on the phone and you can take the shot. 

    Smooth Zoom & Smart Rangefinder

    The title says it all. Smooth zoom is like a heavenly feature to have on your scope. We can’t emphasize enough on how a good zooming experience makes your session much more enjoyable. Distortion while zooming sucks.

    We get it it’s not 120 Hz refresh rate zooming experience. But it is still better than crappy distortion. The zoom is digital as expected and the HD ATN sensor shows exactly what you are supposed to see. Clear view of your target. 

    A smart rangefinder is another excellent feature. The sensor helps you to give accurate distance between you and your prey. After placing the arrow above the target press ok the again place the arrow at the bottom of the target and press ok. It will then show the exact distance between the target and you. You don’t need to memorize anything or make complex calculations inside your head every time. 

    Reticle

    Like we said it’s a digital scope so the reticle is also digital. Multi-colored reticle. Choose your color. You have multiple patterns to choose from also.

    Profile Management

    Got more than one gun? And want to use the same scope on both? But don’t want to get through the hassle of changing zero every time you switch guns? For you, ATN has profile management in its digital scopes.

    Just enter a profile set your zero and save it for later use. Forgot the profile no need to worry about resetting. Just create a new profile.

    Pros

    • Good build quality.
    • 5-20x smooth zoom.
    • ATN HD L130 Sensor.
    • 240 feet of field of view @1000 yards.
    • IR illumination for pitch-black dark situations.
    • Tons of sensors.
    • RAV and live streaming.
    • Smart rangefinder.

    Cons

    • We gathered tons of user review only some mentioned they got a defective scope.
    • Brightness might seem high in some cases. If you are wearing reflective clothes it can reflect and give away your position.

    Those cons sound like nitpicking trust me. If you have the money and don’t want to spend on the high-end scopes. This is the perfect choice for you. Its a best night vision scope with best user-friendly experience. You will have a blast while using the scope.

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    Best Night Vision Scope Under 1000

    Yukon might not be a familiar name to everyone. Yukon was founded in 1998 by two private enterprises. Located in Texas the company is making scopes, binoculars and other outdoor sport optics related accessories ever since. 

    Topic Value
    Manufacturer Yukon
    Power Source Two 1.5-volt “AA” batteries
    Dimensions (25.4 x 7.9 x 8.5 cm) WxHxD
    Magnification 2.5x
    The Angle of View 15.0
    Mounts Integrated Weaver/Picatinny
    Reticle Duplex
    Weight 1.70 lb (0.75 kg)

    Build Quality

    While jumping into an unfamiliar brand the first priority of everyone is how is the build quality? To tell you simply the build quality of Yukon NVRS Titan is excellent. 

    Perhaps the name was chosen after it’s material. The scope is made out of titanium. Titanium is a super strong and durable material. The material is pricey that’s why not a lot of company uses it. But the material is strong and much stronger than regular aluminum.

    Optics Quality

    Why optic quality you may ask. Because Yukon NVRS Titan is not digital scope. It is made out of glass and multi-coated for optimal performance. 

    The scope is multi-coated which means the scope going to gather as much light it can. Resulting in excellent image quality. The scope comes with rubber eyecups for a comfortable experience. Which also acts as a guard to protect the green glow when using night vision.

    Electronics Inside

    The scope has a quiet power supply inside. Which increases your vision range three times higher than regular IR illuminator. Increasing vision while using at night drastically. 

    The scope also has adjustable brightness switches to help you with clear vision at night & uses 2 AA batteries and the pulse rating IR extends to 50 hours of battery life. Even this scope provides a viewing distance of 75 yards at night using the infrared light. 

    Gen 1 Night Vision

    Gen 1 night vision is one of the most popular technologies in the night vision scope world. The motto behind this was to provide best night vision scope at a low cost. 

    Pros

    • Relatively low priced compared to digital night vision scopes.
    • Easy to operate.
    • Ultra-lightweight.
    • Excellent titanium build quality.
    • Multi-coated optics.
    • Rubberized eyecups for comfort.
    • Duplex-style reticle.

    Cons

    • Left-handed shooters complained about handling.
    • Not digital scope.

    You can get a digital scope for a little bit of extra money. But if your background is from the traditional scope and used duplex-style reticle. You are going to have a good time with it. But if you want a digital scope ATN is the better option for you.

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    Best Night Vision Scope For The Money

    If you loved the ATN X-sight II HD 5-20x but are concerned about the price. Don’t have the courage to pull the trigger on that one. We got a cheaper option for you. Same scope with some key differences. Hang tight and continue reading. It is undoubtedly one of the best night vision scope. 

    Topic Value
    Sensor HD 1080p ATN L130 Sensor
    Magnification 5 - 20 X
    Field of View @ 1000 yards 240 ft
    Angle of view 5 °
    Objective lens 85 mm
    Micro display HD Display
    Core ATN Obsidian II
    System Resolution 160 lp/mm
    Adjustment per pixel 1/8 "
    Eye relief 65 mm
    IP rating Weather resistant
    Video Record Resolution 1080p at 30 fps
    Microphone, Micro USB, Micro HDMI Yes
    MicroSD card From 4 to 64 GB
    WiFi iOS & Android
    Bluetooth 4.1
    GPS, 3D Gyroscope Yes
    3D Accelerometer Yes
    3D Magnetometer Yes
    E-Barometer Yes
    Smart range finder Yes
    Smart Shooting Solution Yes
    RAV, E-Compass, Smooth Zoom Yes
    Reticles Multiple Patterns & Color Options
    Mount Picatinny, Interchangeable
    Battery life (Li-ion) 8 - 12 hours
    Battery type 4 AA type batteries
    Dimensions 11.56" x 3.1" x 3.4"
    Weight 2.15 lbs
    Warranty Two years

    Build Quality

    You get a similar top-notch body quality in this scope too. ATN is known for making great bodies for scope. Which stayed true in this scope too. Like I said, in the beginning, it is the small brother of ATN X-Sight II 5-20x. Aluminum build quality. Lightweight for a digital night vision scope. 

    Sensors

    Just like the bigger brother the smaller one also have HD 1080p ATN L130 Sensor. We appreciated the sensor enough. But trust me that wasn’t enough. The sensor is just that good. You are getting it for less than 500$ I will consider that as steal. It is an excellent price for such a quality sensor. While it is not on par with 4K one but it’s great on its term.

    Processor

    The processor of the scope is ATN Obsidian II. ATN claims a billion cycles per second. The processor can calibrate with the hight quality ATN HD sensor. The processor is backed up with tons of sensors that we mentioned in the specifications part.

    What makes the scope perform better is the excellent user-friendly UI. If you are well known with user interface like android or ios you know that the UI plays an important role in unlocking the full potential of the processor. ATN made sure the UI can enable the Obsidian II and perform optimally. 

    Ballistic Calculator

    We talked about the ballistic calculator already. Combined with the smart rangefinder it can not only find the accurate distance it also shows wind, humidity, wind direction, etc. You don’t have to worry about doing the bullet drop math inside it your head. Thanks to the ballistic calculator and Obsidian II the math is done inside the scope. 

    Recoil Activated Video (RAV)

    It is probably the third time we are mentioning this. But we are glad to repeat. The sensor activates the moment you pull the trigger and starts recording everything till the impact of the shot. When activated it also manages to snatch some pre-trigger footage. 

    You can live stream the footage while taking the shot too.

    Profile Management

    You can set multiple profiles & don’t even need to worry about resetting every time. So, you can just create a new profile to replace the old one. 

    Pros

    • Cheap compared to the 5-20x version.
    • The field of view is bigger 460 ft @1000 yards.
    • Excellent top-end body quality.
    • Same sensor as ATN X-Sight II 5-20x.
    • Many more sensors are also built in the scope (complete list in specification chart).

    Cons

    • Brightness can be a little too much in specific lighting.
    • Rumors about quality management. But we couldn't gather any solid evidence.

    Overall, Just like the bigger brother, we can’t recommend it enough. The scope is too good of a deal to pass up. For 500$ you are getting an excellent product.

    Let’s move on to the next unit.

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    Best Night Vision Scope Under 500

    If you have read our past reviews we have reviewed quite a bit of Sightmark scopes in our site. Sightmark has a good reputation for providing good scopes for a low price. 

    Topic Value
    Type of Sensor CMOS
    Sensor Resolution; Pixels 768x576 Pixels
    Display Type LCD
    Display Resolution; Pixels 640x480 Pixels
    Video Recorder Availability Yes
    Built-In Memory; GB 8 GB
    Video Clip, Format AVI
    Video Clip; Resolution 320x240 or 640x480
    Format of Photo Files JPEG
    Resolution of Photo Files 320x240, 640x480, 1280x960
    Memory Capacity Approximately 5 Hours
    WiFi Frequency 2.4GHz
    WiFi Reception Range ft/m 50 / 15 ft/m
    Magnification 4.5 / 9
    Diameter, Lens, mm 42 mm
    Digital Zoom 2x
    Lens Focus, mm 50 mm
    Relative aperture, D/f' 1:1.2
    Field of View 22.5 ft at 100 Yards
    Eye Relief, mm 2.76 / 70 in/mm
    Diopter Adjustment +4 to -4
    Resolution, Lines per mm 40 lines per mm
    IR Emitter LED
    IR Wavelength 850 nm
    Equivalent IR Power 200 mW
    Beam Divergence 7 Degree
    Power Supply 3.8 - 6.3 V
    Battery Type 4xAA
    Battery Life (with IR) 3.5 Hour
    External Power Supply 5V via microUSB
    Windage Adjustment .1 1 click = Mil
    Number of Preloaded Reticles 6
    Colors Black, white, red, green
    Material, Lens Glass
    Body Material Glass-nylon Composite & Metal
    Rail Type Weaver
    Operating Temperature, F/C 5 to 122 / -15 to 50 F/C
    Waterproof Rating IP55 - Water Resistant
    Nitrogen Purged No
    Shockproof Yes
    Maximum Recoil .375 H&H Caliber
    Diameter, Tube 30mm
    Weight, (w/ battery) ,oz. 30.7 oz.

    Build Quality

    The scope has an IP-55 water-resistant rating. The scope is also shockproof and weatherproof. To take it even further Photon RT comes with a weaver rail as an accessory. The scope also has a built-in USB port. Thanks to the weaver rail you can easily add your own long-range IR illuminator by mounting it directly to the mount. You can even deactivate the built-in IR if you want to. 

    Sensors

    As the scope is a digital night-vision scope not traditional. It runs on a sensor. CMOS sensor with a camera resolution of 768×576 pixels. The LCD has a 640×480 resolution. It offers a 40% improvement over its predecessors and XT series. 

    940nm built-in IR illuminator offers over 200yards of night vision. You can improve that by using your own IR illuminator. The scope also has 2.4ghz WIFI. 

    Video Recording

    The scope has a video recording feature but unfortunately does not support HD resolution. The scope can record up to 640×480 pixels. We know that is not that high. ATN provides higher than that in the same price range. 

    One-shot Zero

    Surprisingly we weren’t expecting this. One-shot zero is like a blessing to newbie hunters/shooters. You take your shot open the menu “x” mark will appear in your screen match it with the point of impact of the shot you took earlier. There you go done. It will auto-zero your gun and save it as a new profile. From the next shot, all of them are going to hit bullseye.

    Pros

    • High magnification up to 9x.
    • Good build quality.
    • 940nm IR illuminator.
    • Over 40% resolution improvement over the XT series.
    • You can turn on/off the IR easily.
    • Can use separate long-range IR illuminator.
    • 6 illuminated reticles.
    • 4 reticle colors to choose from

    Cons

    • Very bad battery life (power bank highly recommended).

    Overall it’s a best night vision scope. But the ATN is just better. Unless you can’t stretch to buy an ATN X-Sight then you won’t be wrong choosing this one. It’s light, good build pretty decent small scope overall.

    Halfway done folks. Just a little longer. Keep reading.

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    Best Digital Night Vision Scope

    Night Owl optics a company that only makes night vision-related products. You can already guess the scope should be best night vision scope. They have decades of experience in manufacturing scopes. 

    Topic Value
    Magnification 3x
    Mount Weaver & Picatinny Rail systems
    Field of View 5.6 Degrees
    Eye Relief 68.50mm (2.7 in)
    Focusing Distance 10ft to Infinity
    Dimensions 13.2 x 2.7 x 4 Inches
    Battery Life Approximately 3 Hours
    Power 4 AA batteries
    High Resolution 640 x 480 Display
    Windage & Elevation Adjustment ¼ Inch at 50 yds
    Reticles 3 Each in Black & White
    Scope Height From Rail 1.5 inches
    Weatherproof Yes
    Weight 1.3 lbs
    Frame Rate 30 fps
    Effective Spectral Range 400nm to 900nm
    Entrance Pupil 9.0 mm (.35 in)

    Body Quality

    One of the most concerning parts for any kind of product with a shell. The body. You watch or read plenty of reviews before you buy a new phone. You see the drop test about them. Whether they are good or not etc.

    The body of the scope is made out of thermoplastic. Before you decide not to buy the product by seeing “plastic” let me tell you. Thermoplastic is not your regular kind of plastic. They go through a process of softening to plastic then cooling them to make them hardened shell.

    They do it several times before they decide to make a mold out of the product. The scope is also weatherproof. No water is going inside the scope. 

    Sensors

    The scope is a digital night vision scope. It should have some sensors right? Correct it has sensors. The main night vision capturing sensor is an 850nm IR illuminator. Now you might be worrying where is it?

    Why is there no IR illuminator on the side rail? Because the IR illuminator is built inside the scope. You can upgrade the IR illuminator by adding (separately purchased) long-range IR illuminator on to the side rail.

    Additional Info’s

    You can’t record videos with the scope. I know it’s sad that a digital night vision scope can’t record videos. But it was what it is. The price of the scope is so low that you need to sacrifice some things in order to deliver better performance.

    The scope has 3 reticles and 2 colors to choose from. So technically you get 6 reticles. You can choose from dot, crosshair and a hash mark reticle. Which has wind drift and bullet drop mark.

    If I had to add one con before the pros and cons part that would be the battery life. It is absolute trash. With a full-powered IR illuminator, you can barely get 2h screen time. An extra battery pack is highly recommended. 

    Pros

    • Very competitive price.
    • Thermoplastic weatherproof body.
    • Very lightweight.
    • Digital scope for such a cheap price.
    • 850nm IR illuminator with the option of adding additional (separately purchased) long-range IR illuminator.

    Cons

    • The battery life is straight-up trash.
    • You have to buy the batteries separately.
    • Only 3X zoom.

    To end the review we need to say that the scope is not bad. The battery life is holding it back you can easily get rid of that buy purchasing secondary battery pack. Just make sure to buy rechargeable AA batteries and you are good. The pricing of the scope is what makes Night Owl Nightshot such a good scope.

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    Best Budget Night Vision Scope

    We already featured a Sightmark product on today’s best night vision rifle scope reviews. And we didn’t forget to mention how good of a brand Sightmark is. It’s an excellent outdoor sports optics manufacturer that makes great scopes for cheap prices. 

    Topic Value
    Sensor Type CMOS
    Camera Resolution 656х492
    Display Type LCD
    Display Resolution; Pixels 640x480 Pixels
    Video IN/OUT Pin RCA
    Magnification 6.5x
    Objective Lens Diameter 50mm
    Lens Focus 70mm
    Relative Aperture 1:1.2
    Min. Focusing Distance 10m
    Eye Relief 60mm
    Diopter Adjustment +/-3
    Resolution; Lines Per mm 38
    Emitter Laser
    IR Wave Length 780nm
    Equivalent IR Power 125mW
    Range Detection 200m
    Power Supply 2.0-3.3
    Battery Type 2xAA
    Battery Life (w/o IR) 5 hours
    Battery Life (with IR) 4 hours
    External Power Supply No
    Number of Preloaded Reticles 6
    Body Material Glass-nylon Composite/ Metal
    Additional Accessory Mount Type Weaver

    Body Quality

    Made out of nylon composite/metal. The Photon XT is durable and can take some severe hits. Even though to scope looks like tiny cute little scope. It packs some massive punch. By punch I mean, it can take some hits. It is the predecessor of Photon RT. 

    So you can be assured that it has a strong body. Because the same class material is also used for the Photon RT series. 

    Here is another surprise for you guys. This particular scope was featured in our Top 10 best rifle scope reviews. 

    Rest assured you are getting a strong rifle scope.

    Sensors

    This is a digital night vision scope. Hurray another cheap digital night vision scope. So, of course, it has some sensors inside it. The main sensor which allows it to work in the night is the 850nm IR illuminator.

    850nm IR illuminator is an excellent budget illuminator which helps you to see more and clear at night. It can illuminate up to 200m. 

    The CMOS sensor captures at 656×492 resolutions. The LCD has a 640×480 resolution. In the Photon RT series, this was improved by a whopping 40%. But that scope also costs much more then Photon XT.

    You can see quite clear at night with the scope. You get an additional weaver for rail access. So you can increase the range of the IR illuminator by simply purchasing a long-range one. 

    Reticles

    • The scope has 6 built-in reticles for you to choose from.
    • The reticles also comes in 3 colors. Red, blue and green. 

    Battery Life

    With the 2 AA batteries. You can expect a 5h of screen on time with IR turned off. If you turn on IR and use it continuously you can get around 4h of battery life. Which is pretty good for such a low priced scope.

    Pros

    • Affordable.
    • You can use long-range IR illuminator (separately purchased).
    • Very generous eye-relief.
    • Very lightweight thanks to nylon fiberglass.
    • The battery life is pretty decent.

    Cons

    • The user interface is pretty old at this point.
    • You don't get fancy Bluetooth or WIFI to stream while shooting.
    • For all the traditional scope user the scope has only digital windage, elevation no traditional knobs.

    Pretty impressive night vision scope for such a price if you ask me. But we didn’t want to keep you in dark. That’s why mentioned it has a better/upgraded version of the Photon RT series which offers an impressive 40% resolution increase over the Photon XT. But then again we did mention the price of RT is much higher than the XT series. So if you are budget concerned then this could be a good pick for you.

    Next Part

    Best Night Vision Scope For Rats

    The company Firefield was founded in 2009. Their motive was to provide good hunting equipment for a cheap price so every hunter can afford a good hunting experience. 

    You will run into trouble if you want an impressive Gen 1 night vision scope under 500$ let alone brand new. Firefield did manage to solve that issue. That’s why the NVRS 3×42 exists with the title of best night vision scope. And there are pretty good reasons why it should exist.

    Topic Value
    Magnification 3x
    Diameter Lens 42 mm
    Lens Focus 70 mm
    Relative Aperture 1:1.7
    Field of View 14 Inches
    Minimum Focusing Distance 7m
    Eye Relief 45 mm
    Exit Pupil 6mm
    Diopter Adjustment +4
    Focusing Type of Distance Fixed
    Resolution, Lines Per 30 mm
    Equivalent IR Power 100 mW
    Battery Type 2xAA
    Battery Life, (with IR) 20 Hour
    Battery Life, (w/out IR) 50 Hour
    External Power Supply No
    Reticle Type Red Duplex Reticle
    Mounting Brackets on Weapon Weaver
    Material Lens Glass
    Body Material Titanium Alloy
    Type of Accessory Mounting Rails Weaver
    Operating Temperature 22 to 104F
    Level of Protection IPX4 (weatherproof)
    Nitrogen Purged No
    Remote Control No
    Dimensions 230mm/80mm/85mm
    Warranty Period 3 years
    Weight 30.7oz

    Body Quality

    The scope is made out of strong and durable titanium alloy. You don’t usually find titanium made shell for such a cheap price. But Firefield did say their motive was to provide the best possible outcome for a cheap price. They are doing it big on the main stage.

    I have praised titanium enough already. You can sleep at night knowing that your scope is shockproof, waterproof and weatherproof. Weighing just below 1kg might seem like its heavy. But it is not that heavy once you get used to it. 

    Optics Quality

    As this is a Gen 1 scope not digital. It doesn’t have any kind of sensors to capture photos and feed them into the LCD. This scope is like traditional scopes You see what you see. With the exception of IR illuminator which helps you see at night. Making it a night vision riflescope. The built-in IR illuminator has a range of around 80yards.

    Which is not that much. But you get the option of easily changing it to a long-range IR illuminator. All you have to do is buy an IR illuminator separately and add it to scope by mounting it on the weaver rail. But please don’t go overboard. With 3x magnifications, you don’t need more than 300 yards of IR range. 

    The scope is splash resistant and nitrogen purged. So you won’t be seeing any kind of fogging during cold weather.

    Don’t sight in the scope during day time:

    That is correct. The best possible time to sight in the scope is during dusk or night. If you sight in the scope during day time make sure the sun is behind you. Don’t sight in the scope facing the sun. it might damage the scope permanently.

    Battery Life

    Probably one of the best we have seen in an NVRS scope. NVRS stands for night vision riflescope. The scope has a battery life of approx 22h with IR illuminator turned on. Which is excellent if you ask me. 22h battery life without any battery pack is excellent.

    Pros

    • Strong and durable titanium alloy body.
    • Quick-release Weaver mounting rail.
    • Up to 22h of battery life.
    • Very cheap price for a Gen 1 NVRS scope.
    • Very compact and short in length.
    • Waterproof and fog proof.

    Cons

    • You can run into a sighting issue.
    • If you do run into any kind of issue you might end up with black specks.

    It’s a best Gen 1 night vision rifle scope. At current times it is really hard to find a Gen 1 scope for under 500$. Firefield made sure the price is not an issue. You can get the scope for as cheap as 300$ by simply clicking on our link below.

    We are almost at the end of the top 10 best night vision riflescope reviews. Just bear with us for a couple of more minutes. 

    Next Part

    Best Night Vision Scope For Hunting

    Another Sightmark? To answer that question you can never have enough Sightmark!

    -Well, that was supposed to be funny. It sounded funny in my head. You know what forget you read that part and move on.

    Topic Value
    Generation 1
    Tube Type EP33-U
    Photocathode Type S25 Multi-Alkaline Photocathode
    Photocathode, Useful Diameter 24
    Resolution Per Lines 36 mm
    Magnification 2x
    Objective Lens Diameter 24mm
    Field of View 132 ft at 100 Yards
    Minimum Focusing Distance 3.2ft
    Eye Relief 12 Inches
    Diopter Adjustment ±5
    Power Supply 3V
    Battery Type 2x AA
    Battery Life, (with IR) 20 Hour
    Battery Life, (w/out IR) 72 Hour
    IR illuminator Power 75
    Body Material Glass-filled Nylon Composite
    Tripod Mount 1/4 Inch
    Nitrogen Purged No
    Waterproof Rating IPX3 (Weatherproof)
    Dimensions 139 x 74 x 57 (LHD)
    Weight, (w/ battery) 8.8 Oz

    Build Quality

    Glass-filled nylon. Which is a great material to make scopes. It doesn’t cost that much. Stays super lightweight.

    The glass-filled nylon composite is far better than the plastic build. You are not missing much from the aluminum build. Except maybe the large recoil hit absorb feature. It’s a chunky scope. That goes without saying. But as the building material is so lightweight the scope without battery weighs just 8.8 oz.

    Optics Quality

    This is not a digital night vision scope. You get your optics and the IR illuminator makes the night time hunting possible. The optics are made out of glass and the scope has an S25 multi-alkaline photocathode coating.

    The optics are clear. As clear as a sub 300$ scope can get. One downside the inside of the scope is not nitrogen purged. But the scope is IPX3 certified weatherproof.

    Gen 1 Night Vision

    Gen 1 night vision scopes are rare to find, to begin with. But you are getting a best gen 1 night vision scope for such a cheap price. You should consider this a great deal.

    The way it works is, it amplifies the light several thousand times. Leaving you with a clear picture. Thus making night time hunting possible.

    We are not going to lie but there is geometric distortion around the edges. But the scope has only 2x magnification. So the distortion is not massive. When you turn off the Gen 1 feature the scope might glow a green light for a couple of seconds. Don’t worry your scope is not dead. It’s a characteristic that all the Gen 1 scopes have.

    Battery Life

    This is one of the key selling points of the scope. The battery life of the riflescope is borderline insane. You need 2X AA batteries to powerup the scope. You get a whopping 72 hours of battery life with IR turned off and 20h with IR turned on. 

    It is just beyond excellent battery life for a night vision scope.

    Pros

    • Cheap for Gen 1 night vision scope.
    • Lightweight.
    • Weatherproof.
    • Excellent battery life.

    Cons

    • Fixed 2x zoom.
    • Not nitrogen purged.

    Pretty best night vision scope for the price. Very much recommended for the budget-oriented people. 

    The final and the cheapest product on our list is from the manufacturer named Bestsight. Well, let’s see if they are joking about them being Bestsight. Because after all, this is the top 10 best night vision riflescope review. You have to be the “best” you know. Haha alright, I will see myself out for that bad pun. 

    Next Part

    Best Cheap Night Vision Scope

    To call it an interesting name would be understatement. It’s a riflescope that you need to make it yourself hence the DIY. It is also the cheapest night vision scope on the list. It’s really an interesting little product. 

    It’s bulky. There is a lot of going on. But once you manage to set it up (plenty of video demonstration available on youtube). Honestly, you will love it. 

    To be honest the specifications chart surprised me quite a bit. I wasn’t expecting a nitrogen-purged multi-coated spotter for 90$. 

    Body Quality

    It’s weird is an understatement. I have never seen anything like this ever. But then again the instructions were so easy that I faced zero problems while setting it up. That might have something to do with my experience in the hardware section, especially in computers. 

    We are not here to talk about that. The body is separated into parts. The camera is installed directly on to the eyepiece of the scope. You mount the screen right above the scope. The mounting brackets are 1inch bracket which sits on the scope upside down and you mount your screen on that. 

    The separate parts are metal except the screen. That we are sure of. The screen is plastic. Let’s be real here what kind of monitor has a metal backplate? that 5inch display can be considered as a small monitor in my opinion. 

    IR Quality

    You don’t need the IR to operate in the daytime. But who is gonna buy a night vision scope to only use during the daytime? No one. You need a separate 18650 battery to power up the IR illuminator. You just set it in front of the monitor and at the edge of the objective lens of the scope. And you are done. You made your a night vision riflescope on your own. 

    The quality of the IR flashlight and the Bestsight DIY camera is something else. You see your subjects on a bigger screen and the screen is so clear. Also not forgetting how clear the night time images are.

    Battery

    This complicates stuff a little. You need 3 independent batteries to power the whole system. 2 18650 batteries for the display and one 18650 battery for the IR flashlight. Bestsight recommends you to use the 18650 batteries which have a perky positive (+) side, not the flat ones. 

    But Bestsight does not include any kind of batteries inside the package. You are on your own. You need to buy them separately. 

    So depending on what models of batteries you purchase your screen on time will vary.

    Pros

    • Excellent huge 5" screen.
    • Excellent quality camera.
    • Easy to setup.
    • Useful for both day and night time hunting.
    • Separate IR flashlight so you can upgrade based on your needs.

    Cons

    • It will make the whole rifle relatively heavier than before.
    • Always need to carry batteries for long-duration hunting session.
    • You need to have a riflescope with 1" main tube to set up the night vision equipment.

    The whole kit is an excellent choice if you ask me. The camera the IR illuminator and most importantly the screen is just awesome. There is no complication while installing the scope. It is an excellent choice for budget shoppers.

    Conclusion

    With that said we finish our the top 10 best night vision scope reviews. We can boldly claim this is the only night vision scope guide you need in 2020. Cause we featured from high to low end. & even included some out of the box idea/concepts like the Bestsight DIY night vision riflescope kit.

    We sincerely hope this long read was worth your time. If anything I hope I was able to entertain throughout the read. 

    Thanks a ton for reading cause; it means a lot. And be sure to check the links below the scopes to know the latest price. And buy them if they suit your needs. Don’t forget to share with your friends who might need a guide to get into the amazing world of night vision riflescopes. I will not take any more of your time. Have a great time.

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