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The Night Vision Scope is the hunters ultimate tool when shooting in
the dark. A Night Vision Scope uses an Image Intensifier Tube (IIT) to
amplify photons of light in order to give the shooter a clear picture
even in the darkest conditions. We have a huge range
of Night Vision Scopes in stock and order in. These range from entry
level Gen 1 Night Vision Sights through to Military Grade Gen 3 Night
A Night Vision Scope can come in the form of a dedicated rifle scope,
a digital rifle scope or a clip-on night vision device. Clip-on night
vision devices add a huge range of versatility to an existing set up.
Night vision monoculars, or scopes, like many users prefer, are available as analog or digital devices. They are also available with fixed 1x magnification, or with a magnified picture with various magnifications like 2x, 3x, 4x, and so on.
ones with a fixed 1x magnification are mainly designed for the military
and other special forces, to be used as helmet-mounted devices.
Devices with a magnification, on the other hand, are mainly used by hunters
for observing animal life during the night. Because of the bigger
magnification, it is possible to spot and identify animals even at
bigger distances. The field of view is smaller with bigger
magnifications, but the detail recognition increases.
Monoculars with a fixed 1x magnification offer a wide
field of view, which is especially important for small distance
observing like streets, forests, or even rooms. With 1x magnification,
the user can also aim through a rifle mounted optic, and because of that, many red dot manufacturers offer their optics also with a night vision illumination. Since the optic does not feature any magnification, the user can also walk during the night or even drive a car, etc.
Analog night vision scopes are available with image intensifier tubes of all 3 common generations, and the newer the generation, the more expensive they get.
Also digital night vision monoculars are getting very popular, especially because of the price/quality ratio. They also have some advantages, but also disadvantages against analog NV monoculars.
Fred Eichler talks with ATN director of marketing Chip Fong about thermal and night vision scopes. They discuss the difference between the two platforms as well as the difference between all the generations of night vision (Gen.1, Gen.2, Gen.3, Gen.4). They also discuss cost and give you some real world examples.
When looking to buy night vision devices, chances are you can get everything you need by going for generation 2 or generation 3 monoculars or binoculars (when available). But the same method can’t be used for night vision rifle scopes.
Riflescopes are held to a different standard because they are used differently. While other devices are used as observation tools, scopes are used to see and hit a target. Even within the same generation, a variety of factors can spell the difference between a mediocre night vision scope and an excellent scope.
When in the market for a rifle scope for night vision, look out for these quality factors to make sure you get what you really need.