Night vision can be a valuable tool for a variety of uses. Night vision scopes for hunting offer the highest possible quality. Binoculars can also be useful for hunting and other tactical sports or operations. Monoculars likewise offer users the most affordable way to see in the dark, but also have utility. In this list we have included everything from top of the line hunting scopes to a simple barebones (but useful) IR monocular, and many binoculars in between. No matter your needs, there should be a night vision tool for you.
Here are our top 10 night vision tools from highest to lowest price.
1. Armasight Vampire 3X Rifle Scope
For those who need a top of the line scope, this Armasight boasts great telephoto range (105mm) and is praised as a killer product at ranges up to and above 100 yards. This is the top of the line for night vision scopes. It has a well-lit reticule, and mounts on a standard weaver rail. Users love it for its excellent build quality, water-resistance, and all around consistency. For those looking to hunt at night, this is a superb product.
- Detachable long range rifle scope
- Water and fog-resistant
- Mounts to standard weaver rail
- Brightly illuminated reticule
- 108mm f1.5 scope
- Praised as killer product for hunting at even 100+ yards
- One user had an issue with the battery life
- One user found quality insufficient
2. Bushnell Lynx Binoculars
For those looking to see clearly with both eyes, these Bushnell binoculars have excellent optics and great build quality. With a bright built-in IR system illuminating up to 90 yards, they let one cut through darkness. Binoculars are much more comfortable to use than scopes and monoculars, and Bushnell products are known for their high-quality. Users praise these binoculars as lightweight, sturdy, and effective. That said, they are not ideal for daytime use. A small percentage of users had issues with focusing and quality while the sun was out.
- High quality optics with stunning quality
- Built in IR illuminator up to 90 yards
- 2.5x magnification
- Praised as lightweight, easy to use
- A few users found quality unacceptable
- One user had an issue with vision during the day, claiming image was blurry
3. Bestguarder Night Vision Binocular
For those who can settle for less optical quality than the Bushnell’s, but want to capture their night vision sights, these Bestguarder Binoculars offer excellent optics, great value, and acceptable range (1150 feet). Users found the battery life solid, and the build quality to be very decent. One user had an issue with the brightness of the IR light; this could give away one’s position in a hunting or tactical scenario. Otherwise, users love the images and footage these binoculars produce at a reasonable price. They record five megapixels photographs and 720p video.
Price: $399.99 (20 percent off MSRP)
- Records 5 megapixel photos and 720P videos
- SD card record images and videos
- Long lasting li-on battery power
- Praised as great value
- Range described as up to 1150 feet
- On bright IR mode, one’s location would be revealed due to glow
- Not the best range
4. Firefield Night Vision Riflescope
For those who don’t need a top of the scope, the Firefield Night Vision scope is a great value. It attaches to a standard weaver mount, has built in infrared, and still has a very competent range of 50 yards. Users love its reticule brightness adjustment and that it uses AA batteries, for quick and easy replacement. One con that may bother some: it is a bit on the heavy side. Otherwise, this is a great affordable scope option for those who need night vision hunting abilities.
- High 3x magnification
- Ergonomic design with built-in IR
- Quick detach weaver mount
- Customizable and incremental reticle brightness adjustment
- Praised as a great alternative to more expensive scopes
- AA batteries easy to replace
- 50 yard effective range
- One user had issue with black dots
5. Bestguarder Night Vision Monocular
The monocular version of the Bestguarder Binoculars offers a much lower price with many of the same features. It might not be as easy to use as its dual-eyed big brother, but beyond this it offers similar capturing capabilities of five megapixel photos and 720p footage. Similarly, it’s powered by AA batteries, and has a great build quality. The IR illuminator also has a solid range. The biggest problem with the binocular vs the monocular is that the monocular just isn’t as comfortable. Some users found the eyecup to be too rigid; a problem not seen on the binoculars.
Price: $259.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
- Five megapixel photo and 720p video recording built-in
- IR illuminator has range of 1150 feet
- Powered by four AA batteries
- Rugged, water-resistant housing
- Praised as decent value
- Optical quality is poor, not comparable to real camera
- Some users had issues with quality control
- Field of view is very small
- Eye cup isn’t very comfortable
6. Bushnell Equinox Z Nightvision
For those who want a versatile pair of binoculars, the Bushnell Equinox Z’s have a slew of features. While they do burn batteries quick (requiring four AAs), one can use a mini-USB cable and a battery pack to keep them on all night long (Browse Amazon for top-rated battery packs).
Other features include day and nighttime use, the ability to be mounted on a pic rail or tripod. Users had some minor gripes, namely with the placement of the off/on switch and if one is farsighted, it will be difficult or impossible to sufficiently adjust the optics to allow for clear vision. Beyond this, however, users found these binoculars to be a great value.
- Tripod mounted
- Operates on four AA batteries
- Day or nighttime use
- IR illuminates up to 500 feet
- Mounts onto pic rail
- Can be powered by mini-USB
- One user had an issue with the placement of the on/off button
- Eyepiece not sufficiently adjustable for a few users such as those who are farsighted
- On a tripod, TV out is blocked
- IR glow is brighter than some users desired
7. Firefield Nightfall 2 Monocular
With great magnification, ergonomics, and a price that’s tough to beat, this is a great monocular for users looking to experiment with night vision. Users love its range and optical quality. It’s praised as an affordable price for a high quality, fun piece of gear. It uses two AA batteries and is a fun way to get started seeing in the night.
Price: $175 (42 percent off MSRP)
- High magnification
- Ergonomic design
- Praised as a great bargain
- Users pleased with range and optical quality
- Crisp picture
- Takes two double AA batteries
- Very small percentage of users had issues with black spots
- One user had focus problems
8. Solomark Night Vision Monocular
For those who want to capture night footage at a low price, the Solomark Monocular offers great value. It allows one to take pictures and video. Most users say the quality is only acceptable, but it can be cool to save your visions of the night nonetheless. For those on a budget, it offers solid illumination (up to 100 meters), and is a great way to get started using and recording with night vision.
- Two year limited warranty
- Requires 4 AA batteries
- Illuminates up to 100 meters
- Praised as great affordable, entry-level night vision
- Included MicroSD card is terrible
- One user had an issue with the sensor cap
- Photo mode is very poor quality, video mode only delivers acceptable results
9. Xgen 2.1x Digital Night Vision
Boasting better quality than the above, this Xgen monocular is great for trying night vision at a low price, but it lacks any recording ability. It’s a no frills monocular that the vast majority of users found reliable and fun to use. A few users had issues with the lens cap, but this is easily remedied using a soft piece of cloth or similar covering. This monocular won’t blow anyone’s mind with optical quality, but if you are looking for a small gift or to test the waters, it can be a neat toy.
Price: $105.98 (29 percent off MSRP)
- Praised as great value
- 20mm lens
- Uses three AA batteries
- Decent scope at a decent price
- A small percentage of users had durability issues
- Some say the lens cap doesn’t fit
10. Carson MiniAura Digital NightVision
For those who need absolutely no frills, including the classic green look of normal night vision, this Carson camera offers solid optics but everything is in black and white (no green here). While it’s by no means a professional tool, users say it’s perfect as a fun gift for kids and budding fans of tactics. It uses three AA batteries so keeping it charges is straightforward. It also allows for variable IR intensity, meaning one can have fun being stealthy if they so please.
- Black and white, simple night vision
- One year limited warranty
- Includes carrying pouch and wrist strap
- Adjustable intensity of IR
- Uses three AA batteries
- Loved as a fun toy
- Some users had issues with the focus
- One user bought it to aid in navigating because of “night blindness” and found it useless
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