Most avid hunters or outdoor enthusiasts who love being in the hills, glassing or hunting as far as the eye can see, have heard of the names such as Swarovski, Leica, Leupold or even Nikon. But those people who also have the same love of being outside but have that nocturnal bug and love getting outside when it is dark, have heard of Sightmark, Armasight and even Pulsar.
Sightmark, Armasight and Pulsar all have the exact same thing in common; they produce exceptional night vision equipment.
Unfortunately hunting/shooting at night is pretty much like my wedding was, extremely expensive, but because my wife is over my shoulder reading this as I type, it was well worth every penny!! Night vision is on the pricey side, however, as long as it is legal to hunt or shoot at night in your state, it will be well worth every cent you invest, especially if you will be using it for varmint control.
If you want to get into the nighttime game, it is understandable that you will want to do your homework and pick out the exact style of scope, along with a price tag that works best for you.
The Armasight WWZ 4X Night Vision Gen 1 is right there in affordability at around $400.00. It is a shock protected style of scope with 4X magnification. It has an illuminated red cross reticle. It is set up with water resistant housing and has a detachable long range infrared illuminator. It is powered by one CR123 Lithium 3V or one CR123 rechargeable battery that has a voltage of 3.2V. The specs of this scope say that the battery will last 40 hours, but in all actuality people are noticing that the real time battery usage life is closer to 15 hours, so make sure to have an extra battery or two in your pocket whenever you are out in the field.
If your pocketbook is a touch deeper, then the Pulsar N750 Digisight Riflescope would be a scope to look at. Coming in at around $1,400.00 the Pulsar N750 has a build in laser IR illuminator along with a three step power adjustment. This scope is also resistant to bright light exposure. It is set up with an additional Weaver rail on its side for any extra accessory you might want to have with you. Powered by four AA batteries this powerful scope is a great addition for any high powered rifle or even your AR-15.
If you are looking for a scope that is less bulky, than the Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Riflescope might be the scope for you. It is longer than most scopes at 17.6 x 4 x 3.8 and is close to 30% lighter than other digital night vision scopes out there. With a price of around $500.00, it falls back into a more reasonable category for cost. It is powered by two AA batteries and has a 4.6X42 magnification.
The saying of “you get what you pay for” does mean something when it comes to optics. But, anyone who is just getting into the sport may not realize the difference between a $500.00 scope and a $5,000.00 scope. It just depends what features you are looking for, and if you will be hunting animals or just target shooting.