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What are the Differences Between Night Vision Devices?

Which night device is best? What are the pros and cons of: A Night Vision Scope? Night Vision Goggles? Night Vision Binoculars? A Night Vision Monocular? Night Vision Clip-on Systems?

The choices may be overwhelming if this is your first time shopping for a night vision device. We’ve created a comparison of the most popular night vision devices to help you understand what each one is typically used for and the pros and cons of each. We understand that a night vision device is a big investment and we want you to be educated before buying. This is a very big decision you are making and the right night vision device will have a positive effect on your night vision experience for years to come.

Let’s get started:

Night Vision Scope:
A night vision scope mounts on your rifle or weapon.

Use: Most customers purchase a night vision scope for long range night hunting.

Pros: A good night vision scope gives the user a great image and has the most reliable construction.

Cons: Night vision scopes are typically larger and heavier than most other night vision devices.

Night Vision Clip On System:
A night vision clip on system mounts in front of your existing daytime scope.

Use: Most commonly used for long range night hunting.

Pros: Great for when you need both day and night capability but cannot carry two rifles. Also a great convenience of not having to re-zero your scope when you switch from a night vision to daytime.

Cons: The night vision clip on systems do not gather as much light as a dedicated night vision scope.

Night Vision Goggles:
Night vision goggles allow both eyes to view at the same time with no magnification.

Use: Night vision goggles are an excellent choice if you are in need of night vision for shorter duration navigation and stationary observation activities.

Pros: Night vision goggles offer great depth perception. This improves your ability to navigate when using them.

Cons: They are less versatile due to increased size and weight makes them less versatile.

Night Vision Binoculars:
A night vision device that has two eyepieces with magnification built in.

Use: Night vision binoculars were designed primarily to magnify images at a longer distance while remaining stationary.

Pros: We believe that night vision binoculars are the best night vision choice when viewing objects from longer distances.

Cons: Unfortunately the majority of night vision binoculars have a fixed magnification. This means that they are always zoomed in which makes objects that are close in proximity appear too large.

Night Vision Monocular:
A single eye unit that has no magnification.

Use: A night vision monocular can be mounted on rifle scopes, weapons and cameras. This makes them an extremely versatile choice.

Pros: The most versatile of the night vision devices. A night vision monocular is light in weight and small enough to be carried in a shirt pocket. Using a night vision monocular will allow you to easily switch from one eye to the other. This helps you maintain a better awareness of your surroundings. A night vision monocular ideal for head mounting and many higher generation monoculars can be attached to rifle scopes and spotting scopes.

Cons: Many users complain that having night vision in one eye at a time does not feel natural.


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