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Armasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle Scope With Hunter
May 29

Best Night Vision Scope for Air Rifle

By Archer | Reviews , Rifle Scopes Reviews , Scopes

When I think of night vision devices (NVDs), I think of high paced military operations where soldiers look through grainy, green viewfinders in order to carry out missions. It has always seemed high-tech and unnecessary for civilian use. This is not the case however, and these NVDs are not only becoming necessary, but they are also becoming more available for the general population.

For pesky critters such as hogs and raccoons, night-time hunting is often necessary, and therefore so is the need for a night vision scope to aid visuals.

I will be looking for a few things when choosing my scope. The main factors I will look at will be:

  • Recognition range (the ability to see details on what I’m shooting)
  • Level of magnification
  • Image resolution
  • Infrared (IR) illumination capability
  • Overall practicality

There is a bit to consider, so I’ve chosen 3 mid-range scopes on amazon to help find the best night vision scope for air rifle that I would recommend.

In A Hurry?
The ATN X-Sight II 5-20 Smart Rifle Scope is my favorite out of the 3 scopes, you can check it out on Amazon here.

Best Night Vision Scope for Air Rifle Comparison

Before looking at each of the scopes individually, let’s look at the different technical specifications in one table for easier comparison.

ScopeSightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Rifle ScopeArmasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle ScopeATN X-Sight II 5-20 Smart Rifle Scope
Dimensions (in)17.6 x 4 x 3.810.8 x 3.4 x 3.711.4 x 3.5 x 3.5
Weight (lb)2.332.6
Magnification4.6x3x5-20x
Eye Relief2.4 in-2.6 in
IRBuilt-in LEDDetachable long-rangeBuilt-in LED
Battery4 hrs40 hrs8-12 hrs
Field of View4.3 degrees10.5 degrees5 degrees
Resolution38 lines/mm60-70 lines/mm160 lines/mm
Price (USD$)Check PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Best Night Vision Scope for Air Rifle Comparison Table

Important Key Features

This depends on what kind of shooting I am doing. Some features apply to whatever kind of shooting I am doing, and others are not so important. For example, if I am only shooting at close-range, magnification and recognition range do not have to be extraordinary.

For overall comfort and ease of use, weight, eye relief and battery life are important to look at. If the scope is too heavy, it could upset my shooting style and balance. I would also prefer to not have to worry about my batteries running out while lining up a shot, so long battery life is a plus.

Also a plus, is having a decent amount of distance for eye relief. If the distance is too short, the recoil could cause unnecessary pain.

If I want a scope for close, quick target acquisition, a wide field of view (FOV) is important but not so much if I am shooting over long distances where decent magnification is a must. For night shooting, I want accuracy and knowledge of what I’m shooting, so resolution and recognition range are factors to take into account.

Now I have an understanding of what to look for, I’ll go into detail about each of the scopes.

Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope

Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope Mounted
Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope Front ViewSightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope Close Up Back Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope Close Up Front Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope With Bag

The Sightmark Photon XT 4.6 x 42 delivers bang for buck in this compact package. Its 4.6x magnification allows for longer-range shooting whether I decide to shoot during the day or night. It is not too heavy, so it doesn’t impact my aiming as much as some heavier scopes might.

One feature that really stands out for the Sightmark Photon XT is its reticle system. It comes with 6 reticle options including 2 crossbow reticles, two duplex reticles, a Mil-Dot reticle and a German-style reticle. They also come in 3 different colors, red, white and green, making my shooting experience quite a lot more personalised and applicable to different situations.

The IR illuminator is highly regarded by users of the Photon XT, as quite often an extra illuminator is needed when shooting at night. This built-in LED is definitely up to the task however, with no extra costs going into extra purchases.

There are a couple of drawbacks to be found. The first one is that compared to many new scopes, the Photon XT has a very low battery life (4 hours). This can be offset by taking extra batteries, but I would worry about it cutting off mid-aim.

Another draw-back is that the adjustments are different from other scopes, and are also quite stiff. With a bit of reading and practice this will all but disappear as a problem.

Overall it is great value for money, simple to use and a good competitor!

Click here for the manufactures’ video.

Pros Cons
  • Multiple reticle options
  • Relatively light
  • Great recognition range
  • Simple to use
  • Value for money
  • Video output feature
  • Good magnification
  • Adjustments differ from other scopes
  • Low battery life
  • Low resolution

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Sightmark Photon XT 4.6x42S Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope on Amazon

Armasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle Scope

Armasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle Scope Mounted

Armasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle Scope Front ViewArmasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle Scope Side ViewArmasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle ScopeArmasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle Scope With Hunter

As a dedicated night vision scope, the Armasight Vampire 3x definitely provides a high standard with which to compare other night vision scopes.

Its high resolution (provided by its Ceramic Optical Ruggedized Engine, or CORE) is almost double that of the Photon XT. This gives it an advantage in recognition, working even in challenging light conditions. Its FOV is just over double that of the Photon XT, adding increased ability for quick target acquisition.

The Vampire not only has great IR technology and FOV, but it is also hard-wearing and has a very long battery life of 40 hours. Durability is an absolute must for those of us who seem to drop everything we touch!

Once again, we come to the cons of this scope. First and foremost, if I am looking for a day/night scope, this is not a scope I want to buy. It is very easily damaged by daylight, or any bright light if exposed for long enough.

Secondly, it is very heavy compared to many other scopes. I would have to be willing to practice a fair amount to become used to the extra weight.

All that considered, we have another contender for best night vision scope!

Pros Cons
  • Dedicated night vision scope
  • Great zeroing
  • Long battery life
  • High scope resolution
  • Durable
  • Can’t use during the day
  • Heavy
  • Easily damaged if pointed at bright light

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Armasight Vampire 3x CORE IIT Night Vision Rifle Scope on Amazon

ATN X-Sight II 5-20 Smart Rifle Scope

ATN X-Sight II 5-20 Smart Rifle Scope Front View

Last, but not least, we have the ATN X-Sight II 5-20x. This high-tech, highly functional scope is run by an Obsidian Core II. Having grown up with technology, a night scope with the ability to connect to my device is a plus point.

Features included that most other scopes lack are Wifi, GPS, an E-compass, Micro USB, Micro SD card and Micro HDMI. Magnification is comparable to the Photon XT up to 5x, however it is capable of up to 20x with digital zoom even if it becomes grainy.

Its resolution is superior by far to the aforementioned scopes at a high 160 lines/mm. This is evident in its 1080p recording. I can choose either black and white or green for night vision.

One feature that requires special mention is the one-shot zero. Often it takes a lot of effort to zero a scope, however the X-sight II incorporates technology that allows it to be done in one shot. Fantastic!

While all this technology can be great, it is also a drawback. Set-up will take a lot longer, as will getting used to the system. The scope is also heavier due to all the inclusions, therefore needing aim adjustment.

Time consuming with firmware updates, which have the potential to introduce bugs if phone updates are anything to go by. However this does not seem to be an issue with most users so I’m not too worried.

In summary, the X-Sight II successfully incorporates new technology without sacrificing traditional features.

Click here for the manufacturer’s video.

Pros Cons
  • Multiple reticle options
  • Record in 1080p
  • Ability to save different profiles
  • Makes zeroing easy
  • Continuously improved software with updates
  • Very high scope resolution
  • Updates can often cause errors, bugs
  • Long set-up
  • Difficult to navigate through menus
  • Heavy
  • Extra IR illuminator required

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Click here for reviews of ATN X-Sight II 5-20 Smart Rifle Scope on Amazon

Conclusion

There are some high quality night vision scopes, and deciding which one is a winner for you depends on your intended use. If you are on a tight budget, check out our reviews on cheap night vision scopes for air rifles.

For an easy to use, light and somewhat cheaper scope, the Sightmark Photon XT is a great buy.

I’m wanting a bit more resolution however. It’s a big toss-up between the Vampire and the X-Sight II as both have the resolution I need.

Given that I don’t need much FOV and I love technology, the winner is… The X-Sight II!

Happy night vision scope hunting!

**Hunting in the day? Then check out our review on the best long range rifle scope here.

Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1+ Night Vision Rifle Scope
Apr 23

Cheap Night Vision Scope for AR15

By Archer | Rifle Scopes Reviews , Scopes

I have often been asked this question about how to go about buying a cheap night vision scope for an AR15 in the market and this comprehensive article will answer that.

Some people think that cheap would mean low quality, but what the scopes listed here have good quality and performance along with a friendly budget range.

Here is my selection of scopes based on price, range, IR illumination, and overall performance.

Tор 3 Cheap Night Vision Scope for AR15

  1. Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1

  2. Yukon NVRS Titanium 1.5 x 42
  3. Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1
 Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1Yukon NVRS Titanium 1.5 x 42Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1
Dimensions (in)9 x 3.2 x 3.48.6 x 3.1 x 3.312.7 x 4.6 x 4.1
Weight (lb)1.81.93.7
MaterialTitaniumTitaniumRubberized Aluminum
Magnification3x1.5x5x
Battery2 AA Batteries2 AA BatteriesCR123 A Battery
Price (USD$)Check PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
In A Hurry?
The Firefield FF16001 NVRS is my favorite out of the 3 scopes, you can check it out on Amazon here.

1. Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1 Night Vision Riflescope

Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1 Night Vision Rifle Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1 Night Vision Rifle Scope Front View Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1 With Bag

Price and Range:

With a 3x magnification, you can buy this awesome scope from here.

IR:

The well-earned reputation of this scope owes itself to the amazing magnification, high resolution image quality, and the built in IR illuminator. The scope is ideal for almost all kinds of situations such as hunting, training, and tactical purposes.

Overall Performance:

The Firefield FF16001 NVRS is one of the finest Night Vision Rifle Scopes around. The scope is widely lauded for its excellent design, strong build, superb performance, and its friendly budget range. Making mostly from Titanium, the scope not only lightweight, but also extremely strong and durable. Perfectly suited for rough terrains!

Cons:

The only flaws are that the scope’s mount is not stable enough and difficulty with adjusting the scope’s lever. The mount however, can be easily adjusted and you can tighten the mount a bit to fit your preferences. The lever can cause a little bit of problem for new users but users should get used to it after a while.

I would rate this scope 4.5/10 for its ergonomic design, enhanced illumination, perfect resolution, and its affordable price.

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1 on Amazon

2. Yukon NVRS Titanium 1.5 x 42 Night Vision Rifle Scope, Weaver Mount

Yukon NVRS Titanium 1.5 x 42 Night Vision Rifle Scope

Price and Range:

The Yukon NVRS Titanium is a lightweight, customizable, and versatile Night Vision Scope, offering a 1.5x magnification. Check out the price here.

IR:

The Yukon NVRS Titanium features a Pulse Technology IR illumination which greatly aids you in your varmint hunting endeavors. It also improves the battery life and service life of the scope. The scope comes with a remote control that you can use to turn it on/off if it is placed at a distance.

Overall Performance:

The scope uses a red reticle over a green field view, which you can customize according to your preferences or can even turn it completely off. This helps a lot if you want to use the scope alone to scan the area first.

The scope has a rail system (standard weaver mount) that makes it easy to fit it on a wide array of firearms. The scope allows you to use it with a digital camera, provided you bought the required camera accessories.

Cons:

Cons of this scope are its limited magnification (1.5), and its short field view (20 degrees). The shortness of the field view can be problematic for aiming in some instances, especially if there isn’t enough ambient light.

To sum up, the scope does contain a few minor flaws but those can be disregarded if weighed against pros. My rating for the Yukon NVRS Titanium is 4/5.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Yukon NVRS Titanium 1.5 x 42 on Amazon

3. Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1+ Night Vision Rifle Scope

Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1+ Night Vision Rifle Scope Front View Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1+ Night Vision Rifle Scope Side View Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1+ Night Vision Rifle Scope Attached Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1+ Night Vision Rifle Scope

Price and Range:

This scope offers a stunning 5x magnification, making it well worth the price.

IR:

The Armasight Orion features a powerful IR illuminator that can be detached as and when needed. The IR illuminator offers intense visualization and grants you high levels of precision even in areas where there is little to no ambient light. This illuminator, combined with the variable reticle brightness (which you can set in accordance with the amount of ambience light you receive), offers you unmatchable levels of precision and accuracy even from distance beyond a 100 yards.

The powerful optics of this scope provide high quality resolution and combined with its startling 5x magnification, makes this scope the best pick for nighttime hunting over long distances.

Overall Performance:

This Shock resistant and water resistant night vision scope is perfectly suited for avid varmint hunters. The core material of the scope is rubberized aluminum, equipped with shock resistant optics, contributing towards the high durability of this scope.

The scope has standard rail system which makes it easy to install on most kinds of rifles and firearms. The controls are user friendly and you can easily adjust settings such as elevation and reticle brightness according to your preferences.

Cons:

The major and perhaps the only downside of this scope is its weight. This scope weighs a whopping 1.7 kg making it difficult to handle at time. However its highly efficient and feature-rich scope can compensate for its heavy weight. A minor number of users has also reported screen flickering during usage.

Based on a thorough judgment of its pros, cons, and price, my rating for this scope is 4.5/5

Verdict: 4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Click here for reviews of Armasight Orion 5x Gen 1 on Amazon

So Which Is The Perfect Cheap Night Vision Scope for AR15?

The scopes listed above each have their own pros and cons. Nonetheless, based on its price, durability, functionality, and accuracy, I would absolutely recommend the Firefield FF16001 both for new and seasoned varmint hunters alike.

Got the bucks (pun intended) for a higher end night vision scope? Check out our reviews here.