The 10 Best Monoculars With Night Vision

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This wiki has been updated 13 times since it was first published in March of 2019. With the right technology, it's possible for humans to see in the dark, which is especially helpful if you're a hunter, a wildlife observer, or a paintball player. Here are some of the most powerful, durable, and cost-effective night vision monoculars available, with a range of features including mounting system compatibility, high-contrast modes, and recording capabilities. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best monoculars with night vision on Amazon.

10. BestGuarder WG-50

9. PRG Defense Wolf-14

8. Pulsar Recon X970

7. Bushnell Equinox Z

6. Pulsar Challenger GS

5. Carson MiniAura

4. BestGuarder NV-500

3. Pulsar Digiforce X970

2. SiOnyx Aurora

1. Night Owl iGen

Editor's Notes

April 05, 2019:

Whether you're new to night vision or you've spent an entire tour of duty staring down a vacuum-sealed tube, it's important have realistic expectations when you're looking for a monocular. They run the gamut from relatively inexpensive to incredibly highly priced, and for the most part, you get what you pay for. If you've never used one of these devices before, realize that the field of view isn't going to be very similar to your smartphone's camera, at least not on the lower end of the budget. On the other hand, if you're hoping to watch out for deer 500 yards away, a $100 battery-powered spyglass most likely won't get you where you want to be.

If you just want something handy that will help you see a respectable area in front of you in the dark, the Carson MiniAura is a pocket-size option whose price can't be beat. The BestGuarders are an interesting option because they're relatively affordable and capable of recording directly to a microSD card. But if you don't want to spend a fortune (and if you're not planning on attaching it to a weapon, helmet, or head strap), the Night Owl iGen is awfully tough to top. Its proprietary imaging method produces contrast levels that some users compare to $2000 models. If you're willing to spend a little bit more and you're specifically interested in realistic image quality, consider the SiOnyx, which is one of the very few that can record in color, as well as at 60 frames per second. It's a bit pricey, but full-color night vision is something else.

If you WILL be using it to track down furry and delicious creatures, your choice should be determined partially by budget. The Pulsar Challenger, DigiForce, and Recon offer exceptional performance at low, mid-level, and moderately high prices, while the PRG Defense Wolf-14 is a high-end unit that fits the definition of military-grade well. If you need higher performance than the Wolf-14 can provide, it's likely that your specialized use case will necessitate in-depth research into the various specific models crafted to the PVS-14 specifications, in which case, PRG Defense or Armasight may have you covered, but for somewhere around $3000 or more.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on April 10, 2019 by Christopher Thomas

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