Must-See Thermal and Night-Vision Optics

Hunters or tactical operators who work the graveyard shift can rely on these top-shelf night-vision optics to turn night into day.

Must-See Thermal and Night-Vision Optics

It’s a cold, hard fact that bad guys prefer to conduct business under the cloak of darkness. And that’s why good guys employ tools that give them an edge when working the night shift. Night-vision optics such as weapon-mounted thermal and IR scopes, thermal binoculars and laser sights are effective for apprehending criminals in the dark of night and for keeping duty officers safe. Thermal imagers can assist them in emergency situations where normal visibility is reduced, impaired or ineffective. Outlaws might be able to hide from sight — especially in the dark — but they cannot hide the heat signature produced by their bodies. And since thermal imagers don’t project a beam of light, suspects are often unaware they are being monitored and officers can observe potential criminal activity from a safe distance. Officers with thermal imagers can also help maintain perimeters when fleeing suspects are confined within a small area, and tactical teams can use thermal imaging equipment to maintain complete surprise over suspects inside a building they are about to breach. Thankfully, when the chips are down, well-equipped operators can engage nighttime prowlers with the confidence that they own the night, by using the latest and greatest in night-vision optics. Here’s an assortment designed to help them effectively take back the night.


AGM Global Vision Adder

AGM Global Vision’s Adder scopes feature advanced thermal technology in a traditional uniform — a great choice for users who want the traditional eye-relief and feel of standard daytime optics integrated into a thermal optics solution to fit their needs. This riflescope features a 384×288 high-sensitivity thermal detector and 1024×768 OLED monitor, which provides clear images under harsh environment conditions. It is equipped with a dual power system that provides up to 15 hours of continuous operation. The device has fast 64GB EMMC storage for on-board video recording and image capturing and a Wi-Fi module for live video streaming, and video/images recording via an application is also available. The Adder can be mounted using standard scope mounts for 30mm tubes. MSRP: Starting at $2,495.


ATN ODIN LT 320 2-4X Thermal Monocular

American Technology Network (ATN) recently launched the ODIN LT series of compact thermal monoculars in six models — ergonomically designed to be used handheld or mounted on a helmet or other piece of headgear. The ODIN LT 320 2-4X features the Obsidian LT core, which provides sharp, crisp images at extended ranges utilizing a single-use CR123A battery or optional rechargeable battery. It has a 19mm objective lens, with a human detection range of 535 meters. The ODIN LT 320 has a 2-4X magnification range and images appear on a 1280x960 pixel screen. It comes with a soft carrying case and is light and easy to pack. MSRP: $1,299.


Bering Optics Super Yoter R

The Super Yoter R compact thermal weapon sight from Bering Optics features advanced 12µm vanadium oxide (VOx) 640x480 core resolution with a 50Hz refresh rate that makes it a great choice for target engagement at medium- and long-range distances. This Wi-Fi-capable thermal scope is available in three models, one with a native magnification of 3X and the others 2X and 1.5X, with a digital zoom of 2X and 4X. It features a low-profile Quick-Detach LaRue Tactical lockable mount, image adjustment options, as well as image background adjustment and calibration features and a unique adjustable stadiametric rangefinder. Available are eight reticle patterns including three BDC reticles, along with four color options for each reticle pattern. MSRP: $3,695-$$4,995.


Black Diamond Optics TH-64L

The Black Diamond Optics TH-64L thermal riflescope features 1024x768 high-resolution image quality, germanium glass, 12um and an NETD less than 35mk. It comes with a customizable reticle and six optional color palettes on an HD OLED display. With a detection reach out to 2,000 yards, it features sharp imagery while being able to range targets from 1.5 to 1,100 yards, and its external video function features PAL WiFi and 32GB of internal storage. The TH-64L’s 50mm objective lens provides an incredible field of view and zoom capabilities of 2X/4X/8X/PIP in a riflescope that weighs only 26 ounces. It has an IP67 waterproof rating, eight hours of battery life and a recoil rating of up to .375 H&H. MSRP: $7,999.


EOTech BinoNV

The EOTech BinoNV is a cutting-edge, compact, lightweight night-vision goggle built to full mil-spec standards. Binocular systems offer better depth perception than single tube systems, making them preferred for navigating on foot or by vehicle and interacting with the environment. Built-in diopter adjustments make this model an ideal choice for special operations forces and SWAT applications. This goggle is fully articulable where the user can flip up each monocular easily and independently. It features a self-contained single AA battery and can also be operated with an external battery pack (optional accessory) for increased operational run time. Other features include an eyecup, sacrificial lens, demist shield, Wilcox G24 helmet mount, lens cleaning kit and protective case. MSRP: $12,499.


InfiRay Outdoor Micro Thermal Imager (pictured above)

iRayUSA’s Micro thermal imager from InfiRay Outdoor weighs less than a pound and fits in the palm of a hand. It can be used with standard helmet mounts or rifle mounted as a standalone optic. The RH25 version can also work in tandem with a day scope to act as a clip-on optic. The Micro also features InfiRay’s latest high performance 12μm sensor technology, Matrix III processing and a manual focus f/1.0 objective lens. It also features iRayUSA’s all new Pictail mounting system, the combination of a standard dovetail shoe and mil-std 1913 Picatinny rail. The Micro comes in two versions, a 640x512 resolution RH25 and 384x288 resolution RL25. MSRP: $2,999/RL25; $5,999/RH25.


Luna Optics LN-G3-RS50

Featuring a digital reticle with five pattern and seven color options, the LN-G3-RS50 riflescope from Luna Optics is optimized for rimfire and small centerfire rounds. The compact and durable aluminum scope offers a Picatinny/Weaver mount as well as an extra rail mounting point for connecting accessories such as lasers or sights. It features a brilliant Q-HD CMOS image sensor and an HD AMOLED-Q widescreen display, delivering high-resolution images in vivid color. Users can save images and videos to a micro-SD memory card or export data via a micro-HDMI port or live stream via a Wi-Fi transmitter. The scope ships with a quick-release rail mount, carry case, daylight color-enhancing filter, 8GB microSD card, USB card adapter, micro-HDMI cable and USB-C cable. MSRP: $879.95.


Night Vision Devices UL BNVD-SG Binocular

At only 475 grams, the Night Vision Devices UL BNVD-SG, ultra-light, dual-tube binocular with Single Gain Control incorporates new high-performance optics that are not only much lighter, but also offer higher performance than standard optics. The UL BNVD-SG features EMI compatibility, full diopter adjustment range (-6 to +2), infrared LED and a close focus range of 9.8 inches. With NVD’s expansive capabilities and strategic partnerships, the optics company can custom build any of its manufactured products with Image Intensifiers from either Elbit Systems of America, Photonis or L3Harris. This includes green and white phosphor and thin or un-filmed image tubes. And like all other NVD products, the UL BNVD-SG also features a 10-year warranty. MSRP: $6,995–$11,195, depending on image intensifier selection.


N-Vision Optics HALO-XRF

N-Vision Optics’ HALO-XRF thermal scope combines a state-of-the-art BAE thermal imaging core with an integrated laser rangefinder with a range up to 1,000 yards, onboard video recording and Wi-Fi connectivity. With built-in video and audio recording, the HALO-XRF eliminates the need for external recorders. Pixel-accurate 60Hz videos are internally captured and stored for later transfer to the user’s PC via a USB connection. Its streaming feature permits the user to stream videos over the Wi-Fi connection and broadcast in real time. The HALO-XRF is designed and built in the USA and features a 50mm F1.1 germanium objective lens and eight reticle options. It operates on two rechargeable 18650 batteries, providing up to seven hours of run time. MSRP: $9,495.


Pulsar Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro Riflescope

Pulsar’s Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro is a potent thermal imaging riflescope that combines a classic, sleek design with a built-in laser rangefinder. Its powerful 640x480 microbolometer resolution detects heat signatures up to 2,000 yards away and displays them on a crisp 1024x768 AMOLED screen. With 10 hours of battery life, this thermal riflescope boasts high-precision, ambidextrous lens focusing and a variable magnification of 2-16X. The included laser rangefinder has a range of up to 875 yards. The Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro features built-in photo and video recording and Wi-Fi connectivity. It has a IPX7 waterproof rating and 10 reticle shapes in nine color modes, picture-in-picture mode and five unique shooting profiles. MSRP: $6,599.99.


Safran Optics 1 ECOTI Clip-On

The Safran ECOTI clip-on adds a thermal overlay to the image intensified (I2) NVD scene without modification of existing hardware. It can be used in extreme low-light, no-light or foliated conditions where I2 devices are limited. ECOTI improves situational awareness and increases threat detection capabilities. Its low power consumption, thermal sensor technology and high-performance optics integrate seamlessly to provide long-wave infrared capability. With the ability to mount on NVDs with a bracket, the need to refit helmets with special equipment is eliminated. It also comes in two configurations, one with an internal battery and one with an external battery. The ECOTI has HUD (Heads Up Display) capability that provides real-time, geo-referenced navigation/route execution and is commercially available exclusively through TNVC. MSRP: Price varies by model.


Sightmark Wraith 4K Mini 2-16x32mm Riflescope

The Wraith 4K Mini 2-16x32mm digital riflescope combines Sightmark’s rugged quality with advanced digital optic technology, detecting objects up to 300 yards away in the darkest of nights and displaying them on a flawless 1280x720 FLCOS screen. Although it’s extremely light and compact, the Wraith 4K Mini features big-time capabilities. Its built-in recorder produces AVI-format videos in 1080p or 4K resolution, ensuring every shooting sequence is captured and preserved in incredible detail. It also boasts 8X digital zoom, full-color HD imaging during the daytime and digital night-vision mode. With an 850nm IR illuminator and first focal plane reticle options, the Wraith 4K Mini enables shooters to locate and engage targets, near or far, with speed and precision. MSRP: $799.97.


Sig Sauer Electro-Optics Echo3

The compact, lightweight Echo3 thermal reflex sight utilizes Sig Sauer BDX technology to capture images and record video in eight different color palettes. Available in 1-6X and 2-12X magnification options, the Echo3 can be used with nine different onboard SmartBDC ballistic holdover reticles or it can be paired with any KiloBDX rangefinder. The Echo3 features a motion-activated MOTAC display that powers up when it senses motion, and its two CR123 lithium batteries provide more than six hours of continuous runtime. It includes a quick-disconnect mount, easy-to-adjust zoom lens with throw lever attachment, and six brightness settings. MSRP: $3,899.99/1-6X; $5,199.99/2-12X.


Trijicon IR-Hunter

Trijicon’s IR-Hunter thermal riflescope features improved system controls for faster system response and reduced lag, while a new manual focus adjustment for 60mm versions provides improved image quality at all distances. The main housing is constructed from forged 7075 aluminum and features an updated top-loading internal battery compartment for faster access, a slimmer profile and increased durability. Its quick-release mounting system featuring Trijicon Q-LOC technology provides multiple mounting locations to affix a scope rapidly and reliably in the dark. This feature also decreases sight-in time and rounds fired with “return to zero” repeatability. The IR-Hunter has improved reticle choices, and all Trijicon Electro Optics thermal scopes feature 640x480 resolution and 12-micron thermal sensors with 60Hz frame rates. MSRP: $6,694/24mm; $7,724/35mm; $9,269/60mm.


Viridian HS1 Laser Sighting Device

Viridian’s new HS1 is the world’s first AR hand stop with integrated laser sighting device. Featuring M-Lok mounting, grip activation buttons, adjustable windage and elevation and an ergonomic design, the HS1 is the perfect accessory for any tactical firearm. The uniquely placed pressure-activated button makes the HS1 ideal for use on AR-style firearms because the laser can be activated when the shooter is using a variety of grip styles. The shooter gets all the protection of a hand stop while utilizing a highly visible red laser sight for aiming. Other features include automatic activation, rail mounting and a range of up to 100 yards during daylight and 2 miles at night. MSRP: $129.


Zeiss DTI 3/25 Thermal Camera

The Zeiss DTI 3/25 thermal imaging camera delivers highly detailed images that allows users to accurately identify their targets. Its high-resolution HD LCOS display combined with 0.5 zoom increments produce detailed images for reliable spotting, and a triangular button layout and the specific arrangement of the buttons allow the controls to be identified quickly and accurately, even in the dark and with gloves on in cold conditions. The DTI 3/25 thermal imaging camera can be connected to the Zeiss Hunting app via Wi-Fi to manage and share photos and videos as well as livestream, complemented by an LED screen that can be switched off manually. MSRP: $2,799.99.


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