Binoculars with night vision

How does night vision binoculars work?

Usually, people use night vision devices for hunting, terrain orientation, watch night animals and so one. In other words, they use it in outdoor. There must be the moonlight or light of stars. The principle of night vision devices work is the increase of rushlight, which is not enough for our eyes. Any night vision binocular does not work in absolute darkness without special assistance. If you stay in a closed room without windows or any least sources of light, your night vision device won’t help you if only it uses infrared light.

Depending on using infrared light or not night vision binoculars can be divided into two types: Active and Passive.

Night vision binocular consists of three parts: Optical, electronic and another one Optical.

  • The optical part represents an objective lens, which gathers elements of light, photons, and focuses them on the main part of a device – on an electron-optical converter. A special form and optical cover of lenses help to minimize optical distortions. Regular glasses have covering like this.
  • A basic element of the device is an electron-optical converter, calling “photomultiplier tube” (PMT). Its main function is to convert photons into electrons, intensify them and convey on a fluorescent screen. In our days, there are several generations of the photomultiplier tubes: from 1st to 4th, and also Filmless, WPT, CORE, and Digital.
  • And, finally, an ocular increases the small image and you can see it.

What about night vision binoculars with an infrared illuminator? These devices are supplied with a flashlight that emits radiation in an infrared spectrum. Human eyes cannot see it.

Review of night vision binoculars

Usually, night vision binocular has 2.5–4.5x optic magnification and objectives 35–50 mm, designed for gathering more light. It works on batteries and can function without charging during 5–8 hours. In real life, it is necessary that its body would have a defense cover against dust, moisture, and dirt.

Modern high-tech devices can provide not only a clear image at night but also a high-resolution photo and video. These models are supplied by a camera and they are more expensive than a regular night vision binocular. Plus, they can be supplied by Wi-Fi, rangefinder, and compass. These binoculars represent a huge multifunctional set for all occasions.

Let’s do a short review of top-5 night vision binoculars for the beginning of 2019.

Night vision binocular Pulsar Edge G3 3.5×50

Built-in camera

  • Magnification: 3.5
  • Objective diameter: 50 mm
  • Field of view: 20 m/100m
  • PMT generation: I+
  • IR-light: yes
  • Range distance: 220 m
  • Dimensions: 233x122x71 mm
  • Weigh: 1,4 kg
  • Average price:

One of the most popular night vision binoculars, that is used in different areas: in the security, hunting, military games and traveling. The point is in its high specifications: 3.5 magnification, big range distance in 220 meters and high-quality optic, giving a clear and sharp image. Users say that the binocular is able to keep clearness and high detailing even on big distance. Objective lenses have a special multilayered cover, which protects you from patches of light and flare. The device has an infrared light that allows you to use it even in outer darkness. Another one benefit of this model is the ability to function long, really long: if a backlight is switched off, it can work for 50 hours without charging.

Digital night vision binocular Bushnell Equinox Z 4×50

Incredible magnification and defense

  • Magnification: 4–12x
  • Objective diameter: 50 mm
  • Field of view: 12–4 m/100m
  • IR-light: yes
  • Range distance: 230 m
  • Waterproof: IPX4
  • Temperature: -10…+45 °C
  • Battery life: till 10 hours in the afternoon / till 5 hours in the night
  • Dimensions: 180x160x71 mm
  • Weight: 0.73 kg
  • Average price:

Incredible magnification with big objective lenses, which give a wide angle of view. With these binoculars, you can not only discover the Earth but also make video and photo and transfer an image on a monitor! You will be able to enjoy day and night viewing (black-and-white image at night and color in the afternoon). It does not matter, where you are: in Alaska or in Africa, in the rain or snow, your Equinox Z is designed to handle flawlessly under any conditions. The device has 15 levels of display brightness and infrared illuminator with 3 levels of intensity. You can transfer photo and video via USB, video output or micro SD (32 GB maximum).

Digital night vision binocular ATN BinoX HD 4–16x

The best for navigation and hunting.

HD-video, 3D gyroscope, rangefinder, Wi-Fi, e-compass, IOS & Android Apps

  • Magnification: 4–16x
  • Objective diameter: 65 mm
  • Core: ATN Obsidian
  • Field of view: 220 ft/1000 yards
  • Waterproof: IPX4
  • Battery life: 6–8 hours
  • IR-light: yes
  • Range distance: 230 m
  • Operating temperature: -10…+45 C
  • Dimensions: 208x127x59 mm
  • Weight: 714 g
  • Average price:

It is not only a night vision binocular – It is the whole observation station! It has 4x optical magnification and up to 16x digital. High-quality lenses and an ATN Obsidian core give a sharp, clear image. Thanks to a 3-D gyroscope, an image remains stable in spite of inevitable trembling of hands. This is especially useful for birdwatchers. Photo or video can be recorded in HD quality and transferred on a monitor via Wi-Fi. You can choose green or black-and-white color for night vision or use the device on a sunny day too. The binoculars ATN BinoX perfectly fits for travelers and hunters: it has a built-in compass and a rangefinder.

Night vision binocular Yukon Tracker 2×24

An inexpensive lightweight, compact night vision binocular with IR illuminator. Water and fog resistant, for day and night.

  • Magnification: 2x
  • Objective diameter: 24 mm
  • PMT: generation I
  • A range of view: 200 yards
  • An angle of view: 30⁰
  • Resistance: fog and drop
  • Battery life: up to 20 hours
  • IR-illuminator: yes
  • Dimensions: 173x123x72 mm
  • Weight: 600 g
  • Average price:

The best choice for hiking and distant expedition. Yukon Tracker 2×24 is compact and durable. It has not high magnification but can boast of its wide field of view. You can use it day and night, and it’s not afraid of outer darkness: with its IR illuminator, the Tracker can lead you through the deep forest if even stars do not gleam. Objective lenses are supplied by multilayer coat, which gives the light and clear image. The device is able to live long without charging – up to 20 hours.

Night vision binocular Night Owl NOB5X

High price for excellent quality.

  • Magnification: 5x
  • Objective diameter: 50 mm
  • PMT: generation I
  • A range of view: 200 yards
  • An angle of view: 15⁰
  • Waterproof: no
  • Battery life: 20 hours
  • IR-illuminator: yes
  • Dimensions: 198x147x74 mm
  • Weight: 1 kg
  • Average price: 500$

This device has large optic magnification – 5x. It is really strong for night vision binocular! Two huge objective lenses are made of high-quality exclusive multi-element glass. They are able to gather maximum light for the bright and crisp image. Along with Gen I Night Owl NOB5X gives an extremely clear view. Night Owl’s advantage is not only in optic but in precision mechanics and ergonomic design too. Thanks to built-in IR-illuminator, you can hunter even in the moonless night. See far and sharp with Night Owl NOB5X when darkness falls!

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