Choosing the Top Optics for Night Hunt

Choosing the Top Optics for Night Hunt

Choosing the best night vision scope for a night time hunt can seem like a daunting task. There are many factors that should play into your choice when buying a night vision scope. Most importantly, you will want to consider the quality and the features of the scope. Some scopes are great for beginners and can help you learn the ropes when first using night vision, especially if you have relied on your natural night vision and the moonlight in the past. On the other hand, expert night vision scope users will look for advanced, military grade features that enhance every element of a night hunt.

How Does Night Vision Work

According to Explain This Stuff, night vision works in a variety of simple step:

  1. Dim light enters the lens of the monocular or goggle. This light is made of particles of light in all colors.
  2. As the particles of light enter the goggles, they hit a light-sensitive surface called a photocathode, which converts the particles to electrons.
  3. The electrons are amplified by a photomultiplier.
  4. The electrons leaving the photomultiplier hit a phosphor screen, and create tiny flashes of light.
  5. Since there are many more particles than originally entered the lens, the screen gives off a brighter version of the original.

Night Vision vs Thermal Vision

Thermal vs Night Vision

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Thermal vision is different in that it allows you to see if there is heat coming from an object. This can be very helpful when your surroundings all seem to be the same or it is extremely foggy. The thermal equipment will let allow you to differentiate the area from the potential prey. Additionally, thermal vision may be a better option for twilight or dawn hunting as it may be too much light for the night vision.

There are many thermal and nigh vision products and accessories created by PRG Defense that you should take will you while night hunting or even hunting during the day.

How to Choose the Right Night Optics

You cannot just visit a specialty store to choose a night vision option for hunting without doing some research first. You need to know the various features of each product. You can also check several brands and their reputations which should aid in making you decision. Here are a couple of things to consider when comparing night vision options.


Quality optics will provide you with a great resolution that will allow you to see even from a distance. The clearer the object that you are trying to hunt, the easier it will be for you to hit your target. A lot of the high-quality optics that are being sold in the market have gone through rigorous testing before they are released.

How Long the Optics Can Be Used 

Night optics would require the use of batteries for power. Newer models’ battery life have been extended and in some cases can work for more than 24 hours without recharging. You should always know exactly how many hours your night vision will last so you aren’t out on a hunt when the battery dies.


No matter what people say, this is still something that you will want consider before you pick the right night optics. If you cannot afford the night vision scope that is being recommended to you, you can always search for cheaper alternatives that will also work very well.

Shooting Type 

What type of shooting do you normally do? There are some types of products that are better for certain situations. For example, if you know that the environment is going to be foggy, using a thermal monocular will be more ideal as compared to using night vision goggles. If the weather is clear and there is enough light source, night goggles will be more ideal because you can see your prey properly.

You now have the tools to go out and choose the right night vision optics for whatever the type of night hunting that you are planning to do.

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