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Night Vision Explained

Here at Ronnie Sunshines we are deeply involved in most shooting sports, with each of us having a particular field of expertise from HFT, shotguns, Rimfire, centrefire to range plinking. Here I'm going to call on experience to throw some light on the popular Night Vision options that are available today.

There are many great products from which to choose right now as technology is getting better and  retail prices are becoming more competitive. So how do you decide which is the right option for you?

Operating Range: at what range do you want to operate? There are relatively inexpensive systems which will preform well between 50-100 yards that are perfect for sub 12ft/lb air rifles such as the Pulsar Challenger or the Nitesite Viper. However you might want to 'future proof' or already use a FAC airgun or rimfire in which case the Nitesite Wolf, Yukon Photon, ATN Excite and the AC Night Stalker will give you more range. With the exception of the Nitesite range upgrading to a higher power IR illuminator will boost performance but this can cost over £100. You must also consider if you want to view your quarry at high or variable magnification.

Digital v image intensifier systems: The digital revolution has really opened up NV to the masses as it has advantages over Image intensifiers. All digital systems can be used in the daylight if you wish, which means you don't have to dedicate one rifle for night use, however, the daytime image will be compromised compared with a tradition rifle scope. Image Intensifying tubes can be damaged by daylight. This is a massive consideration however they produce images with more depth and clarity and they do not suffer from processing lag. Intensifiers are also considerably more expensive and must be used carefully to avoid damage, even at night. Digital images are also very easy to record, share and save and as digital systems use a processor they generally come with a whole host of added functionality (which you may or may not need).

Dedicated Optical system or scope conversion: scope conversion systems such as the Nite Site range, the AC Night Stalker and the Pulsar Challenger are convenient to set up, allowing you to switch between day/night and from one gun to another. The compromise here comes in shooting position which is either 'heads up' or with your head a long way back on the stock. Front fitting digital systems are getting a lot better, look out for the Yukon Pulsar Forward F135 / F155 in the new year, costing around £1000. The ATN excite is a dedicated system but designed to easily switch between different rifles using a picatinny rail system and recorded ballistic profiles, that make re-zeroing redundant.

Budget: If money is no object then skip this section but if not then please remember to factor in an  additional IR torch upgrade and mounting system. Other costs include batteries, chargers, battery packs, mounts and SD cards. Here at Ronnie Sunshines we offer 0% finance so nothing is out of range.

Use our quick comparison table below to narrow down your options then come into the shop and see us for a chat and if possible a demonstration.

Imaging

System

Scope

Conversion

Range Recording Price
Nite Site Viper Digital Yes 100 yards No £399.00
Nite Site Viper RTEK Digital Yes 100 yards Yes £599.00
Pulsar Challenger Intensifier Yes 70 yards

(with IR Upgrade)

No £249

£329

AC Night Stalker Digital Yes 200 yards No £249.00
Yukon Photon

(4.6x42) or (6.5x50)

Digital No 200 yards

(with IR Upgrade)

Optional From £399
Nite Site Wolf Digital Yes 300 yards No £599.00
Nite Site Wolf RTEK Digital Yes 300 yards Yes £799.00
ATN Excite II

(3-14x50) or (5-20x85)

Digital HD No 200 yards Yes From

£749

Nite Site Eagle Digital Yes 500 yards No £799.00
Nite Site Eagle RTEK Digital Yes 500 yards Yes £999.00
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