2022 New Optics Guide: Thermal and Night-Vision

New advances in electronics and updated manufacturing processes have made thermal and night vision optics more affordable than ever before.

posted on August 8, 2022
2022 New Optics Guide: Thermal and Night-Vision

There's a lot new for 2022, from ruggedized thermal sights that are ready for battle to inexpensive light-gathering monoculars that are ideal for spotting game or unwanted pests on your property.

ATN | X-Sight LTV Digital Day/Night Scope
ATN | X-Sight LTV Digital Day/Night Scope
With almost too many features to list, ATN’s X-Sight LTV 3-9X digital scope can do virtually anything demanded of a riflescope and more. The day/night scope features a QHD+ sensor with HD optics, 720p video recording, ultra-low energy consumption, one-shot zeroing, light weight and easy-to-use controls.

Magnification: 3-9X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: Dot, Fine Duplex, Crosshair with Dot, Post with Dot, Open Crosshair with Dot, Star Burst, Crossbow
Length: 12.2 inches
Weight: 25.6 ounces
MSRP: $599
(305) 900-6841; atncorp.com

Bushnell | Equinox X650
Bushnell | Equinox X650
This digital-night-vision monocular sports a built-in infrared illuminator and a detection range of about 650 yards. It is tripod mountable and can record images and video on an SD card. The X650’s housing is durable, and it can run for six hours on the three included AA batteries.

Magnification: 5X digital zoom
Objective Lens Diameter: 32 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 7.5 inches
Weight: 11.6 ounces
MSRP: $169.99
(800) 423-3537; bushnell.com

iRayUSA | Infiray Outdoor RICO Mk1 640
iRayUSA | Infiray Outdoor RICO Mk1 640
Offering seven reticle option (two scalable, five fixed) stadiametric ranging, four color palettes and five different imaging modes, the Infiray Outdoor RICO Mk1 640 will quickly detect objects of interest in ultra-low visibility at distances beyond 2,000 yards. It incorporates a lithium-ion battery with a 6-hour runtime, and is capable of onboard image/video recording.

Magnification: 3X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: 7 user-selectable options
Length: 9.84 inches
Weight: 33.68 ounces
MSRP: $7,000
(800) 769-7125; irayusa.com

Pulsar | Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro
Pulsar | Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro
With 10 user-selectable reticle options, nine color palettes for heat signatures and magnification up to 16X, Pulsar’s new Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro is an amazingly versatile thermal optic. A built-in laser rangefinder, its own app and the ability to record still photos and videos add to the Thermion’s impressive list of features.

Magnification: 2-16X
Objective Lens Diameter: 50 mm
Reticle: 10 available
Length: 16.5 inches
Weight: 34 ounces
MSRP: $6,599.99
(817) 761-1771; pulsarnv.com

SiOnyx | OPSIN
SiOnyx | OPSIN
Set to be available in summer, 2022, this color-night-vision monocular utilizes the most advanced CMOS chip available to provide clear, full-color images in near-total darkness. It can mount to a helmet and can record video on an SD card. The OPSIN also includes an onboard GPS module to document geolocation should you choose to activate it.

Magnification: 1X
Objective Lens Diameter: 15 mm
Reticle: N/A
Length: 4.7 inches
Weight: 10.6 ounces
MSRP: $2,595

Steiner | Nighthunter S35 Thermal
Steiner | Nighthunter S35 Thermal
Chock-full of useful features to help you combat things that go bump in the night, Steiner’s Nighthunter S35 Thermal Riflescope is capable of heat detection beyond 2,000 yards. Features include five ballistic profiles, an easy-zero process, nine reticles, two-power zoom, hot-spot tracking and stadiametric ranging.

Magnification: 1-8X
Objective Lens Diameter: 40 mm
Reticle: Nine; user-selectable
Length: 8.5 inches
Weight: 36 ounces
MSRP: $6,600
(888) 550-6255; steiner-optics.com


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