Whenever someone uses the phrase unnatural, they stand in direct opposition to everything humans as a species stand for. Wearing clothes, living indoors, eating every day and not-dying from preventable diseases are all unnatural, but are what defines us as a species. Since the dawn of time, humans used technology to overcome their shortcomings and this trend has come a long way since its humble beginnings. At first, it was only using leverage and wheel to move heavy objects, but today we make flying vehicles and objects that help us see in the dark.
The reasons behind wanting the latter are pretty straightforward, which is why night vision monoculars are in greater demand than they have ever been. While some believe that they must cost an arm and a leg in order to be of decent quality, this is not necessarily so. In fact, here is a short list of top five night vision monoculars that can be acquired for less than $500.
1. Super High Power 40X60 Portable HD OPTICS BAK4
The first thing that needs to be mentioned about this particular monocular is that it costs under $25 with shipping included into the price. It comes along with a multi coated optics and has a decent focus capability. The fact that it was meant to be operated with one hand and that it’s lightweight makes it ideal to take anywhere with you.
2. Firefield 5×50 Nightfall 2 Night Vision Monocular
For those willing to spend a bit more on a top-notch monocular, Firefield 5×50 Nightfall 2 Night Vision Monocular might just be the right choice. Although it costs just under $150, its full price is double that amount. For this money’s worth you get a high power infrared illumination, extremely high quality of image and resolution as well as impressive magnification options. When it comes to the civilian use monoculars, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll find anything better in that price range.
3. Xgen Xgenpro 3x Digital
This particular monocular is another great option for those looking for an affordable yet powerful device. When asked, most reviewers agree that framerate control is a completely ingenious thing. Furthermore, its range is quite decent for $112 price. Namely, with its help, you can clearly see for at least 120 yards. Furthermore, it uses four AA batteries as a power source, making it also quite easy to maintain. As for its size and shape, it can easily fit any utility belt or backpack pocket.
4. Carson MiniAura
Now, this particular item looks a bit more like what you would expect from a Cold War spy gadget. This, however, doesn’t mean it is inferior to its counterparts. Images in this digital camera appear black and white, it is extremely easy to handle and it comes with a carrying pouch which is included into the price. For something that costs under $90 it is more than a fair bargain.
5. Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1
To wrap the list up with the most luxurious of our low-cost scopes. Firefield FF16001 NVRS 3x 42mm Gen 1 is a rifle scope that has a 3X rate magnification, titanium body and a quick detach mechanism. As any other decent piece of hunting gear, it comes with a reliable IR illumination. To make things even better, this particular scope can also be used during the day (even though manufacturers themselves don’t recommend it). As far as the price goes, a bit over $330 seems fair for this state of the art monocular.
The thing about these scopes is that they are really top-notch within their price range. Some people are too harsh during their evaluation because they expect these items to be military grade. Most quality scopes can cost up to $8.000 and believing that something that costs under $500 can outperform them in any aspect is simply unrealistic. Still, investing in any of the aforementioned monoculars is definitely guaranteed to get you your money’s worth.