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Budget Night Vision: $100-$300

budget night visionI am a firm believer in Night Vision. In my previous post Prepare for the Darkness with Night Vision, I covered some night vision in the sub $500 range. $500 is still a ton of money for most people, so we did some looking around to see what we could find in the budget night vision ($100-300) range.

  Budget Night Vision

Night Vision is essential, but the cutting edge generation of night vision will cost you thousands of dollars. The good news is that you can get Generation-1 night vision for a decent price. Generation-1 night vision has become very economic, and there are even some Toys that utilize night vision technology. What this means to you is that you can find awesome night vision in the $500-700 range, or you can find decent, budget night vision in the $100-300 range.  

Budget Night Vision Options

Budget Night Vision Night Owl Optics XGEN 2X Digital Night Vision Monocular Night Owl Optics XGEN 2X Digital Night Vision Monocular
  • Price: $107
  • Low Cost Digital Night Vision
  • easy to use
  • lightweight
  • AA Batteries
Amazon Reviews
STARGATE M STARGATE M. 2x35 Night Vision Monocular
  • Price: $150
  • Low Cost Night Vision
  • easy to use
  • lightweight
  • No Batteries Required! Lever activated piezoelectric charge generator!
  • Read our Stargate M Night Vision post
Amazon Reviews
Budget Night Vision Bushnell Night Watch 2x24 Built in Infrared Monocular Bushnell Night Watch 2x24 w/Built in Infrared Monocular
  • Price: $179
  • 2x magnification, 24-millimeter objective monocular with built-in infrared illuminator
  • Five to 400-foot viewing range; 105-foot field of view at 1000 yards
  • Rubber armored body with ergonomic shape
  • Built-in tripod mount; lanyard and carry case included
  • AA Batteries
Amazon Reviews
Budget Night Vision Yukon Nvmt 4X50 Night Vision Monocular Yukon Nvmt 4X50 Night Vision Monocular
  • Price: $205
  • 50-millimeter lens capable of providing 4X night vision magnification with only starlight
  • Fully multi-coated lenses decrease glare and improve light transmission
  • Comes with protective carrying case, wrist strap, and lens cover travel and prolonged use
  • CR123A Batteries
Amazon Reviews
Budget Night Vision Yukon NVMT 1x24 Head Mount Kit Yukon NVMT 1x24 Head Mount Kit
  • Price: $294
  • Hands-free operation
  • Photo/Video equipment adaptable
  • Integrated (25mW) IR illuminator with focusing beam
  • CR123A Batteries
Amazon Reviews
 
I've always had very good luck with Yukon brand, so if I had the extra $100, I'd go with the that gear, but any night vision is better than no night vision. If the SHTF, you will need to see in the dark! This is the time to get some night vision!  
 

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