Top Night Vision, Thermal Optic Gear for Predator Hunting

If you're interested in night vision or thermal optics for hunting predators, check out the latest gear from these companies.

Top Night Vision, Thermal Optic Gear for Predator Hunting

The new ATN ThOR LT Thermal Scope looks more like a traditional glass optic, which provides the ability to use standard and readily available 30mm rings.

If you're interested in going after predators with night vision or thermal optics, the selection is wide for dancing in the dark.

Calling during daytime is fun but at night things feel different. Try these new products this year to put more fur on the ground and smiles on your face.


The ThOR LT from American Technology Network is a great choice for hunters who want the advantage of a thermal-imaging riflescope at an affordable price. Designed for close-range target acquisition, the ThOR LT is perfect for hunting hogs, predators and small game. Built to withstand the recoil of high-caliber firearms, the ThOR LT is made from hardened aluminum alloy and built to be recoil resistant. And there’s no need to burn through boxes of ammo just to get sighted-in. One shot is all that’s required. Just take the shot and move the zero reticle to the point of impact. That’s it. The streamlined design of this scope means shooters can use standard 30mm rings. MSRP: Starts at $1,199. 

Firefield NVRS 3x42mm  

The Firefield NVRS 3x42mm night vision riflescope features a 42mm lens and 3X magnification for greater light gathering capabilities and a built-in, high-power IR illuminator that enhances image details giving shooters a clear image of medium- to long-range targets under the cover of night. Quick-detach Weaver-style mounts make it easy to change optics or switch to iron sights and still maintain return-to-zero reliability. Its lightweight titanium body and flip-up lens covers protect the optics and electronics from impact and harsh weather conditions, and an illuminated red-duplex reticle with incremental brightness adjustments allows the shooter to adapt to various environmental conditions. Retail: $302.99. 

Konus 3-8X50mm

The Konus 3-8x50mm digital riflescope with 30/30 digital reticle is a highly professional unit with a zoom power range that is suitable for both daytime and nighttime hunting. It has a sturdy metal body that withstands abuse while in the field and comes with an infra-red illuminator for hunting in total darkness. It is powered by a rechargeable battery and has a built-in photo/video recording function. It comes with AV and USB cables, two rechargeable batteries, 8GB SD card for image storage and a protective case. MSRP: $1,219.99.

Leupold LTO Tracker 2 HD

Leupold & Stevens has upgraded its handheld thermal imager line with the introduction of the LTO Tracker 2 HD. Designed to be compact and light enough to take on even the farthest backcountry hunts, the original LTO Tracker provided hunters with the heat signature of game, blood trails and more. The new LTO Tracker 2 HD delivers the same premier performance while providing a friendlier user interface and changing the game entirely with the introduction of the new Beacon Mode, which quickly recalibrates the screen for increased detection in hot environments. The LTO Tracker 2 HD has a user-dimmable, 390x390 full-circle display and an overall detection distance of 750 yards. MSRP: $967.99. 

Night Owl Optics Nightshot  

Night Owl Optics’ NightShot is a user friendly 3X magnification night vision riflescope made to withstand the recoil of non-magnum .30-caliber rifles and lower. It is designed for operation in a wide variety of weather conditions at a price point that offers a low-cost solution for nighttime shooting needs. With a range of 100 yards in typical nighttime environments, the NightShot features a 640x480 resolution display with windage and elevation adjustments of 1/4-inch at 50 yards. Eye relief is 2.70 inches, field of view is 5.6 degrees. It has a built-in infrared illuminator and a detachable high-power IR illuminator is available separately. The NightShot is designed to mount on either Weaver or Picatinny rail systems. MSRP: $449. 

Nitesight Viper  

Designed to be the most affordable, high quality night vision system on the market for short-range distances NiteSite’s VIPER is a great night vision unit for the up-close and personal hunter, delivering high-quality, clear night vision through any day vision riflescope. It uses 850nm infrared illumination (invisible to people and animals) to illuminate the target area immediately in front of where the riflescope is aiming, allowing clear target identification up to 110 yards. The infrared image is then captured through the riflescope by a camera attached to the scope’s eyepiece and then viewed via the unit’s integral 3.5-inch LCD screen. Retail: $299. 

Pulsar Trail XP50 

The flagship of Pulsar’s thermal riflescopes, the Trail XP50 delivers vivid thermal imaging for spotting, identifying and shooting targets out to 2,000 yards. The XP50’s “white hot” and “black hot” modes, 13 reticle options, variable 1.6-12.8X magnification, 50Hz refresh rate and frost-resistant 640x480 AMOLED display provide users with fluid imaging, customized thermal mapping and a richly contrasted field of view. The Trail’s new eight-hour rechargeable battery pack makes purchasing batteries a thing of the past and helps the fun last through the night. Sighting-in is easy with the Trail’s one-shot zero function and three rifle profiles with five zero saves per profile, making both zeroing and switching the scope between firearms a breeze. MSRP: $5,499.99.

Sightmark Wraith HD 4-32X50mm  

Take back the night in high definition with the Sightmark Wraith 4-32x50mm digital riflescope. Hunt with an advanced 1920x1080 HD sensor that provides full-color clarity in daytime or simply hit the left arrow to switch to night mode — with classic emerald or black and white viewing options. The Wraith comes with a removable 850nm IR illuminator to provide an enhanced nighttime image and accurate target acquisition up to 200 yards. It features a built-in camera that allows users to record and share videos, 4.5 hours of battery life with four common AA batteries and an external MicroUSB port for expanding power options. Customize the Wraith with 10 reticle options and nine color choices. MSRP: $599.99. 

Trijicon Reap-IR

Trijicon is now offering two additional magnification options in its REAP-IR family of thermal imaging systems. The REAP-IR is now available in 60mm EFL (4.5X base optical magnification) and 20mm EFL (1.5X base optical magnification) models. The new variants feature a simplified “Easy Zero Method,” which makes sighting-in the optic easier and more intuitive. Getting rounds on target is now only a matter of aligning an on-screen digital icon with bullet impacts using provided MOA readouts. All Trijicon REAP-IR optics feature 640x480 resolution, 12 micron thermal sensors and 60 Hz frame rates. The REAP-IR family comes standard with five included reticle options and six advanced polarity settings for exceptional visibility in any environment. MSRP: $7,999.


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