Night vision used to be an unobtainable technology; something more reserved for special forces or elite military units. Well, time has moved on, and night vision products have become increasingly popular in the civilian sector, especially with hunters. As time has passed, and new generations of night vision have been developed, the first generation night vision products have become increasingly affordable. One example of this is ATN’s Aries MK 410.
The Aries MK 410 is a first generation night vision rifle scope that features an illuminated red reticule which can be adjusted for brightness, 5x magnification and dedicated 1/4″ windage and elevation adjustments. It’s powered by a single CR123A battery and has a 40-60 hour battery life according to ATN, which is quite impressive for a NV scope.
The MK 410 also sports ATN’s IR450 infrared illuminator which should help that field of view in total darkness while using the scope. The scope will fit any standard 1913 picatinny rail system.
For being a first generation scope I’m really curious about the exact distance this NV scope will be affective at. It makes me wonder, will the 5x really be that necessary if this thing can only clearly see 75 yards in total darkness? I realize this product is aimed at mainly hunters, since many target shooters don’t shoot at night, and hunters at night are going to be closer to their prey.
Nonetheless, with a less than $600 dollar price tag for what seems to be a solid NV optic, you really can’t go wrong.
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