Night vision is expensive and annoying. Even after shelling out thousands of dollars for the latest and greatest in intensifier tubes, you still need to figure out how you’re going to get your existing optics to work with the new device. And then re-zero it. And then practice some more. It’s generally a pain in the butt. But for those who want an inexpensive solution to add some nocturnal capability to their rifle, NiteSite has a new product that fits the bill . . .
Nite Site’s new system is a set of devices that strap onto your existing scope and give you some basic night vision capabilities. The system is infrared-based, meaning it’s cheaper to produce but needs an IR emitter to function.
There are three parts to the system. The camera is attached to the eyepiece through the use of a rubber gasket that sets it at the proper position for the eye relief on your scope. The signal from the camera is fed to a screen mounted on top of the scope (or the side, or anywhere really) that shows you what your scope sees, and also houses the illuminators. And then there’s a big honkin’ battery that powers the whole thing.
The system seems to work as advertised, giving a pretty clear picture on the screen and adding only an extra pound of weight to the rifle. The trick will be getting used to using a screen to find your target instead of using the scope.
The system comes in three configurations depending on the distance you want to shoot. The low end model only works out to 100 meters, and they’re only selling that in Europe because it’s practically useless in the United States. On the high end is a 500 meter version, but the price point on that one will be damn near new gun money. There’s a mid range model, too.
We’ve asked for one to test and we’ll give you a full review once it arrives.