NIGHT OPTICS USA D-211
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Who — or what — goes there?

For less than $500, night-vision binoculars bring the nocturnal world into focus.

NIGHT OPTICS USA D-211
The good: Best resolution, very bright, 3.2x magnification, fairly easy to focus, lightweight at 36.9 ounces. The bad: Awkward on/off control (a minor thing, really, but not good). $499. (800) 306-4448, www.nightoptics.com

Text by Scott Doggett
Photos by Bryan Chan / LAT

Note: All products come with infrared illuminator, tripod mount and carrying case, and operate only in low light. Prices are real world, not manufacturers’ suggested. ()
ATN NIGHT JAGUAR
The good: Strongest magnification at 4x, easiest to use. The bad: So-so brightness, feels clunky. The ugly: Lowest resolution, narrowest field of view, heaviest at 45.1 ounces. $439. (800) 910-2862, www.atncorp.com ()
BUSHNELL 2.5x42
The good: Very bright, next-best resolution (behind Night Optics USA D-211), very lightweight at 26.4 ounces, very compact, feels natural, easy to use. The bad: Only 2.5x magnification, ease of focus only so-so. $479. (800) 423-3537, www.bushnell.com ()
NIGHT OWL EXPLORER FIXED FOCUS
The good: Very bright, easy to use and focus, natural feel, lowest cost at $399, fairly low lightweight at 30.7 ounces. The bad: So-so resolution, only 2.5x magnification. (915) 633-8354, www.nightowloptics.com ()
RIGEL 2150 COMPACT
The good: Very bright, very sharp, easy to use and focus, natural feel, very compact, widest field of view, lightest weight at 22.8 ounces. The bad: Only 1.5x magnification. $499. (281) 614-5900, www.rigeloptics.com ()
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