NIGHT OPTICS USA D-211
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NIGHT OPTICS USA D-211
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
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
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
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
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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