Review: ATN NVB5X-2 Night Vision Binoculars


Rating the ATN NVB5X-2


four star rating

The 40-45 lpm/mm combined with the powerful long-range IR illuminator create a clear picture even on darker nights. This is certainly one of the higher end Gen 2 devices that is an excellent choice for hunting or even tactical use. They are also ideal for observation.

At the end of the day though, a Gen 2 tube will never be as clear as a Gen 3. The 8-degree field of view is rather small as well. 4 stars for its picture.



four star rating

These are one of the lighter pairs of night vision binoculars out there, especially when you consider the 130 mm lens. Weighing under 2 pounds, they are comfortable when hanged around the neck or held for long periods. They are easily and safely held behind the main lens.

Replacing the battery is easy and can be done in the dark, thanks to the tethered battery cap plus pronounced and raised cap. Attaching the external illuminator is simple and using the internal is a short flick away. 4 stars for ergonomics.



two star rating

This is where the unit falls short. It’s made to be a handheld observation device and nothing more. This may be a good thing but there are options that can maximize the utilization of this optic.

When compared to other models, it lacks the ability to be mounted on a tripod or be adaptable to any additional magnifying lenses. What you see is what you get. 2 stars for its versatility.



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