ATN Ares 6-4 Night Vision Rifle Scope (Gen 4 Filmless with High Resolution)

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ATN Ares 6 Night Vision RiflescopeGeneration: 4
Magnification:  6x
Objective Diameter: Unknown
Resolution:  64-72 lp/mm
Field of View:  5 °
Eye Relief: Unknown
Water-resistant:  Yes
Length/Weight: 11.5″ x 3.75″ x 3.6″/52.8 oz (3.3 lbs)
Illuminated Reticle:  Yes/Red
Power Supply:  1x AA 1.5V
Battery Life:  30 hours
IR Illuminator:  Yes/Detachable

Best Uses: NV Hunting, Total Darkness Hunting, Target Shooting, Tactical Use

Our Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


Update - 2019.11.24ATN Ares 6 line of night vision rifle scopes has been discontinued however some models are still available through third party retailers, as are the ATN Ares 4 series scopes. Check out the available options here.


ATN Ares 6-4 Night Vision Rifle Scope Review

This is the real deal if you’re ready to spend some serious amounts of cash.  Believe it or not, these prices for NV scopes are the norm.  So, if you’re eager to spend, you’d better check that your card doesn’t decline today!

Named after the Greek God of War, you know this is one scope you don’t want to mess with in more ways than one – unless you can afford it.  Ever heard the saying, “You break it, you buy it?”  No-one is going to want to lend over the scepter of their all-mighty NV power to another to wield.

But, if you’re lucky enough to buy one, you can rest assured that anything on the other end of your Ares-mounted rifle is going to hit the ground.

Because it’s ATN and this is a $5500+ scope, you can bet your bottom dollar that it has real, all-glass optics with multi-coated coatings to boot.  Superior image quality always starts with the glass.  Accuracy comes in with the elevation and windage turrets offering 1/6 MOA precision adjustments.

But, wait for the good part!  It’s a Gen 4 scope.  You have autogated and filmless tech in this bad boy.  The resolution and clarity is on-point, and it has an excellent high signal to noise ratio of 25-30.  Even when light pollution of an urban area threatens a cheaper scope of blooming and halo effects, this scope will proceed onward without flinching.

However, it’s an expensive scope, probably even more so than already expensive scopes in the market, and it’s most likely why you won’t see crazy review numbers on this device.  It’s not that it’s not deserving of high praise and input, it’s just one of those once-in-a-lifetime buys!

  • Autogated
  • Filmless
  • High signal to noise ratio
  • High resolution
  • Gen 4

  • Price


ATN Ares 6-4 Q&A:

What is the Objective Lens Size and Eye Relief on the ATN Night Vision Scope?

This spec info isn’t listed on their website or in their product downloads.  However, we want to say it has an approximate 90 mm aperture and about 2-3 inches of eye relief.


What Color is the Reticle on the Ares 6-4?

It has a two-color reticle system available on the Ares 6-4 scope – red and green.


Is this a Real Gen 4 Night Vision Scope?

It’s not technically a Gen 4 device in terms of the U.S. Military classification.  However, each manufacturer can coin their own term if appropriate to market their product.  The Ares 6-4 has autogated and filmless technology that qualifies it as a “Gen 4” NV scope, but is still technically considered an upper Gen 3.  Until the Gen 4 class is officially designated, this term is not a standardized definition across the board.


What is Autogating?

This is seen in upper Gen 3 and “Gen 4” devices.  It’s indicative of a NV device’s ability to operate under diverse lighting conditions especially dynamic light.  The device shuts itself on and off at an extremely rapid rate to maintain image integrity.  It also eliminates the need for the device to go into shutdown from an overload of light exposure that dynamic light can cause.


What is the Signal to Noise Ratio?

This is a standardized value that indicates how much “system noise” is going to interfere with your picture integrity.  The higher the value, the better the resolution, contrast, and clarity.  It also indicates that your device will be less likely to experience negative effects like halo, blooming, white-washing, etc.  Shopping for a NV scope that’s worth your money, it’s best to look for one with a signal to noise ratio of 24 and higher.


Does the Ares 6 Night Vision Scope come with an IR?

The scope does come with a detachable IR850-B1 illuminator.  It allows for an extended detection range when ambient light is already available, but most importantly, it allows for a detection range by providing IR light when in total darkness.  To mount the IR to the scope, use the picatinny accessory rail found on the right side of the scope body.


Does the Reticle have an Adjustable Brightness Feature?

Yes!  The control knob on the left side of the body of the scope is used to not only turn the scope on and off but to also adjust reticle brightness.  There are 9 levels of brightness with 1 being the dimmest and 9 being the brightest.


Noteworthy Features:

  • Autogated and Filmless Gen 4 technology
  • Automatic Brightness Control (ABC) to protect the tube
  • Excellent high signal to noise ratio of 25-30
  • Excellent resolution of 64-72 lp/mm
  • Long-lasting 30-hour battery life from one AA battery


Our Verdict on the ATN Ares 6-4

Ares NV Scope side onTo light your trail through the dark, the ATN Ares 6-4 Gen 4 Night Vision Rifle Scope will have you whizzing through it!  This scope is going to allow you to see everything, and it better for what it costs, right?

But, not only will you see what you need to in the dead of night, you’re going to see it with unparalleled clarity and sharpness like you’ve never seen before.

But, not everyone has five grand just sitting around ready to splurge on a rifle scope.  That’s why ATN brilliantly offers the ATN X-Sight II 5-20x Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope.  It’s a mind-blower with all its fancy, digital features, but there’s really no way that you can say no to the price.  The options on it might just have you sold, regardless of the fact that it costs thousands of dollars less than the Ares.

Perhaps, it might be easier to choose if there was a middle ground?  The Armasight Nemesis 6x Gen 2+ SD might be the sweet spot scope between the two ATN models.  It’s obviously not as high-tech and high-quality as the Ares, but it’s still a genuine NV scope.  Checking out the Nemesis might provide some clarity and insight into the differences between top dollar scopes and under $1000 ones.

We all know the most expensive rifle scopes are likely to be the best, and there’s no arguing about it.  With that said, if you want ultimate confidence in making that ethical shot in the dark, leave it to the Ares.  Why not have the God of War on your side when you’re hunting in one of the most difficult times of day?

Update - 2019.11.24ATN Ares 6 line of night vision rifle scopes has been discontinued however some models are still available through third party retailers, as are the ATN Ares 4 series scopes. Check out the available options here.

Simon is an avid outdoor enthusiast who is passionate about bringing you the most up to date, accurate & understandable information on hunting, optics, and the outdoors.

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