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ATN X-Sight II 5-20X Night Vision Scope Review - HD Resolution (Day/Night Compatible)

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ATN X-Sight II 5-20x Night Vision Rifle Scope
Image Credit - ATNCorp

Generation: Digital/CORE
Magnification: 5-20x
Objective Diameter: 85 mm
Resolution: 160 lp/mm
Field of View: 240 ft/1000 yards
Eye Relief: 65 mm
Water-resistant: Yes
Length/Weight: 11.36" x 3.5" x 3.45"/2.55 lbs
Illuminated Reticle: Yes
Power Supply: 4 x 1.5 V AA (Lithium recommended)
Battery Life: 8-12 hours
IR Illuminator: Yes

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

Update: The ATN X-Sight II has been discontinued but you might like to check out the new X-Sight LTV 5-15x day & night rifle scope. You can check it out at ATN & Optics Planet. ATN have now also put out the ATN X-Sight 4K Pro 5-20x Smart Digital Night Vision Scope. It's a must see. ATN have also released the ATN X-Sight 4K Buckhunter 5-20x which is a day scope only.

ATN X-Sight II Rifle Scope Review

This X Sight II rifle scope has set itself apart from night vision (NV) scopes and even digital ones. It goes far beyond basic digital scopes by incorporating Smart HD Optics and powering it by ATN's Obsidian Core II.

What does this mean?

ATN X-Sight HD focused on Animal
Image Credit - ATNCorp

It means everything about the X Sight II scope offers High-Definition (HD) quality. With HD lenses, sensors, and displays, you can expect a full HD resolution system with 160 lp/mm. It can do it in a blink of an eye too!

The X Sight is like a smart phone. You have a plethora of features at your fingertips. If you're tech savvy, you'll appreciate the ability to manage your night vision scope with the Profile Manager. Save ballistic data for each and every weapon you mount the X-Sight to.

Having said that, you know the digital night vision rifle scope is going to have a ballistic calculator and a built-in laser rangefinder. With these two features, you can confidently forget ballistic charts, math calculations, and even complex reticles. What's even more mind-blowing is that the reticle will automatically adjust to the correct point of aim for every shot based on the data.

To achieve pin-point accuracy, the X-Sight II scope also employs the use of an E-Barometer, Gyroscope, and E-Compass. Don't forget there's video recording with 1080p at 30 fps resolution, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, and the entire scope is water-resistant.

After all of that, we won't blame you if you're unbelieving at this point. It's definitely not your traditional NV scope, but hundreds of pleased hunters have sworn up and down about all the nifty features. However, there have been a few complaints about defective scopes, the scope being too bright for the eyes even on the lowest settings, and poor customer service.

If you love ATN products you will love their LTV range, the X-Sight LTV 3-9x and the X-Sight LTV 5-15x day/night hunting scopes.

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  • Price
  • Day/night compatible
  • Multiple digital features
  • Illuminated reticles
  • HD optics


  • Defective scopes
  • Too bright

ATN X-Sight II 5-20X Q&A:

What Colors are the Illuminated Reticles?

There are multiple patterns and color options that you can choose between and customize for your preferences.

What Color is the Night Vision Display?

For nighttime hunting, you can have the option of using the green or black and white display.

How to Use the Laser Rangefinder in the X-Sight II?

The Smart Range Finder in the X-Sight scope works a little differently than traditional rangefinders (RF). With a conventional RF, you simply aim and press the button for a distance. In the X-Sight II, you first activate the Smart Range Finder feature and then you aim the crosshairs on the scope just barely above the target and press.

You do the same for just barely under the target and press. The reticle will now automatically adjust for the correct point of aim and provide a distance.

Is there an Option for an Alternative Battery Source?

Four 1.5 V AA batteries is a lot of money if you're going through them as quickly as they're supposed to die out. The other option is you can purchase a 16000 mAh battery pack to extend life to 22 plus hours. Tip: remove the AA batteries before installing the battery pack - it's one power source or the other at a time.

What IR Illuminator does the ATN X-Sight come with?

It comes with the 850 IR that seems to work well for most people for ranges up to about 100 yards. However, the 850 Pro IR can also provide distances of about 200-300 yards, but some users have found it washed out image quality because it was too bright.

What is the Main Complaint About the Night Vision Scope?

Because this is a digital NV scope with a lot going on, it's prone to failure. After all, the Obsidian Core is a computer system that can malfunction. However, several hundred buyers are more than happy with their purchase, and it seems that only a very few end up with scopes qualifying them as defective products.

ATN offers multiple trouble-shooting, tip-style, and starting up videos for the rifle scope on several platforms including their website and their owner's forum if you think the defects are due to user error.

Noteworthy Features:

  • High magnification of 5-20x
  • WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Includes IR illuminator for NV even during total darkness
  • Multiple features includes Range Finder, Gyroscope, Compass, and more!
  • Comes with ATN's 2-year warranty

Our Verdict on the ATN X-Sight II 5-20x NV Scope

To light your trail through the dark, the ATN X-Sight II 5-20x night vision rifle scope may do the job and more. It's definitely affordable for a NV scope, but it's not the same if you were to compare it to a traditional night vision one. However, having the ability to have multiple features in one device and to use it during the day too, it might quickly become your go-to scope for every hunting trip - day or night! You can even chuck this night vision scope on your AR-15!

X-sight II HD focusing on Coyote
Image Credit - ATNCorp

Another comparable digital NV scope in the same price range is the Sightmark Photon RT 4.5X42. It has some cool perks that you would expect for a digital device like a 940 nm IR. But, the surprises may come from the One-Shot Zero Function or the robust 30 mm tube.

ATN's X-Sight II NV rifle scope is a popular and go-to choice for many hunters that want to prowl both day and night. It's definitely one of the most feature-packed Night Vision scopes in the market that might take some getting used to. It's up to you if you can use them all!

Update: The ATN X-Sight II has been discontinued but you might like to check out the new X-Sight LTV 5-15x day & night rifle scope. You can check it out at ATN & Optics Planet.

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