How To Make A Night Vision Scope For Air Rifle – In-Depth Guide, What You Need, and More

how to make a night vision scope for air rifle

Whether you are a big-time hunter or someone who just enjoys it every once in a while, spending hundreds of dollars on a night vision scope does not sound like a very appealing offer. 

However, having one would certainly boost your arsenal by quite a bit and allow you the opportunity to enjoy a night hunt. 

Although there are quite a few products available online that work pretty well, you can also DIY a night vision scope as it isn’t that hard to make and will cut down on your cost by a large margin.

Quick Summary

In this article, we will discuss the following things:

  • How to make a night vision scope for an air rifle?
  • The tools and steps required to make a night vision scope

Let’s get into it.

What Will You Need To Make A Night Vision Scope?

To make a night vision scope, you will need to procure some materials. These materials are often easy to come by and cost only a fraction of what a night vision scope would cost you. Most of the stuff required might even be lying around in your attic gathering dust. 

So without further ado, here is what you will need to make a competitive night vision scope.

Digital camera/camcorder

If you have a camcorder lying around, grab it as it is much better for this purpose when compared to a digital camera. 

However, if you don’t then a cheap digital camera off of Amazon will do the trick just fine. Although you would need to make sure that the digital camera you have purchased has a night capture capacity.

Batteries

You can’t have a scope made from a digital camera or a camcorder and not have a power supply for them. This is why you would need to buy extra batteries to keep handy depending on how long your hunting sessions go. 

Most of the batteries for cameras are rechargeable so this should be a one-time cost and they are very inexpensive.

Infrared flashlight

Investing in a good infrared flashlight will take you a long way. An infrared flashlight with an adjustable beam is what you need to make the whole project work. These lights are very inexpensive and you can find a good enough one for around $6.

Lens adapter

To make the scope lens and your camera fit together, you would need a lens adapter. The adapter depends entirely upon your personal preference as long as it provides the functions required of it.

Tape

We aren’t going for the most aesthetic scope. We want a scope that is cheap but works like a charm. This is why we will be using tape to put the whole project together and attach the adapter to the scope as well.

A Scope

You probably have this already if you are looking up this guide, but you will require an operational scope for this project. Along with the rifle of course.

Scope Ring

An extra scope ring will help you attach the infrared flashlight to your scope, so grab one of those as well.

Making The Night Vision Scope

Mount The Bases

Now that you have all the materials prepared for the scope, it is time to get started with the process of making it. To make the night vision scope, just follow this step-by-step guide.

Step 1: Get The Lens Adapter Attached

The first order of business when making a night vision scope is to attach the lens adapter together with the ocular lens of your scope. 

To make sure that your scope works perfectly, you would need to align them perfectly to make them work as a single unit. After the two lenses have aligned, secure them in place with the help of tape.

Step 2: Get The Camcorder On There

The next step is to get the camcorder attached to the lens adapter. Again, make sure that the two lenses are perfectly aligned. 

You can check this by looking at the screen of the camcorder. If the two of them are working properly, you would be able to see the same thing on the screen of your camcorder as you would have seen through the scope. 

Next is to adjust the magnification of the adapter and camcorder so that the final image you get is crystal clear. 

This will also allow you to make sure that the image you get on the camcorder screen is similar to the projection you would have gotten by using the scope alone.

Step 3: Fit In The Infrared Flashlight

Now to get that infrared flashlight on the scope. 

The basic purpose of this flashlight is to help you design a reliable vision path during the dark of the night. 

After you have secured the flashlight onto the scope with the help of the scope ring, make sure you play with the beam adjustment so that just the right amount of light without eating at the batteries too much. 

This will ensure that while you are on the lookout for particular animals in the dark of the night, you have a source of light to illuminate your way and help you get a clear look at the things you are about to fire at. 

However, when attaching the flashlight, make sure that you align it perfectly with the scope as it will be useless otherwise. 

By having the correct alignment, your light will focus on whatever you want it to focus upon.

Step 4: Take It Out For A Spin

There you go, now all that is left to do is to take your newly designed night vision out for a spin. You cannot be sure if the scope is working properly without actually using it at night and in this step you need to do just that.

Conclusion

Making your own night vision scope is extremely easy provided you have access to all the materials and tools required.

This is a great way to keep your hunting hobbies budget-friendly without having to compromise on the quality of your hunts.

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