ATN BinoX! Nightvision Viewer on a Budget

In Reviews & Videos by TWANGnBANG

How Much and Where to Buy: $430 from Amazon

Summary:
+ Day and night use in one viewer
+ Built-in illuminator
+ Bearing, inclination, and cant widgets projected on image
+ Can record on microSD
+ Wifi app allows remote control and viewing in real time
–  Not true binocular vision as the BinoX has only one image sensor
–  Relatively narrow FOV
–  Digital zoom reduces image resolution

Inclination, cant, and bearing are projected on the image.

Inclination, cant, and bearing are projected on the image.

The ATN BinoX is a 4-16x day/night viewer built in the shape of traditional binoculars.  However, instead of having lenses bending light directly into your eyes, the BinoX has two LED screens which feed an image generated by a digital sensor in the right tube.  The left tube houses a factory collimated IR illuminator, which I found more than adequate for the image limitations of the BinoX.

This design allows the BinoX to do things conventional binoculars can’t, such as projecting inclination, cant, and bearing right onto the image.  The accelerometers that provide this data are also used to range objects using trigonometry.  By marking the top and bottom of an object of known height, you allow the BinoX to calculate the distance between you and the object.

The Obsidian app is available for iOS and Android devices, allowing remote control of the BinoX's settings.

The Obsidian app is available for iOS and Android devices, allowing remote control of the BinoX’s settings.

ATN offers their Obsidian app for both iOS and Android devices, enabling you to connect to the BinoX via a fairly powerful wifi signal.  You can change the settings on the BinoX, preview pictures and videos recorded to the microSD, and even see what the BinoX sees in real time.  I was able to connect to and control the BinoX from about 60 yards away, showing the potential this feature has for remote viewing of a hunting setup (where legal) or as an ad hoc security camera.

This image was generated from the BinoX positioned 70 yards away from the iPad.

This image was generated from the BinoX positioned 60 yards away from the iPad.

The BinoX offers a lot of features that you can’t get in conventional binoculars.  However, because of that, you will not get the same daytime image quality with the BinoX as you’ll get with similarly priced binoculars that can put most of the money you pay into the quality of the lenses.  What you do get is the option to record and view remotely both day and night in one device.  As long as you understand the performance limitations of digital zoom, you will find the BinoX a great value at their current street price of $430.

For more information, visit ATN Corp.