Pulsar DN55: Adding Night Vision to Your Existing Scope

Pulsar NV

If you’ve ever wanted to hunt at night, Pulsar has a night vision tool that can be used as a monocular or attached to your existing rifle scope. The DN55 is the same as the DFA75 unit, but comes with the monocular attachment for stand alone use. The following video shows the unit being attached to a scope.

Pulsar uses a Sony ICX-255AL 0.33″ CCD with a camera resolution of 500×582. The display is 640×480 with a video out jack (RCA type) for capturing video. Pulsar states that a man size target can be detected at 400m when using the internal IR illuminator and under a quarter moon (0.05 lux).

The DN55 is powered by four AA batteries that provide a runtime of 90 minutes when operating with the IR illuminator. Without the IR illuminator, run time is extended by an additional half hour. Pulsar also offers battery packs for these units if you prefer.

Pulsar NV

According to the company, the body of the unit is a glass-nylon composite that offers IPX-3 weather resistance. The unit has been tested to confirm normal operation in temperatures from -4° F to 122° F.

It comes with a carrying case, protective cover wireless remote control and additional accessories. The suggested retail price is $2,279.99.

If you have a preference for thermal, you might want to look at the Pulsar Apex XD38A that was introduced at the 2015 SHOT Show.

Richard Johnson

An advocate of gun proliferation zones, Richard is a long time shooter, former cop and internet entrepreneur. Among the many places he calls home is http://www.gunsholstersandgear.com/.


  • William Elliott

    how does it compare to a 3rd gen unit?

  • nova3930

    The main draw of digital NV is that it’s cheaper than the analog stuff. Clocking in at $2200 is a no go. That’s right there with Gen 2+ NV which is arguably better

  • Kevin Craig

    IR illuminator?

    The proper term for that is, the “I JUST SHOT OFF A GIGANTIC FLARE ILLUMINATING MY POSITION” device.

  • Matt

    I owned a DFA75 2 years ago right after they went to the Gen.2 unit. Overall it’s pretty terrible and I wouldn’t recommend it even if it cost half the price. An IR illuminator is absolutely necessary as even the “Sum lite” (or how ever Pulsar spells it) feature can’t allow the unit to function in low light as it drops the frame rate to around 10-15 fps. The backlit screen that you look through with your scope is very bright, even when turned down, and if you don’t get a headache after a minute of observing you will definitely lose your night vision in that eye for at least 5-10 minutes. They also recommend a low magnification scope (no more than 6x, but 4x is the max for best resolution) as you are actually zooming in on the digital screen and as such the image will get very pixilated. I ended up getting lucky with the shop that I got it through as they let me trade it in for an Armasight CO-MR gen.2 unit and I’m much happier for the switch.