Arken Optics Introduces Zulus Day/Night Digital Scope

Daniel Y
by Daniel Y
Arken Optics Introduces Zulu Day/Night Digital Scope

Arken Optics is moving into the night vision space with the new Zulus 5-20x digital day/night scope. It features an integrated IR illuminator and 1920×1080 resolution. Let’s take a closer look at the rest of the features.

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The Zulus scope comes equipped with a cantilever Picatinny mount for use with common firearms. Another Picatinny rail is set on the side of the scope for adding extra IR illumination, an additional battery pack, or an offset optic. Power is provided by an 18650 rechargeable battery, and can accept additional power from an integrated USB port.

Arken also includes a shot detection feature that records six seconds before the shot, and two seconds after. The Zulus is also wi-fi enabled and zeroing is performed with an app. The MSRP is $649.99, and it is available for order directly from Arken. As of writing, the Zulus is not in stock and is expected in six to eight weeks.


  • Magnification: 5-20
  • Eye Relief: 1.77″ (45 mm)
  • Pixel Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Frame Rate: 60 Hz
  • Diopter Adjustment: + or – 5
  • Type: Micro – OLED
  • Battery Type: 18650 Flat Top (Included)
  • Operating Time: 8 hrs
  • External Power Supply: 5v – Type C USB
  • Micro SD Card – GB: 32 – 128 GB
  • Degree of Protection: IP67
  • IR Wavelength: 850/940 nm
  • Infrared power: 5
  • Working Temperature: – 4 F (-20 C) ~122 F (50 C)
  • Wi-Fi: Enabled
  • Chip: Sony STARVIS 2

From the manufacturer:

The ARKEN ZULUS ZHD520 is a game-changing digital night vision scope, offering 5-20x magnification with a cutting-edge Sony STARVIS 2 chipset for unparalleled visibility. Its compact, lightweight design (under 8 inches and 19.01 oz) ensures ease of handling, while the robust IP67 waterproof rating make it suitable for harsh conditions. With features like an integrated IR illuminator, a high-definition 1920×1080 Micro-OLED HD display, and over-the-air software updates, the ZULUS is perfect for hunters and tactical users seeking advanced night vision capabilities in a durable, user-friendly package.

Daniel Y
Daniel Y

AKA @fromtheguncounter on Instagram. Gun nerd, reloader, attorney, and mediocre hunter. Daniel can still be found on occasion behind the counter at a local gun store. When he is not shooting, he enjoys hiking, camping, and rappelling around Utah.

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  • T243 T243 on Nov 28, 2023

    Pro: Atleast they used genuie Sony chips instead of noname chinese ones AND state it. But if thats anything like the Sony CMOS for IR Cameras, it needs quite some light to have a decent picture. So a good picture at 5-20x will be an issue by the IR throw, not by the Magnification Lens and Sensor.
    Con: IP67...

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    • TDog TDog on Dec 04, 2023

      @BeoBear I'm not being sarcastic here, but you're the reason we didn't actually go to war with them. Rule number one: people we have bases on are friends, even if we talk $#!t about them. But back in the 80's, politicians were trashing the "Japs", people were deriding Japanese good as cheap knock-offs, and basically if we weren't mocking them, we were criticizing them for taking "our" money and getting rich.

      If it sounds familiar, it should. We do this all the time...

  • BeoBear BeoBear on Dec 01, 2023

    I get that it's digital but I always (wrongly) thought that thermal would become the most affordable option as time went on.