Meopta Unveils Night Vision Optic – MeoNight 1.1

Meopta is a long-time maker of the some of the finest, yet most affordable optics in the world. They strike the balance between ultra-expensive and big-box retail el cheapo. While they’ve made some fantastic reflex and magnified optics in the past, their latest offering is something totally out of the blue – light amplification, AKA Night Vision.

Dubbed, the MeoNight 1.1, this unmagnified night vision device has an effective range of 600 meters. Despite being an unmagnified optic, a 3x booster is available for the MeoNight making is a more useful optic for seeing finer details at further distances.

From the unit’s description, it sounds like Meopta wants the MeoNight to double as both an NVG monocular and weapon sight – almost like the old PVS-14 units, except presumably built for harder use. (Older PVS-14 NV units don’t do well with powerful firearms like shotguns and .308 rifles/carbines)

Still, given the plummeting price of third generation NVDs, this new Meopta is a welcome sight. With an MSRP of $4,499.99 it’s not cheap, but compared to what some of these things were demanding only a few years ago, this isn’t an astronomical price – provided the MeoNight has the performance to justify it.

The Spec sheet on Meopta’s website states that the Image Intensifier Tube’s (IIT) Lux is listed as both 64 and 72 lumens per meter. Which one it actually is, I couldn’t say. But given the unit’s price, I would assume 64 lux.

See stats below.

Meopta MeoNight 1.1




1 x


Objective Diameter (mm)




Resolution (SOA)


≤ 80


Field of View (°)


Min. 12


Focus Range (m)


10 to infinity


Human Size Target Detection (m)




Power Supply (V)


3 (1xCR 123)


Battery Lifetime (hours)




Automatic Shutdown (hours)




Recoil Resistance (g)




Operational Temperature Range (°F)


-40   +140


Waterproof (m/hours)




Max. Length


8.15 in /

207 mm


Max. Height


2.48 in / 63mm


Max. Width


3.31 in /

84 mm


Weight (oz)




Eyepiece Filter Thread (mm)



Whether or not this new scope has the durability and marketability of its competitors it yet to be seen. Either way, the more companies producing night vision devices, the better.
Jim is a freelance writer for dozens of firearm publications, the host of the YouTube channel Burst Review and the youngest author to write a cover story for Shotgun News in its 86-years of operation. Jim loves anything that goes, ‘boom’ but particularly enjoys military firearms from the Cold War and WW2. When he’s not slinging lead downrange he can be round hiking in the mountains with his wife Kim and their vicious attack dog, Peanut.


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