Carson MiniAura Digital Night Vision Monocular (NV-200)

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I came across this little night vision device on Amazon, and for less than ninety bucks, I had to try it.  Here is my personal review:

My Personal Review:

I’m amazed at how well this little night vision device works. I’ve only had it a few days, but so far it is exceeding my expectation. A neighborhood cat had kittens a few weeks ago under the deck behind our detached garage. Tonight, for the first time, I was able to see three of the kittens playing up on the deck in complete darkness. The image is bright and sharper than I expected. Because I wasn’t using a flashlight, neither the kittens nor their mother were disturbed by my presence. Looking forward to taking it out to the woods at night to watch more critters. I plan to buy another as a backup plus a couple for gifts. 

I’ve seen some reviews that commented that the batteries, “Only lasted about 10 minutes.” Not sure what kind of batteries that person is using, but I’ve had it on constantly till it auto shuts down for probably a couple of hours of total use so far, at the brightest setting, and my alkaline batteries are still going strong. I’ll track the actual use time on new batteries whenever these finally need to be changed. But ‘a battery hog’ it ain’t, at least in my experience.


I’ve included the seller’s description below:

Seller’s Description:

Say goodbye to night vision devices with image intensifier tubes that burnout over time. The Mini Aura from Carson

Optical is a completely digital night vision monocular that won’t burn out. The images seen through the digital screen will no longer be green but rather in a crisp black and white. The intensity can be easily adjusted with a simple push of a button. It boasts a 19-degree angle of view and you can see up to 82 feet in total darkness. The Mini Aura is compact and lightweight and can even fit in your pocket allowing you to bring it almost anywhere. 

Use the Mini Aura on camping trips for late night wildlife viewing, at dusk during hunting trips or during any outdoor activity. It can be used in ambient light or total darkness. The Mini Aura comes with a carry pouch and wristband. It uses 3 AAA batteries (not included). At Carson, we strive to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with the quality of our products. We are so confident in our products that we back them with a One Year Limited Warranty! This Carson product is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. Please contact Carson for additional warranty details.


I have no economic interest in the sales of this item, and I bought mine with my own money.  Whatever the seller says about it on Amazon is the seller’s responsibility, not mine.  I’m not a night vision expert, and everything I’ve said about it is just my personal opinion.

The photos included here was taken using my iPhone.  The photo on the left was taken with no flash.  The photo on the right was shot through the lens of the Mini Aura.  Not real professional and doesn’t show the image as clearly as it actually is looking through the lens.  You can see that this was taken in virtually total darkness by the photo on the left.  If you look closely, you can see a little kitten peeking over the edge of the deck in the upper right side of the photo.  Its eyes are reflecting the infrared illumination.


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