Pulsar Digisight N870 LRF Digital Night Vision Riflescope review

Perhaps an obvious direction in product development, the actual implentation of a laser range finder into a night vision riflescope is more challenging that it seems. No wonder as once with the Digisight itself - the Pulsar brand is trailblazing the LRF capabilities combined with the NV scopes.


The Digisight N970 LRF and The Digisight Ultra N250 are the brand new Pulsar Digital Night Vision Riflescope.

Digisight N970 LRF: £1449.95

The Pulsar Digisight N970 LRF is the new advanced digital night vision riflescope from Pulsar featuring twice the sensitiviy of previous models, advanced detection ranges,  an integrated laser rangefinder, and new variable magnification.

Whether you are ratting and rabbiting on an rimfire, or controlling foxes at long range, with an improved sensor and display, 3.5x - 14x magnification, 30% increased field of view and a 300m useable range... the Pulsar Digisight N970 LRF will provide the ideal rifle mounted night vision solution, with day time capability to boot!

The new sensor technology provides an increase of sensitivity in low light conditions, which means the sensitivity of the new Digisight N970 series is twice higher than previous models, offering increased performance in low light and complete darkness.

Digisight Ultra N250: £879.95

The new Pulsar Digisight Ultra Digital Riflescopes provide a full colour HD image by day, switching to night vision at night with a man sized detection range of up to 500m and a 5x to 40x variable magnification...making the new Pulsar Digisight Ultra Night Vision riflescope the perfect 24/7 hunting solution.

The Digisight Ultra N250 and N230 employs a high resolution 1280x1024 CMOS sensor for stunning detail, even at significant distances, providing 24/7 use, with full colour viewing by day, 5x optical mag with up to 8x digital zoom, and state of the art advanced features.

Enhanced Night Time Sensitivity

The Digisight Ultra utilises proprietary software, cutting edge electronic components and signal processing algorithms to deliver one of the industrys highest values of sensitivity in infrared spectrum devices. The result is a device offering flawless passive mode performance in deep twilight, even night without an external IR light source such as an infrared illuminator.

Variable Magnification

Digisight Ultra include variable magnification, up to 8x zoon depending on model, and feature both 2x step up and smooth, graduated magnification for a truly optimum, customized field of view.

Daytime Colour Imaging

While the Digisight Ultra N230/N250 was designed for night time use, it also excels during daylight operation, with high resolution colour imaging, and adjusts automatically during dusk to dark evening transitions.

Digisight Ultra will effectively negate the need for your day riflescope when night hunting starts in early twilight.

Built in Video Recording and Wifi 

Capturing still and video is seamless with the Digisight Ultra's built in video recorder. Image and video content is stored internally and can be easily transferred to PC or Laptop via wired connection or wirelessly to your smartphone or tablet with the iOS or Android smartphone Streamvision app.

The StreamVision system can also stream live footage from the device to a tablet or smartphone and can also be used as a wireless remote control.

Integrated Rangefinder

Based on estimated heights of observed objects, the stadiametric rangefinding system makes determining precise distances fast, easy, reliable and repeatable at the touch of a button.

B Pack Power Supply

Like the new Pulsar Trail and Helion thermal imagers, the Digisight Ultra includes a progressive autonomous B pack power supply consisting of quick detach rechargeable IPS5.

Built in Accelerometer/Gyroscope

A built in accelerometer and gyroscope improves accuracy by precisely identifying cant and angles greater than 5 degree with an arrow indicating the direction and degree of lateral tilting.

The riflescope can also be set to auto shut down when resting in a non shooting position.


The LRF is not the only great improvement built into the N870 LRF, as with all electronics the code and features of firmware/software are the key: angle and freeze zeroing function with many other exciting improvement and features may make the respected "Grandfather" N550 look like a digital calculator.

I've just purchased the Pulsar Digisight N870 LRF and first impressions straight out of the box are really good! In the past I have owned the N550 which I also found to be really good especially with a lens doubler fitted and additional IR in the form of the Night master IR800.

So far the bits I like about the LRF prior to zeroing are the fact that I can support the rifle with my left hand in a standing position whilst carrying out any tweaks with the zoom or focus with the right hand and providing the IR is fitted to the rail on the top of the unit you can adjust that too with the right hand.

The aiming dot in the centre of the cross hairs is really nice and small and can be focused to the individual as I have just done for myself.

The laser range finder is very quick with the distance and because I do like to know whether I'm at 50 metres or reaching out to 100+ I think this is a brilliant feature especially at night!

The unit mount is solid and exactly the same as the one on the N550 unless you need the alternative rail for fitting to an air rifle. I know they are sold separately, but I've not handled one.

This morning I am very pleased with this unit and can't wait to zero it in and get out there!

It's late afternoon and I've just returned from giving it a zero. I set it up on my .223 fired at a 50m target which I was quite amazed to find it was pretty much on the mark straight out of the box so to speak. Moved back to 100m where upon examination of the target I found that it did require some minor adjustments for height. Finally fired another group at 50M and the result is I'm about 50mm low at 50Metres and smack on at a 100M. I think the thing I find common place with all these Pulsar units is the target difficulty with clarity at a 100 Metres in daylight. However, that said the unit held it's zero perfectly and I achieved some nice grouping with it.

I've also done some comparing my N550 with Doubler and the 2x zoom on the LRF and I don't think there is a lot in it. Will I buy a lens doubler for this unit? I'm not sure that I will as it seems pretty ok without one and the other issue I've found with Doublers are that if the second lens isn't lined up perfectly your fall of shot can land way off your zero.

It's 02:13am and I've been out tonight with this new unit. I used my N550 to scan the area and view it how I normally would. To be fair I switched on the 870 and the image was amazing. It was that good that I laughed to myself when I realised I was saying over and over again F**k Me. To say this unit is good is an understatement!!! In darkness and a Night master IR800 fitted it is total magic and really comes into its own. In answer to my earlier question as to whether I would fit a lens doubler?  No not a chance!


Finally I really like the feature on this scope that indicates whether you are canting the weapon. As you all know that little bit of tilt can make a considerable difference to where the shot actually lands on target especially when you start getting out to 100M + and I like the way it will flash up if I have not been supporting the weapon correctly when releasing the shot and following through. What is there not to love about this unit! 

Update 31st January

Last night I was out shooting with the N870 LRF.  I took one rabbit with a head shot at 102M and my second with a head shot at 109M. Whilst out I was at one stage watching rabbits out at 270Metres and I'm pretty confident that If the unit was set up with that range setting recorded prior to the event and the right person with the

 right rifle ammunition and  marksman skills were behind it, I suspect that a fox could be taken out cleanly at that range.  Mind you, on saying that 270 Metres is really pushing it out there and definately a long way to be shooting at night! However, the ground dictates! 


Another thing I think for getting the best out of this unit, would be to zero it at night and thats because it comes properly into its own then and you have the very best opportunity to get precision zeroing.


Going back to the two rabbits I shot. You have to bare in mind that I don't drive around, so I am on foot and on my own and trying to stay down wind of the rabbits and foxes I'm stalking.  When I first did a range to them, the first was at 154 Metres and the second was at 148. I know that I do 140 paces to 100M. Armed with this and the range provided by the unit, I simply walked 70+ paces which closed my distance to around 100Metres and my exact zero point. I don't know about you guys, but in the past I would be walking and trying to get closer, not really knowing exactly how far the target was away and at the same time not knowing how close would be close enough apart from the size of the rabbit in the scope. So 20 paces stop and look, followed by another 20 paces untill I felt it was close enough.  What this unit provides with that laser range finder is absolute range and exact number of paces I need to walk before I lay down and take the shot! I'm very impressed with the N870 Ho and another thing you don't have to do is keep turning the bloody focus knob backwards and forwards lol.

 Thinking about it, those rabbits that were out at 270M, I would never have thought that they were that far away until I put that laser range finder on them.

 Anyway, hopefully I'm not boring anyone and once I get a mini Dv recorder, I'll put some You Tube recordings up for people to see. 

Find out more about the Pulsar Digisight N870LRF on the Scott Country website.