5 Best Low Light Hunting Riflescopes In 2024

A low-light riflescope is a one-of-a-kind accessory meant for seasoned hunters. It’s your best friend when chasing wild bucks in the wee hours of the day. Here’s a rundown of 5 of the best low-light rifle scopes to level up your hunting in 2024. 

What Makes A Top Quality Low Light Hunting Riflescope 

When it comes to selecting a low light hunting riflescope, there are a bunch of factors to consider.

  • The objective lens diameter should be 50-56 mm.
  • It should have high-quality glass and coatings. 
  • It should have a minimal, variable magnification ranging between 2x-4x and a maximum of 10x-16x. 
  • It should have a low-intensity illuminated or a thick FFP reticle.

Let’s narrow it down to the best 5 low light hunting riflescopes.

Vortex Crossfire II

This Vortex riflescope is a budget champion, cutting a few corners, like sub-par transmission and image quality. But does it fall behind in the game? No, Sir! The illuminated reticle and high-quality Vortex optic promise maximum bang for your buck.
Top Features:

  • Multi-coated lenses for clarity and light transmission 
  • V-Brite illuminated reticle for excellent aiming at dawn or dusk
  • 3-9x magnification range with an objective lens diameter of 40mm
  • Exit pupil with low magnification of 13.33 mm and high magnification of 4.44mm
  • Field of view at 34.1-12.6 ft. for 100 yards
  • Turret click value of .25 MOA
  • Second reticle focal plane  
  • Parallax fixed at 100 yards

What’s Good 

What’s Bad 

Compact and lightweight (14.3 ounces)

A sub-par image quality 

Easy on your pocket at under $200

A restrictive eye box

Top notch glass quality

Absence of parallax adjustment dial 

Price: $129.00 -$149.00

Vortex Razor HD LHT 3-15×50

Are you looking to upgrade from the Vortex Crossfire II on a budget? Say yes to the Vortex Razor HD LHT 3-15*50. A serious offering, Razor HD LHT has a center-illuminated dot reticle, an exposed elevation turret powered by Vortex’s RevStop Zero System, and superior Vortex optics.

Top Features:

  • Magnification range of 3-15x and objective lens diameter of 42mm
  • Exit pupil has a low magnification of 14mm and a high magnification of 2.8mm
  • Tube diameter is 30mm 
  • Field of view 35.3-7.0 ft. for 100 yards
  • Turret click value of .25 MOA
  • Second reticle focal plane 
  • A side adjustable focus knob (exposed elevation turret style)

What’s Good 

What’s Bad 

Superior glass

Chunky at 19.1 ounces

Illuminated center dot

Has a busy reticle 

A versatile upgrade from Crossfire, Viper, and Diamondback

On cloudy nights, the illuminated center dot falls short of expectation

Price: $1,999.99

Swarovski Z6i 2-12x50mm

Swarovski Optik is the best in the business, making dim light hunting fun. A winner among Swarovski rifle scopes, the Z6i has a massive 50mm objective lens and custom elevation turret for long-range shots.

Top Features :

  • Magnification range of 2-12x
  • Objective lens diameter of 50mm
  • Exit Pupil has a low magnification of 25mm and a high magnification of 4.16mm
  • Tube diameter is 30mm 
  • Field of view 63-10.5 feet for 100 yards
  • Turret click value of .25 MOA
  • Second reticle focal plane 

What’s Good 

What’s Bad 

Incredibly lightweight at 18.3 ounces 

Swarovski riflescopes are pricey 

Best-in-class glass and image quality 

Absence of parallax adjustment dial 

Price: €1,969.00

Nightforce ATACR 5-25×56

The ATACR 5-25*56 comes equipped with one of the largest objective lenses (56mm) among Nightforce scopes. It is available in both first and second focal plane configurations, with a multi-coated ED glass and illuminated reticle. Inarguably, the ATACR is among the best low-light rifle scopes in 2024.
Top Features:

  • Elevation adjustment over 35 mils 
  • A large 34mm main tube with a 5x-25x zoom for long-range 
  • Exit Pupil has a low magnification of 10.5mm and a high magnification of 2.2mm
  • Tube diameter of 34mm 
  • Field of View 18-4.9 ft. for 100 yards
  • Turret click value of .25 MOA

What’s Good 

What’s Bad 

Unbeatable low light performance for long range shots

Pretty heavy (39.1 ounces)  and uncomfortable to carry 

Side focus parallax and exposed elevation turrets 


Price: $4,795.00 (AUD)

Sig Sauer Whiskey5 2.4-12×56

Hands down, the Sig Sauer Whiskey 5 2.4-12×56 is the best second focal plane low-light rifle scope. Seamlessly designed for traditional and MSR/AR platforms, it comes with high transmittance and extra-low dispersion. Plus, the digital level plex anti-cant system is sheer bliss!

Top features:

  • World class Sig sauer optics (5x optical zoom)
  • Comes with custom Sig Ballistic Turret
  • Turret click value of .25 MOA 
  • Locks TH-100 tactical hunter elevation turret
  • Covered windage turret
  • MOTAC to save battery life
  • Has side parallax adjustment

What’s Good 

What’s Bad 

Robust build

Triplex crossfire could be a hit or miss

Excellent glass 

Expensive and chunky (27.9 oz)


Price: €1,239.00 

Closing Thoughts 

Choosing a low-light rifle scope is easy. Make sure your preferences and budget guide your buying decision. To know more about any low light rifle scope, drop a comment.