Arken Optics Unveils The Zulus HD 5-20x Day/Night Digital Scope


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By Drew Bryant
December 1st, 2023,

Arken Optics is known for producing well-built, reliable, and rugged optics without breaking the bank. This has garnered the company a positive reputation among the end users. The company mainly focuses on mid-range to high-power optics designed for hunting and DMR applications. Arken is now adventuring into uncharted waters with the Zulus HD 5-20x Digital Day/Night scope. This is a first for Arken and could catalyst for the company to do more in this space.

The Zulus HD features a 5-20x digital zoom, an integrated IR illuminator, a high-definition 1920×1080 Micro-OLED HD display, an IP67 waterproof rating, and over-the-air software updates. The Zulus is running Sony’s impressive STARVIS 2 chipset for unparalleled visibility. The digital night vision scope seeks a compact form factor and a lightweight design, coming in at 8 inches and 19.01 oz to ensure easy handling.

The Zulu scope is outfitted with a cantilever Picatinny mount suitable for common firearms, complemented by an additional Picatinny rail on the side. This side rail offers versatility, accommodating extra IR illumination, another battery pack, or an offset optic. Power is sourced from a rechargeable 18650 battery and can be supplemented through the integrated USB port.

Arken goes further by incorporating a shot detection feature, capturing six seconds before and two seconds after the shot. Adding a modern touch, the Zulu is Wi-Fi enabled, and zeroing can be seamlessly executed through a dedicated app.

Below are the product description and specs for the new Zulus HD 5-20x digital scope.

Product Description

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 makes 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.


• 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

The Zulus HD 5-20x digital scope seeks to be a contender within the ever-changing and growing digital night vision space. Arken’s first foray seems to be feature-rich and priced well. The Zulus HD is available on Arken’s website & retails for $649.99 MSRP. For more on the Zulus HD and Akren’s other products, click here.

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