The Mini Monocular is an ultra compact multipurpose night vision monocular developed for a variety of ground-based nighttime applications. It accommodates a wide variety of Gen 2+ and 3 image intensifier tubes. The monocular can be used as a self-contained pocket scope or mounted onto a weapon for use in conjunction with an infrared laser aimer or a reflex sight. While using the monocular with head or helmet mount, the user retains greater situational awareness and peripheral vision of close-range objects as one eye always remains unaided and dark-adapted. The night vision aided eye can easily focus on identifying potential threats and targets farther ahead. The Mini monocular is camera or camcorder adaptable.