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Old October 10, 2013, 11:56 PM   #1
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Anyone with NV experience please help

Well I am looking at night vision scopes now for Christmas and have absolutely no experience with them. It is a 3x Gen I scope for $399.00.

Good, Bad, or what? How long does the element last, battery is a 123 they say good for 40 hours on battery, not sure of the amplifier battery yet.

ANY help would be appreciated.
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Old October 11, 2013, 01:21 AM   #2
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NV...

Night Vision or NVGs(Night Vision Goggles) have been around in various forms for decades.
I read a recent media article(taken from the book; No Easy Day) that stated the NVGs now in use by spec ops & tier one groups(SAD, ISA, ACE, DevGru, etc) cost up to $65,000.00 each!
There are older & surplus units on the open market but those are not cheap either; www.uscav.com www.policehq.com www.actiongear.com .
These items are under tight US customs & DoC(dept of commerce) regulations too. They may not be allowed to leave the US or be sold overseas.

If I get any more websites or details, I'll post it.
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Old October 11, 2013, 07:34 AM   #3
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battery is a 123 they say good for 40 hours on battery, not sure of the amplifier battery yet.
It takes 2 separate batteries?
Did I read that right?
That would be an odd feature. Do you have a make & model because the quality & longevity can vary greatly between brands.
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Old October 11, 2013, 08:58 AM   #4
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It said it has a Detachable Long Range Illuminator and I can not see any connection to the main unit.

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Old October 11, 2013, 11:18 AM   #5
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OK, its essentially an infrared spotlight as many NV tubes are IR sensitive.

That does give me some cause for concern though. Is the unit actually an image intensifier or an infrared viewer? Many of the lower price "night vision" are basically just an infrared viewing product, not true image amplification. Those "starlight scopes" don't need additional lighting for good performance.
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