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    Default been thinking about a night vision monocular

    For some years now I have been thinking about getting a night vision monocular.

    I do not necessarily want a night vision telescope for a weapon..but only separate night vision.

    I am considering spending below $400.00 for this tool.


    With other obligations for many years this was a thought and not a priority...but am of recent raising the priority level for this gear.

    Are any of the members here familiar with this gear as I am not. I am looking at one model which can see day and night and record....

    https://www.amazon.com/Bestguarder-M...QD9ATBTWCXY5D0



    It seems that over the years this gear has improved as well as come down in price..which also makes it a bit more attractive. There was a time when it was horribly expensive.

    I am interested in such features of course as reliability and ruggedness...first and foremost....but within a certain price range. I would keep this gear in a heavy plastic bag with the batteries usually removed until I was to use it. I am aware that water repellant is not water proof.

    Other than the one I played with one night on a submarine periscope...I've never used any of this gear. And the one on the submarine I was not impressed with it...everything was green.

    My thanks in advance to the members for any help


    Orangetom

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    Only Gen-I stuff sells in that price range. Gen-1 units are grainy and not very clear. You can find killer EBay deals in the Gen-III stuff from 1000-1500$. I have a set of PVS 7's and 2 PVS 14 mono's. 10 years ago these units were 5-10K....
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    Do you still have that digital unit Explo? And does it hold up to firing on a weapon?
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    anything that can pick out movement in those dark corners would be advantageous - doesn't need be crisp and clear monitor grade intel quality .... if you got some prepared tricks ready for those probable infiltration routes and just to know "when" ....

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    For 400 bucks you won't get great stuff. It will work to a degree, with a grainy black & white image....active IR but not passive, which means it will chew through batteries faster.

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    Do you still have that digital unit Explo? And does it hold up to firing on a weapon?
    mine does not mount on a weapon, strictly hand held monocular.
    but for the price it is pretty darn good, and yes I still have it.

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    That's great to hear it sees in the dark well. I like to be able to see in the dark and shoot in the dark.
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    Our security system has night and day vision cameras with 9 split screen on the monitor and it sets off a silent/ quiet alarm that we can see and hear in the house. I do have a night scope of one rifle that I use for hog/varment hunting. Leupold Mark 8 CQBSS Tactical Riflescope - 1.1-8x24mm. Nice scope! Pricey though.
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    Think I had about the same needs as the OP. Quiet a few years ago I picked up one of the light weight Night owl Monoculars. I have been very pleased with it. I can walk the forest at night. If there is small light it is pretty good. If I need to add illumination, I can. I too have night vision cameras around the house. This uses their illumination very well. Nice for scouting at night without a flashlight giving me away. I have been able to see wildlife sneaking around in the dark. Pretty cool. I know I paid under $200 for mine. I don't see the exact model I have right now (didn't look real hard though). This one looks close: Night Owl Lightweight Night Vision Monocular

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