Buying your first night vision monocular can be tricky. There’s a lot of language that needs to be learned, with terms like photocathode tubes and different generations from 1 to 4 that each provide a different level of quality for a different price. When you’re starting out with night vision it’s tough to know just what you need. We put together a How To Buy Night Vision Guide that gives you a more complete rundown of the various types of night vision available and what you can use them for, but we also just added a brand new night vision monocular from Armasight that’s perfect for beginners.
The Armasight OPMOD GEN1M Night Vision Monocular is exclusive to OpticsPlanet. We’re really proud to have worked with Armasight to bring this new option to our store. I learned a long time ago that it’s important to always buy quality, especially when you’re on a budget. When money is an issue you need an option that’ll last you a good long time. The GEN1M Monocular fits the bill because while it’s priced at the entry level for night vision, the quality level is so high that even as you progress toward needing more functionality you’ll still have it!
First, the Armasight OPMOD GEN1M has a lot of versatility. It can be used as a handheld monocular, which is great for quick use. If you want to take a look in your back yard for skunks (one of my favorite uses) or you’re a security guard needing to check out dark corners from safety, the GEN1M is perfect. It’s lightweight (.54 lbs), compact and comes with a case for easy carrying. That’s great for handheld use.
But the GEN1M also comes with headgear for hands-free use. This is especially helpful when hunting or in tactical situations. The mount allows you to flip up the monocular when not needed, and it’s very comfortable, so you won’t mind wearing it for longer periods of time. It adjusts to fit most head sizes.
Another really nice feature on the GEN1M is the IR illuminator. A lot of first generation have these to help boost performance, but the GEN1M Monocular’s IR Illuminator can be turned on and off based on user preference. These illuminators act as a flashlight for night vision, but they’re invisible to the naked eye. This is great for hunting, but if you’re in a tactical situation and need to stay completely concealed, especially from other people potentially using night vision, you’ll want to be able to turn off the illuminator. Many first gen night vision have their illuminator active all the time. That’s a great benefit of the GEN1M.
When you buy your first night vision device you likely won’t want to spend thousands of dollars on a fourth generation unit. The Armasight OPMOD GEN1M Night Vision Monocular is perfect for a wide variety of uses, so even as you progress from total novice to an intermediate night vision operator you’ll still be able to use this unit. You’ll be thankful for the years of success you get out of this fantastic new OPMOD Night Vision Monocular.