Gen1 Goggle Questions
I'm looking at Gen1 goggles (binocular, 1X mag), which will be used primarily for fun. I understand that I won't be getting the greatest quality with Gen1, but my for-fun budget doesn't cover anything more expensive.
I was trying to compare the Bushnell 1x20 (261020) goggles, the Yukon Viking 1x24 (25025) goggles, the ATN Night Cougar (15011), and the Night Detective Flip-Up Pro (ND-NV-NDNG4PRO) goggles. I have a few questions I hope you can answer:
1. The Night Detective set offers adjustable width (distance between eyepieces) and adjustable IR illuminator (intensity and dispersion). Are these features really helpful (ie compared to fixed width models)?
2. The ATN & Night Detective sets list as Gen 1+. Does this differ significantly from the Gen 1?
3. The lens diameter varies between units (ie 20mm to 24mm), which should allow more/less light into the unit. Are the differences between lens sizes noticeable?
4. The Yukon & ATN sets do not specify a bright-light protection circuit - do these units have such a feature?
5. The Night Detective has the face-mask style headgear - is this any less comfortable than the head/chin-strap arrangement?
A bunch of questions I know! Any help would be much appreciated though. Thanks in advance.
Of all these models, I like the Bushnell 1x20 the best. It is small and lightweight, and has nice image quality for a Gen 1 unit. I highly recommend this one over the others. This model also has the most comfortable and easiest to adjust headhear of the lot. I can imaging the facemask being rather hot in the summertime.
A difference of 4mm will make some difference in the brightness of the image, but will not affect the effective range very much. The Built in IR makes up for any differences at close range. An adjustable IR is a nice feature but it would not be my deciding factor in which model to purchase.
The Night Cougar is very large and heavy, and may be uncomfortable over long periods of time.
Gen 1+ vs. Gen 1 really depends on the manufacturer. Companiesn that offer a 1+ say that it's newer or cleaner than the Gen 1. How it compares with the companies that do not even offer it? You'll usually find bigger differences from one unit to the next anyway. This is not really a selling point to me.
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