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Seeing the country-side in Norway during winter months.

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Seeing the country-side in Norway during winter months.

Postby happyhopi on Thu Jun 05, 2008 2:50 am

This December I am going on a cruise of the entire Norwegian coast line with the hope of seeing the Northern Lights. Since the sun never comes up during their long "nights", I would like to know if there is some kind of binocular that would allow me to see as much of the terrain as possible as we cruise into fjords and past villages, mountains, etc.
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Postby Ryan_W on Thu Jun 05, 2008 9:49 am

Hi,

Night vision was not designed to see far. It is designed to see in the dark. If you are within 100 yards of your intended viewing target, a gen 1 unit will work. If you are trying to see out to about 150-175 yards under a moonlit sky, you will need to go up to generation 3 night vision for clear resonlution and light sensitivity.

For a gen 1, you can use something like the Night Owl Explorer with 3x magnification. For a gen 3 night vision, you can use the US Night Vision USNV-321G Gen 3 night vision goggle
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Postby Guest on Fri Jun 06, 2008 1:22 am

Thanks, Ryan. I thought that might be the answer but I was hoping that there would be something available. I am looking for something that would allow me to see terrain, etc at much greater distances.

Are there any daytime binoculars that do well in low light situations?
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Postby iwan on Fri Jun 06, 2008 9:47 am

the best money can buy for all gen 1 is digital night vision like bushnell stealthview or yukon night ranger.
none gen 1+ will beat this digital NV even with ITT tube.
you won't believe what you might see.
awesome.
but you need to large spare battery since they are consume too much power or using 12V dry battery as a power source.
the best place to find this kind of NV is optics planet.com
you will never never disappointed.
you can using it during day time or in the total darkness.
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Postby Ryan_W on Fri Jun 06, 2008 11:36 am

For low light conditions, you will want a larger diameter objective and keep the magnification reasonable. A high quality 8x42 or 8x50 should do the trick nicely. We do have some 8.5x56 binoculars that are great, but are large and heavy. You would not want to hold these up to your eyes for a long period of time. These are best on a tripod.

For a reasonable price, go with the Nikon Monarch ATB 8x42.

For a fantastic binocular that will have the brightest image with suberb quality, I really like the Swarovski EL 8.5x42.
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Seeing the country-side in Norway during winter months

Postby happyhopi on Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:33 pm

I already have the following [url=http://www.opticsplanet.com/canon-binoculars.html]binoculars:
Canon[/url] IS 10x30 (Was great for a photo safari in Tanzania)

Orion Savannah (Waterproof) 8x42.
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Night vision devices for Norway

Postby happyhopi on Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:00 am

In my prior post, I mentioned two sets of binoculars that I already have but forgot to ask if they would work for my trip.
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Postby Jne_K on Mon Jun 09, 2008 8:04 am

Those will certainly work, especially the 8x42.
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