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night vision vs. spotting scope

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night vision vs. spotting scope

Postby Texoma on Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:18 am

I have a Nikon 82mm spotting scope. At the lowest magnification, it works well at night after my eyes are adjusted. Would a regular Gen. 1 night vision scope be dramatically better, or just marginally? Interested in buying, just want to spend smartly.

Postby Jne_K on Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:43 am


Two diferent product categories with two different objectives. Night vision is about seeing in the dark, not about seeing far. Spotting scopes are about seeing far, not about seeing in the dark.

Resolution is always low on NV, not even close to what you get with a good spotting scope, even with the best Gen 3. That's why magnification on an NV is seldom above 5x. You will never get anything close to 20x in an NV and image quality will never approach what you are getting in your Fieldscope, no matter how much you pay.

As long as you have enough light to work with, a spotting scope will give always provide more detail and better image quality, but that's the catch. On a moonless night under cloud cover, you will need an NV if you want to see anything at all, even with your Nikon turned down to 20x. That's when the NV leaves your spotting scope in the dust.
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Postby Texoma on Thu Jun 19, 2008 10:42 am

Thanks for the help and the education, as this is an area in which I have no expertise. I'll be in touch with you soon to purchase a good NV device.