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Need recommendations on a good NV monoc

Postby poopidoopi on Sat Dec 27, 2008 6:34 am


I've been looking for a good nv monocular that either comes with headgear or is mountable on headgear.

Aside from the gen 3 mil spec AN/PVS-14 (which is what I'd really like, but it's about $3500 for a real ITT one), I've been looking at the Bushnell 1x20 Tactical Monocular p/n 26-2013 ([url][url=]bushnell-night-vision[/url]-1x20-tactical-monocular-262013.html[/url]).

After finally finding some good pictures over at it looks like the monoc doesn't work for the left eye!

How is this monoc (Bushnell one) if you've used it before?

Can you recommend a good monoc under $1000 USD (but preferably $500 to sub-$500-ish) that will mount over either the left or right eye, that is comfortable, water and impact resistant, allows easy access to controls in either orientation, ability to turn back on immediately after a high-light auto-shutoff, and possibly gain adjustment (although unlikely to be found in a cheap unit)? I like the Bushnell design because it's not too huge and bulky like the ATN Viper - any ideas on one that is fairly light (less than 1lb - probably between 7-14 oz), not bulky, but well made? Running on standard batteries like AA would be great, but this is not a major consideration - if there isn't one like this that matches my previous requirements, please disregard the battery type. Do you have several units I can look at?

Also, an NTSC output would be nice, but is unnecessary.

Can you shed some light on how this particular Bushnell or similar gen 1 (I know most gen 1 devices are about the same) works compared to a g3 as far as image quality (I've seen charts and comparisons but a description from someone that's used them would be helpful)? I've not had a chance to use a g3 before, but from what I understand the auto-gated electronics, fine adjustments, and optics are far superior, although with general use I don't need a g3 device.

Also, how do nv monocs like this get along with conventional scopes and iron sights on rifles and such? Do I need a holographic sight or will this be able to focus (and collimate enough light) when looking through a traditional scope?

And the last thing - I've used $10,000 telescopes and astronomy binocs before ($700 pair) that were huge and had multi-coated optics - how do multi-coated optics vs. standard or coated optics affect NV (if at all compared to viewing normal visible light)? I imagine the same type of effect?

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Postby poopidoopi on Wed Dec 31, 2008 12:27 pm

Is there nobody here who can answer even one of my questions
Last edited by poopidoopi on Fri Jan 02, 2009 9:29 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Postby Steven_L on Fri Jan 02, 2009 2:46 pm

The Bushnell is one of the best out there in your price range, and other similar products will have similar performance and attributes. One eye. Controls are where they are. No immediate shut off or on. No outputs are integral with traditional night vision that is available. The difference between a gen one and two or three is not comparable. A gen two worth several times as much gives performance increases commesurate with price increase. Not so much with gen three. You can shoot a handgun with a monocular, but you can only set your focus at one distance, and that will be your target distance. It's barely useable with most iron sighted rifles. You need a night vision compatible optic to use with night vision, and putting NV behind a magnified scope is futile in almost all cases. Coatings mean some, but not the same as in a riflescope. There are many articles available on our site that are quite informative.
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