Need recommendations on a good NV monoc
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]http://www.opticsplanet.com/[url=http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-night-vision.html]bushnell-night-vision[/url]-1x20-tactical-monocular-262013.html[/url]).
After finally finding some good pictures over at Militaria.pl 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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