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need help picking a "good" NV

Postby SoTXhogman on Mon Mar 15, 2010 1:08 pm

I know this is redundant, but I am looking for a NV Monoc that will give me detectable/clear visuals around 50 to 150 yards (for hog hunting). Im not looking to go more than $600 but the cheaper the better. So any of your help would be much appreciated.
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby Steven_L on Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:06 pm

You're asking a lot for images at 100 yards and farther. This Bushnell 2.5x42 monocular is as good as any gen one out there. Performance of all gen one units are about the same. A larger objective helps. Picture will be grainy and green. You won't be able to distinguish between animals very well at longer distances, if at all. A better unit for your application would be the Bushnell Stealthview digital. Much better clarity and distance compared to a gen one.
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby SoTXhogman on Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:15 pm

wow thanks for the fast reply. i was just browsing the site and i came across the ranger 5x42. how is that compared to the stelthview? would you still consider the stealth veiw?
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby Steven_L on Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:25 pm

Good question. Made by the same folks. The Yukon has a slightly more powerful IR light and comes with a charging adapter, but for the money, the performance is the same. I think the Bushnell is a slightly better value. Both of these units are my absolute favorites in the price range, and I recommend them highly, especially over any gen one unit. You can also use them in daylight with no ill effects, unlike traditional night vision which will be destroyed with daytime use. The picture is also white and black in the digital units, and the 5x magnification is ideal for its capabilities. Have fun! It does take 6AA batteries, though, and it does go through them quickly with the IR illuminator on. Still my choice over all others, though.
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby SoTXhogman on Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:25 pm

the digital ranger.. sorry
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby SoTXhogman on Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:30 pm

thank you so much for your help and quick response i will def. refer people to this site!!!!!
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby Steven_L on Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:10 pm

Glad to help. Have fun!
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby Shani Clinton on Wed Aug 11, 2010 12:23 am

I think Newton Twilight Hornet 5x50 Digital NV is best and i heard about it so many times.

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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby Trevor_B on Wed Aug 11, 2010 2:11 pm

Also keep your eyes out for some new Pulsar digital night vision units coming out soon that will really give Gen 2 and some Gen 3 units a run for their money.
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby xKRUZx on Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:42 pm

Just digging up an old thread here...

Would your current Gen I recommendations still be the Bushnell and Yukons in the $200 range? You mentioned the coming Pulsars...are there any specific comparable models.

I plan to use mine for late night viewing of the wildlife in the forest behind my home from the comfort of my deck maybe 100-300' away. Thx
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby xKRUZx on Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:01 am

Hello? Anyone home in here? Ready to buy and would appreciate some expertise.
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby Trevor_B on Fri Jan 07, 2011 10:20 am

Save up a little more and go with a digital unit. You can get a nice one around the $300-$400 mark that will give you a 100+ yard recognition range. You also don't have to worry about light hurting the unit. My favorite is still the Digital Night Ranger from Yukon due to its gain control which controls the brightness of the image.
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby xKRUZx on Fri Jan 07, 2011 11:57 am

Thanks Trevor! How does the Yukon compare to the Bushnell 260542? They seem nearly identical. I like the idea of digital in the lower pricepoints.

Also can you suggest a lower magnification digital in the 2-4 power range? I think 5x may be too much for 100-300 feet away?
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Re: need help picking a "good" NV

Postby Trevor_B on Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:18 pm

I would definitely say my bias is toward the Yukon, for the price you are getting the best deal. For a traditional NV unit I would say 5x is over kill, but with the resolution of a digital unit, it works well. I used the Night Ranger in a field behind my house and at about 100 yards I was able to see and recognize a raccoon. Pretty impressive for standard ambient conditions, partial stars, no real moon out.
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