Gen 1 Monocular Suggestions... I'm looking at a few
So I'm looking for the best Gen 1 monocular for under $300. It must have a tripod mount.
Here are the intended uses.
1. Mounted on cross bow (with daytime scope) in conjunction with laser sight in order to hunt hogs / coyotes in urban areas.
2. Toy when camping / around house, etc
Uses will be about 50 / 50. I wanted to go with an actual night vision scope, but I can't find one that is GUARANTEED to hold up to reverse recoil of a cross bow.
Will have a cross hair scope on bow, and that scope will have two tactical rails above and to the side. Laser up top (about to post a question on laser sight board), and then I'll have my night vision attached to a bracket with tripod mount. Bracket bolted to a scope ring on a quick release base that will go to my rail that's to the left of daytime scope. This way I can be CAREFUL with night vision and don't have to ahve it on all the time. Laser will be bolted in and permanent up top.
Because it's a cross bow.. range during hunting is not terribly important. With a built in IR illuminator, if I can make out vitals on a hog or coyote at 45 yards AND see my laser sight, I'll be happy.
For fun / Toy aspect (another reason I'm going with the brack / quick release idea as opposed to an actual NV Scope) I'd like to be able to snap it off gun and be able to see as much and as far as possible at camp / around the hosue, but I'd sacrifice performance there for clarity within 50 yards.
Here are the models I'm looking at:
Bushnell 2 x 24 Night Watch
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-ni ... 60224.html
Sightmark Eclipse 4 x 50
http://www.opticsplanet.com/sightmark-e ... cular.html
Yukon 3 x 42 Sea Wolf
Yukon 3 x 42 Spartan
http://www.opticsplanet.com/yukon-spart ... -nvmt.html
My understindg with the NV scope was that it was the reticle that couldn't hange in there. I figured the overall technology would be fine with a monocular... I'd look thorugh it to ID target, and then hit external laser sight to approximate point of arrow impact.
So my understanding is wrong? Even a reticle-les NV monocular won't hold up to reverse recoil??? WOuld it hold up to regular recoil on a firearm? If so, then I'm confused because a handheld / trippod mount monocular was not built to handle ANY recoil... it's meant to be walked around with in front of the user's eye.
I'm going to go ahead and try it.
As far as monoculars go, I'm leaning towards the Yukon 3.5 x 42mm Digingal Night Vision. Decent unit?
Going to make an aluminum flat bar bracket for it, and mount it with the tripod mount. Going to use some sort of shock absorbant rubber spacer between bracket and monocular, and a washer / rubber dampner underneath the bracket as well. This should take some of the jostling out of it when fired.