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Gen 1 Monocular Suggestions... I'm looking at a few

Postby Panhandler80 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 10:07 am

Okay,

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
http://www.opticsplanet.com/yukon-3x24-multitask.html


Yukon 3 x 42 Spartan
http://www.opticsplanet.com/yukon-spart ... -nvmt.html
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Re: Gen 1 Monocular Suggestions... I'm looking at a few

Postby Steven_L on Wed Jul 13, 2011 5:11 pm

I don't know of any monocular guaranteed to hold up to reverse recoil, and depending on the severity of your particular crossbow, I would guess they wouldn't for too long. The only unit I knew of for dual recoil was a riflescope specifically designed for spring piston airguns with external adjustments that has been discontinued for years. If you wanted to try a monocular I would use one wity the least amount of magnification to maximize available light transmission. You still have the laser to aim.
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Re: Gen 1 Monocular Suggestions... I'm looking at a few

Postby Panhandler80 on Wed Jul 13, 2011 6:04 pm

A monocular not holding up to reverse recoil.. interesting.

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.

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Re: Gen 1 Monocular Suggestions... I'm looking at a few

Postby Steven_L on Thu Jul 14, 2011 11:35 am

I can't say what monocular will or will not handle reverse recoil. They were not designed for such use. You will have to call the manufacturer, and I'll bet they'll say try it without knowing if it will or won't.
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Re: Gen 1 Monocular Suggestions... I'm looking at a few

Postby Panhandler80 on Thu Jul 14, 2011 12:12 pm

Yeah, probably.

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.
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Re: Gen 1 Monocular Suggestions... I'm looking at a few

Postby Steven_L on Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:36 am

Sounds good. If I were you I think I would try it also. If the unit doesn't hold up after repeated use I would just send it back to Yukon. A lot of people, including myself would like to know how well it works. We'd appreciate letting us know! Good luck!
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