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Need help selecting Gen1 NV

Postby jaichandj on Tue Nov 15, 2011 7:46 am

Hi,
I am new to the forum and need help selecting a good night vision monocular below 200$.
I have narrowed down to 3
1)NightOwl Nexgen II Monocular 50MM
2)Yukon 4x50 mm Spirit
3)Yukon Advanced Optics NVMT 4x50mm

I have more inclination towards Yukon Spirit as it uses standard AA cells. However, I read in one customer review that it is not good without IR illuminator as light amplification is minimal. And, I could not find any differences between the 2 Yukon models.
There is no possibility of trying them out myself as I am buying it online. My usage is purely as an aid during camping and night trekking.
Please advise me in this regard. Any other suggestions in the same budget range is much appreciated.
Thanks for your help.

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Re: Need help selecting Gen1 NV

Postby Steven_L on Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:06 pm

The Night owl has a 2x lens, whereas Both Yukons have 4x lenses. The NVMT is an older design, larger, with a removable lens. Light amplification on all are about the same, but transmission on the 2x will be better. I would opt for a digital unit. My new favorite is the 3.5x Yukon Twilight, if you can afford a bit more, and it is not affected by light like traditional NV units. If you need to choose between your choices I like the Spirit because of its smaller size and 4x magnification.
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Re: Need help selecting Gen1 NV

Postby jaichandj on Tue Nov 15, 2011 8:31 pm

Hi,
Thanks for the reply. About Night Owl, I was refering to Night Owl NexGen II Monocular 50mm (plastic lens) NOXM50 [url]http://www.opticsplanet.com/night-owl-nextgen-2-monocular.html[/url]. I believe this is 5x magnification. Sorry I did not put in the model no. I am surprised about the plastic lens. Is that good or bad? Yukon Twilight is tempting. But I do not want to spent that much as the usage will be minimal, ie., few times a year.
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Re: Need help selecting Gen1 NV

Postby Trevor_B on Wed Nov 16, 2011 10:42 am

I agree with Steve, 4x is plenty for a gen 1 unit and the small size is nice.
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Re: Need help selecting Gen1 NV

Postby jaichandj on Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:05 pm

Thanks for your help. Will settle for Yukon Spirit.
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Re: Need help selecting Gen1 NV

Postby Trevor_B on Mon Nov 21, 2011 9:06 am

Glad to help!!
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Re: Need help selecting Gen1 NV

Postby varmitkillin on Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:39 am

What is a good nightvision rifle scope if you were going to spend between $0-400, $400-1000 or $1000+
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Re: Need help selecting Gen1 NV

Postby Trevor_B on Thu Dec 01, 2011 10:56 am

Were you looking for a dedicated night vision scope or more of a night vision monocular?
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