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Selecting NV binoculars as a gift

Postby confused, if well meaning, wife on Sat Dec 17, 2011 6:30 pm

I've been reading through the many postings, and it seems as though most people are looking for night vision gear for hunting or viewing UFOs. I'm just looking for some binoculars for my husband to view wildlife in our backyard (lots of flying squirrels, coyotes, fox, etc.) and on vacation. It's just for the fun of it. My upper limit would probably be $1200, but I'd prefer to spend quite a bit less. I'm not sure if a cheaper pair of binoculars would be fine. (I don't need a Ferrari to drive to the mailbox.) Do you have any recommendations? Many, many thanks.
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Re: Selecting NV binoculars as a gift

Postby Steven_L on Thu Dec 29, 2011 5:42 pm

What a nice gift! One of my favorites for the purposes you mentioned is the Night Detective B-Quest for a few reasons. First of all, it is a true binocular with two separate intensifier tubes, as opposed to a biocular, which still has two ocular lenses, but only one objective lens and only one intensifier tube. The B-Quest is fairly lightweight compared to other binoculars, and the magnification is 3x. Most are 5X, which I consider too much for most purposes. You don't really see anything more, and the resolution is much more grainy with high magnification. You don't have to spend a lot more money for a good, useable product. The next generation, generation two, will cost you thousands instead of hundreds. Sorry I didn't see your question sooner. These binoculars will let you see your night time critters as well as any gen one product can, but keep in mind that the picture through night vision is nothing like through a regular binocular. The image is green and grainy, but still a lot of fun at a reasonable price. Merry Christmas!
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