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Armasight Spark CORE Monocular

Postby Louisiana Man on Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:08 pm

Hello. This is my 1st post. I just had to join, after reading the NV Forum topics, many of which are the same ones I have.

My budget right now can only support Gen 1. I want something to identify hogs over feeders at night, which is legal where I hunt. Haven't yet decided between a monocular or binocular. Max distance is 100 yards. An item that has me interested is the new Armasight Spark CORE Monocular, which is touted as rivaling an Gen 2 image (touted in the marketing hype). What do you know about this device and does it sound like it would meet my needs?

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Re: Armasight Spark CORE Monocular

Postby Steven_L on Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:00 pm

With budget in mind, a binocular is basically two monoculars put together, so you pay for two of everything, including intensifier tubes, which are about 80% of the cost of the unit. A BIOCULAR has two eyepieces and a single objective. This allows for economy, only using only one expensive intensifier tube, and two of everything else. Very practical, but depth of field suffers like a monocular. There's only one objective lens. A monocular is a better choice still, and the ATN Spark Core would be a good choice if you ever want to weapon mount it, or attach to it some of the numerous accessories that are available for it.
That being said, I personally would go with a digital, like the ATN DNVM-6 digital monocular. Magnification would be very useful for the relatively long distance of 100 yards at night, and you can use it in the daytime with no ill effects on the unit.
Digital is the future.
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Re: Armasight Spark CORE Monocular

Postby Louisiana Man on Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:38 pm

Thank you for the advice, Steven. That's what I needed to know. Some last bits of advice are needed. Reviews of the Yukon
Digital Ranger (not the Pro) 5 x 42 are very good. This is probably what I'll end up getting. However, I do have some questions about this device:
1) Where I hunt is very humid. Will the Ranger hold up to this environment?
2) The display is viewed in white & black (as I understand it). Will any of this show through the objective (front) side with the potential of spooking game? To ask this another way, will you see anything when you are looking at the front of the Ranger?
3) After viewing and you let the monocular rest against your chest, will the white light project from the view finder and be visible. Since I'll be using this monocular in a treestand, I'm not worried about anything being that close to me but any light projecting through the ocular lens could give me away.

Sorry for all of the questions but this is my first attempt into the NV market and I just don't know much.

Thank you in advance for your time.
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Re: Armasight Spark CORE Monocular

Postby Steven_L on Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:30 pm

Good questions.
I have been a champion of the Yukon Digital Ranger since it came out years ago. Still has similar performance to the newest digital units, but the new models like the currently available DNVM-6 are smaller, and don't eat batteries like the Yukon. The Pro is an overpriced product with no better real world performance gains for the money.
I can't tell you if any non-waterproof model will fog up or have electrical problems, that's something you have to find out for yourself. Unless you're in Guatamala in the rain forest it should be fine if not in the rain.
Yes, you will see the red IR glow if looking at the unit, but nothing out the front of the lens. You may see light around your face, but your hand usually covers it up.
Your face will be lit if you're not being careful with ANY night vision product.
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Re: Armasight Spark CORE Monocular

Postby Steven_L on Thu Feb 28, 2013 4:35 pm

And the ATN DNVM series has a color image in daytime conditions!
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Re: Armasight Spark CORE Monocular

Postby Louisiana Man on Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:09 pm

No more dumb questions, Steven.Thank you, Sir, for your time. Your input is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Armasight Spark CORE Monocular

Postby Steven_L on Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:12 am

Very glad to help! Keep us informed with the performance of the product you end up with!
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