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NVD GEN1

Postby Rash on Tue Nov 26, 2013 3:57 pm

Hello,
first of all thank you in advance for you advice. I am considering buying a NVD for my airsoft games. The problem is that I live in Spain but I have family living in the USA, so I discard buying a NVD GEN 2 or more due to ITAR regulations. So taking a look around the site I've found lots of decent model so if you could help my with this as it's going to be my first NVD.

I am still not sure if monocular or googles depending on models and prices). I want it to set on my helmet handsfree and on my airsoft electric gun. The magnification should be 1x. Also the best quality ( I don't mind spending a more if it is worthly).Also it should be taken to Europe, Spain without any issue.

On the monocular side I've seen:

- Armasight OPMOD GEN1M 1.0
- Night Optics Night Guardian Gen 1+ (this one looks great but I don't know why it has export limitations)
- Yukon NVMT 1x24mm (same, ITAR)
- Pulsar Challenger GS 1x20
-ATN Viper Night Vision (this one has a narrow FOV 14º)
-ATN ViperX-1 Night Vision Goggles (this one seem good but there is information missing to compare to others)
-Armasight Venom Gen 1+ Night Vision Goggles (this looks like the ATN Viper)

Talking about NVG, I've read that they have more disadvantages than the monocular. They are also more expensive. I am considering the following:

-Night Optics Gen 1+ Dual Tube Night. (this one looks awesome, no ITAR and great technical specifications)
-Pulsar Edge GS Night Vision (similar to the Night Optics but more expensive, why?)
-Yukon Viking 1x24 Night Vision Goggles
-Armasight Ninox Night Vision (again no specifications)

I know that there are a lot of models but any help will be appreciated.

Thank you again ;)

Best regards
Rash
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Re: NVD GEN1

Postby Chase_B on Wed Nov 27, 2013 10:36 am

I would recommend a monocular over a goggle or binocular. I personally find it much easier to maneuver when only one eye is adapted to the NVD. In most cases it is best to have one eye adjusted to the ambient lighting conditions and one adjusted to the NVD.

Pretty much all generation one night vision will be the same. The differences will be in the shape/size and infrared illumination. Many monoculars don’t allow the user to control the IR.

A decent all around gen one unit is our OPMOD. The only problem you will have is adapting the unit to your helmet. Most helmets and helmet mounts are only compatible with military specification equipment (pvs-14). I am not aware of any helmet mounts for gen one night vision. That being said, The head gear that comes with the OPMOD Gen 1 is really nice. It is one of the most comfortable harnesses I have ever worn. You might be able to wear it under you helmet, but your best option might be to just use the heard harness...
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Re: NVD GEN1

Postby Rash on Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:29 pm

Chase_B wrote:I would recommend a monocular over a goggle or binocular. I personally find it much easier to maneuver when only one eye is adapted to the NVD. In most cases it is best to have one eye adjusted to the ambient lighting conditions and one adjusted to the NVD.

Pretty much all generation one night vision will be the same. The differences will be in the shape/size and infrared illumination. Many monoculars don’t allow the user to control the IR.

A decent all around gen one unit is our OPMOD. The only problem you will have is adapting the unit to your helmet. Most helmets and helmet mounts are only compatible with military specification equipment (pvs-14). I am not aware of any helmet mounts for gen one night vision. That being said, The head gear that comes with the OPMOD Gen 1 is really nice. It is one of the most comfortable harnesses I have ever worn. You might be able to wear it under you helmet, but your best option might be to just use the heard harness...


Thank you very much Chase_B, now I'm decided for a monocular device.

I've been looking around the website and I've found the Armasight Spark Core and it's seems quite amazing, like a step between Gen 1 and Gen 2 NVD. The problem is that exportation for the moment is not possible, but it doesn't appear the ITAR product warning as in Gen 2 devices. Any idea if is against ITAR or it's just a logistic problem? Would it be solved? Is a lot of difference between the OPMOD and the SPARK CORE?

Thank you again.

Best regards

Rash
Rash
 

Re: NVD GEN1

Postby Chase_B on Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:27 am

Rash wrote:
Chase_B wrote:I would recommend a monocular over a goggle or binocular. I personally find it much easier to maneuver when only one eye is adapted to the NVD. In most cases it is best to have one eye adjusted to the ambient lighting conditions and one adjusted to the NVD.

Pretty much all generation one night vision will be the same. The differences will be in the shape/size and infrared illumination. Many monoculars don’t allow the user to control the IR.

A decent all around gen one unit is our OPMOD. The only problem you will have is adapting the unit to your helmet. Most helmets and helmet mounts are only compatible with military specification equipment (pvs-14). I am not aware of any helmet mounts for gen one night vision. That being said, The head gear that comes with the OPMOD Gen 1 is really nice. It is one of the most comfortable harnesses I have ever worn. You might be able to wear it under you helmet, but your best option might be to just use the heard harness...


Thank you very much Chase_B, now I'm decided for a monocular device.

I've been looking around the website and I've found the Armasight Spark Core and it's seems quite amazing, like a step between Gen 1 and Gen 2 NVD. The problem is that exportation for the moment is not possible, but it doesn't appear the ITAR product warning as in Gen 2 devices. Any idea if is against ITAR or it's just a logistic problem? Would it be solved? Is a lot of difference between the OPMOD and the SPARK CORE?

Thank you again.

Best regards

Rash


Hi Rash, I think it is controlled by Armasight's request. I would rate it higher than the OPMOD.
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