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Night Storm vs. Night Leopard

Postby RecoiL on Wed Sep 19, 2007 3:34 pm

Hello, I am thinking about purchasing a night vision monocular, I believe I narrowed it down between 2, the ATN Night Storm and Night Leopard. Or possibly the Bushnell Stealth because after reading around the forums I see that one getting recommended a lot.

One of the reasons why the ATN models seem more attractive to me is because I would like to attach them to my video camera, I'm buying the night vision and figure I would get more use out of it because I can kill 2 birds with one stone and get night vision on my video camera at the same time as buying a nvd.

It looks as if I bought this adapter:
http://www.opticsplanet.com/atn-c-adapter.html
I can get the Night Leopard or Night Storm to work with my video camera.
My video camera is 30.5mm but already have a 30.5mm to 37mm adapter ring that I use for my fisheye lens, so it should work I think.

The thing about the Bushnell Stealth my video camera does not have an RCA input to record on, so I don't think that would work..

Although, using it for my video camera is not the main focus of purchasing night vision.

So between the Night Storm and Night Leopard, maybe even the MO4-1 or Bushnell Stealth what would you recommend? Or any other night vision, regardless of brand/model would you recommend that would be able attach to a video camera?

And I don't know much about night vision, only looked through my friends monocular once, but if i'm curious to know, if you're walking around is focus a concern? say if it was on the video camera would things get out of focus easily?

Sorry my post got a little longer than I expected, thanks for your time.
-Alex

Also I would like to thank opticsplanet.com because I am impressed with their customer service, I emailed them a question and get a very excellent and THOROUGH response the very next day. If I do purchase night vision I am very encouraged to do so from you. Thanks.
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Postby Ryan_W on Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:00 pm

Hi,

Thanks for the kudos there at the end :)

To answer your question, you are really talking about two different animals when you are comparing the Bushnell Stealthview to a Gen 1 Night Vision unit. The Bushnell is a digital model that does not use an intensifier tube. Instead it uses an imaging chip similar to a digital camera. The unit is black and white, which makes it sensitive enough to pick up images in extremely low light. If using your camcorder were not an issue, I would say to go with the Stealthview all the way. You get a flat field of view, and image quality that matches the best Gen 2 and some Gen 3 night vision monoculars at a fraction of the price. Gen 1 monoculars all have lots of distortion which produces a fish-eye effect.

Adding the video recording throws in a new level. The ATN monoculars are the easiest to add a video recorder to, unless you have an RCA input on your camera (which you say you do not). It's a bit of a pain to carry around a VCR with you to record what the monocular is seeing. This is really a tough call. It really depends on how much you're going to use it to record video.
Best regards,

Ryan W.


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Postby RecoiL on Wed Sep 19, 2007 6:40 pm

Thanks again for the great help.

So are you saying the Bushnell Stealthview is going to be a lot better than other Gen 1 units?

Ryan_W wrote:If using your camcorder were not an issue, I would say to go with the Stealthview all the way.

Well I think I'll take your advice and think I'm going to have to sacrifice the ability to use night vision on my video camera for now, and I hope I'll purchase a Stealthview soon.

Oh and I just noticed you are the same person who sent me the e-mail, thanks so much!
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Postby NightVisionOp on Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:00 pm

You can use this camcorder to record from stealthview it has rca input
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/4 ... _Card.html

I think a better choice would be the Yukon Night Ranger.
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Postby RecoiL on Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:48 am

Thanks for the link to the camcorder! I will have to look into something like that.

I already ordered my Stealthview and expecting it to come on Sept. 27th.

I'm still curious to know why the Yukon Night Ranger would be a better choice, because I heard good things about both of them. I've also heard the Yukon was a better choice. But The Night Ranger seems to be a little bit more expensive. What is the difference between them and how come it would be better? Thanks
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Postby RecoiL on Fri Sep 28, 2007 1:03 am

I have received my Bushnell Stealthview and it works pretty amazingly.. the thing i haven't made my mind up about is the 5x zoom..
It is useful when trying to look at something particular far away.. but it's impossible to walk around with :/
Sometimes I wish it wasn't so zoomed in, it would be nice if I could view closer objects.. but overall I'm happy.
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Postby NightVisionOp on Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:48 pm

RecoiL wrote:I have received my Bushnell Stealthview and it works pretty amazingly.. the thing i haven't made my mind up about is the 5x zoom..
It is useful when trying to look at something particular far away.. but it's impossible to walk around with :/
Sometimes I wish it wasn't so zoomed in, it would be nice if I could view closer objects.. but overall I'm happy.


This will allow you to record your Stealth or Yukon
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/5 ... ayer_.html

Very good quality 9AM-4PM, 4PM-9PM bad quality, 9PM-6AM good quality strange..
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