I Tested this NV device in several light situations. In my house at night with no lights on and IR illuminator on with pivotal focusing lens for wide illumination, image was high resolution and well lit up. Very pleased! I took a walk to the woods on a moonless night with clear sky. In the large vacant field of several hundred yards, illumination was very good as well as resolution. I could see the trees making up the boundary of the woods very clearly and would easily recognize a person or dog at 150 yards away. If the person was carrying a weapon at that distance I would have a hard time determining whether it was a large stick or rifle. Perhaps 50 yards would make a difference. As I entered the woods I had no trouble recognizing the small trail in the grass but as I got to the point where the trees made a canopy I found it necessary to turn on the IR illuminator which was effective for about 5 yards in the flood setting. I could see the trees and brush beyond that but resolution made it harder to distinguish a path without further illumination. The addition of a small IR illuminator costing about $100 completely changed the image to very high quality for an easy 100 yards or more depending on the focal setting of the illuminator. In the orchards where I hunt at night for pigs on a no moon lit night the ND device worked incredibly well with no extra illumination. I am very impressed with the ability of this unit to provide great NV capabilities on a moonless night and with a moon, image quality is outstanding. Another test was to use it while in my home to look through the glass window at my back yard with all the lights out inside and out and was impressed with the ability for me to detect a person that might be 30 yards out by my fence. This NV device is a real game changer for anyone wanting to work at night whether security, hunting or other need. I was even able to read my book in total darkness with very high quality resolution with the book only 14" in front of me. With the addition of a small IR illuminator you will virtually get the same performance as a gen. 3 NV device. Remember, that though invisible to the naked eye, IR illuminators can be seen by other NV devices.If your on a budget this is clearly the way to go. I highly recommend this unit.
Pros: High quality and performance for excellent price!
Cons: Can't think of any
This review was written in the old system and had content requirements that are different than reviews written today.