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Armasight Spark CORE Night Vision Monocular
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Spark CORE

by Rubio, from Spain, Madrid Written on February 14, 2015
I just received my Spark CORE monocular and I am really impressed. Although I already knew it is an excellent device (I had read a lot of information about it plus all the other buyer's opinions), I have to admit that I didn't think its quality was going to be so high. I already own an Armasight Orion 5x, which surprised me too when I first took it outside to hunt (I haven't missed a shot with it so far), but the clarity and the quality of this Spark is far better. I went to the countryside with both devices, on a clearly and starry night (but no moon). I could see much better with the Spark with no IR than with the Orion with the IR810. Besides, the definition with the Spark is so good I could not believe I was using a Gen 1 device. I have to go and test it hunting, but I think I could have seen and identify a hog at 150 metres or more without any problems. Really amazing. I am more than happy with it. It has a con: its IR is not very powerful at all, and its beam is too wide. Do not expect to gain much clarity beyond 20 metres. Anyway, I had already decided to order the Armasight 810W I was recommended, and I hope I can see even farther....
Pros:
  • Price
  • well built
  • image quality
  • image resolution
  • Small and light
  • image clarity
Cons:
  • IR not very powerful
Best Used for:
  • hunting
  • stalking (animals)
  • watching night life
Would recommend: Yes
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Spark core

by Cahlos, from United States, TX Written on January 27, 2015
It's an awesome nvg works amazing aside from the depth perception throwing you off. I have it hooked up to my helmet for when I got hog hunting at night, great buy for the price most definitely recommend this for a starter nvg....
Pros:
  • Cheap
  • clear view
  • Small compact
Cons:
  • None
Would recommend: Yes
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Great device

by motorhommie, from United States, WA Written on January 20, 2015
Initially the focus was a little difficult to turn but have that worked out. This device is outstanding. The attached illuminator is fine for up close viewing in total darkness but I recommend getting a long range illuminator. The wide beam would be better than the lesser cost more focused beam IMO. This model is amazing and highly recommended. Sure if you have $3000 for a PVS14, get it. Otherwise this is great equipment and not only for the price. I think a couple evaluators here were a little harsh....
Would recommend: Yes
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Good product, but need help

by Zzdudaka, from United States, SC Written on January 11, 2015
Good clarity and well constructed. The aid of a separate powerful ir illuminator would be nice. The built in or is good for limited range.
Want to try some rifle mounting options but impossible to find any data from someone who has done this. Please share!...
Pros:
  • Price
  • Clarity
  • Quality
Cons:
  • Accessories are expensive.
Would recommend: Yes
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Spark CORE monocular

by Okie Ben, from United States, OK Written on January 5, 2015
I researched many night vision monoculars before making my purchase of the Spark CORE monocular at Optics Planet, the Spark is very clear in resolution, the infrared light provided with unit could be brighter, but worked well for 10-15 yards in near total darkness, the adjustments were a little stiff to begin with, but loosened up with a little use, overall I am very satisfied with my Spark CORE, but I do suggest buying the Armasight long range infrared illuminator to go with the unit, it will make you appreciate the Spark even more....
Would recommend: Yes
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Better than my old Russian Gen 1

by Highlands, from United States, CA Written on October 13, 2014
My Gen 1 binoculars were getting blurry so went with the core level.
The night view is much clearer, I get a lot more detail especially under brush and trees.
IR intensifier is especially good for brush.
I will probably add the 3x magnifier with the long range intensifier.
Eye piece is a bit stiff to rotate but that is very minor....
Would recommend: Yes
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Superior Gen 1

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on February 14, 2014
I've have owned 3 Gen 1's, a Gen 2+, and Gen 3 units. For the money this unit although expensive is a good choice if you cannot afford a Gen 2. I don't think a few statements about this being a smaller leap to gen 2 as being an over statement although range is an issue in comparison. It is in fact the best Gen 1 I have personally ever used (By FAR). Initially, I was upset with the purchase then I remembered to take off the lens cap (LOL, Sadly not the first time). As far as gen 1 goes, it's really good. It has an auto gain, which I dislike and you must focus to each distance for clarity. The image quality is like I sated already the best gen 1 I have seen though based on maybe 5 or 6 in total.
It was much more affected by the oil flares at the ranch than the gen 2 I had with me but to be fair they both sucked bad even at a 45 degree angle away from the flares or a flare nearly a mile away.
Using the IR greatly increases your range and clarity just like every other night vision I've used. Overall a great addition to my equipment. Using it for glassing up to about the 80+ yard range is handy instead of looking though the scope on my PS-22 CGT. As for the range to be honest that is a guess...I hunted with it only 1 night so far on a pretty clear night. The other time I tried to use it, it was unusable due to the flares. Also, just like any NV, depending on the cloud cover, moon, and other factors the range can vary. I think 80-100 yards is fair for a hog size anima...
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Would recommend: Yes
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Don't waste the time or money

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on February 11, 2014
These "nvg's", and I use that term loosely, are the worst set of NOD's I've ever put my eye through. Visibility is next to nothing, and that's just in a room. Outside, in the elements, this things offer nothing. With all of the military grade options out there, I let my kid play with this joke of a product. I'll stick with my 14's.
Pros: Cheap
Cons: terrible quality...
Would recommend: No
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Good value for the money

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on January 19, 2014
This a good value for the money and can be used in a variety of mounts and applications. Overall its a the best gen 1 I've had the opportunity to use. For the money you can't go wrong. You do get some fish eye effect.
Pros: Good value for the money...
Would recommend: Yes
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Great value

by Legacy Reviewer, Written on December 22, 2013
Great value compared to other options
Pros: Great reviews, superior to other Gen 1 monos
Cons: None...
Would recommend: Yes
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