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Night Owl iGen 20/20 Day/Night Vision Image Processor Monocular NOIGM3X
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Most Helpful Positive Review Night Owl iGen 20/20 Day/Night Vision
I have property in west Texas over run with feral hogs and coyotes which ha...
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Most Helpful Negative Review Cured my interest in night vision
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Cured my interest in night vision

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, CA Written on March 26, 2014
I expected "night vision" would gather more light, amplifying and contrasting it beyond what the unaided human visual system does. The iGen box says it amplifies light 650x.

However, the unit sees less than dark-adapted eyes do. 10 minutes in a dark room and book shelves 15 feet away are outlined, with individual books having hints of letters on their spines, visible to the naked eye. Meanwhile, this unit sees nothing: a blank screen on highest gain and slowest frame rate (2 fps).

Pan to objects lit by light streaming through the window curtains (as seen by dark adapted eyes) and this unit only starts to see something. I would guess it is perhaps 1/10th the sensitivity of human eyes. Maybe less.

Worse, the brightly backlit LCD screen destroys the dark adaptation in one eye, even on lowest setting and "red" display. The display is so bright, it can almost be used as a projector out the back-end onto a wall a foot away. So imagine walking down a trail at night with only one eye adapted to the night, the other blacked out.

For "night vision" one would be far better off with a pair of big-objective lens binoculars to gather as much light as possible and feed it to your more sensitive eyes, without a "backlit" LCD. This unit makes no sense, really.

When the illuminator is turned on, the situation changes can basically read the books across the room, as if the room light was on.

The box says it casts an "invisible" beam, but it does not. The red beam projec...
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Would recommend: No
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Great Night Vision

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on January 14, 2013
Very nice NV for under 500. The IR splashes nicely but it does show a red light when on and that's visible for about 20 yards. Much better than any GEN 1 equipment I've owned.
Pros: Clarity, ease of use, focus
Cons: Red light when IR is on...
Would recommend: Yes
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Reasonable Performance for the Price

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, CA Written on January 10, 2013
The product does as advertised. It lets you see in dark places at night. The menu setup has some good options. The color options are not really that helpful, as the "white" setting is the clearest, and has the best contrast. The menu dial is pretty weak. The dial on my unit was defective. I had to send it back to the manufacturer for repair. This scope would be even better if ruggedized and waterproofed.
Pros: Clear, undistorted picture.
Cons: Some features do not add usability to product....
Would recommend: Yes
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Night Vision Tool for Low Vision Rehabilitation or Just for Fun

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner Written on July 6, 2012
My intention was to investigate this product as an assistive device for people with night vision problems (as with retinitis pigmentosa). It performed well as an orientation tool for people with scotopic blindness negotiating low light environments. The sole problem is trying to maintain proper focus for mid-distance observations. When properly focused, the image quality is excellent (field of view/resolution/contrast). The IR illumination is also extremely effective. The jury is still out about using it effectively as a low vision device, but it sure is fun to use in pitch black outdoor environments.
Pros: Excellent performance; excellent resolution; easy to use (except focus); low cost
Cons: Focus is somewhat cumbersome (a non-issue for many applications)...
Would recommend: Yes
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Quite Good but...

by Legacy Reviewer, from United States, WA Written on March 11, 2012
The I.R. is about as big as nickle and in very dark situations with limited light you have to use the I.R., and it's bright! So, if you are wanting to stay 'undercover' this will definitely give your position away. However, if there is moon light even with a light to medium cloud cover you can get away without using the I.R. and it works quite well. The viewing quality is actually very good - a friend of mine is on SWAT has a $5000 night vision and he commented on the quality of this visual with the Night Owl. Also, I did a little testing to see how well the unit would work if the I.R. was restricted. So I placed a metal washer over the I.R. covering all but a little less than a pencil eraser size hole to allow the I.R. light through. Yes, the quality of the visual was lessened but only by about 10 to 15% - still making it very usable. I am going to make a cap that has a pencil size hole in it to decrease the amount of illumination the I.R. gives off thus lowering the chances of giving my position away.
Pros: Affordable, Quality night vision, Flexible
Cons: Because of big I.R. very difficult to not be seen by a potential treat...
Would recommend: Yes
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Night Owl iGen 20/20 Day/Night Vision

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, TX Written on December 8, 2011
I have property in west Texas over run with feral hogs and coyotes which have become sensitive to spot lights due to the amount of night hunting them. This is used as a locator, I actually shoot them with rifle mounted lights which works.

Unit in normal mode as a starlight scope is outstanding, I couldn't be more pleased. In IR mode is seems to have a very good usable range to about 125 yards, maybe farther but we have thick underbrush where I use it.

My only disappointment was my misunderstanding of IR. I had assumed there would be heat signatures for some reason like FLIR and that IS NOT the case with these units. The IR works like a flashlight on the monitor.

I got 4X which will work nicely when I get to hunt more open country. In brushy country where I hunt now the field of view is too narrow, feels more like 10X binoculars or rifle scope. 2X would have been more appropriate to my uses in brushy country to widen the field of view. Overall I enjoy it very much.
Pros: Accomplishes what some much more expensive night vision equipment would at a fraction of the cost
Cons: At 4X it was actually over powered for my use. Not products fault, I didn't realize how narrow the field of view at that magnification would be. ...
Would recommend: Yes
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