May 3, 2014 at 4:45 am #12180
I see alot of gear out there can anyone recommend what they have had good success with. I know using a mixed thermal is optimal for spotting so can you send recommendations in 3 categories
Head/ helmet mounted
Thanks for the inputMay 3, 2014 at 10:29 am #12201
Wish I could help. It’s all so expensive I ended up just buying a monocular. Spending funds elsewhere. There are BTW Instructables on how to make your own for non-weapon uses, from parts from old video cams if you are mechanically/electrically/so inclined.May 3, 2014 at 10:51 am #12203
Know people that use night vision and heat sensor equipment with farm security and Anti Rhino poaching units in game reserves. Will ask their opinion and let you know.May 3, 2014 at 2:52 pm #12211
Just remember that everything that uses a battery could be a problem finding batteries in a SHTF, also if there is a EMP these will not work.May 3, 2014 at 6:01 pm #12226
you can get non charged batteries and i have all electronics stored in Faraday cages, basically a 12×12 room that is completely grounded. i got a good deal from a Chinese company called MOTOMA they make some high end long lasting rechargeable that come uncharged so longer shelf life, bought them for a good price and a half a pallet worth of mixed types with heavy emphasis on aa aaa along with the mixed renewable energy rechargers.
If you are going to buy batteries especially rechargeable ask about mAh is how it is marked on the battery milli amp hours the larger the number the longer they last in both charge and life
If that fails we have a manual one lol we call it the tour de hell pedal till you drop.May 3, 2014 at 9:38 pm #12265
namelus, thanks for the link for the batteries. will look into it.May 4, 2014 at 1:34 am #12283
My experience is with the AN-PVS5 and the AN-PVS7 series night vision goggles. Also some dedicated NV weapon scopes.
NV will give you a decided tactical advantage at night, but your depth perception will be wonky until you learn to adapt. The 7’s are big-time expensive.
The rule of thumb is the higher the GEN, the higher the resolution and the sharper the image is/father you can see. If I were you, and I wanted to invest in NV equipment, I wouldn’t mess with anything less than GEN3 stuff. The way technology is advancing, if you don’t invest in something good, it will be obsolete fairly quickly. There’s GEN 3, GEN 3+ and GEN 4. Don’t even bother with GEN 4. You can’t afford it. And if you can, will you buy me one, too?
There are workarounds. You can get a sight like a NV-compatible sight from EO Tech with a magnifier, and then a good pair of NV goggles. Or, you could invest in a decent dayscope for your rifle and then purchase a NV add-on. These go on the end of the scope and turn your dayscope into a night vision scope. I hear they work fairly well. Downside is they’re pricey and heavy, bulky… but, they do the job. Size the unit decreases, the price increases…
I’ll try and find you a good source for NV stuff… one caveat – stay away from the cheap Russian NV equipment. They just increase the gain in their scopes to make them brighter, but the tradeoff is you burn out your intensifier tube quickly… not worth the headache.
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1May 4, 2014 at 1:45 am #12284
Here.. go here and check out their wares… I’ve dealt with OpticsPlanet before. They’re good people.
I hear good things about ATN. They have pretty good NV scopes.
But make sure you read up on NV equipment before making a buy. I believe they have a section on the different GEN’s of night vision… .
The wicked flee when none pursueth..." - Proverbs 28:1May 5, 2014 at 7:24 am #12372
Thx Malgus i will look into them
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