Night vision scope review plus the best night vision pictures
I felt very honoured when I was asked to try the new Night Watchman, night vision monocular, I am familiar with night vision basics
having owned and used Generation 1 and 2 sets over the years for animal
watching, guarding my metal detecting sites from night hawkers and night fishing. However my
knowledge is very limited and I still consider myself
as a "night vision" novice.
In the past I have wasted money on mail order units claiming to be better than
ever before, only to find when they arrived to be no more than expensive
toys, in fact some are actually generation 0 products.
The Night Watchman is a nice compact un-badged
unit, packed with the latest with Gen 1+ technology, so many night vision
unit's all appear to look very similar, however some perform much better
than others, I have been reliably informed that manufacturers obtain blank body's from large suppliers
and then fit their own tubes and technology.
The unit is powered by 2AA batteries which fit snugly into the top, the lens
can be removed for cleaning
The Night Watchman features two independent switches, comfortably placed for easy
operation that control the main power and the built-in infra red
illuminator. Either one or both of the switches can be engaged independently
based on the particular situation and surrounding conditions. a bigger
illuminator will soon be available as a clip on extra.
The Night Watchman has a high
magnification and wide angle of view....excellent for scanning large areas at distance, the unit is also equipped with
an automatic light protection circuit, which
disengages the power in the event of accidental exposure to intense light.
Other features include a removable hand-strap for secure and steady
navigation and a belt mounted carry pouch.
As you can see the unit is very compact measuring in at approx 8",
What to expect from a night vision scope
Night vision technology enables you to see objects clearly at night claiming
distances of up to several hundred yards in the absence of any artificial
light. When viewed through a modern night vision system, people, buildings,
vehicles and details of the landscape appear almost as if illuminated
while the same objects viewed with a naked eye would appear only as
indistinct shadows (or won't be visible at all).
Night vision equipment Gen 1 - Gen 11 work best when there is a small
amount of light available, this allows the intensifier to work better.
Complete darkness will require the use of an IR illuminator which is ideal
for close range work, effective up to approx 50 yards.
In the field with the Night Watchman
Once switched on the Night Watchman the image
through the multi-coated lenses are fresh and clear with very limited visible distortion, tube blemishes were minimal
which is really quite surprising for
a relitavely low cost scope.
What are tube blemishes?
Tube blemishes ( blems or spots) are common in ALL image intensifier tubes.
Image tubes are NEVER flawless, and every tube will have blemishes to some
degree. The fewer and smaller the blemishes, the better the quality and
therefore the higher the price. The best "Grade" of tube would be the Delta
Grade which is strictly for military only, followed by Prime, then Prime with Blemish.
start focusing from the eyepiece (ocular lens) and then move to the front
lens (objective lens). You may have to adjust each lens several times before
getting a sharp image.
The front (Objective lens) is used to roughly obtain the correct distance you wish to
view, once set you can finely adjust the small eyepiece diopter(ocular lens) and focus according to your
Once powered up and turned off again the unit will stay active for up to 10
minutes I am sure battery consumption will be minimal.
My first test was in the garden at 11.00 pm, it was a clear night, here are
some pictures I took .
Here are some "low light" before and after pictures
Notice the high magnification compared to the standard photo, and the wide
Please note : The "real life" image is better than these poor digital
pictures I took with a cheap camera.
The pumping station is approx 150 feet away as you can see the focus is
effective way beyond that.
The horse is approx 200 feet away, trees are approx 500 feet
The pictures below were taken in the woods, it was to dark for a normal picture.
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vision information and pictures
Anyone who knows me through metal detecting will tell you that I dont like
second best, if I give a model the "thumbs up" it must do what it says on
the label, thats why some of my reviews are a little harsh and to honest for
Without a doubt the Night Watchman gets the
big "thumbs up", it is the best Generation 1+ I have used so far, this
little scope will be ideal for those who want a very effective low cost unit
which represents fantastic value for money. I must stress again that you
will probably see this style of case / body on many other lower priced
models, however they do not have the same optical quality as these scopes.
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