Night vision pictures and information
Generation 3 images
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Night vision glasses pictures and information
Night vision scopes and monoculars became popular some years ago,
starting with Generation 0 now technology has moved on Gen1 & 1+ are very affordable and ideal for home and leisure use,
Generation 2 night vision scopes are expensive but still available to the public,
Gen 3 are for specialist services and military use. Here are some pictures I hope
you will find interesting.
These 3 pictures are taken at night using a Gen 1 hawking scope
The image is slightly distorted, very common with
1 scopes... known as a reverse fish eye image.
Below are some pictures taken with the Gen 1+ monocular I tested some months
ago, so far they are the best generation
1-1+ I have
used, you can read the review at the bottom of this page..
Pictures from my Generation 1+ monocular
Pictures from a Gen 2 night vision scope
Clarity and brightness much better at a greater distance.
Night Sabre Gen 3 scope
These pictures were taken on a dark night simply with a digital camera
pushed on to the eye piece.
The pictures on the left are from the Night Sabre
The pictures on the right are from the Night Watchman one
of the best Gen
1+ with 5x magnification
The IR was not used on any pictures
On test now the Generation 3 Supergen Night Sabre
One of the worlds smallest affordable high spec night vision monoculars.
Generation 3 EEV image intensifier tube, ex military with an expected life span of around
Effective viewing range- in 1/4 moon-light - man sized 3-400m, general
viewing upto 8km, lights not viewable by the naked eye upto 20km
Built in Infrared illuminator
Super-tough composite plastic housing
All multi-coated glass metal housed lenses
Large 30mm eyepiece - upto 10cm eyerelief
25mm objective lens for 1-1 viewing
Variable eye correction diopter setting
Focus 10cm to infinity
1/4 inch tripod/utility mount
The lens system is a fast f1.2 25mm C-mount & easily interchanges with any
other C-mount lens for a higher magnification.
Pictures taken with a military Gen 3 scope
Pictures taken with a rifle scope
Note the laser dot above the tree to the left of the telegraph pole
These pictures were in total darkness
The clarity at distance is unbelievable
Thanks to the
forum for the pictures
Be very careful when buying night vision glasses, the internal tubes
have a limited life span, some Gen 1 models on internet auctions can be totally usless
some are Gen 0.
Rough prices : Gen 1 from £100 - £600
Gen 2 from £1200-£2000
Gen 3 £2000 upwards
Gen 4 Top secret possibly a myth
How night vision equipment is graded
A four-tiered classification of image intensifiers.
Generation 0 -needs an infrared illuminator for operation.
Operates best in infrared conditions and was designed for long-range
viewing. Electron acceleration enables gain to be achieved.
Generation 1 - does not need an infrared illuminator for operation.
Operates best during normal ambient light conditions and was designed for
many professional and home uses. Electron acceleration enables gain to be
Gen 1 + uses the very latest optical components with enhanced performance
very close to Gen II.
Generation II - contains a microchannel plate for increased
gain.Generation II devices were designed for more difficult viewing
situations and are mostly used by military or scientific personnel.
Generation III - contains a gallium arsenide photocathode and a
microchannel plate. Generation III devices are designed for applications
such special military operations due to their high light sensitivity and
clear viewing in the darkest conditions. Some generation 3 tubes are now
available and on sale through special outlets, they have slight blems and
therefore do not pass the very strict military requirements, however expect
to pay around £800 just for the tube !!!.
Generation 2-3 tube's
Read my review on the very latest compact
Generation 1 plus night vision scope
Click here to see the night vision in action