NIGHT VI­SION GOG­GLES

A BUYER’S GUIDE TO NIGHT VI­SION

Tactical World - - Contents - TEXT BY AMELIA EARL | PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS

First used in World War II, night vi­sion de­vices have come a long way since their birth. Over the years, they have proven them­selves in­valu­able to law en­force­ment agen­cies, mil­i­tary per­son­nel, and even many civil­ians. As tech­nol­ogy ad­vances, newer gen­er­a­tions of night vi­sion de­vices ar­rive and pro­vide im­proved per­for­mance at a rel­a­tively lower cost. Check out our ar­ray of de­vices to see what they have to of­fer. We have some­thing to fit ev­ery­one’s wal­let.

01 BNVD-51 3F COM­PACT DUAL TUBE NIGHT VI­SION GOG­GLE/BINOC­U­LAR AR­MASIGHT BY FLIR

Ex­pe­ri­ence a large, 51° field of view (FOV) with the AR­MASIGHT by FLIR BNVD. This dual-chan­nel night vi­sion sys­tem has a built-in IR il­lu­mi­na­tor that en­hances night vi­sion and al­lows you to read in the dark. Able to run up to 20 hours on a sin­gle AA al­ka­line bat­tery or CR123A bat­tery. The BNVD in­cludes head and hel­met mount­ing op­tions and can be used as binoc­u­lars, as a monoc­u­lar, gog­gles or stowed out of the way. Op­er­ated by a sin­gle gain con­trol knob, the BNVD uti­lizes fea­tures like a flip-up-turn-off, and a flip-down-turn-back-on op­tion, when mounted to a hel­met.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x stan­dard ( 3x op­tional) Field of View: 51° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.26, 19mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes ( built- in with piv­otal flood lens) Power Sup­ply: One AA or one 123A bat­tery Weight: 1.35 pounds

02 HAR­RIS F5032 LIGHT­WEIGHT NIGHT VI­SION BINOC­U­LAR US NIGHT VI­SION

Not many peo­ple are will­ing to pay such a large sum for a pair of night vi­sion gog­gles, but if you are look­ing for qual­ity, the Har­ris F5032 is hard to beat. Pro­vid­ing you with a cut­ting-edge ad­van­tage in low-light and no-light sce­nar­ios, the Har­ris F5032 gog­gles pro­vide re­mark­able clar­ity. These high­tech gog­gles come with a mul­ti­tude of fea­tures that are de­signed to make your nightlife brighter.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° +/- 2° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2, 26 mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 2.5 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: One AA bat­tery Weight: 1.01 pounds

03 Chal­lenger Gen 3 Se­lect 1x21 Night Vi­sion Gog­gle PULSAR

This third-gen­er­a­tion night vi­sion gog­gle uti­lizes the lat­est night vi­sion tech­nol­ogy for vivid imag­ing. See hu­man-sized tar­gets up to 200 me­ters out. The Chal­lenger Gen 3 is an ex­cel­lent choice for tac­ti­cal op­er­a­tors due to its durable hous­ing and light­weight body style. A com­pact head mount is in­cluded, as well as a car­ry­ing case and war­ranty card.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F1.2, 25mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 4 to + 4 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: One CR123 bat­tery Weight: 12.7 ounces

04 ATN NVG7-3W ATN

Yes, these night vi­sion gog­gles come at a high price tag, but the say­ing, “You get what you pay for” rings true with this de­vice. De­signed with high-qual­ity ma­te­ri­als, the NVG7-3W is an ex­cep­tional night vi­sion gog­gle. It’s packed with fea­tures, such as: a to­tal dark­ness IR sys­tem, pro-shield lens coat­ing, au­to­matic bright­ness con­trol, bright light cut-off, and a high res­o­lu­tion im­age in­ten­si­fier. The ATN NVG7-3W comes with a case, bat­tery and man­ual.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2, 26 mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Built- in Power Sup­ply: One CR123A bat­tery Weight: 1.1 pounds

05 EDGE GS 1X20 NIGHT VI­SION GOG­GLES PULSAR

The body of the Edge GS is made of fiber­glass-re­in­forced plas­tic. This ma­te­rial is known to ef­fec­tively re­sist mois­ture and dust, and with­stand im­pact like a champ. Lo­cated on the top of the Edge GS are the eas­ily op­er­ated con­trol but­tons, which help pre­vent you from fum­bling around with your gog­gles in the mid­dle of the night. The Edge GS has an im­age-in­ten­si­fier-tube pro­tec­tion sys­tem to al­low the gog­gles to reach the high­est pos­si­ble tube per­for­mance.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 36° Lens Sys­tem: 20mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 4 to + 4 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: Two AAA bat­ter­ies Weight: 1.873 pounds

06 NYX- 7 GEN 2ID NIGHT VI­SION GOG­GLES AR­MASIGHT

When you need a night vi­sion de­vice that you can count on, the Nyx-7 GEN 2ID is it. Us­ing sim­ple, re­li­able elec­tron­ics, AR­MASIGHT’S gog­gles won’t trou­ble you with con­fus­ing tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties. The Nyx-7 GEN 2ID fea­tures a wide-an­gle In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor, bright light cut-off, multi-coated all-glass op­tics, com­fort­able flip-up head­gear, and a sturdy, light­weight de­sign. Wa­ter- and fog-re­sis­tant, the Nyx-7 GEN 2ID also come with a 2-year lim­ited war­ranty.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x stan­dard, 3x, 5x op­tional Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2, 24mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 5 to + 5 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: One AA or one CR123 bat­tery Weight: 0.9 pounds

07 LN- PBG1M BINOC­U­LAR - GOG­GLES LUNA OP­TICS

Luna Op­tics’ most pop­u­lar Gen-1 gog­gles have been im­proved and up­dated. Now fea­tur­ing an all-alu­minum body, the LN-PBG1M is com­pact and durable. The high-qual­ity all-glass op­tics re­duce light loss to pro­vide you with clear, bright im­ages. A new power sup­ply al­lows you to op­er­ate the gog­gles for up to 120 hours when the IR is off. Luna Op­tics in­cludes a head-mask with flip-up fea­ture and chin re­ten­tion for com­fort­able, long-use wear.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F1.1, 26mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 4 to + 4 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: One CR123 bat­tery Weight: 1.05 pounds

08 PVS- 14 GEN 3 SE­LECT NIGHT VI­SION GOG­GLE SIGHTMARK

The de­sign of these gog­gles was in­spired by the mil­i­tary and they can be hand­held, or head mounted. Head­gear for the PVS-14 is in­cluded. View bright, il­lu­mi­nated im­ages of your sur­round­ings in low-light sce­nar­ios and in pitch black dark­ness. The light­weight de­vice en­com­passes a 57- 64 lp/mm res­o­lu­tion, giv­ing op­er­a­tors a crisp, clear im­age ev­ery time. The unit will au­to­mat­i­cally shut off when ex­posed to bright light sources.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2, 24 mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: One AA bat­tery Weight: 12.4 ounces

09NVG7- 2 ATN

The NVG7-2 de­liv­ers com­pet­i­tive per­for­mance with an af­ford­able price tag. Great for hands­free use, this light­weight de­vice is com­fort­able and easy to wear for ex­tended pe­ri­ods of time. ATN’S NVG7-2 fea­tures auto-bright­ness, bright source shut-off, and high-res­o­lu­tion im­age in­ten­si­fier. For mis­sions with lit­tle moon­light, the NVG7-2 has a built-in IR for to­tal dark­ness with an in­di­ca­tor ON light within the FOV and flip. A man­ual, case, and one CR123A bat­tery are in­cluded.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2, 26 mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: One CR123A bat­tery Weight: 1.1 pounds

10NYX- 7 PRO GEN 2QS AR­MASIGHT

The Nyx-7 Pro is around a thou­sand dol­lars more than its com­pan­ion, the Nyx-7 (also on this guide), for good rea­son: The Pro ver­sion kicks ass. Op­er­ate in ex­treme tem­per­a­tures, from -40°F to +122°F, with­out com­ing across any is­sues. Sim­ple, re­li­able elec­tron­ics and high-grade op­tics pro­vide clear, bright im­ages on a de­vice that won’t give you tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties over time. Wear the Nyx-pro hands­free on the flip-up head mount (in­cluded) or on the univer­sal hel­met mount. Only a sin­gle CR123 or AA bat­tery is needed to pro­vide up to 60 hours of night vi­sion op­er­a­tion. Low-bat­tery in­di­ca­tors are dis­played to the user in the eye­piece.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x stan­dard; 3x, 5x op­tional Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2; 27mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes ( built- in with piv­otal flood lens) Power Sup­ply: One AA or one CR123 bat­tery Weight: 1.0 pounds

11NVS 15-3AG NIGHT VI­SION GOG­GLES NEWCON OPTIK

The NVS 15-3AG au­to­gated dual tube night vi­sion gog­gle has helped count­less sol­diers and peace­keep­ers carry out their mis­sion with clar­ity and ease. This fully MIL-SPEC unit fea­tures a man­ual gain con­trol sys­tem, an auto shut­off mech­a­nism, two ad­vanced Gen 3 im­age in­ten­si­fier tubes, a built-in IR il­lu­mi­na­tor, and an au­to­gated power sup­ply to pro­vide the user with su­pe­rior op­ti­cal per­for­mance in all light con­di­tions. The NVS 15-3AG gives users full depth per­cep­tion and al­lows for the de­tach­ment of the left or right eye de­vice.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1 ( 3x op­tion avail­able) Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F1.2, 25mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 5 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: Two AA or two CR123 bat­ter­ies Weight: 1.5 pounds

12LN- EBG1 GOG­GLES LUNA OP­TICS

These new gog­gles from Luna Op­tics fea­ture a top-grade in­ten­si­fier tube and com­plex op­ti­cal sys­tem in each oc­u­lar for ex­treme clar­ity. Thanks to the im­proved fo­cus­ing mech­a­nism, the user is now able to com­fort­ably read in com­plete dark­ness. The LN-EBG1 in­cludes dual IR il­lu­mi­na­tors, au­to­matic gain con­trol and a light pro­tec­tion sen­sor to pro­tect the user’s eyes from bright lights.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x ( 4x, 7x op­tional) Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F1.1, 26mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: Two AA bat­ter­ies Weight: 1.25 pounds

13 PVS-7 GEN 3 AU­TO­GATED GOG­GLE NIGHT OPS TAC­TI­CAL

When you want qual­ity night vi­sion gog­gles, look no fur­ther. Night Ops Tac­ti­cal’s PVS-7 Gen 3 Au­to­gated Gog­gle is the stan­dard is­sue gog­gle sup­plied to the U.S. mil­i­tary and its al­lies. The PVS-7 de­liv­ers su­pe­rior per­for­mance and is bat­tle tested by the U.S. mil­i­tary. These night vi­sion gog­gles fea­ture au­to­matic bright­ness con­trol (ABC) and a built-in in­frared il­lu­mi­na­tor.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40 º Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2, 25mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: Two AA bat­ter­ies Weight: 1.5 pounds

14PVS- 7 GEN 3 SE­LECT NIGHT VI­SION GOG­GLE SIGHTMARK

Made with glass-filled ny­lon com­pos­ite, the PVS-7 Gen 3 can han­dle ex­treme con­di­tions. These gog­gles are mil­i­tary-in­spired and are based on the most ad­vanced im­age in­ten­si­fiers, 57- 64 lp/mm, for a bet­ter res­o­lu­tion. The PVS-7 comes with a three-year war­ranty on the tube as well as Sightmark’s life­time war­ranty on the hous­ing.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2, 24mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: Two AA bat­ter­ies Weight: 1.5 pounds

15NYX- 7 PRO GEN 3AG AR­MASIGHT

These rugged, com­pact night vi­sion gog­gles from AR­MASIGHT are con­structed with the high­est-grade op­tics and state of the art elec­tron­ics. The Nyx-7 Pro GEN 3AG can be worn on a head mount or hel­met mount. Au­to­matic bright­ness con­trol lets you adapt to your sur­round­ings with ease and the er­gonomic, sim­ple con­trol but­tons make op­er­at­ing the gog­gles has­sle-free. The Nyx-7 Pro GEN 3AG is adapt­able for use with cam­eras and comes with a lim­ited two-year war­ranty.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F/ 1.2, 27 mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 5 to + 5 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: One CR123 bat­tery Weight: 1.102 pounds

16DTNVG UN­FILMED OMNI VIII MIL-SPEC GREEN PHOS­PHOR GOG­GLE NIGHT OPS TAC­TI­CAL

Weigh­ing only 18.8 ounces, the DTNVG Un­filmed Omni VIII Mil-spec Green Phos­phor Gog­gle won’t weigh you down af­ter long pe­ri­ods of use. The DTNVG of­fers stow­able NVG pods. Each NVG pod can be stowed in­di­vid­u­ally al­low­ing the gog­gle to be used as a monoc­u­lar. The NVG pods fea­ture an auto on/off sys­tem—when stowed (piv­oted up) they au­to­mat­i­cally switch off, sav­ing power for longer mis­sion run-time.

SPECS

Mag­ni­fi­ca­tion: 1x Field of View: 40° Lens Sys­tem: F1.2, 25mm Diopter Ad­just­ment: - 6 to + 2 In­frared Il­lu­mi­na­tor: Yes Power Sup­ply: One CR123A bat­tery Weight: 1.175 pounds

Photo by U.S. Army Na­tional Guard Spc. Alec Dionne

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