Night Vision Goggles

Those who enjoy nighttime activities such as hunting, fishing or even camping may at some point find the need for night vision goggles. These devices allow you to see images much more clearly at night. They help to focus images in the dark and transform them to a brighter image than you could possibly see with the blind eye. When choosing night vision goggles and determining which set is best for you, you need to understand a bit about the different models that are available and which one or ones will best suit your individual needs.

You must first decide which generation of goggles you will need. All night vision goggles fall into one of four basic generation types. Generation 1 night vision goggles include those devices that work by amplifying light. Generation 2 goggles will increase the number of electrons that are visible by the naked eye. This works to help brighten the image significantly and help you to see it more clearly. Generation 3 night vision goggles use special screens that also increase the number of electrons that are visible by the naked eye and help to make the images appear even brighter, giving you more ability to see them clearly. Finally, generation 4 night vision equipment brighten and amplify images and provide clearer viewing for black and white images as well instead of the standard green that is seen through most night vision devices.

Since most night vision goggles use the standard phosphorous green image, you will need to determine whether this is the image that you want or if you prefer the black and white view that is provided in the generation 4 devices. Most people find the latter images to appear much more natural and easier to view. It is important to note however that generation 4 goggles are the most expensive types and can cost typically between $3,000 and $10,000. Generation 3 goggles are the next expensive types and typically range from just under $2,000 to over $6,000. Generation 2 devices cost typically around $1,000 to $3,000 and generation 1 night vision equipment can typically be purchased for under $500.

Once you have determined the generation that you need as well as what you can afford to spend on your night vision equipment, you will need to determine the range that you need. Night vision goggles can typically identify images from around 30 to more than 100 feet away. Those in the lower generations, 1 and 2 normally have a much shorter range. These can typically identify a target from around 30 to just over 60 feet away. Generation 3 and generation 4 night vision equipment have a much farther range and depending on the specific equipment that you purchase, may identify images up to 100 feet away and more in some cases.

You will need to determine exactly what you will need your night vision goggles for. For instance, if you need to keep your hands free such as when you are fishing or hunting, there are many devices that allow you to mount your goggles such as head mounts and rifle mounts that hold night scopes. If you are simply purchasing night vision goggles for viewing purposes, then hand held sets should be appropriate. Once you know what type of goggles you require, which generation you need and how much you can afford to spend, you will still need to decide whether you need a monocular or binocular type. A monocular will typically cost much less than binoculars, but only have one lens so you only get viewing in one dimension. Although binoculars may cost a bit more, you get three-dimension viewing with this type. Binoculars are the most commonly purchased type of night vision goggles as they allow for clearer viewing.

This Night Vision Goggles Review is Written/Updated on Dec 11th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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