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    Been looking into Night Vision Goggles and monoculars the last couple days and couldn't find anything via the search field.

    Anybody have experiences they wouldn't mind sharing?

    Particularly interested in the quality (or lack thereof) from discount sites like nightvision4less.com that sell B grade.

    I figure something is better than nothing, but is it really?

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    We had some discussion on this subject in the SSFK. When Gab starts behaving again, I'll copy/paste my thoughts on the matter to this thread.

    Short version for now though, is that decent gen 2+ units start at $2k, and decent gen3 units start at around $3k. The best monocular money can buy is about $4k. Gen 2 and below, and "digital" night vision is simply not worth having.

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    https://www.jrhenterprises.com/Night-Vision_c3.htm

    Call Robert to discuss if you have questions.
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    912.379.9441 or 912.375.1480
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    I second HouseWolf. I have only dealt with jrh enterprises. I wouldn't recommend anything less than 1600FOM and prefer 1900FOM. Both of these units he carries are 25.1SNL I believe. I also recommend getting a quality tube. I like a white tube but green works just fine for me. With that said I have 20/20 vision with no other eye problems.
    This is a beginners guide to specs and if you cruise around within this site you will find some other interesting NV topics

    https://www.nite-walker.com/post/201...or-dummies-101
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    This is the unit I have:

    https://tnvc.com/shop/tnvpvs-14-l3-gen3-un-filmed-white-phosphor-2/?doing_wp_cron=1610681836.2892799377441406250000

    Top notch build quality, and the tube looks just as good as the pictures do.

    I know Japabilly was contemplating the purchase of a $2000 gen 2+ unit, I don't know if he ever went through with it. He said he'd do a review if he got one though. They seem to actually be pretty decent, but I'd still recommend coughing up the extra 2k for a top of the line tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Bromley View Post
    This is the unit I have:

    https://tnvc.com/shop/tnvpvs-14-l3-gen3-un-filmed-white-phosphor-2/?doing_wp_cron=1610681836.2892799377441406250000

    Top notch build quality, and the tube looks just as good as the pictures do.

    I know Japabilly was contemplating the purchase of a $2000 gen 2+ unit, I don't know if he ever went through with it. He said he'd do a review if he got one though. They seem to actually be pretty decent, but I'd still recommend coughing up the extra 2k for a top of the line tube.

    I kinda wish I had gone with the white phosphor unit but my green one works quite well. It does suffer in low temps as the single AA battery drains quickly in the metal housing. The same is true for my helmet mounted IR lights. 40 minutes and everything goes dead. CDNNsports has a Bushnell unit they sell for $188, their website is currently down (AWS?) now or I'd post a link
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lenno View Post
    I kinda wish I had gone with the white phosphor unit but my green one works quite well. It does suffer in low temps as the single AA battery drains quickly in the metal housing. The same is true for my helmet mounted IR lights. 40 minutes and everything goes dead. CDNNsports has a Bushnell unit they sell for $188, their website is currently down (AWS?) now or I'd post a link

    I can solve your cold weather issue. Use Energizer L91 AA lithium batteries. They are not meaningfully affected by cold temperatures at the current draw of a typical PVS-14 until it gets below -30°C. Here's a spec sheet:

    https://data.energizer.com/pdfs/l91.pdf

    You can find them locally, but here's an Amazon link:

    https://www.amazon.com/Energizer-Lit...dp/B01C4PP8FK/

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    Yeah, the lithium are the way to go. I’m still using the same battery with the one I bought last year and it’s had 15-20 hours use. I don’t use the illuminator at all, or almost ever.
    The first one I bought is about 5 or 6 years old now, still works like new, and has eaten up a few batteries over time. By the way, NEVER leave the batts in your device when not in use. That's the best way to ruin it.
    Anyway NV is actually really useful here. We're in the country so there is little to no ambient light.
    When our Pyrenees had her first pups it was December, and I would use it to check on them at night.
    Not to mention keeping an eye on predators.
    It you get a PVS system be sure to use it. The perspective issues are a challenge at first, but with some time you become accustomed to it.
    There is no other way to gain that other than actual use.
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    If you feel the need to have them then don't try to budget ... nothing less than a gen2.

    How do you plan to employ your system?

    Good neighbor Bob would recommend gen3 pvs7, weapon mounted Steiner Dbal3.

    You can't shoot, eat or heat directly with $$$$ ... later, few will accept any for anything of true value.

    Once you've acquired what you believe you want / need, get out and use your system ... the darkness it's an entirely different world and you need to identify deficiencies now.

    Good neighbor Bob says that he's heard good things from end users on white phospor tubes, two reliable techs lean heavy to green.

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    Got this quote from a buddy. Seem legit to you guys, price-wise?

    PVS-14 $3,800
    Norotos Mount $400
    DBAL-A3 $1,100
    DBAL FS $100
    Bump helmet $400
    Petor Comtacs/mount $350

    $6,150 total
    Retail 8k

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