What if you could own the night just as you do with the day?
This is made possible through Night Vision Scopes.
They are added onto rifles to enhance their performance during the night either as standalone equipment or add addition to a scope or red dot sight.
They enable you to capture that prized game or maintain the highest level of security without easily being detected.
They can also increase precision and ensure that your eyes are always trained on your target.
What defines Night Vision Scopes?
Night Vision Scopes use intensified night vision technology which slightly differs from what monoculars and binoculars use. Here are some of the elements that you should pay attention to when buying these gadgets.
- Dark, light, and textures – the surface of an object will affect how it appears on the night scope. As such, a dark jacket may appear brighter thought the lens of night vision because its surface can reflect more light than an object that is of lighter color during the day. This will affect the appearance of objects through the scope.*
- Depth Perception – be conscious of the differences in perception of depth by night vision equipment. This is likely to be deceitful especially if you are using rudimentary technology. Gen 2+ and Gen 3 devices have a better perception of depth and are thus provide a clearer image than their peers in the previous generations.
- Effects of rain and fog – reflecting ambient light affects night vision. This means the light that reflects off of fog or rain will create image anomalies that distort the otherwise clear image. More light will be reflected back into the optic in environments that have higher precipitation, especially if you’re using an IR illuminator. This will affect the performance of your night vision equipment. This type of weather affects all night vision technology.
- Black spots – the existence of black spots on the image should not be a cause for too much worry. Even the best Night Vision Scope will still have black spots. The spots are known to remain constant through the life of the imager. They do not decrease or increase, although higher end imagers have fewer and smaller of these spots. They result from the technology and selected components that make up your night vision device, and no manufacturer has managed to eliminate them.
The performance and long term value for night vision optics depend on how well you take care of them. The fact that you purchase them for several hundreds to thousands of dollars calls for extra care during use. Some devices have built-in durability but nothing is free from potential damage.
There are measures that will help lengthen the life of your device and maintain its high performance.
- Bright light – the lifespan of these devices will greatly be reduced by flashing light from car headlights, flashing lights, and any other bright light. If you have the money, invest in a device that automatically switches off in this type of situation.
- Impact – the image intensifier tubes in these devices are very delicate and will easily get damaged on impact. Some equipment isn’t’ designed for rough handling and will break apart when hit against solid surfaces.
- Long term storage – when the thermal scope or night vision scope will not be used over a long period of time, it is advisable to remove the batteries to avoid any potential leakage. Store your device in a cool dry place. Even those that can withstand humidity should not be exposed for a prolonged period.
To get the most out of your night scope, choose the best equipment and take proper care of it.
Consult available operating manuals and reviews ensure that you buy equipment that suits your needs. Invest in the right technology to achieve your night vision goals.
*NIR coating: Near InfraRed coating is an anti-reflective coating that helps reduce the reflectivity of infrared light. Military and some civilian clothing has NIR coatings to reduce their signature to night vision goggles.