Night vision options


June 17, 2009, 09:49 AM
I've run a couple of searches here and read what I can find on the topic of night vision.

As I understand it, one has either a rifle mounted aiming device, or head mounted devices available to him.

Each has a costs/benefits analysis associated with it. With the head mounted devices one can look about and detect objects in the dark without pointing a weapon at them. However, if one detects a target how does one shoot at it with the goggles?

The weapon mounted sight answers many of these questions, I suppose. Downside is one would have to peer through his rifle scope to detect objects in the dark, which carries with it certain risks, and would seem tiresome after awhile.

For those who use these devices, how is it done? Do you wear the goggles, and then lift them to peer through the weapon sight? Is there another method? i.e., with the use of the goggles, can one see through a conventional daytime scope?

Thanks in advance to those who respond with good information.

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Double Naught Spy
June 17, 2009, 09:59 AM
You don't have to have a rifle mounted aiming device. You can have a simple rifle mounted scope through which you see other aiming devices. The scope has its own mount.

I purchased one of these...
because of the options of mounting and use of magnification. I don't have mine mounted yet. It is currently just used for spotting.

It has been my experience that weapon mounted aiming night vision costs considerably more than simple scopes. So I will be using mine with my Aimpoint when I finally do mount it.

June 17, 2009, 10:12 AM
Thanks Double Naught Spy (Jethro!)! As I review the selection in the link which you provided, I notice that the monocular can sit in a cradle or mount of sorts located behind a red dot type scope.

Seems to me this sort of arrangement was intended for use on a AR15 type platform, yes? With all those rails for mounting stuff.

Can this device be used in conjunction with a regular scope with magnification?

Double Naught Spy
June 17, 2009, 02:44 PM
Quite likely yes, but it would have to be behind the scope. I say "quite likely" as I have held it behind my Leupold (10-20x, I believe) and looked at the magnified scope image in the NV scope. Note that this was all down by hand-holding things in place to see if it would work and it worked alright. It wasn't ideal, but did work.

Note that the front lens of the NV scope needs to be the correct distance back from the rear lens of the standard scope in order to get the proper sight picture.

This was done on my AR15. Could I have made a shot on a stationary target? No problem.

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