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Im pretty excited about this...

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by SkaerE, Feb 15, 2003.

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  1. SkaerE

    SkaerE Member

    Feb 6, 2003
    got this from an online report of the 03 SHOT show. http://www.shotshowreports.com/2003pg1.html

    Aurora DNV (Digital Night Vision) – These are going to be taking the night vision market by storm. It is night vision technology in its’ newest form. It uses a CCD digital imaging screen as is found on a video camera, only it works in low light. This unit has an array of infrared LED illuminators to help in conditions of lower ambient light. This photo shows the units on a shelf. You can see the different housings available. I also have a photo from the monitor playing a video near the top of the shot. This video was shot in the dark using one of the units. An individual was easily observed walking around at 120 yards and the illuminators are effective to 200 yards. In fact the building in the background of the still shot is about 200 yards away. In the video, a tree line can be seen in the ambient light at 800 yards. The units are equipped with a 50mm lens, 1x, but since it uses a C-mount it is a simple matter to change lenses to a higher power and they make an adapter for Canon lenses like I use. These units are made to be easy to carry and use. The are made to hang around your neck, when you lift the unit and point the lens in the direction desired all you have to do is look down at the screen. If it is desired, the unit is equipped with an output jack so the image can be viewed from a remote location. This could come in handy if you were looking for someone hiding in an attic by placing the unit on a pole and sticking the unit into the attic to look around while staying safely below watching a monitor. This could also be used on a boat to aid nighttime navigation and run a cable to a monitor mounted on the dashboard. Since the units use a digital electronic imager, there is no ‘tube’ as we have come to see in the various generation night vision scopes we know of now. The tube is the expensive part in a night vision unit, a Gen III tube for upgrading a Gen II PVS-4 weapon sight is over $4000, as an example, so the DNV is considerable less expensive than anything but the worse night vision viewers we see today. The DNV units come in both color and B&W, but in low light most of the color is lost. If you feel that all you need is a B&W picture the added advantage is that the B&W unit is cheaper than the color version. A dual element binocular unit will be available later and the weapons sight version is due out in August of this year. A B&W single element version retails for around $550 (color is just under $800), in fact the binocular viewer in B&W will be right at $1000. Raytheon, TI, and many Japanese electronics manufacturers are putting a lot of money into this technology. It is anticipated that within five years this technology could easily replace the current night vision technology in the U.S. military. It is not as fragile as a conventional system and is considerably less expensive. If you have stock in Litton Industries, the major producers of night vision tubes, I would consider selling soon because this technology could be a major cause of a sales slump. You can find more info on their website www.auroradnv.com

    very excited, cant wait to see if it is as good as it sounds

    - any day above ground is a good day...
  2. Carlos

    Carlos Member

    Jan 10, 2003
    Portland, Oregon
    I've got just one thing to say:

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