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Night vision is an amazing technology. Being able to see clearly at night on a moonless night is something supernatural. With night vision optics, it won't matter how dark it is, you will be able to see better and more clearly with night vision optics than with any other instrument of chioce.

How to pick your Night Vision Device

Night vision monoculars are light, compact, and easy to carry, plus they cost less than other night vision device types. Night vision monoculars are good if you are going to be using it to take pictures.

Night vision binoculars allow for better navigation as they allow for both eyes to look through the device. With night vision binoculars, you will experience less eye fatigue and better perception of your surroundings. As you would imagine night vision binoculars are heavier and more expensive than night vision monoculars.

Night vision goggles are handy as they allow your hands to remain free at all times. Surprisingly, these may cost less than night vision binoculars as they use only one image intensifier.

Night vision with 'video out' capabilities now allows for the image to be recorded to an external device. These can be used for wildlife observation, navigation, and surveillance. The image can be copied to a device attached, or sent to a remote location to record.

Night vision sights are used as weapon sights. Unlike night vision monoculars, they have an additional device in the center to make aiming easier.

Night Vision Generations

There are different generation of night vision optics. These generations are technological additions to the previous generations. Since the technology has been around for some time now, everytime the technology advances in night vision optics a new generation is established.

Generation Zero

The original night vision technology used in World War II. This generation uses active infrared technology. What happens is that a beam of near infrared light is projected, bounces off objects and is returned to the night vision device lens. This technology uses annodes and cathodes to accelerate the electrons, which can distort the image.

Generation One

This technology made changes to the type of technology used. Instead of using the active infrared technology, the switch was made to passive technology. This technology uses the natural light given off by the moon and stars to produce greater amounts of reflected infrared light. The problem with this technology is that when it is cloudy or a moonless night, they don't fare so well.

Generation Two

To help with the problem of generation one, imporvements to the image-intensifier tube were made. This improvement lead to greater resolution and performance over the night vision devices of generation one. The new technology allows them to be used and produce adequate results on a night with less light, like a moonless night.

Generation Three

The technology remains the same between generations two and gemeration three. The improvements came in image quality. The night vision devices of generation three have better resolution and are more sensitive than generation two did. The photo cathode of generation three is made of gallium arsenide which converts photons to electrons efficiently.

Generation Four

The most recent generation has advanced technology that allows for better quality in both low- and high-level light conditions. An ion barrier, that was added in generation three, was removed, allowing more electrons to reach the amplification stage allowing the images to be less distorted and brighter. An automatic gated power supply was added allowing the photocathode to rapidly switch on and off letting the night vision device to perform well under light fluctuations.

Night Vision Types

There are different types or categories that night vision devices may fall in. They are: Scopes, Goggles, and Cameras.

Night Vision Scopes

Night vision scopes are monocular devices that may be mounted on other devices. These are a good device for looking at specific objects for a period of time and then returning to normal vision since they are handheld.

Night Vision Goggles

Night vision goggles are generally worn on your head, but may be handheld if you prefer. They are binocular devices that may have a single lense. This type of night vision device is good when you want to remain using them. Instead of having to put them up to your eye, and remove them like a nigh vision scope, night vision goggles remain until you remove them from your head. This is good if you will be using them for extended periods of time and want your hands free.

Night Vision Cameras

Night Vision cameras are able to send the image to a monitor or can be recorded with a VCR. This type of night vision device is good when night vision is desired for a fixed location, such as a building parking lot.

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Buying Night Vision

When buying night vision devices, be sure to check what generation of technology the device uses. Getting a cheap pair of night vision goggles using generation 0 or generation 1 may lead to disappointment if you are looking for the high sensitivity of earlier generations. Make sure that you know the return policy before buying, night vision devices can be expensive, and you don't want to be stuck with an expensive toy that you don't like.

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