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night vision devices for seeing wildlife

see also:

  • do not look into IR illuminators at close range it may damage your eyes
  • do not aim IR illuminators at combustible materials at close range
  • IR cameras detect reflected IR light in wavelengths shorter than 1µm (eg. 850 or 940nm IR lamps)
  • thermal imaging cameras detect subject heat with IR wavelengths of 7-14µm which is VERY DIFFERENT technology and these have MUCH lower resolution but can measure temperature

Introduction to IR night vision cameras (not thermal imaging cameras)

  • night vision devices are generally digital camera technology devices with a sensor sensitive to IR light
  • some are true thermal imaging cameras
  • many can thus also record camera images and/or video to a memory card (usually 1080 or 720p)
  • most are monochrome (usually green) but some give colour imagery at night
  • most have an IR illuminator which can be turned on to vastly improve the image quality up to a reasonable distance - usually several hundred metres - depending upon IR wavelength which will also determine how discrete and invisible this illuminator is to the wildlife with the 940nm ones being the most discrete but least powerful in terms of distance and generally need a sensor with high sensitivity in the range of 900-950nm
  • some can be remotely controlled by WiFi
  • some have a Picatinny Rail Mount to mount other devices such as an additional IR illuminator
  • these IR night vision devices are NOT designed as photographic tools - they generally have limited manual photographic controls and have relatively poor focus supports, no image stabilisation and relatively low level of image detail
    • if you want a photographic tool you will be better off using a large sensor mirrorless camera with IR blocking filter removed, but these are much bigger, heavier and more expensive
  • they are designed to visualise an animal in the dark and if it is close enough ascertain what type of animal it is and how it is behaving
  • at further distances, you may only see the animal's eyes
  • they are also very useful for detecting IR light sources

Colour monocular image devices

  • SiOnyx Aurora
    • for colour need some moonlight level of lighting
    • various models:
      • “Sport” 720p video, 0.9mp stills, IP67, 1“ CMOS sensor; IS; 16mm f/1.4 no optical zoom; up to 32Gb microSD; WiFi, tripod mount, USB-B charging, download, 2hr Li battery $AU639
      • ”“Black” as for “Sport” but 0.74mp stills and adds Picatinny Rail Mount, Full Color down to 2 millilux; $AU1179
      • “Classic” as for “Black” but 0.9mp stills adds GPS, Accelerometer & Compass $AU1429
      • “Pro” as for “Classic” more saturated colour; sharper more contrasty mono images, up to 256Gb microSD $A1699

Monochrome binocular goggles with IR illuminators

  • Nightfox Swift Night Vision Goggles
    • 840nm infrared LEDs for illumination - giving a quoted maximum range of 70m
    • 320×240 pixel screen; 10° angle of view
  • Nyte Vu NV60 night vision goggles
    • 800x225pixel view; 12V rechargeable battery;

Monochrome binocular cameras with IR illuminators

  • Solomark Night Vision Binocular
    • 720p; 4“ viewscreen; 31mm lens; 1/3-inch CMOS sensor; 4GB microSD card; 8xAA batteries;
  • Sightmark Ghost Hunter 2×24 Night Vision Binocular
    • 2xzoom 24mm lens; 2xAAA;

Monochrome monocular cameras with IR illuminators

  • Bushnell Equinox Z2 6×50 Night Vision Monocular
    • 1080P; WiFi, 6x opt. 50mm lens; IPX4; 1W 5-7deg 850nm illuminator; tripod mount;Picatinny Rail Mount 765g; 4xAA;
  • Bushnell Equinox Z 6×50 Night Vision Monocular
    • VGA; 6x opt. 50mm lens; IPX4; tripod mount;
    • $AU525
  • Bushnell 4.5×40 Equinox Z2 Digital Night Vision Monocular
    • 1080p; WiFi; 4.5xopt. 40mm lens; 1W 5-7deg 850nm illuminator; IPX4; 4xAA; tripod mount; Picatinny Rail Mount
    • 624g; $AU629
  • Bushnell Equinox Z2 3×30 Night Vision Monocular
    • 1080P; WiFi; IPX-4; 1W 5-7deg 850nm illuminator; 4xAA; 425g; $AU559
  • Hawke Nite-Eye 2000 5×40 Night Vision Monocular
    • VGA video; 40mm lens;
  • Yukon NVMT Spartan 4×50 Night Vision Monocular
    • 4x opt zoom 50mm lens; need to buy the 3v lithium battery as extra;
  • MINOX NVD 650 6X Optical Digital Night Vision Scope
    • 6x opt 50mm lens; 5mp stills; 720p; up to 32Gb microSD; 4xAA; 765g; mounting rail;
    • $AU869
  • Konus KONUSPY-10 1x-5x Zoom Digital Night Vision Monocular
    • 18mm lens no opt.zoom;
    • $AU845
    • 5W dual 850nm and 940nm IR illuminators (intensity adjusted each time you press IR button plus zoom by pulling out the front element) plus red laser pointer
    • 1-8x optical zoom 30mm lens; WiFi, USB charging high capacity removable 3.7V 21700A/18650 lithium battery giving 8-10hrs use; 353 w/o eyepiece and diopter lens; 430g; 1080 30P MP4; 214x103x58mm; can attach lens to rear optic of 35-48mm rifle scope; MF wheel; microHDMI out; up to 128Gb microSD; $AU496 excl. battery/SD card/rifle mount/adapter;
    • 7.7deg FOV; 28mm lens; VGA; WiFi streaming; up to 8Gb SD; 10deg 940nm IR illuminator up to 300m; 4xAA or microUSB ext. power;350g
    • $AU715
    • discontinued

Monochrome monocular rifle scopes

  • Pulsar Digex with 940nm IR Illuminator - N455 Digital Night Vision Scope
    • $AU2450
  • Pulsar Digex with 850nm IR Illuminator - N450 Digital Night Vision Scope
    • $AU2450
    • 940nm illuminator; 70mm f/1.2 lens; 1.15kg; HDMI out;

Monochrome monocular rifle scopes with video

  • Yukon Photon RT 6×50 Digital Night Vision Rifle Scope with WiFi and Recording
    • SVGA; 6x opt 50mm; 3 power level 940nm IR illuminator practically invisible with a naked eye and useful for 150-300mm; WiFi streaming and remote control; microUSB ext power; 930g; IPX5; 70mm eye relief;
    • $AU1199
  • PARD NV008P LRF Night Vision Scope
    • 5mp; 1080P; 800×600 EVF; WiFi; IPX7; requires ext battery charger NOT USB! 5W IR illuminator; Picatinny;
    • $A1445
  • Pulsar Forward FN455 Digital NV Scope Attachment
    • VGA video; detachable high power invisible IR illuminator (940 nm); 7hr battery;
    • $AU2450

IR illuminators

  • Z-Vision - NV-303 - IR Illuminator (Red, 850nm IR, 940nm IR)
    • $AU339
  • INFRARED STRIKER LED – Infrared Driving Lights
    • 60W each, 850nm;IP68; 600m beam length; 1kg; 10-30V input;
    • $AU970
australia/night_vision.txt · Last modified: 2021/07/29 17:20 by gary1