Budget Night Vision
Night Vision is essential, but the cutting edge generation of night vision will cost you thousands of dollars.
The good news is that you can get Generation-1 night vision for a decent price. Generation-1 night vision has become very economic, and there are even some Toys that utilize night vision technology.
What this means to you is that you can find awesome night vision in the $500-700 range, or you can find decent, budget night vision in the $100-300 range.
Budget Night Vision Options
|Night Owl Optics XGEN 2X Digital Night Vision Monocular|
|STARGATE M. 2×35 Night Vision Monocular|
|Bushnell Night Watch 2×24 w/Built in Infrared Monocular|
|Yukon Nvmt 4X50 Night Vision Monocular|
|Yukon NVMT 1×24 Head Mount Kit|
If the SHTF, you will need to see in the dark! This is the time to get some night vision.
We’d all prefer to be using Gen-3 military-grade night vision, but that $3000 is a pretty hefty price tag. Many of us can’t even afford the $1500-2000 for Gen-2 night vision. Luckily there is some very good consumer-grade, Gen-1 night vision on the market.
One of these really good, consumer-grade, Gen 1 products is the Yukon NV 1×24 Goggles. They sit in that sweet spot, balancing cost and technology.
The Yukon NV 1×24 goggles come with headgear, allowing you to operate hands-free, in the darkness.
These goggles are single power (1X), which means that they don’t magnify your view. Single power ensures that you won’t lose your depth perception. It won’t’ take much practice, before you’ll be able to navigate in total darkness, as easily as you do during the day.
The Yukon NV 1×24 Goggles will allow you to see people moving up on your position, into your perimeter or allow you to move stealthily when and where you need to.
- Protective carrying case
- Neck strap
- 1X magnification
- 24-millimeter lens diameter
- 30-degree field of view
- 32-36 lp/mm resolution
- One yard to infinity focus range
- 12-millimeter eye relief
- +/-4 diopter adjustment
- Up to 160-yard detection distance
- 100-yard infrared illuminator distance
- Runs on a 3V (CR123A) battery for up to 30 hours
- -22-to-104-degree operating temperature
- Measures 3.4 by 2.4 by 5.6 inches (W x H x D)
- 13.4-ounce weight
Gen-1 night vision technology, while not cutting edge technology, is still valuable. It should enable you to see about 60 yards, in poor ambient light, without using the Pulsed IR illuminator. When the illuminator is activated, it will light up your surroundings almost like it’s broad daylight (ok, green-scale daylight, but you know what I mean).
All IR illuminators throw off some minor visible red light. This light is barely visible to the naked eye and if you are looking directly at the illuminator, you may see a slight red glow. If someone is using another set of Night Vision goggles, this light will be as bright as a spotlight. Make sure to keep this in mind, and test before you end up in a SHTF situation.
Every version of night vision, get’s a bit cheaper as new advances in technology come on the market. You need to keep checking the prices to find that sweet spot, that will give you the features you need at the price you want. I think for now, the best bang for your buck, in night vision, is the Gen-1 Tech, but your budget may tell you otherwise.
Ensure long-term power for your night vision devices
Most night vision devices do not take AA or AAA batteries (but this Night Vision Rifle Scope does). They tend to use the CR123A (123A) batteries. CR123A is usually used in photography gear and tactical flashlights.
If you want to use night vision, you may need to plan ahead and get some rechargeable CR123A batteries with an AC/DC charger for them. This will give you the ability to keep a fresh supply of batteries for your night vision and tactical flashlights, and to recharge them from AC outlets, DC outlets, and our solar panels.
Whether you are guarding your property in a bug-in situation or leading your family away from the evildoers ransacking your neighborhood, the ability to leverage night vision to see and move through the night is essential, it could be the advantage that keeps you and your family fed and alive!