Jul 25

Single tube vs dual tube, quality vs quantity


I've been thinking about this for a while.


I've been doing the night vision thing for a couple of years now and have had monos and binos in my ownership off and on, trying different things, building 14s, etc...


If one were to give advice to a NV newbie, would it make more sense to get a high quality mono, like an L3 unfilmed 14, or get a used bino with older (but clean), say OMNI V tubes, for the same money?


To me, I think the binos would be the way to go, when I bridged my 14s I was really shocked by how much better my brain handled the matching data coming into my eyes.


What's the group here think?

I would pick the bino over the single -14 in a heartbeat. I’m almost 100% positive everyone who’s had both would agree. Did you find a used bino rig?

Aug 11

My frankenstein project ended up falling apart. So, I picked up a BNVD with gen-2 tubes, and swapped the tubes with two of my older Gen-3 tubes. I'm happy with the results.

Right on. Which BNVD did you get? A Night Vision Devices or something different?

Aug 11

@Nitewalker It's the Armasight branded one. Single gain, flippy bois with IPD adjustments. I only got the standard 40 degree lenses, I couldn't bring myself to splurge on the 51 degree lenses based on the user reviews.

Cool! You’re the 1st person I know that has them. You should do a you tube video on them. There’s nothing out there about them except one video that Tactical Rifleman did but he’s a FLIR partner I believe

Aug 11

Sure. I can do that. Might be next weekend. At least a table top review to start with.

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