Could give me some advice ? Thank U
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if you dont like mounting the monocular behind a scope, you can allways mount the monocular some way else, and just use a laser as your dot…with gen 1 a less than 5mw laser should be ok….on gen2 and up you need a lowpower laser
IR illuminator can be made cheaply
get an 1w led flashlight, several places to buy them cheaply under 15 bucks, i recommend getting one on lithium batteries they last longer than single AA
go to dealextreme.com they sell IR LED’s last i looked they had 300mw-500mw and a new 800mw typical under 5 bucks….
open up the flashlight unsolder the starboard and replace with dealextremes IR led….and your done…20 bucks
i compared my homemade(under 20 bucks) to a surefire M1 (75 bucks on ebay)
surefire is only 10mw, so battery time is LOOOOONG, the beam is concentrated and has hard cut off edges, and is very uniform, very profesional looking, and in a tough housing.
homemade, also watertight aluminum housing…runs on AA so battery time not as great, also bulb is 300mw which accounts for some of the battery low battery time, just bring spare batteries with you. beam is like a regular flashlight, bright in the middle fading along the edges and not as uniform, it is very bright so much that my 2nd gen reduced power a bit easily reaches 50 yards, and 100 yards possible by mounting a tube on the head of the flashlight to concentrate the beam at the target, so the NV doesnt turn down the power because the grass in front of you is lit up.
i think the home made will work well with a gen1 you might want to try out the 500mw and 800 mw too, with a gen1 i think its hard to have too much power.
you can also use a maglite with IR filter, not small and handy but should be pretty powerfull
if for yardwork consider getting some stationary IR lights.
i had a thread about homemade IR lights hmm where did it go
i made this little thing for lighting up my yard a whole night
i since got a 300w 240v IR flood light made for parking lots, its a hightemp flood light like bulb inside a heavy duty aluminum housing, and has an IR filter in front of it, i have exchanged the bulb for a smaller 100w 120v bulb and it is still very powerfull.
the real cheap solution is to get a red floodlight, lowes and home depot sells them, it provides alot of light, critters dont seem to mind them, and nightcapeable camcorders and cameras likes them, 1gen might like it too, way too bright for second gen
I made my own monster IR illuminator back in 1997. I bought a 6 inch diameter IR filter and mounted it on a 1 million candle power spotlight. It works great! AKULA
Here’s a similar filter on eBay:
This is all great advice, above.
One thing to consider is also how much you are willing to pay for a good illuminator.
I purchased a 300mw laser illuminator for $300 back in the day. But I don’t think you can find them anymore. I am not sure if they consider them “eye safe”.
But if you buy a cheap Gen 1 from yukon and an expensive illuminator, you have got a great combo at less than a cost of a great Gen 2+ device.
i found that monoculars mounted on the back of a daytime scope is the best option, i bought this one from a company called Hebridean Tech House, formaly known as Soviet bizzare, their out of business now, some of their staff seem to be involved with a company called GB sights and are still doing nightvision and also digital nightvision, the monocular im using is a Gen 2 +. also fitted on top is a inferred laser with this set up i can detect rabbits upto 300 yards and have shot rabbits out to 80 yards with a .22lr rim fire.
I dont have anything at the moment. I’m waiting for Yukon to release a Digital NV riflescope.
If that doesnt show up anytime soon I might get an Elcan Digital Day/Night scope.
regret is the worst part in sales 😥 are you using any nv now?
Its just a Rubber plumbing reducer – I borrowed that NV and coupler from Cygnusx. Grey wouldn’t be my first choice – I used a black one with mine but sold it all…
They grey part is just a coupling between the NV and the Scope. Or at least that is what I take it as.
Give’s a decent picture for a lot less than a dedicated NV riflescope.
(Its less blurry than that in real life, Camera not so good)
Downside is that the eyepeice is pretty far back. Can correct that by mounting the scope further forward which is easily done with the Talon’s, not so easy on other guns.
Or you can use them with a laser.
what is that grey piece?is it a pvc reducer or rubber ?
thanks for the pics yellow ninja!! Where would I find such a product for purchase??
I got to say, i use my yukon nv gen1 scope on my crossbow, it works great, i have been using it for a year now and i dont have any complaints.
The night visions that i tried are pretty much all the same….i never used the expensive ones, but as far as the cheap ones go, yukon is a pretty reliable choice.
For a short range hunting/plinking (up to approx. 75meters) its a good scope, but on a proper rifle i believe its powers are limited.
And it uses the same technology as the ranger. So its light safe.
BTW. I read somewhere that yukon is coming out with a new dedicated nv scope this march. Its going to be in the $200s.
YN, thanks for the info.. My small old mind had an issue with figuring that out. I’ll give that a try.
Great ideas here, hope those that have tried it, do not mind if I do also.
You mount the monocular behind the riflescope and use the riflescopes crosshairs to aim.