14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Great for the price,
This review is from: Bushnell Night Watch with Built in Infrared Monocular (Electronics)It works, that's for sure. However, make sure you understand the different types of night vision in order to get the type that is appropriate for your application. I bought this device specifically for the low power optics (only 2x) because I want to use it for around the house, not for hunting. Being a generation 1 device it is NOT like the military style night vision you see in movies or video games. Those are generation 3 or 4 optics that have computers aiding the optics, and cost significantly more, are much larger and much heavier.
While using the device without the IR illuminator, there must be some light around for the device to amplify. Basically, things that are just outside of the range of your eyes will become visible through the monocular. If you need to see something in the dark, or the area doesn't have quite enough light, the IR illuminator will act like a spotlight, lighting up the object you're looking at. When using the IR illuminator, you can't see... Read more
50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Not much more than a toy,
This review is from: Bushnell Night Watch with Built in Infrared Monocular (Electronics)
I purchased the Bushnell 'Night Watch' monocular with the expectation of
using the device for night time boating. I have been quite disappointed
in both the optical quality of the image as well as its light amplification
performance. Light amplification, as other reviewers have noted, does
not seem appreciably better than what most people can achieve with
a fully dark adapted eye. As long as the viewing field can be
fully illuminated by the infrared LED builtin to the unit, an acceptable
image can be obtained at short range. In my experience, the practical
limit of this mode of use is perhaps 100 ft.
The optics in the unit also seem quite poor - I notice significant distortion
at the edges of the image seen. Not entirely sure if this is from the lenses
or from the imager, but the effect is quite annoying.
My recommendation would be to pass on purchase of this particular
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: Bushnell Night Watch with Built in Infrared Monocular (Sports)
I work at night and this is an excellent tool. Works best in a non-residential setting on a moon lit night. Love it and worth the money!