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Armasight Spark CORE Multi-Purpose Night Vision Monocular

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  • Waterproof body with compact rugged design and built-in infrared illuminator
  • Weapon mountable and head or helmet mountable for hands-free usage
  • Ergonomic simple and easy to operate controls
  • Utilizes single CR123A lithium battery
  • Export of this product outside of the United States of America is not allowed and is controlled by the US Department of State
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Armasight Spark CORE Multi-Purpose Night Vision Monocular + Armasight IR810 Detachable Long Range Infrared Illuminator - Recommended for Gen 1+, CORE, and Gen 2+ Night Vision Devices + Armasight Quick Release Picatinny Mount Adapter #26 (Spark, Sirius, NYX-14)
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Product Description

Product Description

Armasight Spark is a rugged lightweight Multi-Purpose Night Vision Monocular that can be Hand Held, Camera Adaptable, Head/Helmet Mounted or Weapon Mounted. Armasight Spark is based on “single tube/single eyepiece” concept where independent use of each eye maximizes the ability of the user to operate under a wide range of low light conditions while reducing the risk of temporary night blindness typically associated with night vision goggles. A built-in Illuminator allows you to see clearly even in total darkness. Spark can be used as a long range Night Vision Spotter in conjunction with state of the art 3x A-focal lens. Armasight Spark is everything outdoorsman, fisherman, tactical shooter, or hunter could ask for. Limited Two-Year Warranty

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Specifications

  • Generation: CORE Technology
  • Resolution: 47 – 51 lp/mm
  • Magnification: 1x, Optional 3x
  • Lens system: F1.7, 35mm
  • Field of view (°):30
  • Focus range (m): 0.25 to infinity
  • Diopter adjustment (dpt): +5 to -5
  • Controls: 3 position switch (On, Off, IR)
  • Automatic Brightness Control: Yes
  • Exit pupil diameter (mm): 8
  • Eye relief (mm): 20
  • Power Supply: CR-123 Lithium (1) 3V
  • Battery life (hour): 40
  • Infrared Illuminator: Yes
  • Environmental Rating: Water Resistant
  • Operating temperature (°C): -40 to +50
  • Dimensions (LxWxH, mm/in): 159 x 49 x 82 / 6.3 x 1.9 x 3.2
  • Weight (kg/lbs): 0.37 / 0.8

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 6.3 x 3.2 inches ; 14.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Origin: Russian Federation
  • ASIN: B007SYGLZO
  • Item model number: NSMSPARK01CCIC1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,013 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Customer Reviews

Overall construction quality seems excellent.
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This optic looks much better than Gen 1 and as good as some Gen 2 units.
Thomas Whited
I could see fairly well out to (my estimate) 20 or 30 yards.
Timothy G. Hudson

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 22, 2013
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First off, let me say that this unit is the best Gen-1 device I've ever worked with or studied. It has performed almost exactly as I expected, and I like this little unit. That being said:

PROS:
This is the first gen-1 device I've seen that uses a ceramic core instead of glass, making it much more durable and with higher resolution than all the rest. It still uses a gen-1 grade light transferal system, so the light amplification is no better than your average gen-1+ unit. It does, however, greatly increase the quality and usefulness of the device when used in conjunction with an InfraRed illuminator. It also makes it weapons mountable. When used with an Eagletac T20C with 2nd gen. 3.4w IR module, I can just barely identify coyotes vs sheep at about 150 meters. When placed behind an Aimpoint CompM3, I have a hard time identifying anything out past about 80 meters. That being said, my alignment isn't quite perfect, so that may contribute some light loss.

EDIT:
I have since tested the SPARK behind an Eotech 55x, and it is much clearer than the Aimpoint, probably due to better alignment and the larger FOV on the Eotech. ID range through the Eotech is probably 125 meters, vs. 80 through the Aimpoint and 150 through just the SPARK.

Overall construction quality seems excellent.

CONS:
This is still a Gen-1 device, and it really pales in comparison to a Gen-3 unit. The on-board illuminator is only good out to about 5~7 meters -- making it just enough to walk through your average house and have plenty of light. It actually works quite well for that, but if you take it outside you'll need supplemental illumination. Also, this is NOT able to handle the 3.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Daniel A. Duffield on October 24, 2013
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I have used some of the most advanced and current Gen 3 PVS-7s in the military, and I've used cheapo Gen 1 night vision from Russia. Never used Gen 2. The Spark unit is sold as a Gen 1 unit, but IT IS NOT COMPARABLE to any other Gen 1s I've ever used. This is the top of the line for Gen 1s, as far as I'm concerned. The Spark is simply amazing.

That said, it's best to understand the limitations of Gen 1 prior to ordering. For instance, this unit will not work in pitch-black. It is a starlight monocular, which requires some form of ambient light. Very dim light should be enough. Gen 1 units amplify light by about 1000 times, Gen 2 by about 20,000 times, and Gen 3 between 30,000 to 50,000 times. Obviously Gen 3s with autogating (power fluctuations to reduce blooming) and adjustable gain (brightness) are the current industry-best, but they also increase the cost of the device by about 6-7 times (typically upwards of $3,000). Most Gen 1 units are hazy, have terrible image resolution, and have a very short useful service life, which is offset by their cheap price. The Spark is not the cheapest Gen 1 device out there. Some night vision may be had for less than $200, but I'd be willing to bet those units are not as advanced, technologically speaking, and they are probably not as durable. And they probably lack the accessory options available to the Spark. Also, this unit has a barely noticeable high-pitched whine when operating, and is definitely not as pronounced as other Gen 1s. You literally have to hold it up to your ear to hear it.

The built-in IR LED seems strong enough to cast a wide beam, sufficient to light out to beyond 20 feet and probably further (though the unit claims it is only for use up to about 3 meters).
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By e82012 on September 20, 2013
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Overall a very usable night vision device, the only <$1000 unit I would buy.

Pros:
Usable night vision
High resolution. Just as a test with the included 1x lens, could distinguish the two stars of alpha capricorni, which are 0.11° apart, and see the sky between
Good construction of the unit

Cons:
Fish-eye distortion around the edge
Very slight high pitched sound like an old TV, barely noticble
Glows green for a while after being turned off

Just FYI it is important to use the knurled ring right behind the rubber eyecup to get the eyepiece in focus, then focus for distance using the objective. At first I was only focusing the objective and the image would never be completely sharp.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By dryrock53 on November 30, 2012
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I was flat out impressed with this NV moncular. I have spent many hours on gaurd duty at night in a gun tower wearing my issue NODS and this little unit is not far off from them and this is an afffordable gen1 NV system. I feel that this unit out performs its pricee point and its Gen1 status. To say Gen1+ is safe and a bit of an understatment. Serious bang for your buck period.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve on June 18, 2013
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I've purchased several Night vision sights, monoculars, split monoculars, & even a true binocular. They're ranged from Gen. 1, Gen 2, Gen 2+, Gen HP? or whatever acronym the industry comes up with. Some of the horror stories I've read, really make me thank my lucky stars. I doubt there's an honest NV dealer in the country & with all the non-export regulations, I'm sure there's not shortage of offers for those dealers to casually swap light intensifiers on lesser equipment that could be exported. The industry is really pathetic & wouldn't venture past Gen. 1/2 because there's no proof of quality, there's no traceability & if you think you can get you money back, well stick with Paypal they're your only defense against fraud.
The short & sweet is the whole NV industry about as shady a your local drug dealer in the hood. That said, this has been the 1st NV product that I receive that hasn't been opened, the battery was brand new sealed, instructions again, sealed & no bent page corners. Serial # is legible & stamped (not hand written) etc.
This is a Gen. 1 NV monocular but it's just about flawless not dark spots, no blooming in the center, it's simply how night vision should be if the dealers, distributors, wholesalers, aka middleman would keep there hands out of the products they sell. I dunno Armasight very well, but they sure got my attention & am happy to give them the money.

*****update****
I reccommended this unit to a neighbor & after he received it, he called, saying his didn't work at all. So in comparing them, they're simply 2 different monocules. He returned his twice after the 2nd unit not performing worth a crap , he gave up & purchased something by ATN. I'm unsure why mine views so well & yet others are with the contrary but, enough is enough. After my embarrassment with the neighbor, I would consider looking elsewhere for a quality product.

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