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Not bad for the money.
on March 1, 2012
I recently obtained this device so as to have a little night vision capability for some night-time deer control at a local farm (authorized by the state DNR). I was not sure what to expect. What we have is an easy to use device that runs off two CR123 lithium batteries. It provides decent visibility out to about 100 yards if there is some ambient star light or moon light. By decent I mean I can tell if there is a human approaching, but I cannot pick out facial features. The picture is green, and does have some "fish eye" distortion around the edges. The image is not clear enough to pick out anyone who is motionless and wearing camouflage against a wooded background. It is clear enough to detect a person or deer in motion or standing in the open. Activating the infrared light does improve the visibility and clarity for a small area out to about 100 yards. The IR IS visible to the human eye, resembling a red LED from a distance.
The device does NOT have an eye shroud, so it will light you up in the viewscreen of another NVD. Overall for the price, for basic scouting at night, I like how it works and would recommend it for that purpose.
Update 5.11.2012: A person (JWB) asked if this device meets my needs as a prepper. By this I take him to mean for tactical operations. I would say that this device is not a good idea for mobile tactical operations, or even static night observation against a well-equipped, well-trained force that is using miltary/police tactics to storm your compound. Note the deficiencies listed above. It would be adequate, however, for static observation of a relatively unobstructed field of view out to 100 yards against routine situations in normal darkness. Since all NVDs that activate IR stand out like spotlights in the dark to other NDVs, it can detect approaching operators who are careless enough to activate their IR. If I were going to create my defensive posture such that I will be engaging in offensve, mobile tactical operations at night, I would save up and spend the money for a good set of head-mounted generation 3 or 4 NVD or binoculars. Thermal systems would be even better, but extremely expensive. Hope this helps.