Armasight Spark-G Night Vision Goggle (CORE IIT, 60-70 lp/mm)
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- CORE technology 60-70 lp/mm
- Compact and lightweight
- Designed for hand-free operations
- Built-in flood infrared illuminator
- Flip-up headgear included
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For years, development and improvement of consumer-orientated single stage Gen 1 technology has stood still – until now. Traditionally, Gen 1 tubes are made of glass – making them quite fragile and easily damaged, and have relatively low resolution, with very evident image edge distortion.
Introducing an Armasight exclusive – CORE (Ceramic Optical Ruggedized Engine) technology image intensifier tubes! While CORE does not contain a micro channel plate (and so by definition lands in the Gen 1 category) that is where the parallels end. Instead of glass, CORE tubes use a specially formulated ceramic compound fused with metal alloys similar to those used in production of Gen 2 and Gen 3 image intensifier tubes. Further advances in CORE have almost removed edge distortion, dramatically increased photo-sensitivity and most importantly, almost doubled resolution up to 70 lp/mm!
Armasight Spark-G night vision goggle systems built around CORE (Ceramic Optical Ruggedized Engine) image intensifier tubes. Unlike Gen 1 Image intensifier tubes, which are fragile because they are made from glass, CORE™ IITs are made just like Gen 2 and Gen 3 – by fusing metal alloys with ceramic compounds. CORE™ technology is based on durable elements and allows tight component stacking, resulting in image tubes that are exceptionally shockproof and vibration- resistant. Robust packaging protects easy-to-break protrusions common in Gen 1 tubes, and allows for a streamlined design that is lighter, more compact, and more reliable than average night vision devices. The CORE™ platform offers ‘best in class’ resolution with 60-70 lp/mm and an increased photocathode sensitivity level of upwards of 400µA/lm, providing high image quality even in difficult ambient light conditions, rivaling high-end Gen 2 image tubes. The Armasight Spark-G is a rugged and lightweight night vision monocular. The Armasight Spark-G come complete with headgear, which allows the unit to be mounted for hands-free operation.
- Head Gear Included
- Compact, rugged design
- Head mountable for hands-free usage
- Ergonomic, simple, easy to operate controls
- Utilizes single CR123A lithium battery
- Adaptable for use with cameras
- Built-in Infrared illuminator
- Limited two-year warranty
- Resolution: 60-70 lp/mm
- Magnification: 1x (optional 3X or 5X)
- Multi-Purpose System: Yes
- Exit Pupil Diameter: 8 mm
- Eye Relief: 20 mm
- Lens System: F1.7, 35 mm
- FOV: 30°
- Range of Focus: 0.25 to infinity
- Diopter Adjustment: +5 to -5 dpt
- Controls: Direct
- Infrared Illuminator: Yes (built in with flood lens)
- IR Indicator: Yes
- Power Supply: CR-123 Lithium 3V (1)
- Battery Life: 40 hrs
- Environmental Rating: Waterproof and weatherproof
- Operating Temperature: -40 to +50 °C
- Storage Temperature: -50 to +60 °C
- Dimensions: 159 x 49 x 82 mm / 6.3 x 1.9 x 3.2 in
- Weight: 0.37 kg / 0.8 lbs
- Warranty: 2 Years
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Headgear isn't bad but I've only used it about 30 minutes at a time, it's not something that I'd want to keep on for hours but it does free up your hands. Up close the IR illuminator is to powerful, but you may want to get an IR flashlight if you need more distance..
I have two small pieces of debris in the optics but their not visible in use. It's not in the same league as gen II but you don't pay near as much. I'd give it 5 stars but for the cost.
Update: Mounted this on a daytime scope to convert it to night time use with the Aramsight Scope Adapter Mount #5. Really disappointed with the results until I used an external IR illuminator. You have to readjust each time you change the distance but it allowed me to take out ratzilla (12" from the nose to the base of the tail, 24" total) that twice ate thru the hail screen and 2x4's!
This has a built in IR illuminator that functions out 7-10 yards inside. The resolution is at least as good as the Gen II devices mentioned above. But, those were and continue to be $2500 - $3500 devices. This is a steal at this price. With any moonlight, star light or illuminated cloud cover, there is great illumination out to 40-50 yards. Won't allow you to see into deep shadows or trees, but across a field, acceptable resolution is easily 50-75 yards.
After reading reviews, I bought an IR illuminator in the 940nM range, and this allows a detailed picture out to 200 yards, and into woods about 10 feet deep. My neighbor was able to look through the glass into his pool house in his backyard which was completely dark, and identify objects on the counters and on the floor. Amazing combination of a monocular and illuminator.
Finally, this package came with a monocular mount with headband. The Spark unit mounted easily and with minimal adjustment, was over my dominant eye and stays in place when walking around. It is heavy, and commented on by a previous reviewer, this gets heavy after 20 minutes, but it does leave your hands free.
Please read the manual as you can damage (burnout) the ceramic core if exposed to bright light, (especially sunlight).The warranty specifically excluded replacement or repair for damage or misuse which is fair.
This combo, coupled with a green sight laser is as close to "Call of Duty" as you can safely get, and afford.
For 5-6 times the cost of this POS you can buy an ITT Exelis thin film Gen3+ unit that will amaze you and have a life 10 times longer than the tube in this thing. For the steep price of this unit, its quality control needs to be impeccable to justify purchasing it as a cheap device for when there is no need to use military grade gear.
If you choose to buy this garbage at least buy it from Amazon so you can return it at no extra cost.