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Armasight Spark Multi-Purpose Night Vision Monocular CORE IIT 60-70 lp/mm
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- Resolution 60-70 lp/mm
- Lightweight and Compact
- Weapon Mountable
- Powered by a Single CR123 Battery
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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 intensiffier 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 intensiffier 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! The Armasight Spark is the perfect partner for this new hybrid tube-type – a rugged, but light-weight multi-purpose night vision monocular. With optional accessories, it can be used hand-held or head-mounted; with a day scope adapter, it can convert your existing day scope to night vision at a budget price. With optional 3X a-focal lens and IR illuminator, it can serve as a medium range, ultra-high resolution spotting scope and with optional camcorder/camera adapter, you can even take footage or stills though it in darkness.
The Armasight Spark is the ideal night vision unit for the outdoorsman or first responder who demands more resolution, image clarity and durability than standard Gen 1 can offer.
- Compact, rugged design
- Water and fog-resistant
- 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
- Multi-Purpose System Yes
- Exit Pupil Diameter, mm 8
- Eye Relief, mm 20
- Lens System F1.7, 35mm
- FOV 35°
- 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) or CR123 type rechargeable batteries with voltage 3.2V (1)
- Battery Life 40 hrs
- Environmental Rating Water resistant
- Operating Temperature -40 to +50 °C
- Storage Temperature -50 to +60 °C
- Dimensions 149 x 49 x 82 mm / 5.8 x 1.9 x 3.2 in
- Weight 0.37 kg / 0.8 lbs
- Warranty 2 Years
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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.
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.
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 3.7v li-ion 16340 cells, although one of Armasight's tech reps says they hope to have an improved model capable of withstanding a wider range of battery types out within a year (written 06-21-13). According to the manual, expected battery life on 1 CR123a cell is 40 hrs, or 20 hours if using the on-board illuminator. This is, of course, another incentive to have a supplemental IR device -- preferably one that uses 18650 Li-ion batteries, which you can get for free out of most dead laptop battery packs.
The picatinny rail conversion unit (available from Armasight for around $130 via Amazon) is very well constructed, but it places the SPARK about 1/2 inch higher than both my Aimpoint, and a cheap scope on medium height rings. Still usable, but it's an odd bird. There are a handful of other quick-detach mounts designed for the PVS-14 that may work, but I haven't tried any of them yet.
There is a bit more fish-eye effect with the Spark than a PVS7/14, but it's no worse (and maybe a bit better) than other gen-1 devices I've tested. It's only distracting at first, but I think I would get a headache after several hours of continuous use.
Used or blemished PVS-14 units are popping up on ebay for around $2,000. If you can afford one of those, it's a big difference in illumination. Otherwise, this is the first gen-1 unit I've worked with that was worth using. Keep in mind that your final cost of operation is going to be closer to $700. $460 for the Spark, $120 for an illuminator, $130 for a mount of some type, and another $20 for a set of batteries. (It does come with one nice Energizer CR123a) Depending on your rig, you may also need a light mount -- either a dovetail adapter for the side of the Spark itself, or a picatinny rail adapter for your rifle. I'm testing the Safariland RLS -- seems nice, but I haven't had it very long. Note that you would probably have to purchase most of those things even if you get a $2000 pvs-14, as most of them in that price range don't include any accessories.
Looks like a PVS-14
Good Performance for the price point
Versatile mounting options.
Armasight Accessories are overpriced for what you get.
A little Bulky
Overall, I wouldn't jump out of aircraft with this gear in my ruck, but it should give me a leg up on those damn coyotes
The clarity is awesome, price is great, feels sturdy, and has a great short range IR flood.
Fish eye is annoying at first, does need supplemental IR light if the moon isn't out (especially in wooded terrain), and the IR flood does glow slightly red.
If you want entry night vision, this is perfect. If the IR flood red glow compromises your position, you shouldn't have been shopping for your gear on Amazon to start. If you want it for distance hunting, get a nice weapon mounted IR beam with a good long range flood. Very pleased with the purchase.
It did not work well behind my Aimpoint compm4, but I could see the red dot. Would probably be much better behind an eotech.