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Sightmark Ghost Hunter 1x24 Night Vision Goggle Kit
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|Item Dimensions||9 x 12 x 5 in||3.5 x 2.25 x 5.25 in||3.5 x 9 x 2.5 in||3 x 5 x 8 in||6 x 10 x 5 in||3.6 x 5.2 x 1.8 in|
|Sport Type||N/A||trekking, hunting||Hunting||hunting||Hunting||Outdoors|
The Sightmark Ghost Hunter 1x24 Night Vision Goggle Kit delivers a high quality image and resolution that illuminates the darkest night with maximum visibility. The monocular is equipped with a head mount for comfortable, long-lasting, hands-free operation when flipped down, and can be flipped up when not in use. The monocular has a 1x magnification that allows the user to maintain depth perception and view images clearly while navigating, and features a built-in IR illuminator for extra range in darker situations. Included is an automatic shut-off feature, which turns off the unit when exposed to bright light sources, ensuring years of operation. Protected by a three-year warranty on the tube and Sightmark's Limited Lifetime Warranty on the housing, the Ghost Hunter 1x24 Night Vision Goggle Kit is engineered to meet the highest requirements and standards of the serious night vision user.
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I knew what I was getting when I ordered it. It is a Gen1, nothing more. NV is nothing like on video games or the movies. I have owned different ones and used generation 2, 2+ and 3, those are vastly better but at a price to match.
I owned another popular brand that was slightly bigger than this. It wasn't waterproof but the lenses could be interchanged. That turned out to be only a very small benefit. The higher the zoom on these, the less field of vision, which is one of the biggest problems with Gen1.
Here are the inherent limitations: The sight picture seems small at first, if you line it up with your free eye, then the picture you see goes together seamlessly, if you can line it up and focus it well. The focus needs to be constantly adjusted, you can't look far, then look at your feet without focusing.
It has a 30 degree field of view. That is the equivalent of looking through a toilet-roll, in fact, a toilet-roll with green glass in front of it with distortion around the edges. Keep in mind that you will probably not favor this over a flashlight, unless you want to be a bit hidden.
With the infra-red illumination off, you may be impressed if you just get up from your bright computer and take a walk out in the dark. It enables you to see a little better than you will when your eyes have adjusted to the dark. (but not much in most situations)
With the infra-red illumination turned on you will be able to see down an ally or back yard (about 80 feet) very well. It may be too bright for indoor use, although you can place a finger over the light, some of the IR light will still get through your finger and enable you to see up close. brightness cannot be adjusted, eye piece brightness also has no adjustment.
The IR light is visible on all Gen1 units, but much less visible than a white light. Since the unit has such a narrow field of vision, the IR light also only needs to have a narrow beam, making it difficult for others to see you.
Something interesting about the unit and illuminator, If you look at black nylon like webbing on a back pack, the infra-red light may make it appear nearly light bright green. You could use a tv remote as a small infra-red light source, you may be able to see okay in a bedroom or down a hall. One idea is to buy some IR light sticks, or IR IED's with motion detectors and nail them to trees in the yard, that will make viewing in complete dark a bit better for you.
It takes two AA batteries, I would like if it took one cr123 better, it would be lighter and only have one battery to replace but the two AA last very long and it works well with rechargeable AA's It is so light on battery, that even when you turn the unit off it can still be used without the illumination for quite a few seconds.(sometimes 20 sec)
Even with its problems I like it, even though it is not practical for every night use, not very good for walking around with when you can use a flashlight. If you play airsoft, paintball or just feel the need to own some military history that will help you blend in at night, while seeing a bit in the dark, then this may be for you.
It is well made (from Russia)
Just know what you are getting and don't expect too much.
1. Construction is descent. The rubber armor on it is pretty good, but they used plastic screws for the battery housing and to attach the monocle to the head gear. I'll be replacing these with metal hardware.
2. As others have said, unless it is a bright night out, you generally need the IR on. With the IR, I have had pretty good results out to 100yrds or so. For my intended purpose, this is fine. Yes, you can see a dull red glow when the illuminator is on, however, I'm not sure if it is bright enough to give you away. If someone knows what to look for, ok...you may be screwed. But if you are looking out over a distance, in heavy trees or brush, I think you'd be ok.
3. The head gear is usable, but uncomfortable. I'll be attaching it to a helmet, so I'm not really concerned.
4. I bought the weapons mount for this as well. If you have an NV setting on you optic, this can go behind it (closer to your eye). On bolt action, assuming you have the rail space, this fits in front of the scope. It will change point of impact, so be aware of that if you intend to use this for hunting.
5. I like that it takes standard AA batteries.
If there was an option, I'd actually give this product 3 1/2 stars. I do like it, and I'd buy it again, but as you've heard on here before...you get what you pay for. For my purposes, it works like I need it to. I'm not a "Super Tacti-Cool Operator" doing night ops, and clearing houses. If I were, I'd want the best of the best. I'm just some schmuck who wants a leg up if things go down and this will be better then nothing.
I find it more of a fun toy rather than a piece of High Tech, even old High Tech equipment. I presume that inherent to Gen One you must put up with limited field of view in close quarters and lots of fish eye presentation. It definitely will require some illuminating of the area to be effective. The built in IR Illuminator is OK for room type illuminating but if you plan to use it outside a good IR flashlight will be necessary. If it was not for the fish eye I would have been more pleased and rated with it more stars. For the price point it is a great introduction into what most of us likely cannot afford. But, it is fun to play with.