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Sightmark Ghost Hunter 2x24 Night Vision Monocular
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- High quality image and resolution
- Built in IR illuminator. Make sure you are adjusting the eyepiece and not unscrewing it.
- Ergonomic design and quick power-up
- Lightweight, durable composite plastic construction
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Equipped with a high-power infrared illuminator, the Sightmark Ghost Hunter 2 x 24 mm. Night Vision Monocular delivers a bright, clear image no matter how dark the conditions and a compact body style for easy travel. Its 805nm IR illuminator catches vivid imaging in low-ambient light conditions or total darkness. The monocular features a lightweight, durable polymer construction, built for endurance, and a 2x magnification that lends itself well to close-range observation. Its automatic shut-off feature turns off the unit when exposed to bright light sources, saving the night vision tube and 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 is engineered to meet the highest requirements and standards of the serious night vision user.
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The Infra-red on this 2x has a focusing lens, the 1x just has a black plastic cover. (note: some black plastics are invisible to Infra-red, take a look at the plastic on your tv, it may be transparent through these.)
I really think that a review for this device would be open to debate. I can tell why someone would give this device a 1 star.
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.
It has less than 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, 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. If you afraid of the apocalypse or just feel the need to own some military history that will help you see 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.
Quality of product: Maybe I got a lemon. Won't turn off. Button clicks but just stays on. Only way for me to avoid it draining batteries is to take them out completely, and to put them back in when I want to use it, which is a pain.
Quality of company: They have not respond med to my refund requests.
Overall, it's a fun toy. I live in a major city and I don't see myself using it often. Only real application I see is if you go camping with friends or need to occasionally check for animals in your backyard. It works surprisingly well in pitch black. But if you're expecting to roam around in pitch dark like a ninja, while the rest of the world is in a post apocalyptic frenzy, don't buy this. The range is so limited that in 90% of conditions (natural moonlight) people will be able to see you just as much as you'll be able to see them with this.
Tip: if you get this, make sure you focus both the front AND back lens. Once you do, pictures are super crisp and clear. Downside, no auto focus so you have to constantly adjust. This should address 99% of the idiots that reviewed this negatively.
I bought the Ghost Hunter after having had good experience with Sightmark's Proton 4.5x digital scope which I have mounted on my Crosman Marauder air rifle. Sightmark has a good reputation, and they're said to stand behind their 3 year warranty. I was also attracted to the low price- I paid about $165 for my Ghost Hunter, which puts it at the low end of Gen 1 scopes, but it has very good reviews overall here on Amazon.
One slight annoyance: The objective and eyepiece focusing barrels have almost no resistance to turning. That makes them very easy to focus, which I suppose is a plus, but it also makes it very easy to knock the eyepiece out of focus. Once you get the eyepiece adjusted to your eye, you really don't want to have to keep adjusting it. I solved this by wrapping a wide rubber band around the front end of the eyepiece focusing ring.
If you're looking for a relatively inexpensive entry into night vision for nature viewing or hunting, this scope is a good choice. By itself it makes a fine viewer, and with the addition of a dot sight and Sightmark's Weaver mount it can serve as the basis of a night vision hunting scope, too. All in all a good value for what they're asking.