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Posted: 1/30/2011 4:26:39 PM EDT
OK, I usually buy premium optics, but premium night vision gear is insanely expensive. I would love to find a cheap, 1x night vision optic to put behind an Aimpoint for some night hunting and for the tactical advantage one would provide in complete darkness.

So tonight I was messing around with my cheap digital camera when I noticed a night shot switch on the side. The camera has a tiny, built in infra-red LED for taking night photos. So I took a self portrait in complete darkness:



No, I don't know why I have that look on my face, but it does prove the concept. Rather then using expensive gen 1-3 style tubes, why doesn't someone make a cheap, digital 1x night vision optic that would use an infra-red flashlight?

I'm going to borrow my friends IR flashlight tomorrow and take some outdoor night shots because the one on the camera is too anemic for outdoors.

If a digital NV optic was on the market for <$100 would you buy it?
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:31:30 PM EDT
I'd look at it.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:31:48 PM EDT
I have nothing to say other than *right click save-as*
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:32:02 PM EDT
You could modify an eyeclops childrens toy.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:37:34 PM EDT
Originally Posted By raysheen:
I have nothing to say other than *right click save-as*


My eyes look the same as the dog in your avatar...

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:37:56 PM EDT
CCD/CMOS sensors are sensitive to IR, most manuactures include a IR filter in the optical path to remove it. That is the difference between the "nightshot" modes and regular modes on cameras. Most are easy to remove.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:38:13 PM EDT
Who makes cameras with night shot these days? I thought Sony quit a few years ago. Been looking for one.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:44:05 PM EDT
Originally Posted By azsavage:
Who makes cameras with night shot these days? I thought Sony quit a few years ago. Been looking for one.


It's a Sony. Once I cover up the IR LED on the camera, mount it behind my Aimpoint, and use a larger IR flashlight to "light up" my backyard, I think the pics will look pretty good. A rifle optic version could be quite compact because it wouldn't need any zoom, a large LCD screen, the ability to take photos, or any other features that would take up space.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:45:10 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 4:46:09 PM EDT by Tolip]
There are IR camera toys labeled as night vision. They seem to work pretty well for what they are.

http://eyeclopsnightvision.com/
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:50:00 PM EDT
There are some pretty damn cheap ones from russia. You don't like those ones?
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:52:00 PM EDT
you mean like ATN gen 1? those run about $150.

you can get into gen 2 for about $700. google 'patriot pocketscope'. it's one tube of a pvs5 repackaged into a monocular. i've used mine a ton, and have no complaints.
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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 5:05:59 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Shockergd:
http://i56.tinypic.com/9ldf7s.jpg

Took a second, but LOL.

And we are off...
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 5:06:34 PM EDT
Kalinka Optics

Your'e welcome
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 5:11:15 PM EDT
Tag for moar photochops!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 5:23:27 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MadBodhi:
Kalinka Optics

Your'e welcome


from one of the site sidebars:

You could receive 500 Rubles for writing a review and/or rating this product.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 5:26:08 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 5:27:29 PM EDT

under 75 bucks!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 5:54:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/12/2011 6:42:51 PM EDT by AMHsix]
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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:02:45 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:11:39 PM EDT
if it worked I would buy it.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:13:59 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Justa_TXguy:
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/481/gotosleep.jpg


OK, that's funny - my wife LOL'ed.

Thanks for the links to cheap night vision products - still haven't found as small digital version for mounting behind a dot sight.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:15:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Justa_TXguy:
http://img15.imageshack.us/img15/481/gotosleep.jpg



That is awesome. Tag for more


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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:16:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/30/2011 6:20:10 PM EDT by www-glock19-com]
tag for amusement



Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:21:40 PM EDT
In before...Your "self portrait" becomes someone's new avatar
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:23:51 PM EDT


Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:24:55 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/12/2011 6:43:04 PM EDT by AMHsix]
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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:25:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By stlyns:
In before...Your "self portrait" becomes someone's new avatar

Dang, anybody know how to photo shop my avatar?
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:26:06 PM EDT
Originally Posted By stlyns:
In before...Your "self portrait" becomes someone's new avatar


It just proves my point... If that was sneaking up on you in the dark, wouldn't you want to know about it??

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:27:56 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:30:53 PM EDT
Im in.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:32:44 PM EDT
Tag

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Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:37:08 PM EDT

Originally Posted By cchurchi:
Originally Posted By stlyns:
In before...Your "self portrait" becomes someone's new avatar


It just proves my point... If that was sneaking up on you in the dark, wouldn't you want to know about it??


Um...No. I refuse to believe in The Boogeyman

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:54:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MadBodhi:
Kalinka Optics

Your'e welcome


When that site opened, My AVG popped up a warning: "Exploit Crimepack".
I backed out out quickly.

Open at your own risk....
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 7:02:00 PM EDT
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