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What is "Hand-Select"?

Most of our monocular offerings now have a "Hand-Select" option for a small additional fee. This is a service we provide to discerning customers who have very specific performance or characteristic requirements and involves a consultation to determine what performance metrics is the most valued. Some examples include:

  • High Gain
  • Low EBI
  • High Resolution
  • Low to no blemishes
  • High SNR
  • Low audible autogating noise

Once we understand what your priorities are, we will choose from our currently-available stock and provide you with the top three choices along with...

BNVD-1431 housing - serious or meme?

We launched in April with a small batch of BNVD-1431 "Gen2" builds going primarily to pre-order customers who were eager for a binocular NV device for a decent price. All of these orders were filled and I'm pleased to say that all of our clients are happy with the systems they have received and are currently using. But what nobody saw were the number of issues, bad housings, and weeks of testing that were required to fill those orders.

Here is a list of the issues we encountered with these housings:
1) Some BNVD-1431s do not stay on and would randomly...

Choosing a Night Vision Housing - Top 5 Considerations

Choosing a Night Vision Housing - Top 5 Considerations

2020/2021 seemed to be a year of the night vision renaissance. Following on the widespread sale of white phosphor tubes, these past two years seemed to carry news of new housings every few months. For a long while, the only commercially-available binocular night vision housings were bridged PVS-14s, Sentinel, Mod3 and surplus PVS-15s and most of those were all only available on the grey market.

Nowadays, we're inundated with options including:

  • ACT in Black DTNVS
  • Nocturn Industries Katana
  • Argus BNVD-1431
  • ACT in Black DTNVG (discontinued)
  • BNVD-1531 *
  • PVS-31A *
  • PVS-31D (aka F5032) *
  • AB Night Vision RNVG * 
  • AB...

Photonis Echos - what they are and how they perform

Photonis Echos - what they are and how they perform

Image intensifier technology from Photonis was developed outside of the U.S. and is based on an entirely different concept compared to U.S. made Gen 3 from Elbit Systems and L3. Photonis 4G often gets labeled as "Gen 2+" because it's fundamentally more similar to the multialkali photocathode technology from the US Gen 2 than it is the gallium arsenide (GaAs) tech developed for Gen 3. Thinking of it as "Gen 2+" probably isn't the best way to frame it up, and the term "Hybrid" that is often used in conjunction with Photonis 4G is probably better. It's a "hybrid" because...

Info on Echo Blemishes / Spots

This is probably the question we get asked the most: If Echos are run-offs of the Photonis INTENS 4G line due to factory dark spots (aka blemishes), how many dark spots should I expect and how bad are they? 

Let's call a spade a spade right off the bat and be honest - Echos are higher-performing and more affordable than any other comparable image intensifier tube available, but yes, they have factory dark spots in the form of small dots in the image. Second - while Echos initially were 4G run-offs, this is no longer the case and Photonis is...