- When night vision hunting with friends, the only person that will be able to see what you are shooting at or anything for that matter is the person looking through the scope. It is not social like the videos make it seem with most products. Digital Crosshairs 1000 and the NiteSite products have a display that everyone in the hunting party can look at while hunting.
- Unlike filmed night hunting videos or hunting in the daylight, the only perspective a night hunter has is the limited field of view through the scope. The higher the magnification, the narrower your field of view. The closer the object, the narrower your field of view. Try this, take a 8″ x 11″ picture of a field and draw a one half inch circle some place 100 yards away. That is probably more than you would see at night.
- If you don’t have a night vision monocular, you will have to raise your gun to look through the scope every time you want scan the area. A bipod is very helpful.
- Judging distances to your target is more challenging with night vision. In an open field, is it a small hog at 80 yards or a larger hog at 120 yards? Unless your scope has a range finder, use land marks to help judge your distances.
- Keep your batteries warm. If you are hunting in freezing weather keep those extra batteries in your pockets. Cold weather will suck the juice right out of them.
- When walk and stalk hunting, you will need some type of dim light at least at your feet, but not a bright light that can alert animals. Remember, it will be dark and you will also need a very bright light to find the blood trail and the animal if it runs into the brush.
- Expect temporary night blindness after looking in the eye piece of a night vision or thermal scope. Everyone’s pupils open wide when it’s dark. When you look into a thermal or night vision scope, your pupils get smaller from the light. This causes temporary night blindness when you remove your eye from the scope. Products like Digital Crosshairs 1000 that have a LCD display do not cause night blindness.
Recently we got some good questions from a prospective customer in South Carolina regarding Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on that we felt are worth sharing.
- Will it work on my Nikon Buckmaster 2 scope that is 4x12x40 for all the zoom ranges?
I should work fine with your Buckmaster. It will work on the low magnification of 4 – 5. It may work with the higher magnifications but it probably will not. On some scopes brands it does, some it does not
It will adjust for all magnifications on scopes that have AO (adjustable objective).
When using night vision on your scope, un-like in the day light when you can scan with your eyes and then target in with the scope, the only thing you are going to see is your scope’s field of view at night. The higher the magnification, the narrower your field of view. You will probably want to use the lowest magnification to get the widest field of view.
- We are concerned that the LCD screen will light us our faces and make then visible to deer when we are in our stands. Is this a problem? Can the screen be located below the gun to hide the light from view better? Is the cable long enough to move it down below gun while siting in a tower stand?
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The screen is easily adjustable for brightness and contract, you can dim it. We also ship a red screen protector with your kit which some hunter like to use to turn the glow from white light to red light. Also, your face will be about an arm’s length from the display when mounted on your gun.
The screen is held in our proprietary mount by a thumb screw that you can loosen to detach the screen. It has 16” of cable in the wiring/battery pouch designed to allow you to locate the screen away from your gun. We can also sell you an extension or you can purchase a standard 4 pole extension cable.
- How long does the battery last? How long to recharge battery?
The battery will last about 6 hours on a full charge. It takes 5 to 6 hours to charge. The battery is removable so you can purchase spare batteries from us for just $40. It is a re-chargeable lithium battery and we provide a charger for it.
The illuminator runs on one 18650 lithium battery. We provide two with the kit and the charger. These batteries will run about two hours. You can purchase them on the internet for $3 to $20 each. The better ones will run up to 5 hour on a charge I am told by some customers. You can also add a pressure switch to your illuminator so it is not on all the time. Another note from experience, if it is below 40 degrees out, keep your batteries in your pocket to stay warm. I was in a stand one night for hours and it was 28 degrees out with my batteries on the floor. Guess what happened, they all went dead.
- Can we get an extended warranty past 1 year?
I can give you an extended 2 year warranty on the illuminator, LCD, camera clip-on and wiring harness. We do not give a warranty on the batteries because people can miss-manage them. The LCD, like your phone, is not warrantied for water damage or abuse. A replacement battery is $40 and a replacement screen is $50 for customers. Our goal is not to make money on repairs, it is to keep you in the woods hunting!
- Can we get a discount for buying say 4 or 5 at once?
Yes. $550 each
- How long does it take to mount the system on a rifle? We are thinking about taking it with us and mounting it in the field as it gets dark.
Once you attach the picatinny rail adapter to your scope, it takes less than 60 seconds, really.
What I would do is mount the battery pouch to the scope or stock of your gun ahead of time. This attaches with Velcro and that sound you may not want to chance deer hearing.
When it gets dark, attach the clip-on to the eye piece and mount the screen and illuminator, then just plug them in.
7. Can you get extra batteries
Yes, the battery just slips into the power pouch. You can disconnect it and replace it with a fresh battery at any time.
8. Can I use this system during the day?
Yes this system can be used day or night. It switches to night vision automatically and sun light does not bother it at all. The night vision is black and white. Day vision with the DC1000 works well however the colors are not realistic. With our Sony based system you get excelent color during the day and black and white night vision.
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Night vision hunting is the rage right now and a lot of fun. But would you trade a great Leupold or Nikon scope for a night vision scope?
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Night vision scopes are great for hog and coyote hunting in the dark of night. Something you can not do with a standard day vision scope. But great scope manufacturers that produce high quality optics are in a class of there own, way better than any night vision device.
If you want the best in day vision scope optics and you also want to hunt at night you choice is clearly a night vision clip-on that will convert your quality optics into a night vision scope on evenings you want to hunt in the dark.
Digital Crosshairs 1000 is a night vision clip-on that attaches to the eye piece of your scope, taking advantage of your scope’s optics while capturing the scope’s field of view in total darkness using digital IR night vision.
This low cost clip-on for just $600 attaches to any scope in less than a minute and without re-zeroing, let’s you enjoy night hunting with the same scope you depend on and love for day shooting.
www.digitalcrosshairs.net or call 404-590-6513
Night vision rifle scope clip-ons are designed to change a standard rifle scope into a night vision scope. This is typically done by attaching a night vision scope to the front of a rifle scope and using the rifle scope to magnify the mini display on the end of the night vision clip-on.
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on attaches to the eye piece of a standard rifle scope and uses the optics of the scope. This is different than just using the optics to magnify the mini display on the end of the clip-on. With Digital Crosshairs 1000, the better the scope’s optics the better the resulting night vision.
Night vision clip-on prices
|Armasight Nightvision Clip-On X Riflescope System
|Armasight CO-Mini 3 Bravo MG Mini Clip-On System Gen 3 w/ Manual Gain||$3,500|
|Armasight CO-LR ID MG Night Vision Long Range Clip-On System Gen 2+||$2,500|
|Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on||$600|
|EOTech New PVS24-M2124LR Commercial Clip-On Night Vision Device Taupe||$9,200|
|ATN Night Vision FREE S&H PS28-3 Scope Model: NVDNPS2830||$3,800|
|Armasight CO-MR HDi Medium Range Clip-On System Gen 2+ High Definition||$2,200|
|Digital Crosshairs Starlight Night Vision Clip-on||$N/A|
There are a lot of affordable night vision products on the market today that are pretty good. Unlike traditional expensive intensifier tube or thermal night vision products that are expensive to manufacture, digital night vision is a commodity based product. The primary components of digital night vision are not proprietary at all. Digital night vision is based on standard components:
- IR camera board
- IR camera board lens
- LCD display
Night vision scope manufacturers do not make these components, they purchase them and integrate them into branded products.
Digital night vision scopes can easily see 100 to 150+ yards in the dark. Even the low end is enough for most hog or coyote hunters.
Digital Crosshairs 1000 is a $600 night vision clip-on product that uses 1000 TVL (television lines) resolution board cameras, quality lenses, and a large 4.3″ LCD targeting system instead of the mini display used by traditional industry leaders. Unlike other clip-on systems, Digital Crosshairs clips onto the eye piece of the scope and takes advantage of the optics. The better the scope, the better the results.
Traditional clip-ons mount to the front of the scope and just use the scope’s optics as a magnifier for the micro display on the end of the clip-on. A quality scope in that case really adds no value like it does with Digital Crosshairs 1000.
A lot more hunters will be enjoying the thrill of night vision hunting when they learn about the new affordable digital night vision products on the market today.
These products are a lot less expensive than the traditional intensifier tube technologies and thermal scopes that have been on the market for years.
Our prediction is that digital night vision will be killing thermal and Gen 3 products popularity. Not many hunters can afford $2,000 to $10,000 for a night vision scope to shoot hogs and coyote 70 to 100 yards away. Makes no sense to spend that kind of money. But $600 or less for a night vision scope that lets you sit in a stand and shoot pray 50 to 150 yards away is a real winner.
One down side of getting a night vision scope is that most people hunt with a family member or hunting buddy. Hunting in the dark of night, if you are a family member or friend not looking through the scope, you can’t see anything. Daytime hunting with friends, everyone in the group can see what the hunter is shooting at. Night hunting is different.
Digital Crosshairs 1000 is a night vision rifle scope clip-on that lets friends and family members see in the dark too. It actually has a rail mounted LCD targeting monitor which enables everyone to look over the shooters shoulder in the dark and watch the action. Now that is fun for everyone.
This picture was taken with Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision scope clip-on device while hog hunting. You can’t get much clearer than that at any price so don’t let the affordable $600 price fool you.
This product gets 150 to 250 yards visibility at night depending on the quality of your scope.
Actually, do you know any night hunters that are shooting over 100 yards?
Digital night vision is technically based on the IR CMOS board camera used in the build. If you are researching it ask your vendor what board camera they are using.
They may say a branded name but all CMOS cameras are made in China. Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses 1099 IR CMOS camera boards that are 1000 television lines in resolution. They also use an IR illuminator based on the Oslon Black 850nm IR emitter, the most powerfull in the industry. Technical facts like these you should ask of any vendor.
China does not make great innovative products but they do make quality component, like CMOS board cameras, batteries, and displays used by all U.S.A. manufacturers. Your Ford has an LCD made in China.
When looking at digital night vision think of it as the commodity it is becoming today. IR illuminator, CMOS board camera, mini LCD display resolution or in the case of Digital Crosshairs 1000 a 4.3″ rail mounted LCD display are the future of night vision technology for hunting.
A $4000 dollar night vision product and the $600 dollar Digital Crosshairs product should be judged based on components not brand names.
Night vision scope adapters that attach to your scope and add night vision capabilities come in digital IR, thermal, and I2 (intensifier tube) models.
It seems that the I2 and thermal models add a lot of weight and length to your scope setup and the digital models are smaller and more compact.
One thing to consider is that the digital and thermal just use your scope as a magnifier for a mini display on the scope facing part of their device. Put it on a quality scope and you loose all the benefit of the scope’s optics.
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on is different. It mounts to the eyepiece of your scope and uses the scope’s optics fully. The better your scope the better performance to expect. This eyepiece mount is easy to install and remove. It’s compact size only adds about 30 oz to the weight of your gun, including the batteries.
If sit an wait hunting, size and weight can be managed but when you are walk and stalk hunting at night every ounce matters.
Welcome to a conversation about technology and darkness.
Humans made a great step out of caves with the discovery of fire, our first night vision tool. But this still did not enable much after dark activity.
The next great step into the night was the invention of the electric light bulb that allowed us to light up large areas at night. Night time activities were now possible for working, travel, and recreation.
These advancements actually changed the darkness into light. Artificial light was our answer to functioning in the dark. Lights got more and more powerful to the point that we can easily light up roadways or even a football field.
Advancements in digital night vision and star light vision will be the next exciting steps for humans into the dark of night.