Hunting with a night vision scope or night vision clip-on is a great way to hunt hogs, coyote, and other nocturnal predators.
Night vision uses projected invisible IR light that animals and people can not see to brighten up a field for viewing . Many of these systems can see 200+ yards in total darkness. The distance they see is mostly dependent on the power of the IR illuminator used.
Unlike thermal scopes that see heat signatures, night vision scopes see IR and other light that is reflected back into the scope. Reflected back is the key phase here. I was recently hunting a very large peanut field in South Georgia. We used a thermal monocular to scan the field for hogs and spotted a group of them about 500 yards away. That is way too far for the IR night vision on my gun. Remember, night vision sees reflected IR light so in order to see something 500 yards away you would need an IR illuminator that was powerful enough to shine 500 yards. It is possible but would weigh a ton mounted on a rifle so gets impractical. That is why I use a hand held thermal monocular when walk and stalk hunting large fields and need to scan over 200 yards.
Scanning horizontally across a field with night vision is different from looking down at a feeder. It goes back to reflected IR light. When I was standing in that peanut field in the dark, my IR illuminator was reflecting off the ground and peanut plants. Above the peanut plants was 500+ yards of nothing but darkness, nothing at all to reflect back off, that is, until I found the hogs.
So, let me paint the picture. Night vision looking at black hogs in a dark peanut field. Everything from the ground up appeared brightly lite up from the IR. The black hogs gave a good contrast from the bright peanut plants but were less distinguishable from the black background of the horizon above them. If they were white or brown hogs, they would have been much clearer against the dark background.
If I were in a stand looking down at these hogs the background would not be the horizon, it would be the peanuts and soil. A much better contrast. See the difference. If I were standing in the field looking toward a tree lined edge of the field the trees and brush would make a good reflective background to see the hogs versus looking into an open field.
The moral of the story here is, no matter what night vision scope or scope clip-on product you use, the quality of your view will only be as good as your IR illuminator light source.
Learn about Digital Crosshairs Night Vision Clip-on products at:
Digital FOV, LLC is proud to introduce Digital Crosshairs 1000R-V2. This is the latest night vision clip-on in the Digital Crosshairs 1000 product line. It now includes drone industry HD video and audio recording and playback technology.
This product captures a night vision hunting experience as a HD motion picture with sound. It captures video from your scope and sound onto a Micro SD Memory Card ( supporting up to 32GB) which can be played back on the attached targeting display or on any desktop or mobile device that can read a memory chip.
This product mounts on any scope in less than one minute without proprietary adapters. No need to re-zero the scope. The included IR illuminator and targeting display mounts using a standard picatinny rail scope adapter that is included in the kit. Just mount it, turn it on, and go hunt. No programming, aps to download or sighting-in required. Now your best Leupold, Vortex, Nikon, Burris, or Schmidt Bender can be used in total darkness at ranges beyond 200+ yards.
The Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on product line has a modular design that allow for the integration of the “best available” night vision camera boards, lenses, IR illuminators, battery technology, and recording devices in the industry. “The philosophy at Digital FOV is to integrate the best technologies in the industry, not try to build them”, said Henry Johns, Chief Technology Innovator at Digital FOV, LLC. This design feature also enables Digital Crosshairs 1000s, that are purchased today to be upgraded by the company as the technology improves.
We get asked often why Digital Crosshairs 1000 is not sold at Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, or other big box retailers. Here’s the reason.
If we sold at big box retailers they would want a 40% or greater discount from us which would result in a higher cost to you.
Ever wonder why these stores have such a liberal return policy? When you return something they just send it back to the manufacturer and don’t pay for it. It mean nothing to the retailers bottom line but for a small manufacturer it really hurts. We all know people who buy from Walmart, use it for a while and then take it back. We have a return policy that let’s you try our product on your scope to see how it works, but this is just for a limited period of time after you receive it.
Those “Black Friday” sales you love are not just supported by the store, the manufacturer has to chip in also. We rather give you a fair price all year than boost our price so we can reduce it seasonally. These sales are often only possible because of very low cost offshore manufacturing.
Speaking of being a small U.S.A. based manufacturer, most of these big retailer want their suppliers to lower the cost/price as low as possible which means manufacturing offshore, probably China. Digital Crosshairs is made by Digital FOV, LLC which is a U.S.A. based company and we plan to stay that way as long as possible. As long as we don’t have to give half our profit to Walmart or another retailer, we can stay U.S.A. based.
So if you don’t see us at Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, The Night Vision Guys, or Optics Planet this is why. We are small and trying to give you the best price and service on a quality product.
Digital FOV, LLC is a small company in Stone Mountain, Georgia and we are alright with that. Call us up and say hello or ask about our night vision products. Guarantee you will speak to a real person every time.
New Digital Night Vision
A Money Making Opportunity for Hunting Outfitters
Advances in low cost digital IR night vision products like Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on lets outfitters get into the night hunting business for an investment as low as $600.
BYOG – “Bring Your Own Gun” guided night vision hunts, since it mounts on any scope in minutes. BYOG and ammo futher reduces the outfitters cost.
With most digital night vision systems, you can expect to get digital high contrast black and white night vision 150+ yards out, how far do your average clients shoot? As a business decision, why pay more?
How much money are you leaving on the night vision table? While you sleep, others are raking in the cash with happy hunters enjoying an exciting experience.
If your an outfitter taking hunters out at night with a dedicated night vision scope or thermal, you can’t see what they are shooting unless you have two night vision devices. Then you still don’t really know what they are looking at. With digital products like Digital Crosshairs 1000 just look over the hunters shoulder and everyone in the group can see what they are targeting. A lot more fun for everyone and safer for you as a professional guide.
Return on investment? How about one or two hunts and it’s paid for. The rest is all profit! Don’t wait, start earning night hunting cash now.
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
Armasight CO-LR ID MG Night Vision Long Range Clip-On System Gen 2+
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on
EOTech New PVS24-M2124LR Commercial Clip-On Night Vision Device Taupe
ATN Night Vision FREE S&H PS28-3 Scope Model: NVDNPS2830
Armasight CO-MR HDi Medium Range Clip-On System Gen 2+ High Definition
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
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.
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.