IR Illuminator Batteries Can End Your Hunt

 

Digital IR night vision scopes are getting very affordable.  With a good IR illuminator, hunters are seeing 100 to over 200+ yards in the dark.  But “Digital”  means electric!  One detail that can ruin your hunting weekend is getting poor quality batteries or heading out with under charged batteries.

Good IR illuminators usually runs on rechargable 18650 lithium-ion batteries.  As your batteries drain in voltage, your illuminator gradually gets dimmer and dimmer.  Remember, the human eye can not see the infra red light from your illuminator so except for the performance of your night vision scope, you have no indication that the brightness of the illuminator is decreasing.  A battery with a low mAh rating when charged will start off bright, but the voltage will drain faster than good batteries.  Get setup and then 20 minutes or less into your hunt you start wondering why your system is not working as well as you expected it to.  Digital IR night vision and I2 (intensifier tube) night vision benefits from the IR illuminator light. When the IR dims, your system dims.  I stress this point.  It would be better if the illuminator just shut off but it doesn’t.  A hunter would know its time for another battery if it just shut off.

The 18650 lithium-ion batteries sold today are labeled from about 2100 mAh (milliamp hours capacity)  all the way up to over 9000 mAh.  So if you order the 9000 mAh batteries from China on Ebay you should be ok, right?  That is what I thought but after doing some research I discovered that 18650 lithium-ion batteries can not physically be made to go that high.   The offshore manufacturers are actually selling a lie.   They just lie about the mAh rating for marketing purposes.  After all, how many people know that much about battery technology except electrical engineers.

XTAR VC2 battery charger

With the average battery charger you don’t know the real mAh rating of your batteries or the charge level.  Don’t risk your hunting trip, get something like the XTAR VC2 USB LCD Screen Battery Charger Capacity Tester.  It has an LCD display that show the batteries voltage and mAh level so you know for sure and don’t have to risk bad batteries messing up a great hunting weekend.

Get good batteries and a good battery charger/tester.  That way, a $2.00 battery won’t mess up a priceless hunting opportunity.

Order the XTAR VC2 Tester/Charger at Digitalcrosshairs.net

Related info:

How to tell a fake 18650 battery:

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-know-a-fake-18650-battery/

Review of 18650 Batteries:

https://mycooloutdoorstuff.com/which-18650-battery-is-your-best-choice-the-buying-guide-and-recommends/

 

 

 

Review of Budget Friendly Night Vision Scopes

Night vision view of hog at 150 yards using Digital Crosshairs NV clip-on
Night vision view using Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on

If you are interested in night vision hunting scopes today is a great time to get one.  The technology is getting better and as you would expect. The really exciting thing is how some low cost digital scopes are just as good as much more expensive, older industry standard Gen 2+ intensifier tube technology.

Picking the right product for your needs and budget can be a challenge. There are enough people “proclaimed experts” out there with opinions on which scopes are the best and what technologies are better than others to keep the average newbie very confused.  If you take anything from this article let it be this, with today’s NV technology you do not have to spend thousands of dollars to enjoy night vision hunting.  Much of the new digital technology is just as good as Gen 2 and a lot more affordable.  Don’t think the more you pay the better quality you will always get, not true in today’s dynamic world of IR illuminators and CMOS chip based night vision technologies. If it is IR night vision, get a good IR illuminator and watch the night light up!

Would you buy a race car to drive to work?  Most hunter are shooting less than 100 yards at night and most of the night vision devices in this article can see farther than that, except maybe the Yukan which is just Gen 1, stay away from anything Gen 1.

What is your typical night hunt going to be like.  Are you shooting 150 yards or less from a stand to a baited feeder?  Are  you shooting 300 yards from the road into a field?  Are you walk and stalk night hunting?  Are  you hunting in rain, snow, or humid conditions?  Are you hunting in wooded conditions or open fields?

As an example of how functional specification don’t alway tell the whole story, if your location has a lot of rain and fog during hunting season,  a $10,000 thermal scope that sees 800 yards is your worst choice. Even if dollars are not an issue, thermal can not see through humid conditions or glass for that matter.  If you are hunting in heavily wooded areas or tall brush, all IR night vision scopes will pickup and be blinded by the reflection off leaves and branches in your field of view.

Night vision devices fall into three technology categories; intensifier tubes, thermal, and digital.   Those technologies are either implemented as a stand-a-lone scope or as what is generally called a clip-on.  Clip-ons enable hunters to attach a device to an existing scope to enhance it with night vision.

The key benefits of a clip-on are:

  • Use multiple guns without re-sighting (hogs with .308, coyote with .223)
  • Day scope is still functional if night vision device fails
  • Use quality day scope in daylight, clip-on night vision in evening
  • Digital Crosshairs clip-on’s ocular mount takes advantage of scope’s quality optics if you have a good scope

 

Affordable Night Vision Scope Clip-on

Digital Crosshairs 1000 http://www.digitalcrosshairs.net

Night Vision Clip-on - Digital Crosshairs
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on mounted on Savage 223

Key Features

Core Technology = Digital Night Vision

  • Silent operation
  • Picatinny Rail attachable digital LCD display system for scope.
  • Auto focus at your scope’s fixed magnification (focus all magnifications of variable magnification scopes with adjustable objective)
  • Mini DVR recorder & Playback on screen (optional)
  • High Definition 1000 TVL CMOS IR board technology
  • Minimum Illumination 0 LUX
  • F1.2 lens for maximum light capture
  • Total darkness IR system activates at 1 LUX
  • High power zoomable long range 850nm IR illumination
  • Color output (not always true colors, Black & White IR night vision output)
  • Powered by 12 volt polymer lithium-ion rechargeable battery.
  • Weight of Digital Crosshairs = 22.5 oz
  • Weight of Illuminator = 7.5 oz

 

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Reviews:  https://goo.gl/qg8RNe

Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision Clip On
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!
5 out of 5 by Joshua C. (1/12/2016 5:49:31 AM)
IP: 71.88.224.196

The DC-1000 is everything it claims to be and more! I can see clearly at 230 plus yards in the dead of night! This will definitely help you get the animal your hunting when there is no sunlight. I would also recommend you to buy the DVR as well, it’s so much fun to re-watch your hunt and a great way to save your memories. The products are A+++++++ but what’s even better is the customer service! Theses guys go above and waaaaaaaaaaaay beyond just answering questions and/or making sure your products get to you quickly. The customer service dept. are super knowledgeable and easy to talk to! I will definitely and have been telling my hunting buddies about this product. I am going email Digital Crosshairs some of my hunting video’s so they can post video’s of my hunt on their website! I love the product and customer service! Thanks again for an affordable night vision product, J.C.

NiteSite Wolf

Key Features

Technology = Digital Night Vision

  • Infrared Night Vision
  • Identification range 330 yards
  • Operational run time up to 7.5 hours
  • Net weight (excluding battery) 16 ounces
  • Water resistant

Reviews

Cost – especially with DIY systems becoming increasingly popular – http://www.airriflereviews.co.uk/accessories/optics/night-vision/nitesite-wolf

 

Affordable Dedicated Night Vision Scopes

If you are looking for a dedicated night vision scope for under $1,000 here are a few to consider.  You will want to read the reviews to see what real users have to say.  No product is perfect so we hope this helps you make the best choice if you don’t choose us.

ATN X-Sight-II 5-20x Smart Day/Night w/HD Video Wi-Fi GPS

Key Features

Core Technology = Digital Night Vision

  • Green night view, black and white night, and color day view
  • Displays in-view menu, functions
  • Obsidian Shooting Solution: wind/ballistic data and calculators
  • Recoil Activated Video (RAV) automatically records your shots
  • Profile Manager saves your personalized ballistic data
  • Smart Rangefinder automatically calculates a point of impact
  • Smart HD Channel allow for easy recording and sharing of videos
  • Smooth Zoom provides contentious zooming
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi allow sharing and simultaneous viewing on smart devices
  • Compatible with iOS and Android operating systems
  • Green night view, black and white night, and color day view
  • Displays in-view menu, functions
  • Obsidian Shooting Solution: wind/ballistic data and calculators
  • Recoil Activated Video (RAV) automatically records your shots
  • Profile Manager saves your personalized ballistic data
  • Smart Rangefinder automatically calculates a point of impact
  • Smart HD Channel allow for easy recording and sharing of videos
  • Smooth Zoom provides contentious zooming

Reviews

Not great illuminator light – https://www.amazon.com/forum/-/Tx10WW3G6TK3WYU/ref=ask_dp_dpmw_al_hza?asin=B01BYDUZ60

 

Reviews:

Gear Review: ATN X-Sight Digital Day/Night Optic   http://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2015/08/jeremy-s/gear-review-atn-x-sight-digital-daynight-optic/

Videos:

Using T67 IR Illuminator really helps        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEw_gNvShfE

 

 

 

Armasight Vampire 3X Night Vision Rifle Scope

Key Features

Technology =  proprietary Ceramic Optical Ruggedized Engine image intensifier tube

  • CORE technology 60-70 lp/mm
  • Detachable long-range infrared illuminator included
  • Illuminated reticle with brightness adjustment
  • Water and fog resistant design
  • Mounts to standard weaver rail

Reviews

Rated for use on a .308, but makes the lens drop out – https://www.amazon.com/forum/-/Tx3OJFONPSOL4IJ/ref=ask_dp_dpmw_al_hza?asin=B00IBIO9VE

 

 

Yukon Advanced Optics – YK26013WL – Yukon Varmint Hunter 2.5×50 Rifle Scope

Key Features

Technology = Gen 1 Intensifier tube

  • Rugged titanium housing
  • +/- 4 Dioptric correction
  • Powered by 2 “AA” batteries
  • 30 lp/mm resolution specified
  • Comfortable, oblique shaped eye cup
  • Mil-Dot type luminous reticle with on/off switch
  • Precision internal windage and elevation adjustment
  • 50 Hours of battery life from two “AA” batteries

Reviews

 

Small reticle – https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/425544-REG/Yukon_Advanced_Optics_YK26013WL_2_5x50_Titanium_Varmint_Hunter.html

 

 

Sightmark Photon 6.5x50L Digital Night Vision Riflescope

Key Features

Technology = Digital

  • Day and night Use
  • Digital reticle with option of 6 reticle styles
  • High 6.5x magnification for extended viewing range
  • High resolution display
  • Built-in 780nm laser IR illuminator

Reviews

It will “blink” on high recoil rifles (you won’t see your shot) – https://www.amazon.com/forum/-/Tx1Y6OY9EFQOK16/ref=ask_dp_dpmw_al_hza?asin=B00JAE0UCA

Extremely poor range, even with aftermarket IR illuminator. (actual operative range is less than 150 yards) – https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R20S1JHMBJ5I7F/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00JAE0UCA

Night Vision Hog Hunting and Small Town Economies

Night vision hog hunting using Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on
Night vision hunt using Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-on

Night Vision Hog Hunting and Small Town Economies

Hunting season has always brought the weekend hunter’s dollars into rural areas for a welcome influx of revenue.  Everyone is happy in the fall to see the camo wearing hunter who spend hundreds if not thousands with hunting guides, hotels, restaurants, meat processors, ice, taxidermy, gas, and even at convenience stores on beer and potato chips.  Yes, hunting season is an important seasonal revenue generator for rural communities.

Historically it was primarily deer, turkey, and small game seasons but now the wild hog population is turning hunting into a year round revenue opportunity in many areas.  In states like Georgia, Florida, and Texas where wild hogs are a serious problem, hog hunting season is a year round, day and night opportunity for everyone in the industry.

In the small South Georgia town of Alapaha, Owen Farm Hunting Preserve was just doing day hunts during traditional hunting seasons with a little hog hunting after deer season ended.  Hogs are mostly nocturnal so this was pretty limited to early evenings and morning hunts.  This fall they purchased two low cost night vision clip-ons called Digital Crosshairs 1000, which for $600 each allowed them to have two hunters in the field at night hunting hogs at premium price.  This was revenue on the table just waiting to be claimed.  Now they have wild hog night vision hunts booked for months in advance.  Not only does this bring in revenue for Owen Farm Hunting Preserve, but the meat processor, a local farm house that is rented to hunters for boarding, and the local stores are all gaining.  Most of the extra dollars they make are being circulated several times in the local community before leaving adding to the health of the town.

The wild hog problem combined with lower cost night vision equipment has opened doors for rural areas to capitalize.  The new affordable night vision hunting equipment enables outfitters on a low budget to now enter the game without risking thousands of dollar on expensive night vision gear.  Before it cost $3000 to $4000+ for good night vision gear and if it had to go in for repair the outfitter had to bear the lost revenue from canceled hunts.  Now with products like Digital Crosshairs 1000, low budget outfitters can compete with the big guys.  Only in America!

For the rural community it is not just the outfitter that benefits.  Every hog that is killed for meat has to be butchered and processed.  Rural area meat processors are also making year round income whereas before the popularity of hog hunting, most of their revenue came from a very short deer and turkey season.  It may seem small but meat has to be packed in ice and trucks run on gas, sales of which are another hog hunting related influx of revenue to small towns.  It all adds up.

Many of the dollars earned in rural areas are spent several times in rural areas before they leave.  The outfitter who earns dollars from hunters is spending it on gas, housing, food, entertainment, church donations, child care, car repairs, and other things at businesses in their communities.

Yes, wild hogs are a true problem for the ecology and farmers.  Truth be told, they also are an income opportunity for many workers in rural areas where there are not many other income opportunities.

By Henry Johns

Night Vision Marketing Division

Digital FOV, LLC

Phone 404-590-6513

Web: www.digitalcrosshairs.net

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/digitalcrosshairs

 

Digital Crosshairs 1000 – Why not at Bass Pro Shops

Hog hunt in Washington County Ga. with Grunter Hunters

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.

Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on mounted on Nikon P223 3-9x40 scope
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on mounted on Nikon P223 3-9×40 scope

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 Crosshairs 1000R Night Vision Clip-on with built in DVR

Digital FOV, LLC just release a new version of Digital Crosshairs 1000 IR night vision clip-on that includes a built in DVR recorder that also plays back right on the rail mounted display.  It is the only night vision clip-on that lets you take the night vision shot and then play it back right on the rail mounted display.

Priced at just $750 but compare to units that cost thousands more.

www.digitalcrosshairs.net or call 404-590-6513

Digital Crosshairs 1000R

Digital Crosshairs 1000 DVRPro

Learn more at www.digitalcrosshairs.net or call 404-590-5613

microphone for recording sound

This system has a built-in microphone for recording the sound of your hunt as well as video. Now your friends can see and hear the shot.

Night Vision Hogs at 150 yrds using Digital Crosshairs 1000

Digital Crosshairs 1000 IR night vision IR clip-on uses the latest high definition IR night vision digital technology to give you results like this for only $600.

Night Vision - Digital Crosshairs 1000 on Savage
Night Vision Digital Crosshairs 1000 on Savage

It clips on to any scope and turns it into a night vision scope with visibility often beyond 150 yrd.

Un-like mid-range and lower cost expensive thermal, you can clearly identify game.  Unlike Gen 2+ use it in the daylight too. Digital is the future!

Learn more about Digital Crosshairs 1000 at www.digitalcrosshairs.net or call 404-590-6513.

This video was shot using Digital Crosshairs 1000 at Owens Farm Hunting Preserve in South Georgia.

 

FAQ Digital Crosshairs 1000 Night Vision

FAQ

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.

  1. Will it work on my Nikon Buckmaster 2 scope that is 4x12x40 for all the zoom ranges?

Answer:  1

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.

  1. 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?

Answer : 2

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.

  1. How long does the battery last? How long to recharge battery?

Anwer: 3

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.

  1. 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!

 

  1. Can we get a discount for buying say 4 or 5 at once?

Answer: 5

Yes.  $550 each

 

  1. 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.

Answer: 6

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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Would you trade a Leupold for Night Vision?

Night vision view of hog using Digital Crosshairs
Night vision view of hog using Digital Crosshairs

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?

Get the best of both worlds with Digital Crosshairs night vision clip-onhttp://www.digitalcrosshairs.net

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 night vision clip-on mounted on Savage 223
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on mounted on Savage 223

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

Best Affordable Night Vision

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:

  1. IR camera board
  2. IR camera board lens
  3. 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 night vision clip-on parts
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on parts

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.

 

Affordable Night Vision For Hunting

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 night vision clip-on
Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision scope clip-on

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.