How to compare digital night vision scopes

Raccoon night vision view with Digital Crosshairs

If you are thinking about getting a digital night vision scope to do some night hunting you may be wondering how to compare them.  Well there are some factual metrics you can use as a base line.

All digital night vision is built using a digital video camera board that is looking through optics and here is where you start your comparison.  Most vendors don’t tell you the specification of these components but that does not mean you can’t ask.

Digital video camera boards are rated in resolution and light sensitivity.  The resolution is described as the number of television lines of clearity (TVL) and the light sensitivity is rated in LUX.  The smaller the LUX rating the more sensitivity the camera board has to light, the better it can see with low levels of light.

The video camera boards used to build Digital Crosshairs 1000 has a very low LUX rating of .03 LUX.  The video camera board has a resolution of 1000 TVL.  The systems resolution is a combination of the video camera board and the quality of the lens it uses. Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses 3meg large format IR lenses that gather light with high levels of efficiency.

So the first questions you want to ask the manufacturer of a digital night vision scope is:

  1. What is the resolution of the video board camera that they are using?
  2.  What LUX level is the video board camera that they are using?
  3. How many megapix is the lens they are using?
  4. How powerful is the IR illuminator that comes with the scope?

This will not totally define the quality of the system you are evaluating but is comparable to asking a car dealer what kind of motor you get with the car.

All digital night vision systems have a video display.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses a large 4.3″ rail attached display that is 320X240 in resolution.  The digital night vision systems that are fabricated to look like a traditional scope with an eye piece to look into use a near-eye display, but it is still a display.  The resolution of a mobile night vision device is limited to reduce the battery drain.  Analog display of a lower resolution than digital displays consume less power so they last longer in the field.   Night vision resolution does not have the same visual perception as day vision.  Digital night vision is traditionally high contrast black and white images.

Clarity is going to be a function of the video camera board, scope optics, and the display.  The clarity at different magnifications and ranges will depend on if the solution is using a digital zoom or physical magnification from the glass optics.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 uses the physical magnification of the glass optics.  The better the optics you attach it to, the clearer your image.  Digital magnification is stretching a limited number of pixels until the image blurs.  Using a scope with an adjustable objective,  Digital Crosshairs 1000 will focus clearly at any magnification level on the scope.

The quality of a digital night vision device is the result of the quality of it’s components.  Lesson here or at least my advice, don’t judge a book by it’s cover.  Technology advances very rapidly so make sure you are not paying for 2016 technology in 2018.  Digital Crosshairs 1000 is built so that the night vision capture board can easily be upgraded as the technology advances.

There are a lot of good choices but if you are considering a clip-on that you can use with multiple scoped guns and crossbows please give  us a look.

Digital FOV, LLC

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

Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on

Night Vision: Can I Legally Hunt With It?

Is Night Vision Legal?

Generally, this is an easy question to answer. Night vision and thermal devices are legal to own in the United States. Through my research, I found out that only California has laws regarding illegal sniper scopes.

The California law states that it is illegal to possess any attachment, device, or similar contrivance designed for or adaptable to use on a firearm which, through the utilization of a projected infrared light source and electronic telescope, enables the operator thereof to visually determine and locate the presence of objects during the nighttime.

Other night vision devices are perfectly legal, though.

learn more at:  https://outdoorempire.com/legally-hunting-with-night-vision/

Digital Crosshairs 1000 is an affordable night vision clip-on that converts your scope into a digital night vision scope with Gen 2+ capabilities at a Gen 1 price.  See it at www.digitalcrosshairs.net

 

Night Vision Clip-on Simulation

Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on is a real game changer.

Not since the invention of a rifle scope back around the 1940’s has anything been as exciting as the new Digital Crosshairs 1000 night vision clip-on.  A new approach to shooting that uses an LCD displays for targeting.  From iron sights to optical scopes and now a game like digital display interface makes shooting easier and provides the hunter with extended visibility in day light, at dusk and dawn, and even in total darkness.

Simply target by looking at the screen.  This makes day or night hunting with a scoped rifle, pistol, or crossbow as easy as playing a video game, but deadly.

Night Vision Clip-on - Digital Crosshairs
Night Vision Clip-on – Digital Crosshairs

 

The beauty of using a night vision clip-on is that it does not replace the optics on a rifle, it simply enhances it with visibility into low light and total darkness situations.  Gun owners can continue to use the optics that they have mounted and sighted in during the day and at night just clip-on this digital enhancement to continue hunting into the night with no re-sighting required.

The Digital Crosshairs 1000 product mounts on any scope in less than a minute.  It is easy to move from gun to gun so you are not limited to one gun dedicated to night vision, use any gun you want.  This is a key benefit to gun owners that have multiple scoped guns or crossbows.  No longer are they limited to only using one gun for night hunting.  They can now use anyone they want.

Best of all, at just $600 it is an affordable choice for any hog or coyote hunter that is interested in night hunting.  Compare its’ 150+ yards night vision range with Gen 2+ products that cost thousands more. Dedicated night vision devices using intensifier tube technology or thermal cost thousands of dollars when you get to this level of visibility clarity and distance.

Since Digital Crosshairs is an eye piece mounted clip-on that looks through the scope, the better your scope is the better performance you will get at night.  Mounted on a Barska 56mm scope, a test unit was seeing over 300 yards at night.

There are a lot of good digital night vision devices on the market today but this one’s key advantage is that it lets a hunter use any scoped gun at night without re-sighting.  It turns all your scopes into night vision scopes in minutes.

Learn more at:  www.digitalcrosshairs.net

or call 404-590-6513

 

 

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

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