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When it comes to ease of use, night vision binoculars take the cake.
Simply power them up and raise them to your eyes. They're fast and easy
to use for long range surveillance. And true to the saying that the best
binoculars are the ones you have with you, the ever-present neck strap
guarantees that they'll be front and center whenever you need them.
We've sorted this section into three categories - Gen1+, Gen2+ and
Gen3. These refer to the type - or generation if you will - of image
intensification tube that they contain, the part that turns invisible
infrared light into something you can see. With each higher generation
you'll not only see an uptick in price, but a significant increase in
the binoculars' ability to cut through the darkness.
The difference between night vision goggles and night vision binoculars is often not easy to separate. These devices have often the same housing but still, one is called binoculars and one goggles. The only difference is the magnification
– night vision goggles have true 1x magnification, which is very
important, and night vision binoculars offer a magnified picture.
Primally they were designed for helicopter pilots and soldiers on foot. Because of that, the image has to be as normal, with no magnification, so the user had a picture like during the day. With a magnified picture the users would not have the true sense of distance, so it would be impossible to fly a helicopter, drive a car, or walk.
Night vision goggles enable the user to move freely
and offer a wide field of view during the night. With night vision
goggles that are mounted on the head of the user, the user can also aim
with a weapon – many red dot sights on the market even feature a night vision friendly illumination.
Some NV goggles feature also an interchangeable objective lens, which gives us different magnifications. Thanks to that, the goggles can be also used as binoculars to observe objects on bigger distances.
Night vision binoculars, on the other hand, offer a magnified picture, so the detection range and recognition range
can be drastically improved. The details the user can see during the
night is much bigger, even on extended ranges. Night vision binoculars
are available in many different magnifications, but the biggest downside
of binoculars is, that the user cannot walk freely when observing. Also
the field of view is much smaller, but this mostly depends on the given
magnification – the bigger the magnification, the smaller the field of