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Milamber 10-24-2016 02:02 PM

Night Vision sub $300 recommendations
One of my shortcomings is the lack of any night vision. Sadly I don't have the budget for PVS 14. I'm looking for a sub $300 unit what's your recommendations

happypreppermom 10-24-2016 02:05 PM

Following this. I'm planning on buying my hubby some night vision for Christmas. Hoping to spend less than $300 too.

ilgar 10-29-2016 06:23 PM

Here are some options close to or even below $300:
Combloc gear.

DeepWoodsSurvivor94 10-29-2016 09:35 PM

Older Sony Handicam cameras may be useful as well. Either way, many will need an external IR light source to really work.

I have older Russian tank style goggles and a 1PN34 night scope, an infra-red light source is the only realistic way to see with them.

My old style Sony cameras work better and let me record what is seen. Could work as long as you know the limitations, others can see your light source and trace it back to you. Passive night vision and higher generation gear costs more because it works.

богдан 10-29-2016 09:39 PM

You can get it but honestly id save your pennies for something better.

Ole Grunt 10-29-2016 10:34 PM

For that money, you get Gen 1 stuff. I am old. I used Gen 1 in the military and it worked for us. You can get better these days, but it costs a lot more. If you're on a budget, you can find a number of items in your price range. Just shop around.

Nightvisionary 05-26-2019 06:27 PM

Let's ass some realism to this thread. You cannot even purchase a good daytime non electronic optic for under $300. There is almost no night vision optic worth purchasing that you can get for $300 or even $600. Anything with a Belorussian Gen 1 image tube is garbage. Anything in that price range will be slightly better than useless and you would be better off purchasing good tactical flashlights because anyone with U.S. Gen 2, Gen 3, or Thermal is going to Pwn you anyway.

I have personally owned, used, or tested about 100 Gen 1, 2, and 3 night vision as well as thermal devices over the last 30 years. The very minimum useable optic I would recommend would be a used optic using a U.S. Gen 2 MX 9916 image tube as used in a AN/PVS-5 or a MX-9644 image intensifier tube as used in the PVS-4 weapon sight.

The discontinued ITT Night Quest 160 uses a commercial tube with specs similar to the MX-9916/PVS-5. You can find these used on ebay for $300-$600. That is the very best performance you are going to get for that price range. AN/PVS-4 Gen 2 weapons sights are tough as nails and can be purchased used for around $1200.

If you can manage $1500-$2000 you can get a PVS-14 style monocular with a European DEP or Photonis high performance gen 2 image tube.

If you want really good night vision save up, work overtime, give up cigs and Budweiser until you have $3-$4 grand save cause that's what it takes.

Chuckleberry 05-29-2019 10:31 PM


Yes, put those $4K NVD's on your $800 Mini-14.


SoJ_51 05-30-2019 12:46 AM


Originally Posted by Nightvisionary (Post 19546544)
Let's ass some realism to this thread. ...

..You Win! :thumb:


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