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Has anyone experience with night vision binoculars?  Ive seen Bushnell and Yukon binos selling for 300-400$ but not sure how well they work. Im not too sure about monoculars as I believe its too hard on the eyes in darkness.

Any comments on what works and what does not?
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I'm not saying don't get them but try before you buy. I tried the Bush and if it's pitch black you can make out images, but, obviously,nowhere near what a bino will give. I personally didn't think it was worth the money, others may disagree. I'd take the $400 and add that to the top price I'd pay for a really good bino (with huge objective) and get that. That way you'll have something you really can use, a lot, and be happy with it forever. No batteries or electronics, just the best glass that lasts. Just my opinion.   
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Another concern would be what you intend to use them for.  Many (most?) states have laws that forbid night vision optics for hunting.  The mere presence of them in your vehicle (together with any firearm) serves as prima facie evidence of your use of them for restricted purposes.


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A friend has a pair that he uses navigating the lake at night. They work very well if you get Gen 2+. Below that the view is very fuzzy at much range. If there is no moon it is best to have an IR illuminator. They do not work well if it is foggy. He has a cheap monocular and a higher quality 4X Binocular. The cheap gen 1 is not very good past 30 yds over water to me. Try them before you by them. Big boar has good advice. Pay heed to lucznik too.
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