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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/12/2011 at 09:41
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Its time for my annual pig hunting trip and I am thinking about night vision.  I already have a light mounted to my rifle scope.  I just need something to watch a feeder in the dark to let me know when something comes in so I can switch on the light on my scope a take the shot so it does not have to be the greatest night vision available.  It just has to function.  The distance is 75 yds at most.  I don't want to put a light on the feeders because these feeders have never had any lights on them and I don't want to introduce anything new to the pigs for fear that it may take them a while to adjust and come in which would probably be after my hunt is over.  I don't have a whole lot of money to spend so I am hoping to get the job done with a Gen 1 monocular and I am trying to figure out whats the best for the money and if it will what I need it to do.  I have looked at ATN, Yukon, and Bushnell.  They all get mixed reviews.  I think most of the negative reviews are from people expecting Gen 3 functionality out of Gen 1 technology so I take their reviews with a grain of salt.
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)     Back to Top Direct Link To This Post Posted: December/12/2011 at 10:15
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75 yards is about the "outer edge" for utility for a Gen1 NV product.  If you are just looking at a monocular, they are all pretty much the same.  You are not going to get a lot of difference in any of them.  Get the biggest objective you can find and I would suggest no more than 3x, 2x is probably better.  I've used Gen1 quite successfully.  Certainly, I prefer GenIV, but like the Gen1 prices a lot better.   For hog hunting at under 75 yards, Gen1 is fine.  The intensifiers on Gen1 are a little unpredictable.  Lifetime is a crapshoot...
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