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Night Vision Overview

Night Vision

Night Vision is a relatively new technology, and at one time was really limited to military and police use only.

Nowadays their price has come down considerably, and although most countries have laws restricting the sale of the latest generations, there are many models available for civilian use.

Choosing Your Night Vision Device

Choosing the right Night Vision device is not easy. Very few stores carry a wide range, and even fewer can give you good, impartial advice and guidance.

Think about what you are going to use it for.

How versatile does it need to be?

For example, do you want to be able to use it as a hand-held device AND as a weapon scope?

What sort of magnification do you need?

You are not going to be able to get high magnification without spending an enormous amount of money. Night Vision Rifle Scopes with reasonable magnification can also be very expensive.

But do you really need it?

A friend of mine uses his device to check whether rabbits are around - their eyes show up really well - and then uses his lamp.

The following pages give a broad overview of Night Vision, and will help you make an informed decision when choosing the Night Vision Device that is right for you.

Although they have come down in price considerably, they can still be an expensive piece of equipment and you want to know you have spent your money wisely.

Night Vision History

A look at night vision past, present and future.

Light & Dark

A look at how light levels affect our vision.

Image Intensifiers

How Image Intensifiers are used in Night Vision

Night Vision Generations

What the different generations are and how they work.

Night Vision Performance Evaluation

What to look for when buying a Night Vision Device.

Night Vision Applications


  • Wildlife Observation
  • Boating/Navigation
  • Camping/Hiking
  • Fishing/Hunting
  • Home Security
  • Travelling/Safaris
  • Stargazing/Astronomy
  • Study of Anomalous Phenomena


  • Wildlife Study/Expeditions
  • Law Enforcement/Military
  • Farming/Land Management
  • Pest Control/Gamekeeping/Hunting
  • Security/Surveillance
  • Search & Rescue
  • Detection of Fire or Electrical Corona
  • Maintenance & Repair
  • Study of Anomalous Phenomena

Our thanks to Thomas Jacks Ltd for much of the above information, the UK’s leading supplier of Night Vision Devices.

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