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dtripz
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Re: Winter Diffuse Nebulae thru Image Intensifier new [Re: jdbastro]
      #5682247 - 02/15/13 07:53 PM

I imagine the cost for that system must be around 3,000$ , I'm very surprised that this technology has been around for such a long time but has never dropped in price.

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Re: Winter Diffuse Nebulae thru Image Intensifier new [Re: dtripz]
      #5682688 - 02/16/13 12:59 AM

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I imagine the cost for that system must be around 3,000$ , I'm very surprised that this technology has been around for such a long time but has never dropped in price.




If you buy the tube separately and then purchase the housing kit, you can do it for around $2600, but yes night vision is kind of pricey. The cost and technology level progression is driven by the demands of the US Military. Without a push for this technology by the Military, it would NOT be as impressive as it currently is. Also, there are only two manufacturers of image tubes in the US, namely L3 and ITT/Excelis. Many of the steps in their menufacturing processes are actually classified.
For all of this cost, though, when you apply it to visual astronomy, it's pretty cool to see many deep sky objects LIVE in real-time that would otherwise only be available thru timed, still photography / imaging.
Personally, I get goose bumps every time I view the sky thru current technology night vision gear. In my opinion, nothing beats a live view of the N American Nebula, or the Rosette, or blazing globular clusters that look like photographs but sparkle in real time vs. local seeing conditions. It's pretty freaking cool!


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