Also this. I am working with Jason at Ident Marking on the Mod 3 Binocular and he is going to be an integrator on getting the tubes and getting the Mod 3 with C mount interface from AB Nightvision.
In my call with Jason, he even suggested that he might order a small batch of Mod 3 C mount bodies in anticipation of future orders for Mod 3s configured this way.
Now of all the people out there on the planet that might be interested in a binocular with C mount interface, 99% of them would probably be amateur astronomers, but if the Mod 3 pod with C mount becomes a popular item, then demand for the demand for ENVIS lenses from the amateur community will double (Vs people that might just go with the Micro).
I also suggested this to him.. That the Mod 3 pod could be sold by itself and people could then build up to a binocular by addding the other pod and bridge later on.
Anyway, most people have no use for C mount, but we do, and if you think that one day you will want to go to a true binocular and you have two ENVIS lenses, then you will not have to buy them later, and you won't have to worry about availability.
That is why I am considering buying another ENVIS. If I keep the Micro (and I might) then I want too have an ENVIS lens for it, but I need the two ENVIS lenses I have now for the Mod 3 binocular.
Maybe there is another source of ENVIS enses, but since the devices they were made for are long out of production, my guess is that demand will be to small to get whoever made them to make more of them.
Even a $122, having one now might prevent a lot of looking later.
Of course maybe NVDepot has hundreds of these things. How do you ever really know? I guess you could ask them.
I would think they would make them an option on the Micro though. For astro-use, it would be a slam dunk that they could add $100 to the price and get it.
Edited by Eddgie, 14 February 2016 - 12:06 PM.