I just wanted to post my first experience with my new Gen 3 Filmless WP NV monocular. I also invite some of the other members who just received their's to jump in and report also.
It operated flawlessly. I had as much fun terrestrially as I did astronomically! I watched bats skimming across the surface of the lake, geese paddling across the lake almost like it was day time. I watched deer across the field eating at the edges. There is one street lamp about 150 yards to my north and one about 120 yards to my south. They are the only two street lamps on my little dead end street. Normally they are enough light to slightly illuminate the street in front of my house but with THIS?? It was like high noon on a cloudless day!!
Astronomically, my house is less than desirable. I had to give up my observatory when we moved here and this new house is not conducive to observing. I have a couple of spots where I can see some of the sky unobstructed but to do REAL observing I have to go to a couple different sites. So, last night was a little cloudy, just patchy and I only got to see some area's at different times which means I would have to walk to the front of the house for a while and then walk to the back and then over to the side. I also don't have everything hooked up together so all I could use was the monocular by itself and with the 3x image magnifier. From what I could see it is different that looking with the naked eye in very nuanced ways.... ways that are hard to put into words just now but...in short, I think it is magnificent. The stars are brilliant and separate. You can tell that each star, obviously, is brightened electronically but not in a distracting or off putting way... just like looking at a monitor view of a live camera. You know you're not looking AT the real star, just an electronic facsimile but it's still gorgeous, captivating and riveting. Clusters are dazzling and the milky way is nothing short of huge, stunning and awe inspiring when viewed through an image intensifier.
The ability to look at 1x and see the shear amount of stars that you're able to see is nothing short of breath taking. Yes, I could have spent this money... plus some extra.... for a set of quality glass but all that would have given me is some minor, subtle variances on what my current scopes give me. This thing gives me a whole new experience!!! Plus, I get to use this by itself, with telescopes, with smaller magnifying devices like SLR lenses (sp) or other image magnifiers made for the NV device. I have no doubt that members with more experience could add to that list a bit. The versatility of this device is fantastic and the portability is wonderful; in context of astronomical viewing.
I'm quit happy with my choice... I could have gone with a high dollar APO but in the end I'm glad that I went this direction.
Edited by Dark Night, 28 August 2016 - 12:28 AM.