I’d like to know that answer as well since I already own both a 25mm & 50mm cctv lens (f/.85 & f/1.4) that I use with my MOD 3 ....
that eBay seller had 2 complaints in the last couple of months about tubes going Bad after just a couple of months .... sounds like the same issue. Definitely would need to get some kind of tube guarantee.
if I were to buy just the tube from the eBay guy (89 BP vs 202 from the starlight guy) is it simple to install the tube in the device? Electronics & me doing get along & I’m willing to pay a little more for a completely assembled unit.
They are put together rather simply. Some guys making their own housings in the thread I linked for DIY.
You can ask Starlight NV if they will assemble one for you. I don’t know if they do that or not.
You can ask the eBay seller if he has a guarantee. PayPal might cover it though.
You won’t find a better or less expensive exportable option for performance.
Some instructions if you want to save even further:
Or you can take a chance on a used an/pvs-2 or tvs-2
These both from same seller but one is direct website and one is an eBay listing. tvs-2 also available direct from website.
tvs-2 has a larger objective of 125mm. They are heavier than pvs-2. Tvs-2 is about 15lbs.
an/pvs-2 is about 6lbs
They both use the gen 1 cascade tube (or also referred to as ABC tube) but made by Varo I believe.
You don’t have the ease of the filter placement though. The Starlight housing with c mount has option to put a fast 50mm lens and 2” filter over the front of the objective or a 1.25” filter in a filter mount you can buy from RafCamera and epoxy in the c-mount to Canon EF adapter.
Edited by Vondragonnoggin, 27 April 2019 - 11:50 AM.