Honestly, I’m only going to review additional night vision devices if people ask for them because I’m pretty happy with the one I’ve got and think it may be the only one that I buy. If I hit the lottery, I might be tempted to splurge on one of the really expensive gee whiz ones, but I really don’t see how they’ll be much better than this one.

First let’s discuss a little about night vision devices because they can run the gambit from refurbished military surplus ones and cheap first generation ones up to the uber expensive panoramic fourth generation ones like the Seals used in “Zero Dark Thirty”. These all work using light enhancement and/or infrared illuminaters. Since infrared is outside of the spectrum visible to humans, IR night vision devices were developed to allow soldiers to see the enemy without being seen themselves… at least until the enemy started developing IR night vision devices too, and then whenever an IR illuminater goes on, it’s like shining a flashlight in a dark theater. To counter that, the military developed the more modern ambient light enhancement night vision devices that simply magnified any amount of ambient light tens of thousands of times. These first became widely available in the 60s and while effective, the images were grainy and green with a limited range. As technology advanced, so did the quality of the image as well as the range of the device. Then came thermal imaging that allowed the user to have a much greater range as it registered differences in ambient temperatures. Thermal imaging is why modern US uniforms are treated to conceal IR signatures, as the body heat of the wearer makes them stand out against the cooler surroundings. From there, like regular photography, the next step was digital. With digital night vision devices, the user can have a black and white photo of incredible clarity and significant range. As anyone who has dealt with digital cameras in the last few years will tell you, image quality has gone up while prices have fallen. The beauty of the digital night vision devices is that not only are they small, but they are not susceptible to damage from being turned on in bright light like some earlier models have been. They can also work with both image enhancement technology and infrared. This gives them greater versatility since they can be used in areas without any ambient light.

The NVD that I am going to review is the Bushnell Equinox Z digital night vision scope with the AR mount.

This NVD is available from Amazon for $234 with the additional heavy aluminum bracket for mounting it to a flat top AR 15. I don’t know why they say it’s an AR-15 mount since it will attach to any firearm with a M1913 rail, and the bracket is rock solid. Perhaps it’s because the scope is only rated to the recoil of an AR.


Comments are closed.