As a law-enforcement officer I needed a device that would be my “eyes” at night. It had to be user-friendly, lightweight monocular that would produce imagery of good quality. I didn’t want to buy a top-notch unit since there was always a big chance it can be damaged or even broken. Couple months ago I stumbled upon Sirius night vision monocular and it turned out that one of my colleagues had been already using it for quite a while. Naturally, I bought a scope with no hesitation. Now I can say that it produces nice imagery, is comfortable for holding and easy to mount on my helmet. I purchased 3x lens and IR illuminator along and if to compare a picture I see right now to the one I used to see for the last 3 years, the difference is tremendous. My Sirius is able to distinct people at 450 yards and cars at 550 yards. To put it in a nutshell, this scope is worth every dollar I’ve spent, didn’t regret for a second about buying it.
I bought a Gen 1 unit from Bushnell (Equinox) a year ago and was quite satisfied with it as Im not a hunter and just used night vision scope for fun at times watching the bats and night beasts. I was happy with it unless I got occasion to test the Gen 3 Discovery5x Bravo unit from Armasight a couple of days ago and now seriously thinking over to purchase it. The only minus as of the scope is the price which is rather high. But the quality range is amazing. Under less than half moon condition I managed to identify small objects and animals out to 400 yards distance in a very precise manner. The Bravo intensifier provides clean image with powerful resolution rate which is so proper of Gen 3. It gives no hint to have some interference either in the center of eyepiece or image edges around. As for design and ergonomics The Discovery5x is very easy to operate and adjust. I have tried it both handheld and tripod mounted and need to say that eyepiece is very comfortable and is individually adapted quickly. Well, nothing negative to point out, this Armasight scope allows high-end performance to the user. As soon as got enough funds I will buy it without any scruples.
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