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Anyone recommend NS50?

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by Evolve82, Jul 13, 2014.

  1. Evolve82

    Evolve82 Big Poster

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    As the title thread suggests. Thinking of buying a NS50. Don't have the brains to make my own!

    Any advice or suggestions? For air rifle only not rimmy.
     
  2. Meteor62

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    Don't know exactly what you're asking, yes it works, do I own one? Yep! Do I use it? Hardly, no criticism of the ns50 but night vision as a whole as range finding is a nightmare in darkness. Rabbits you think are 30 yards away may only be 10 yards away and vice versa
     
  3. Evolve82

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    Just trying a different tact. The bunnies have got very aware and need something different. What is a good price for an original one these days- not the new viper model! Want to sell yours? ;)
     
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    I was just looking at this, and although I don't own one, it looks like a great addition to any combo. Up until this stage I've only really done plinking, but I'm getting in to real hunting, and if everything is succesful, I might buy one. Also, the problem mentioned by Meteor62 can be easily fixed by going to your shoot in the daytime, and establishing fixed range markers, cant it?
     
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    Yes mate, I only use my homebrew NV from a fixed position around my zero range from where I know they'll emerge/feed and have very good results. It is amazing to see them come out and go about their nocternal business right in front of you..! I was worried the glare from the screen lighting my face would worry them but I get down behind the screen and it hasn't been a problem...:up:
     
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    you can still get a new one for £299 from cheshire gun room bolton, other dealers will still have the odd one in stock, they are excellent and the range is well over the stated 50 yds more like 80 -100 yards.:)
     
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    Yeah I would say 80 yards but like others have said best off ambushing from a know range, trouble is you still get rabbits pop out in front and behind and you won't know the difference. Prob best going with what the other guy said and use markers
     
  8. Evolve82

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    That is exactly as I was going to plan using it. Have a known point they come out at but they are so easily spooked now. I assume it's not for sale then meteor?
     
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    Dan - I built a homebrew using off shelf parts for about £150 and it works just fine. BUT rangefinding is a sod even with a mil-dot scope. I'm tempted to run out during the day and stick some markers (with reflectors) up at 10m intervals to help down a couple of my local runs as I can often find myself looking at the wrong hedge in the dead of night.
     
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    I have an ns50 which I use for ratting and it is a game changer compared to a lamp,I also use it for rabbits but I shoot from a fixed point and use range markers because as mentioned it's hard to judge distance,overall it's a good piece of kit.
     
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    Out of interest what sort of markers do you use
     
  12. Evolve82

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    Shame you don't come down this way now! Am not sure about a NV setup yet, just looking around.
     
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    Not even sure I'll be down over hols. Happy to document the thing and talk you through it. You pay the postage and I'll ship mine down for you to have a play with if you want. MrsC might be down for a week though and if so I'll send it with her.
     
  14. Evolve82

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    Thats mighty kind Barney. Will let you know and hopefully at least have a chat over the summer!
     
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    Here's one you can use at air ranges on all but the very darkest nights with absolutely zero IR, a game changer indeed if you have red light or IR light shy bunnies.

    But it's a dedicated rig that needs to be permanently fitted to a rifle that is mainly used at night - and maybe occasional day use.

    It has an electronically adjustable crosshair overlaying the image.

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  16. Evolve82

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    Thanks for the tip. No luck there though!
     
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    If you ever want to have a look through a decent home made system let me know as i only live at west kingsdown
     
  19. Evolve82

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    Thanks. PM sent.
     
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    The NS50 does a job but most people will probably agree that it's the least effective one on the market. It can be improved considerably with a camera change (fitting an E700 seems to work very well) if you can get hold of one cheap enough. Even so it is going to be cheaper to build your own which is certainly not difficult if you can manage to follow simple instructions and use a bit of common sense, nearly everybody can do it. Around £150 should get you a system that will have the ability to see out to 200 yards with a decent ir torch or work at 10 yards for rats.
    If you want to get adventurous and extend your range even more then a scopeless build like Dave has shown above is a good way to go, although he suggests that it should remain on a dedicated rifle I think it's quite feasible to swop it over although you may need to re-zero it which is likely to take a bit longer than adjusting a conventional scope.
     

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