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ND-3 Green Laser/Torch

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by bl4de, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. bl4de

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    As a cheaper alternative to a dedicated NV Scope or home build are there users out there who've Had/Got or used one ? I like the idea of No/low light shooting but I'd rather be looking through the scope rather than at a screen.
    Would like to hear of any ones experiences with one, Good, bad or otherwise. I know a lot of you will say don't bother, go full NV but taking into account the added weight you need to carry around I thought why not ask the lads that are already/have night Hunted with them.
     
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    Ive often wonderd how well these preform so will follow this thread with interest.

    I also would prefer to use a scope rather than a screen and like you the weight and bulkiness is a factor id consider.

    Gaz
     
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    Green light appears to be very bright because it is in the middle of the visible spectrum (for humans) and close to it for most animals. The effect would be much the same as using a bright white light. If you want to use a coloured light for lamping you are likely to be much better off with a red light and a led one, with zoom and possibly variable power levels will be easier to use as you can simply reduce the light intensity to the minimum required to see what you're shooting at. You can zoom in to spot eyeshine before stalking closer for a shot.
    As the red light becomes 'darker' and moves into infra red it becomes even less visible to the quarry (and the shooter) and then you need a camera which can see ir light.
    Using a screen does often seem strange at first but you can soon become used to it. You need to cut down the screen brightness and will probably find that it is better to mount it as far forward as possible to make it easier to focus onto it. The rear add on makes it awkward to shoot using a normal position but, of course, you can shoot from all sorts of angles and positions which would be impossible if you were looking through a scope.
    At present the only other alternative, without spending a lot, is the Photon but that is primarily a night vision scopew which can be used in daylight not the other way around.
    It seems there is a fair bit of PR for green lights but it will soon pass.
     
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    I do have a 501B which I bought a while ago with momentary switch but when it arrived had a Flat lens on it and the brightness was pathetic to say the least. will have to look on the Bay for both green and red replacement Bulbs also if needed an aspherical lens to fit.
     
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    Aspheric lenses are available from DX or, in UK, Ant Supplies. With the reflector painted matt black there's a good improvement in beam tightness.
     
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    Cheers Terry !
     
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    to follow on from terry i have tried a green laser and a green led 501b and they did not work for night shooting rats/rabbits. terrys good advice and techy info on color of spectrum RED is the way to go. so for those not wishing to splash out a quality cree torch like terry sells already upgraded as he stated is ideal, if you want buy your self £20 to £25 would do thats a 501b red with thumb switch, charger and battery and aspheric lens. oh plus £5 mount.
     
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    Have opted for the Red, currently conversing with terry.
     

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