Question - Recommened night vision monocular?

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28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jan 31, 2013
There seems to be a bunch of options, I'm looking for one that has a good field of view, not just a small circle/square in front of me, so that it might well be used to walk around in te dark. And not just observation.

Budget is tight, so I'm looking to spend under £200, the less the better. Thanks :]


living in a cold world
Regular User
Feb 19, 2009
Bubblehead had one of the Aldi £60/80 ones and as much fun as it was to play with, it didn't really serve much practical use within exploring if that's what you're looking to acquire it for.


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Nov 14, 2011
Clarke Tools does a decent one, the CNV60 mini night scope. Despite what the description implies, this isn't an image intensifier tube but an infrared sensitive CCD camera, so it isnt damaged if you use it in daylight. It is rather handy for spotting the IR illuminators of CCTV cameras, if that's what you want to do. See here: Binoculars

If you do use it, do note that when switched on a strong IR light shines out of the top; it takes several clicks to turn it off, which you'll want to do it you're scoping out IR lights from a distance (it is very, very conspicuous on a CCTV camera).


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
May 1, 2013
The problem with a monocular sight is you only have one point of view from one eye so you have no depth perception at all.

With the lack of colour info and depth perception, peaks and troughs on the ground look the same. Using it for urban exploring would be quite risky I think unless you carry with you a huge stack of infrared cylumes.


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Feb 23, 2013
United Kingdom
If you're looking for a cheap hack, your phone's camera should easily spot bright IR sources. In fact, the CCDs in them are sensitive enough to IR that a very bright IR LED lamp will reflect back off a room in the dark, and make the picture bright enough to see on your phone's camera.

Of course, it won't be anywhere near as good as a real IR scope.


28DL Full Member
Dec 16, 2012
Wouldn't waste your money, commercially available night vision sights/goggles/scopes etc are generally quite poor, put it toward a new camera body or lens.


28DL Full Member
28DL Full Member
Jun 17, 2013
I had a Yukon monocular and the head mount but I found trying to walk anywhere with it on more trouble than it was worth, but spotting IR cameras seems like a good use for scouting.