If you spend any time camping then you will know just how dark it can get as soon as the sun goes down.
The further you are from populated areas, the darker it becomes and this can present numerous dangers if you need to move around or navigate at night time, and to be fair, you really cannot see anything when in forests or other remote areas.
You can of course use a flashlight but if you need any level of stealth, for example for hunting or wildlife watching or tracking, then any form of light will disturb your prey and reduce your chances of success.
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Types of night vision goggles
There are two types of night vision goggles that are available and suitable for use when camping:
Infrared Night Vision Goggles. By relying on the light that is outside the visible spectrum, infrared night vision goggles illuminate images when it is dark.
These goggles are okay but will not work in total darkness .
If there is no light at all then the goggles cannot create the images that you want to see and, if they are exposed to bright lights ( which can happen by accident ) then they can be permanently damaged making them unusable.
Thermal Night Vision Goggles. These types of goggles rely on heat detection and thermal radiation to create visible images when it is dark.
The images produced are not as clear as the infrared goggles, but thermal night vision goggles can be used in complete darkness. if you are looking for night vision goggles that will work when there is no light at all, then these are the best type to choose.
Night vision goggles, like most technology, vary in terms of performance and features. As enhancements and improvements have been introduced different ‘generations‘ of goggles have become available.
Currently there are four generations and, the higher the generation number, the better the goggles.
Generation 1 Goggles
Basic entry level goggles
Lowest resolution levels
Short battery life
Cheapest to buy
Good for hunting, shooting and general outdoor activities
Varies but normally a 200 yard range
Reasonable battery life
Distortion levels can be controlled
Approx 300 yard range
Long battery life
Front line military grade
Sharp image production
Stable and not damaged by daylight
Night Vision Goggles for Camping Overview
1. Apache A9 Aviator Generation 3
2. PVS-7 Tactical Generation 3
- Waterproof Goggles
- Mil-spec Compliant Housing
- Weather resistant
- Can be used hand-held or mounted
3. AGM PVS-14 Generation 3 Military Spec
4. ATN NVM-14 Generation 2
- Compact, rugged design
- Is waterproof
- Weapon Mountable
5. Night Owl Generation 1
- Generation 1 technology; central focusing; integrated infrared all-glass optics
- Field of View: 70 feet at a distance of 200 feet
- Minimum Focus Range: 6.6 feet
- Interocular Distance: 2.27 to 2.95 inches