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Does anyone have opinion on new Minox NVD being advertised for $299? Any comparison to others such as Yukon NV Monocular w/ IR?
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Did the smart thing an executed a search. Did read several responses to similar question. Seems that for $300, the new Minox NVD would be a welcome addition to night boating although not the optimum instrument for same.
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Did the smart thing an executed a search. Did read several responses to similar question. Seems that for $300, the new Minox NVD would be a welcome addition to night boating although not the optimum instrument for same.
why not buy a radar system ,then you can look miles instead yards-can buy used on ebay .
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I've had the use of my B-I-L's ITT Night Mariner 160 monocs for about 10 yrs. They present an image that is green and a good bit "snowy ", there is tunnel effect and they must be dialed in at both ends just right, but it is truly amazing what can be seen on the very darkest nights . Every little pot buoy, gull and wavelet, etc., is pretty clear ( as might have been seen on a tiny version of a 1950 TV set with one rabbit ear.) But these are Gen III or possibly III+ and cost nearly $1800 with an emergency response team substantial discount .

A $299 NV monoc is much more likely to be Gen I or II , and the couple friends who have had both of those threw them away and said they would not again consider anything less than Gen III to be worth purchasing. Very poor optics and short imager (for want of the correct term) life on cheap ones .

I have no experience with the Minocs so can't speak directly about that model. But in general , cheap appears to be a really bad way to go in NV devices and $299 is pretty cheap.

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Don't waste your money on cheap night vision devices!!!!

You will be seriously disappointed...................
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All good advice but on impulse and after comparing specs to other generation 1+ nvd's, I ordered the Minox for $250 delivered. If indeed it turns out to be a bad decision, it will be on ebay real soon.... Will report back.
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Not sure I can have room for radar on my 23. Only boat in in fair weather and at day for the most part. Maybe a half dozen times a year at night out on the waterway for dinner etc. Just thought the Minox nvd would make it a little easier and allow for less use of the spotlight for locating markers.
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You'll be blown away by the number of stars you can see in the sky.

NV is good for spotting navaids on the darkest of nights , except if there are any land lights in the background it will get overwhelmed/blinded. Not much help if there is fog to cloud the lens or obscure the weak light reflection source.
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I guess it will become my grandson's new toy based on all reports. The Minox may prove to be somewhat helpful for my limited needs so we will see.
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Not sure I can have room for radar on my 23. Only boat in in fair weather and at day for the most part. Maybe a half dozen times a year at night out on the waterway for dinner etc. Just thought the Minox nvd would make it a little easier and allow for less use of the spotlight for locating markers.
i put a furuno 1623 on my 23 trophy plan on using it for night fishing in the chesapeak bay may only get to go 2or 3 times and if your day fishing and the fog rolls in your sol with any thing but radar.
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The Minox NVD was delivered yesterday and had opportunity to try it woods behind my house. This is my first experience with an NVD so I have nothing to compare to but negative feedback set low expectations for performance of the monocular. It was surprising how clearly I could pick out trees and other natural markings. At 50-150 feet everything was quite distinguishable. Certainly should be good enough to pick up unlit markers on the intracoastal which is the reason for the purchase. Rechargeable battery also a plus.
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I'm curious if yours works in similar fashion to our ITT monocular mentioned above, which has a rotating lens "focus" on both the outer end and the eyepiece . Both can be optimized for an individual's use, with the eye end essentially for conventional adjustment to the viewers eyesight . It's been quite a while since I last had need to use the device but I believe I recall the outer "focus" system would shift the range the in-focus area covered optimally a little like a zoom adjustment without add'l magnification. At long range, short range area would be unclear & vice versa, so it helped to go mid-range , or range back and forth dpending on vessel speed and shifting visible area priorities..



This unit has an optional magnifying lens attachment but I have never wanted to attach it for use while running the boat as I think it would unsafely distort one's perspective. Never ever needed any illuminator on what appeared to be the darkest nights as long as it was clear enough out there.

Rechargable battery is not necessary on this one as two alkaline AA's seem to last more than a season ( with my relatively low use.)

Don't forget to use it to look up on a fairly clear night and start counting celestials!.
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It does work as you described and also yes on limitations regarding what your selected primary range will be. Going very slow at night on waterway it should be no problem to look forward at 100 feet to pick up the unlit markers. No optional magnifying glass but the unit provides 2:1 magnification according to specs. Certainly not an end all do all device but will be a help. And yes, I will at least be able to do some star gazing at very least!
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Originally Posted by tompass View Post
Not sure I can have room for radar on my 23. Only boat in in fair weather and at day for the most part. Maybe a half dozen times a year at night out on the waterway for dinner etc. Just thought the Minox nvd would make it a little easier and allow for less use of the spotlight for locating markers.
Not trying to derail your thread, just responding to your response about the radar. You do have room for radar, once you have one, you won't want a boat without. They don't cost $250 bucks though. But if your boating is limited to daytime running, no need really. I run radar on my 254 seahawk. Have the br24 which is perfect for my use. You really are missing out on some great boating at night though. Its really my favorite time to be out. Plus its a great time to fish. My boat is similar as it has a hardtop and is a WA. Here is a pic of it with the radar mounted.
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dahlbebop-thanks and will give radar some thought. bebop being part of your handle leads to me to believe that perhaps your a musician?
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Your welcome. I grew up with parents that taught dancing, but no musicians. I can play the guitar a little if that counts,lol No, it was what my dad called me as a kid, bop, bebop, rebop. Probably because I was always boppin around,
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dahlbebop-thanks and will give radar some thought. bebop being part of your handle leads to me to believe that perhaps your a musician?
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Cool-thanks.
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Don't discount the benefit of radar during daytime in fog.
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For sure. Have never been caught in fog but it certainly could happen very quickly.

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