Bushnell Night Watch 2×24 w/Built in Infrared Monocular Reviews

| March 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

Bushnell Night Watch 2×24 w/Built in Infrared Monocular

  • 2x magnification, 24-millimeter objective monocular with built-in infrared illuminator
  • Five to 400-foot viewing range; 105-foot field of view at 1000 yards
  • Rubber armored body with ergonomic shape
  • Built-in tripod mount; lanyard and carry case included
  • This item is restricted for sale to the state of California and outside the US

The new Stealthview¿ Digital Night Vision products use a powerful infrared spotlight to produce images with resolution rivaling that of Generation 2 and 3 optics. The view is sharp from edge to edge, and they’re effective in complete darkness and at long distances. They’re also invisible to game animals and observers.The Night Watch 2×24 Infrared Monocular provides nighttime illumination with a five to 400-foot range, thanks to its built-in infrared illuminator and advanced light-gathering t

List Price: $ 304.95

Price: $ 138.99

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  1. Travelducky says:
    226 of 227 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Depends on your goals and expectations, April 29, 2008
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    This review is from: Bushnell Night Watch 2×24 w/Built in Infrared Monocular (Electronics)

    I have to admit that my only background with night vision devices has been with later-generation goggles in the military. As such, my expectations and review criteria might be a bit different than some.

    I purchased this monocular for a camping trip, in the hopes of being able to watch woodland critters going about their natural activities. I found that my ability to do that was dependant on many variables. In normal (non-IR) mode, it’s only MARGINALLY (infinitesimally…not much) better than normal night vision. In an open field, with full moonlight, you can clearly see a medium-sized dog running around out to about 30 feet. Out to 100 feet, you can tell that there’s something moving out there. Beyond that, everything blends.

    While all of this is greatly enhanced by switching on the IR source, it’s (literally) a bright red spot which lets the rest of the world know you’re there. It’s probably the military thing kicking in, but that REALLY bugs me. While (in theory)only insects and reptiles are able to see IR light, I was able to see the IR source itself from 50 feet away. The main problem I have with this unit, is that it becomes completely dependent on the IR source to have any use. As a result, every tree, twig, branch, bug, leaf, etc etc….between you and the thing you want to see…blocks some of that IR light. The heavier the woods are, then, the more your distance is limited. Kinda like using a flashlight, actually.

    So bottom line: Fun as a toy, but I would NOT count on it in a situation where I needed night vision for my survival, safety or security.

    I can’t say that this unit is any better or worse than any other Gen-1 unit. I can say that Bushnell’s pricing people should be commended. If I had paid any more than $130-something, I would be returning it for a refund. I’m sure, though, that as long as it lasts, I’ll have enough near-perfect conditions to play around with it and get my money’s worth.

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  2. Paul E says:
    42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    good product. does what it says., July 20, 2009
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    This review is from: Bushnell Night Watch 2×24 w/Built in Infrared Monocular (Electronics)

    the Bushnell night watch is a good toy, but nothing for serious use.

    In a dark room I couldn’t see anything at all with out the IR light on. No shapes, no outlines, nothing.

    With the IR light on I could see pretty well in the dark. Focus is not perfectly clear, but adequate. The objective is pretty small, but I can read the label on a cereal box in complete darkness from about 25 feet away. From farther I can make out shapes and outlines.

    It wasn’t exactly a waste of money, but it isn’t as fun or useful as I thought it would be, and in hindsight I don’t think I’d buy it again.

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