These built-to-order units will ship approximately 2 weeks after Memorial Day.
RPO Lightweight Lens Option
While demand often outstrips supply, we're excited to offer a limited quantity of units with RPO PVS-14 style lenses which include adjustable diopters.
PVS-14s can include an upgraded inline push button format. The push buttons replace the traditional "rotary knobs" for OFF/ON/IR and gain adjustment. The inline four button format allows one to quickly access all controls with a single finger.
Notably, the push button models are about 1 ounce lighter than a traditional PVS-14, a weight savings that's particularly relevant when bridging two PVS-14s together.
The push-button model uses CR123a batteries (though uniquely, they can also accommodate AAs). CR123a batteries provide for better battery life in a lighter format.
The PVS-14 is generally considered to be the most versatile night vision device available. They can be worn helmet mounted, hand-held, mounted to a telescope, camera, or other magnified optic for astronomy or surveillance. Their small size means they are easy to travel with and carry. They are small enough to fit in a GP pouch on a plate carrier without being obstructive.
PVS-14s use mx11769 style tubes which have an ECAG ribbon (commonly referred to as pigtail) for variable gain adjustment.
Gain control gives the user the ability to increase or decrease the tube gain.
Under extremely dark conditions, variable gain (also referred to as manual gain) allows the user to adjust the gain upward, giving a brighter image.
However, very high gain can create a "more noisy" image, and under high light conditions, the user can decrease the gain for a cleaner image or to prevent the washout of fine details in high light.
Additional features of the PVS-14 include an onboard IR illuminator and a red LED indicator light (light pipe) internal to the device (behind the eyepiece) which signals IR is active or battery is low.
The Monocular vs. Binocular question.
The PVS-14 allows the user to retain their night adapted vision in one eye while viewing their illuminated surroundings through eyepiece of the PVS-14. On the other hand, binocular night vision gives the user better depth perception, and if it includes articulation, the ability to also use a monocular similar to a PVS-14 (by rotating one pod out of the way).