About Luna Night Vision Optics
Luna Optics produce a wide range of night vision devices and accessories that includes night vision goggles, binoculars, monoculars and rifle scopes. They also manufacture a small range of standard "daylight" binoculars.
Their head office is based in New York, Luna Optics have distributors all around the globe including in the UK and as far as I know all devices are either manufactured in Belarus or Russia.
Luna Optics currently produce 5 night vision binoculars that range from the compact ultra-lightweight LN-SB25 with it's 2.5x magnification to the impressive LN-PB7 with it's 7x magnification and very large 120mm objective lenses for maximum light gathering capabilities. All current models use Generation 1 Night Vision technology. (For more on this and how night vision devices work, take a look at my guide to nightvision binoculars, monoculars, goggles & scopes)
Sturdier than a Soviet tank, these premium Luna night vision binoculars are suitable for all types night time surveillance: be that for wildlife, search and rescue or security.
They are weather resistant and because the main body has been manufactured from aluminium, they are incredibly tough but also fairly lightweight (The LN-PB3 weighs 760g).
All these first generation night vision binoculars in the LN-PB series work by gathering ambient light into a photo cathode light intensifier tube where the photons are converted into electrons. Electrons are then amplified and projected on a phosphorous screen that turns them back into visible light. It effectively amplifies the available light several thousand times, giving you a green-hued window into the night.
If you need even more power, or if there is no ambient light from the moon and stars for example you can flip on the IR illuminator, which acts like an invisible flashlight in the night (although it does produce a red light that's visible from the front side in the pitch black dark) to brighten the view through the binoculars even more.
There are two models within this series, a 2.5x compact and one a full size 5x version. Both of which offer excellent quality of night vision for a Generation 1 device and all at a very competitive price.
With many features that will be familiar to those that have used standard daytime binoculars, the 5x LN-SB50 has an inter-pupillary adjustment and individual focusing eyepieces. The unit features low-battery indicator and a built-in tripod mount allowing for extended observations, which is great for night-time nature viewing and surveillance. With large 80mm objective lenses, very wide field of view (9°), built-in IR illuminator and a viewing distance of up to 325m (1,060ft), you are sure not to miss any of the night time action.
The LN-SB50 is also one of the very few night vision binoculars that can be adapted so that a standard SLR or DSLR camera can be attached to it with the help of the LN-CAS camera adapter and a standard T thread adaptor.
The lightweight LN-SB25 binocular features an instant-focus optical system, which allows its user to instantly acquire objects without having to re-adjust the distance focus, while still giving you a full 20° field of view. This feature is great for hunters, watching wildlife on safari or indeed bird-watchers (nightjars and owls) enabling you to more easily spot moving wildlife. This Night vision binocular has a lightweight body and in may ways feels just like your standard "day" binocular with things like inter-pupillary adjustment and individual focusing eyepieces. The binocular also has a low-battery indicator.
Depending on which model you choose they range in price from about $500 to $580 / £550 to £600
Luna Optics have a wide selection of night vision monoculars in their portfolio with 9 different models, so most people should be able to find one that suits their needs and budget. They range from the great value and compact SX Generation-1 monoculars to three Top Grade, Hi-Resolution Generation-2+ monoculars that boast an array of advanced features. Also included is the LN-DM50 Digital Viewer which uses the latest in digital night vision technology utilizing super sensitive CCD.
Consisting of four models, this is the newest line of monoculars from Luna Optics and seem to be the replacement for the LN-SX Series.
All NVM monoculars are Gen 1 devices although the two are described as having "high resolution" Gen-1 Intensifier Tubes.
This line is designed for personal use as opposed to the military and security forces and come at a price that should appeal to many that want a fairly innexpensive, but portable product that they can use for home and business security as well as night time wildlife observation.
Aailable with either a 3x or 5x magnification and 42mm or 50mm objectives, all come with an onboard IR illuminator and have a built-in tripod mount. Two of the higher spec models are fully waterproof.
Depending on the devive the LN-NVM's cost from $200 to $270 / £199 to £290
The LN-SX series contains three monoculars are Luna Optics standard Gen 1 monoculars aimed at the more budget conscious consumer, yet still offer a really high level of performance. They range in magnification from 3x to 5x. All come with a Built-in IR illuminator and are all adaptable so as to be able to attach a camera to them. Two models are weather resistant, whilst the LN-SX5W is fully waterproof.
Depending on the model you choose, they range in price from about $200 to $270 / £199 to £290
There are two models within the SM series of Luna night vision monoculars giving you the choice between 3x and 5x magnifications. Both use Top-Grade Generation-1 night vision technology and both come with Built-in IR illuminator and tripod mounts.
Depending on the model they range in price from about $240 to $300 / £240 to £280
Initially there was only one monocular in this series, the Luna Optics LN-DM50 Digital Viewer, but this has recently been expanded to include the Luna Optics LN-DM50-HRSD Digital Night Vision Viewer & Recorder which not only alows you to see in the dark, but also record still images or even video of whatever you are looking at. This series is also different to all other monoculars that Luna produces because it uses the latest in digital night vision technology with a super sensitive CCD.
This 5x magnification Digital Night Vision Monoculars use high quality all-glass optics and a really powerful IR illuminator that will give you a viewing distance of up to 200m in total darkness. According to Luna, this viewing distance cannot be matched with other digital products, unless you spend more than double the price.
The monoculars have a water-resistant, not waterproof bodies but it does mean that you can use them in inclement weather conditions. Other features include a 4-step IR illuminator (150mW / 450mW / 700mW / 1000mW) that can be adjusted depending on the distance and ambient light conditions.
These devices also come with a built-in tripod mounts for completely stable observation and comfortable viewing over extended periods and also have a video output to transmit the images onto a TV or monitor screen.
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