Night Owl Optics 5-Power NOXM50 Night Vision Monocular
There are a number of reasons why the Night Owl Monocular has earned the reputation as one of the top choices when it comes to a night vision device for those looking for high quality viewing after dark with an affordable price point.
The Night Owl night vision monocular comes complete with crystal clear quality optics which are constructed entirely from glass. Previous Gen 1 night vision devices use impact resistant plastic lenses and not glass, which at the time were adequate for the job required of them with the plastic providing a more robust device. However, nowadays the devices are used by a number of individuals for a number of reasons and the everyday user want to be able to use their monocular in places such as around their home, in their car, camping and nights out etc and their main concern is getting the clearest, sharpest vision possible rather than wanting rugged lenses.
The all glass optics that this device is now sold with, provide unmatched clarity over their predecessors particularly with the way they amplify the available light source. Where the plastic lenses would suppress some of the light, all glass optics does not and provides a far clearer night vision. With this device also being able to magnify the light to a huge 500 times, a feature that was not available with the plastic lenses, it is easy to see why the all glass optics is the better choice. The glass optical eyepiece is also fully adjustable to the user’s specific eyesight and as everyone sees differently this is another really important element.
The NOXM50 Monocular has the ability to magnify images up to five times their actual size which gives the user clearer resolution coupled with more defined and accurate identification properties of small and distant objects. This is all combined at no additional weight to the device. Whilst it is natural to think that the magnification affects resolution in a negative way and not positively as this device claims to. This point brings us back again to the all glass optics. There is no picture quality or resolution lost in the amplification process and even when the object is magnified the user is able to see all of the details clearly and is not compromised by the shadows and dark spots that are found with other Gen 1 devices.
The Night Owl Monocular makes use of the high-quality Gen 1 intensifier tubes and it is these tubes that provide the results. The photons are converted to light energy in these tubes and whilst the majority of Gen 1 intensifier tube technology requires some light such as the moonlight to work. However the NOXM50 from Night Owl does not suffer from this problem as it uses the inbuilt infrared illuminator and it is this infrared illuminator that means that the NOXM50 can be used in complete darkness.
How about durability?
The manufacturer cites that this monocular is the most durable in their entire product range. It is complete with a soft rubberized finish and impact resistant lens housing, lightweight and comfortable to use.
No night vision device will be perfect
There are a few things that you need to consider when purchasing a monocular to use at night. If you are wanting this device for undercover work this may not be the best choice as it does not have an eyecup therefore light can escape and make the user visible to others. The lens has slight concave properties to provide a wider vision but because of this you will experience some type of distortion. Although the device requires just one battery this has to be purchased separately.
What do you get for your money?
When purchasing this monocular it comes with a warranty and strap, however there is no power supply or battery included.
What are the reviews like for this product?
It makes perfect sense to take into consideration the reviews from other people that have purchased a device before you hand over your money. So, what are people really saying about this night vision device?
The general positive was that over 85% of those reviewing gave the product full marks and the reviews were supplied by people from all walks of life, from professionals to rural dwellers. The biggest negative was directly specifically at the manual focus and how difficult this was and also concerns were raised with regards to the power drain when the unit had been switched off. The focus appears to be an inherent issue that is seen in the majority of optical devices, and the second was found to be down to the internal capacitors and not the device taking the power out of the battery. On the whole this device has far more positives than negatives and is definitely in the top for a device of this size, specification and price.