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Old 05-17-2014, 10:44 AM   #101
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I shot this pig the 2nd week of January right after the first round of 3.5X photons were released to the public. 6.8 to the dome at 90 yards while he was pushing the pig pipe! They are IMO the best digital NV for the money out there.



I also have a 5X that I haven't gotten to use yet as I'm waiting for my Mini-14 to get back from Accuracy Systems Inc. My Sightmark rep threw an extra 3.5X on my order that I'm looking to get rid of also if anyone is interested. I really need to get a dvr for mine to record the hunts.

It would be a shame if they got rid of the 5X. Hopefully they make a hybrid of the two that has the screen resolution of the 3.5x and the laser illuminator of the 5x. I still don't understand why they gave the 3.5x the higher resolution, maybe to make up for the lower led IR output...

I found a 5x yesterday and put it on layaway. I was told they stopped making the 5x also. If you had to choose hitch one would you get? I plan on upgrading the IR too.
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Old 05-17-2014, 12:40 PM   #102
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I got a buddy who uses a tuskir 384 (thermal)!!!! I've been hunting several times with him and it is AWESOME! I don't have $10,000 to throw down on one though...
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:34 PM   #103
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Just received my UNV 20-IR.
It's like turning on the lights isn't it?!


$10000 for a nv!!!!?? Holy moly. Any videos?
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Old 05-20-2014, 11:16 AM   #104
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If you haven't seen the new FLIR Thermosight RS units, then you should check them out. I got my 2.5x w/320 core scopes for $4k each and that's comparable to the 3rd Gen NV gear price range. Plus the scopes come with 3 year full warranty and 10 year on the sensor... Can't beat that!
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Old 05-24-2014, 09:48 PM   #105
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Wow, that UNV 20 Ir looks exactly like my $24 UF T20 that I put an Osram Oslon Black 850nm IR LED into for my homemade NV.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:29 PM   #106
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Pig with my homemade digital NV. Cost me somewhere around $150 to build including the illuminator. The farthest confirmed distance I can see well enough to shoot is 160yds but Im pretty sure it will go 200+
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:33 PM   #107
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Pic of my first version that slips onto an existing scope. Thats nice if you dont have/want a dedicated NV rifle.

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As the others have said, a pic doesnt do it justice.
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Old 05-28-2014, 01:38 PM   #108
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Very cool! Nice job!
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:05 PM   #109
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What the heck!? Please show me your ways
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:49 AM   #110
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Available end of July?

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I went ahead and pre-ordered one for $629.10 (total) with free shipping from Tech Eyes. They have an additional 10% off if anyone is interested in checking one of these out.
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Old 06-01-2014, 11:30 AM   #112
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That looks sweet. Let's us know how they work.
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Old 06-02-2014, 04:55 PM   #113
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Pig with my homemade digital NV. Cost me somewhere around $150 to build including the illuminator. The farthest confirmed distance I can see well enough to shoot is 160yds but Im pretty sure it will go 200+
Homemade?! Bad*****, you got a link of where you learned how to make one?
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Old 06-02-2014, 09:49 PM   #114
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Homemade?! Bad*****, you got a link of where you learned how to make one?
This I'm making one tomorrow is you have a link.
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Old 06-02-2014, 11:03 PM   #115
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I also want to see how you made this. Very cool.
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:33 AM   #116
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Old 06-03-2014, 12:47 AM   #117
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No one else post in this thread until miket explains himself... Each time I see it at the top I think oh yea (Macho man randy savage style) ... Then the let down.
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Old 06-03-2014, 01:39 PM   #118
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Ok. I am at work so I just copied much of the text from a pm I sent to another member ( my words only of course ):
Do you want the long version or the short one? I was working on a way to make an old Sony handicam into a NV spotter ( it worked ) when I stumbled onto Rolaids Bench on youtube. He is the main one developing this DIY NV in the US. Upon even further research I discovered that he ( he has stated this ) has gotten a great deal of info from nightvisionforumuk where it appears as if the idea truly originated. ( I am a member ) Other than personaly refinements/adaptations my builds are generally copies of my predesessors. My builds are a cctv camera with a 100mm lens on it. The scopeless build is basically that camera held in place at the correct eye relief looking through the scope. My scopeless build is a camera and lense inside a housing that I made. The key really is the illuminator. There isnt enough ambient light to see regardless of camera so you must use an IR illuminator. You can buy a good one for about $160-$200 but Im cheap so I bought a Uniquefire T20 and installed an IR led and driver in it. Come to find out this is precisely what one seller does and sells for $200 ( $160 on sale ). I am currently working on a better version that will slip on a scope ( like my scoped version ) with a better camera and that will be more refined and look more professional. I am waiting for the camera to come in and then will start finallizing the design and machining the housing.

So, to those interested, look up Rolaids Bench on youtube and nightvisionforumuk to get started. I am no pro but can help more for those that end up pursuing this.
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:00 PM   #119
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Here is a pretty poor pic of my old faded Cabelas target at a lasered 135yds. As stated before, the pic just doesnt do it justice.
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oohhhhh.. so you shoot through the little monitor and not through the scope itself. pretty nifty.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:09 PM   #121
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oohhhhh.. so you shoot through the little monitor and not through the scope itself. pretty nifty.
Yes. You look at the screen just like a scope but no eye relief etc. The screen I am using now works fine but I think its too big. Its 3 1/2" diagonally so I am looking at one that is 1 1/2" for my next build. With it that small I should be able to use a viewfinder so it will be more like a regular scope.

I will say, it was an interesting feeling when I shot the first pig with it. I snuck up on him and shot him.( that property is very thick, almost no open areas, mostly just trails ) As soon as the rifle fired I lifted my head to see where/if he ran ( he didnt ) and it was pitch black.....duh. Had to look back through the screen to see him laying there. It is easy to forget that you are walking around the woods in the pitch black with no light......
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:50 AM   #123
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I found a 5x yesterday and put it on layaway. I was told they stopped making the 5x also. If you had to choose hitch one would you get? I plan on upgrading the IR too.
Sorry just saw this. The resolution on the 3.5X is noticeably better than the 5x. The IR is better on the 5x but not enough to make the picture better. I myself would probably just get the 3.5x and get the doubler if you need the higher magnification. I need to get off my butt and get the DVR for them so I can post some videos of the 2.
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Old 06-12-2014, 11:24 PM   #125
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Thats cool. I like that switch. I dont really care for the cords though. The sightmsrk on is very essy to uss as well. Just push the button, only one cord, and its cheaper.
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I'm selling the UNV MDVR now and it's really really nice. The built-in 2.5" LCD is an awesome feature and really handy. As Chuy mentioned the cords are a negative and the Sightmark recorder (I stock that too) is much more compact since it connects to the small picatinny rail on the side of the Photon. There are pros and cons to both and it often comes down to what you want to spend.

It should be noted that the MDVR does not come with a cable to connect it to an optic, such as the Photon. That must be purchased separately and the retail price of the UNV cable for the Photon is an additional $29.95.

Again, both are really nice, it just depends on which style you want.

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Old 06-16-2014, 03:55 PM   #127
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Jason is great to deal with! I ordered a 3.5x42, doubler and 20 IR for the souped up version of the photon since the x-sight appears to be a fairy tale.

Everything came in today. Thanks again Jason!

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Old 06-16-2014, 04:38 PM   #128
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Have you been going mad to play with that thing or what? Wondering about that doubler too.
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Have you been going mad to play with that thing or what? Wondering about that doubler too.

I got it for the increased magnification, but it's also suppose to increase the clarity based on everything I have read. I've been goofing off with it in the office a little.
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I have to say....Jason is the man.
Superb customer service.
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I got it for the increased magnification, but it's also suppose to increase the clarity based on everything I have read. I've been goofing off with it in the office a little.
Be sure to let us know how you like the doubler. I got the 3.5 photon and the 20 IR from Jason and have been thinking about the doubler.
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Thanks for the kind words and the business guys, I really appreciate it! Keep the reviews coming, good or bad, I want to hear what everyone thinks, so I can pass along the word to other potential customers.

As of right now, I've still got a few Photons in stock as well as the 20IR's, doublers, video recorders etc.
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Be sure to let us know how you like the doubler. I got the 3.5 photon and the 20 IR from Jason and have been thinking about the doubler.

Will do.
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Thanks for the kind words and the business guys, I really appreciate it! Keep the reviews coming, good or bad, I want to hear what everyone thinks, so I can pass along the word to other potential customers.

As of right now, I've still got a few Photons in stock as well as the 20IR's, doublers, video recorders etc.
Can you check the recorder cable plug-in? The one I bought from you the cable that plugs-in to the scope does not fit. It is too small and does not stay connected.
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Can you check the recorder cable plug-in? The one I bought from you the cable that plugs-in to the scope does not fit. It is too small and does not stay connected.

Shoot me a PM or feel free to call me on my cell. I want to be 100% sure I'm clear on the problem. I think you bought the Sightmark CVR640...I'm not in front of my laptop or I'd look. Sightmark will warranty any defects if there are any so don't worry, I'll make it right whatever it takes.

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Shoot me a PM or feel free to call me on my cell. I want to be 100% sure I'm clear on the problem. I think you bought the Sightmark CVR640...I'm not in front of my laptop or I'd look. Sightmark will warranty any defects if there are any so don't worry, I'll make it right whatever it takes.

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Thanks for the simple fix Jason.
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Man I gotta get me one of those.
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This video is the 3.5 x 42 with the doubler.
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Looks nice and clear on the video
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Does it look the same through the scope?
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Does it look the same through the scope?
Is it that clear? Yes.
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:25 PM   #143
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i just ordered my thermal yesterday. cant wait for this weekend
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Check this out out! Dude is running thermal. So cool.

https://youtu.be/QZ-nZ_fc0w4

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Yep. Sure does. Very clear.

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8K of awesome Chuy.
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Can I borrow 8k?
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Old 06-18-2014, 01:10 AM   #147
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I think I need that thermal setup!! If anyone is interested, I can get you some great pricing on thermal.....I'm just too poor to actually own it myself.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:35 AM   #148
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That old Raytheon mil spec unit is cool, but it is huge. I've had an eye on the Thor series ever since I started talking to Jager Pro several years ago...

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Can I borrow 8k?
You can actually pick it up for far less.

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