Anyone who loves the great outdoors should be pretty easy to buy for, right? Well, whilst it may seem that way, getting them something that they don’t already have can be hard work. After all, those who spend a great deal of time outdoors, will understand just how important it is to be prepared for everything from hiking trips to lengthy time spent camping out.
Whilst you may well be able to do a little bit of digging and find out exactly what they might be lacking or needing, there are plenty of items that even the most experienced outdoorsman might not have considered purchasing but that will almost certainly improve any outdoors experience for them.
Certain items of very technical clothing can be a very good present, but making sure you get something that is a perfect fit will be extremely important and therefore potentially a big task. Instead, consider items that might improve what they can achieve. For example, even those with the very best binoculars for bird watching, or hiking equipment, may not have considered night vision equipment.
Whilst night vision goggles or cameras may well be associated with spies and intrigue, in reality they can be the perfect tool for those who love the outdoors. Not only are they a great way to be able to optimise binoculars when wishing to view wildlife in its natural habitat, but they can also help people to get around more safely, to be quieter and in turn not wake others when they need to get around at night and even potentially just be safer from potential threats, should they find themselves in the middle of nowhere in the dark.
So when it comes to gifts for the outdoors type, think outside the box and consider which items might really improve what they can achieve.
When many people ponder about night vision goggles, the images of spy films usually come to mind. With many things in spy films being completely hocus pocus, many people also believe that night vision is one of these myths. But really, they actually work! With the proper equipment, you really can see people up to 200 yards away on a cloudy dark night. Night vision technology generally follows concepts of two trends. These two trends are thermal imaging, and image enhancement.
Thermal Imaging simply works by capturing the upper portion on an infrared spectrum. What this means is that heat is omitted and turned into light when viewing into the night vision goggle. Therefore, you can see where heat is, and where heat is not. This makes our warm human bodies stand out from cold trees. Thermal imaging is great for nocturnal animal lovers. This technology allows the viewer to see nocturnal animals in their natural habitat, which when considering the dark nights, is a rarity.
Image enhancement works in a very different way that thermal imagery. It basically works by collecting tiny fragments of light and digitally enhancing and amplifying them. Light is captured into an image enhancing telescope with the traditional objective lens. However, as with a normal telescope where the light would travel untreated, an image enhancing telescope intensifies the light with electrical power. Simply put, light that normally would not be perceived by our naked human eye is amplified, allowing us to see in extremely low-light situations.
Night vision is normally associated with police and spies in films. However, night vision has many practical applications. Basically, night vision refers to a device that allows an image to be to be seen in situations where it would be otherwise too dark to see it. Night vision can be achieved either via binoculars or goggles, and you may be surprised by how useful they can be.
Night vision devices work by gathering ambient light that is normally not visible to the naked eye. This can be infrared light, moonlight or starlight. The light is then transferred to a part of the ‘Image Intensifier Tube’ (IIT). Usually, light is made up of protons, but when it enters the IIT, it is transformed in electrons. These electrons are then combined with a phosphorus screen which changes the electrons into light that can be seen by the human eye. The user of the night vision goggles or binoculars then sees a green tinted image of the scene in front of them.
Although the police regularly use night vision, it has many other regular uses too. Night vision can aid a variety of hobbies, including fishing and bird watching. It can enable them to enjoy their hobbies at times when they wouldn’t otherwise have been able to. Night vision is also great for campers. When you are camping, there are often situations where you need to move around at night. While a torch can help with this, night vision makes it as simple as moving around during the day.
Night vision technology has been used by the military, nocturnal hunters and nocturnal animal observers for many years in order to allow them privileged access and capabilities in a world previously inhabited only by creatures with specially evolved night vision. Night vision equipment was previously so expensive that it was unavailable to those of us on regular budgets, but the technology and manufacturing processes have improved to such an extent that high-tech products are cheaper and available to all.
Sherwoods have a great range of night vision binoculars, scopes and gun sights to suit the needs of hunters, gamekeepers, and wildlife observers. Our binoculars allow the keen naturalist to observe fascinating creature such as owls, bats and foxes in their element, as the midnight marauders move with ease through the undergrowth, interacting with mates and offspring, hunting and patrolling their territories. #
We also have a great range of night vision goggles which will be familiar to those interested in the exploits of Special Forces such as the SAS and Navy SEALS as well as monoculars and gun sights for serious nocturnal hunters. Night vision technology is now available to us all at very reasonable prices and allows access us into a fascinating and unique world where most people never tread. You have to sleep sometime, but theoretically, you could observe all of the wildlife in your area during the daytime with our spottingscopes and then swap your kit over as darkness descends in order to use our night time technology to monitor nocturnal creatures.
At Sherwoods, we have you covered twenty-four hours a day!
Fog and rain work by reducing the level of light, which affects the clarity of images. This can be partially rectified by purchasing instruments that have infrared illuminators. These accessories are often included as part of the device, but it is also possible to buy them separately if necessary. Night vision scopes collect ambient light from the environment using a special tube.
There are three different kinds of device called Generation 1, Generation 2 and Generation 3. They range in complexity, with the latter two kinds tending to be more expensive as they have mechanisms that boost their capability to gather light. As weather conditions deteriorate and it becomes harder for the devices to pick up ambient light, some users prefer to use infrared illuminators, which are included in a range of our night vision goggles.
The accessory works by sending out a beam of light, which consists of a wavelength that cannot be picked up by animal and human eyes. This can cover fairly large distances, and is ideal for those using their instruments in the dark. In addition to revealing objects in low-light conditions, night vision devices fitted with infrared illuminators can greatly enhance the images produced by the goggles.
This means that Generation 1 instruments may perform on a level with Generation 2 products, thanks to the accessory. The improvement in clarity of the image is also evident in Generation 2 instruments that utilise illuminators of this type.
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