I reached-out to several manufacturers (Bushnell, et al)...But only one Vendor among them, were kind enough to send me a loaner unit, to test and review here. It is The Omegon Alpheon+ NV 4.5x40.
Further details about the specific device may also be seen right on Amazon (direct link).
Omegon Night vision device Alpheon+ NV 4.5x40
This is my first "review" of a Night Vision device. I use quotations, because this cannot actually qualify as a review - More of a quick overview.
It is a rather affordable unit, called The Omegon Night Vision Device Alpheon+ NV 4.5x40.
It may be ordered directly from the manufacturer's Site. As well as directly from Amazon Here.
The (new) loaner unit, was delivered to me (here in The U.S.) from Germany, very well-packaged, and without issue.
The device itself, measures 200mm long x 86mm wide x 56mm high. It weighs 400 grams.
The current retail price, ranges between $257 and about $300 US Dollars, depending on where you shop.
This is basically, a low-cost/entry-level Intro to night vision devices. Theoretically, it would be well-suited to a beginner on a low budget.
In a nutshell, I can't recommend this device. It's difficult to operate, it's controls (buttons) are counter-intuitive (and menu-driven), and the resulting stills & videos are low resolution. I was unable to acquire any truly satisfactory images or videos of terrestrial mammals - let alone bats in flight.
The search continues...for an affordable night vision recorder, which produces good results. Particularly, when trying to record bats in flight (twilight/low-light conditions).
I will continue my efforts, to acquire (loaner) Night Vision optics to review here, for the benefit of everyone who detects/records bats.
At this point in time, I won't go into all of the (obvious) reasons why Night Vision devices would be very useful for Bat Workers, those involved in Bat Research, et al... There are a myriad of uses for optics of this kind, even for hobbyists. This has been made possible by the affordability of many of the Night Vision units available today.
If anyone has a Night Vision device which they would like me to review, you may contact me via email at: batdetectors -at- gmail.com.
Happy bat detecting!