So I've got the itch. A buddy of mine just got a thermal setup and it is SWEET! I was needing to replace my rangefinder that I recently lost on a hunting trip, but I have hardly used the rangefinder in the past 10 years I've owned it. SO, I'm considering looking at a night vision setup instead.
Reasons for NV: I can't afford thermal. The same friend of mine is in talks with the GW about getting a night shooting permit after deer season and I would like to be able to participate (if legal of course). Also, I'd just like to have the nv just for general recreation purposes. I think it would be a neat thing to have.
I'm looking at a monocular as opposed to a dedicated weapon optic because I'd probably only ever use it the few times I could shoot with a night permit. Otherwise, the rest of the time I could use it hiking/camping,etc. So the ability to use as a handheld, on a firearm, and with a helmet/head gear would be ideal.
Here is one I am considering that comes with helmet and weapon mounts: https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/bus...dCatid=4715545
Whatever I'd get, I'd be adding an IR Illuminator if used on a firearm. I'm not concerned with extended range, a clear image out to 100y I think would suffice for my intended purposes. I understand the basics of NV and IR and was hoping someone with experience could point me in a good direction. Budget is sub-$500, below $300 being ideal.