All the others on this page either don't mention the coatings (which means they are nothing special and probably single or none at all) or at best they only have multi-coated (so not all lenses are coated). Being Fully Multi-Coated plays a very important role in ensuring that a bright, high quality image is produced and the difference is clearly visible when you compare them.
With any night vision device, the primary thing you will be concerned with is viewability. The Solomark has that taken care of with a 3W, 850nm Infrared Illuminator. This lets you see at distances of up to 400 meters (1300 ft) in complete darkness. Considering this is actually far from a high-end device pricing, these are impressive numbers. What’s even more impressive is that they’re correct, instead of some budget options where you get claims that aren’t even nearly true in reality. You can use the binoculars during the day as well, and you won’t damage the optics. Without the suitable protection, using night vision devices during the day will completely ruin them in a very short period of time.
The final consideration is magnification. When you’re looking through a magnified optic for the first time, it tends to be a bit difficult to find your intended subject right off the bat, and the higher the magnification, the smaller your field of view, so it gets harder to not only find your subject to start but to also follow it as you add power. It’s for this reason that you’ll want to stay with lower powers of 6x to 8x. This will bring the subject closer than they might have thought possible, while still giving them a wide field of view to more easily find and track a bird or woodland creature.
OK, where to start. First thing is this thing is almost impossible to figure out how to work it. Every time I try to move one ring another one wants to move. Seems like I am always fighting it. And like another reviewer said it doesn't let hardly any light in. I personally found it pretty much useless on anything above the lowest power setting. You just can't hold it still. And as usual the instructions are just horrible. On the plus side, it appears to be fairly well constructed. That's not saying a lot for its usefulness though.
The BlueCabi Shock Proof Binoculars are the perfect kids' set of binoculars thanks to their easy to hold, rubber coated surface and durable design. The 6x magnification is great for watching birds and everything else in nature, and the product will not slip from small hands while in use. They come complete with a carrying bag as well as a neck strap sized especially for children. Your young explorer will love to take them on every adventure.
Night Vision Goggles - these typically bi-ocular or monocular devices are by definition designed for headmount use. The most popular night vision goggle format is AN/PVS7 developed for the S military and deployed in various demanding environments worldwide. From marine to hunting applications, night vision goggles are key to functional night time capability. At Night Vision Guys we offer a wide array of night vision goggles, binoculars, and monoculars from all the top brands. Night Vision Depot, Armasight, ATN, Sightmark are just some of the manufacturers we carry.
If Leupold did two things with this otherwise sharp and solid binocular, the company would have a star on its hands. The first: tighten up the finicky and loose focus control. We had a hard time keeping the Santiam on target even when we were using it, and the focus tends to stray noticeably after a period of disuse. Second: make the price more in line with what this binocular represents, which is a very good, but not a premium, optic. We felt that the Santiam was priced several hundred dollars above its value.
Back in the clarity section, we talked about how alignment can affect the detail you see through a pair of binoculars. Some alignment issues can be hard to diagnose. Small alignment issues can only show up with specially calibrated equipment. One can look at the overall construction quality and hope that if they follow tight tolerances on the rest of the production, then optics should follow suit.
Sightmark’s Ghost Hunter 2×24 night vision binoculars are the next best feature on our list. Durability and affordability all rolled into one amazing piece of equipment. These binoculars are also available as a monocular, but we’ll be taking a look at the binoculars. They’re a bit easier on the eyes and more comfortable to use. They are a Gen 1 device that doesn’t break the bank but performs admirably as long as you set your expectations right. If you want to be able to look at 1000 yards in pitch black darkness, no, this won’t cut it. However, if you want something that lets you see what’s happening around you when you’re out hunting in the dark, do give them a chance.
I know what you’re thinking — these bins have the exact same magnification and lens diameter as the pair we discussed earlier, so why are they twice the price? First off, 8x42 is a great combo popular with many brands; that magnification and lens diameter pairing allows for a good field of view that’s ideal for seeing deep into dark forests, tracking birds across the sky, or watching parades and football games. But this pair also has an ESP dielectric coating, which simply means the lenses deliver excellent contrast and color fidelity, helping you see the often-minute patterns and hues on a bird’s feathers.