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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 27 September 2015
It's not bad - the batteries last an average amount of time, and it's well built.

In "Day mode" - there's an IR filter that flicks over the sensor, and the display turns colour. You can see fairly well in twilight with it like this.
When you click the "IR Light increase" button, the "Day mode" turns off, with an associated "click" as the IR filter flicks away from the sensor.
The picture then turns black and white (IR light passes through the red/green/blue parts of the sensor almost equally well) - and the software turns the output completely black and white, so there's no colour cast visible.
The sensitivity to light in this mode also increases a fair bit.

The night mode has 3 levels of brightness for the Infra-red LED.
BUT! The night mode can't be turned on without having the associated IR LED running - and it's around 850nm (960nm is completely invisible), which means there's some visible red light to be seen out of the IR light lens. You can cover it up and enjoy the enhanced ambient light boosting without giving yourself away, but it's a waste of battery power.
The instructions say "For watching animals at night only" - but I think some deer would be spooked by the light, not just humans!

The eyepiece on my unit is very loose - my nose keeps changing the diopter adjustment I set, so I've bodged a solution by wrapping an elastic band around it, and then the unit.

The resolution of the LCD is around VGA 480x300 ish.... and when you get focussed properly you can read newspaper headlines at around 20 feet.
There's no delay between the light hitting the CMOS sensor at the front, and the picture being displayed. (some systems have noticeable delay!) which is a plus.

I found the buttons to be very hard to press, and can make your fingers hurt if you're constantly adjusting them. But you wont be clicking them accidentally.

The "Brightness" setting isn't brightness at all - it adjusts the gamma setting (and contrast)... the amount of brightness between the darkest part of the image, and the lightest.
In practical use, this means the screen goes from all grey to highly bright areas of no detail, and highly dark areas of no detail. But with a setting somewhere in between you can always get a good contrast image.

What you can't do is actually lower the brightness of light coming out of the LCD panel - and if your eyes are dark adapted, looking through the eyepiece can be blinding! This also adds to the battery drain.

Pros:
This isn't a bad unit - the image is clear, the IR LED on full brightness can penetrate 70 or more meters, and the rubber case keeps out the weather. The image is sharp in the display, and the focussing ring moves smoothly and is firm, The unit is also small and light.
It uses 3 x AA batteries too. Get them rechargeables in!

Cons:
The IR LED glows red, and can't be turned off in "night mode", and the LCD brightness can't be decreased - two big battery guzzlers, and quite blinding for dark adjusted eyes. The buttons are hard to press, and the diopter adjuster is very loose.
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on 28 December 2013
I bought this as a xmas gift for my husband who was delighted until he looked for some instructions in English, but there were none available. He tried it out in the dark and discovered that the furthest he could see was 40 yards with poor clarity. ITEM RETURNED FOR REFUND.
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on 20 December 2013
think my son will love this scope only problem is there are no english instructions hoping we can find some on the internet are just easy enough to work out dont think i have time to send it back and get another before xmas needs english instructions
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on 9 July 2014
Very good for the money and better than a few more expensive units i have tried.
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on 5 April 2015
Not bad at all,portable,light weight and also can clearly see thing about 80-100 meter if ir on,only one thing is pupil diameter too small,consider of it's price,it worth four star.
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on 18 November 2015
It's good but you can buy the same with built in camera now which is even better.
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on 7 June 2016
Good for up to 70 meters need to get use to it, a little fiddly on the focus
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on 14 November 2015
PURCHASED FOR A EXMAS PRESENT WELL PLEASED
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