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ATN ATN Viper Night Vision Goggle, Generation 1

Use these ATN Viper Night Vision Goggle Generation 1 during nighttime for observing wildlife, during boating, or for home security as they are capable of amplifying the prevailing light many thousand times. See sharp, bright, and clear images even in dark. The infrared illuminator goggles are easy to use, highly comfortable, and offer 1:1 realistic magnification. Mainly designed for hands free application, these head mounted night vision goggles can also be connected to a camera. These lightweight goggles are easy to carry and consist of an eyepiece, body, objective lens assembly, and all other essential headgear attachments, making it a true hands-free unit.
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Review 1 for ATN Viper Night Vision Goggle, Generation 1
03/29/2009
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4 out of 5
4 out of 5
I'm not sure what problem the other reviewer had. This is a decent quality scope with good range. We have two of them and they have performed very well. An excellent value for the money and comparable to goggles costing $500+.
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Value
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Recommends this product? Yes
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Oregon
Posted 02/22/2012
Any time you see generation 1 on the unit it is using intensifier tubes that were designed back in the early to late 60s here in the states or they are imported from Russia. Russian one can be good or terrible. The only way to know for sure is to look through one and test it. While these work they can be of very poor quality because of where they come from. Russia has sold thousands of these tubes and they range from junk to just OK. True Gen 1 has poor resolution when compared to the gen 2 and above, they often do not have an AGC to protect the unit from bright light and they bloom very easy. You simply have to look through the units to see how good they look to you.
Night vision is not like looking at things during daylight with binoculars, not even close so many times people's expectations are way higher than the reality. The Gen 1 units are better than looking in the dark, but they are grainy, somewhat blurry at the edges and if you point them at any light they turn all white and if the light is bright enough it will damage the intensifier tube and it will really look bad. The Gen 2 are much better, then the Gen 3 and 4s better yet, however you will pay for this technology.
My Gen 2 Itt unit cost 3200 dollars a few years back but they are very nice when put side to side with Gen 1 units. This tube is made here in the states and the quality is very good. I went through all of this myself trying to save money, but it was a waste of time and money and I was not ever happy until I purchased a good one. My next purchase will be one of the Thermal Infra Red units, but they are still well into the thousands so it will be a while. I ran into a unit that the guy said cost him 500 bucks and he liked it. I used it for a while and while it was not near the quality of mine it was good and was sharper than my first 500 dollar one. I also have two units off of tanks.
One from a British tanks periscope and one off of a late 70s early 80s US tank. They are both very crisp and sharp, however they are not portable at all and they both need a tripod. They are simply the best units I have as far as seeing things at night without any light units. The British unit has two imaging tubes, one for each eye and the American one has a large Gen 2 tube made by Raython. It is at least three times larger and uses a parabolic magnifier to bring the image into the imaging tube and there is an extra AGC circuit to protect the tube. As with any lens the larger the lens the more light it can process through the device and they better low light performance. So size is a trade off for sure.
This unit is over six inches in diameter and can see a long ways farther than any other unit I have used and this one does not have an IR light source and so far I cannot see where it needs one. It can see all the way out to several hundred yards on a star lit night. Like I said earlier I went through several of the units until I got to use a friends Gen 2 made here in the states and it was painfully obvious how much difference there was, however they all could see at night better than I could without them. With that said the less costly units have a lot of problems one can see just by looking through them. Not everyone needs a high resolution unit and some of the ones sold in the 3 to 500 dollar range will do them just fine.
The most important thing to look for is the focus clarity and how bad the area around the edge of the tube looks. Some are so bad you can only see through the middle of the tube clearly and the rest is so out of focus there is nothing to see at all but fuzz. You should see the same clarity from the center of the tube all the way to the edge. You are looking at basically a small TV screen inside the device that take available light coming in and amplifies it a million time of more. So it is very important the little TV screen has a good resolution. Wal mart is a good place to buy one because of their return policy and if the unit fails to work like advertised you are not going to get stuck with a turkey. This is one of the areas where try before you buy fits right in. lol I hope this helps anyone who is considering buying a night vision device.
At least educate yourself on what they are really going to do for you so you won't be disappointed. Good luck with your purchase and these units can be loads of fun. I use mine for looking at the night time wild life without bothering them and just for goofing around at night. It is so easy to find wild life at night using these because of the animals eye shine showing up like aircraft landing lights in these units. Oh yea, most of the units built here in the states and some in China have all kinds of adapters for cameras, filters and other optional goodies.
In the last ten years the quality of the units offered in the 500 dollar range has improved quite a bit, but please take the time to look through several of the units just to see how they look to you. Knowing what to expect will save you a load of problems in the long run. Good luck and have fun. Cheers!
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Review 2 for ATN Viper Night Vision Goggle, Generation 1

pretty good

03/26/2011
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3 out of 5
3 out of 5
i dont know really what expectation are for this but pretty good for the price
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Recommends this product? Yes
+3points
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Review 3 for ATN Viper Night Vision Goggle, Generation 1

Not what expected

01/03/2008
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Elk City, OK
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Thought this would be good present for husband as he has always wanted to be able to see well at night. Well, he waited all day till dark, put the headset on, and could only see a couple of feet in front of him. He was a very disappointed man indeed, and I returned the product.
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1 out of 5
1 out of 5
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1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Recommends this product? No
Age:45 - 54
Gender:Female
Ownership:1 week or less
Usage:Never
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Copalis Crossing, WA.
Posted 07/25/2011
Ya might have put the battery in or turned on the illuminator for the unit to work... One must really read the directions...
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