SPI: Advanced Gen 2 Night Vision Goggles for Tactical Professionals
SPI Gen 2 Night Vision Goggles
SPI NVG-40 NGEN2-G1
Image Intensifier Tube: Gen 2+ “Level 1”
Magnification: 1x (3x and 5x optional)
Lens System: 26 mm; F/1.2
SPI NVG-40 NGEN2-G2
Image Intensifier Tube: Gen 2+ “Level 2”
Lens System: 27 mm, F/1.3
SPI PVS-7 NGEN2-G2
Image Intensifier Tube: Gen 2+ “Level 2”
Lens System: 27 mm; F/ 1.2
SPI WILDCAT-7 NGEN2-G3
Image Intensifier Tube: Gen 2+ “Level 3”
Lens System: 24mm, F/1.2
SPI Night Vision Goggles: Technologies and Features
SPI battle tested night vision goggles are designed for use with helmets and head mounts. These goggles will handle harsh weather conditions, including jungle, marine and combat situations.
Our night vision goggles are fitted with image intensifier tubes of the highest quality, from Gen 1 to Gen 3, and can support single or double viewfinder. We understand the value of agility, user-friendliness and control.
SPI Night Vision Goggles:
Our night vision goggles are equipped with the latest technologies that can use natural ambient light sources or artificial infrared illumination to create clear and crisp viewing. Looking through the night vision allows the user to visualize an amplified recreation of the normally unseen visuals to the human eye.
Our Night Vision Goggles
We offer a battle tested, Military-grade, night vision goggles, with features like:
Our product line for law enforcement, military and nighttime optical enthusiasts is always evolving. SPI‘s diverse selection of night vision goggles are durable and agile enough to meet the highest demands of our expert customers.
Introduction to Gen 2 Night Vision Goggles
Night vision technology has its roots in the military and surveillance sectors, enabling users to see in low-light conditions or total darkness. Generation 2 (Gen 2) night vision, which emerged in the 1970s, was a considerable advancement from the earlier Gen 1 models.
This improvement was primarily due to the introduction of the Microchannel Plate (MCP) inside the intensifier tube, a feature that set Gen 2 devices apart from their predecessors.
Origins Of Gen 2 Night Vision Goggles and Initial Use
The concept of night vision dates back to World War II. The first practical night vision devices were introduced by the German military during the latter stages of the war. These early devices were bulky, often vehicle-mounted, and required infrared illuminators to function, as they could not operate using just ambient light.
After the war, the technology was further developed by the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cold War era. The first-generation (Gen 1) devices saw use in the Korean War and the early stages of the Vietnam War. They were handheld or rifle-mounted and relied heavily on infrared illumination.
With the advent of the MCP in Gen 2 devices, the reliance on external infrared illuminators decreased, though they were still used to enhance visibility in extremely low-light conditions. By the time Gen 2 was introduced, night vision technology had become more compact, allowing for the production of the first night vision goggles. These Gen 2 night vision goggles found extensive use in various military operations, offering troops a significant advantage during nighttime operations.
Influence Of Gen 2 Night Vision Goggles
- Miniaturization: The advancements in Gen 2 technology allowed for a reduction in size and weight of night vision devices. This miniaturization led to the widespread deployment of night vision goggles and monoculars, as opposed to the larger, more cumbersome systems of the past.
- Commercial Use: As the technology matured, Gen 2 devices began to find their way into the civilian market. While they were still pricey, they became popular among wildlife enthusiasts, security personnel, and even paranormal investigators.
- Cultural Impact: The distinct green hue produced by night vision devices, including Gen 2, has become iconic in pop culture. Movies, TV shows, and video games have frequently depicted night vision scenes, leading to a broad public familiarity with the technology, even if many have never used it personally.
- Export Restrictions: Due to its potential military applications, there have historically been significant restrictions on the export of Gen 2 night vision technology from the U.S. to other countries. This has led to a market for “de-tuned” devices, which offer reduced performance to comply with export regulations.
Advantages Of Gen 2 Night Vision Goggles Over Gen 1
- Better Image Quality: Thanks to the MCP, Gen 2 devices offer a clearer, brighter image with better resolution.
- Longer Battery Life: The improved efficiency means that these devices use power more judiciously.
- Increased Range: Gen 2 devices can detect objects at greater distances than Gen 1 devices.
- Less Distortion: The images produced by Gen 2 devices have less edge distortion compared to Gen 1.
gen 2 night vision versus full color night vision
- Cost: While Gen 2 devices are less expensive than their Gen 3 and Gen 4 counterparts, they still carry a relatively high price tag, making them a significant investment for many potential users.
- Still Requires Some Light: Gen 2 devices are adept at amplifying low levels of ambient light, but they’re not optimized for complete darkness. In pitch-black conditions, they rely on infrared illuminators to provide visibility.Alternate Options for Pitch-Black Conditions:
- Gen 3 Night Vision: Generation 3 devices offer even greater light amplification and improved resolution over Gen 2. They have a longer battery life and can function better in extremely low light conditions, making them a suitable choice for near-total darkness.
- Full-Color Night Vision: A relatively recent advancement in night vision technology, full-color night vision provides a more natural and detailed view of the environment compared to the monochromatic green or white images produced by traditional devices. This technology offers better target recognition in complete darkness and can be especially beneficial in urban environments where color differentiation can be crucial.
Gen 2 night vision was a significant advancement over its predecessor. The introduction of the MCP allowed for much clearer and brighter images, making these devices far more practical and effective for a range of uses. Though surpassed by Gen 3 and Gen 4 and Full color night vision in later years, Gen 2 devices still hold a place in the market, offering a balance between performance and cost.
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About SPI Corp
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Yes, but the buyer acknowledges that if purchased items and services are destined for export (as defined in 22 CFR 120-130), BUYER has the complete responsibility and agrees to comply with all export laws and regulations of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State.
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Gen 2 Night Vision Goggles
Gen 2 night vision goggles are distinguished by their incorporation of the Microchannel Plate (MCP). This MCP enhances image clarity and brightness, making Gen 2 night vision goggles superior to Gen 1 models in terms of performance.
White phosphor in Gen 2 night vision goggles refers to the type of phosphor used on the screen inside the goggles. Instead of the traditional green hue commonly associated with night vision, white phosphor provides a more natural, black and white image, which some users find to be more detailed and easier on the eyes.
While Gen 2 night vision goggles offer improved performance over Gen 1 models and can amplify very low levels of ambient light, they are not ideal for pitch-black conditions without the use of an infrared illuminator. For those scenarios, newer generations or full-color night vision might be more suitable. However, in most low-light conditions, Gen 2 night vision goggles provide a clear and bright view.