Ever since prehistoric times, man has been afraid of the dark. It is not only the danger of what could lurk in the darkness that resulted in that primordial fear. That which could hurt us, such as predators, falls and a host of other threats. It is the fear of what the dark represents: the unknown and untrodden.
Then came fire. Fire dispelled the darkness during the night, provided a way to cook food and essentially advanced man to a great degree both socially and technologically. Man then found ways to harness fire, torches for lighting, fire arrows for war, braziers, the list can go on and on for quite some time.
It always comes back, however, to a source of light. The next logical step once fire had grown obsolete in lighting was the light bulb. The brainchild of Thomas Edison, among others, the light bulb harnessed the power of electricity to create light through the use of a filament, revolutionizing lighting for all of mankind.
At this point, the darkness had become an afterthought. As more and more homes received electrical power, so did they install light bulbs and further dispelled the darkness. If you were willing to pay the power bill, you could live without having any measure of darkness in your home.
What was the next step after the lightbulb? The ability to see, even in the dark. A capability possessed by some animals and many mythological creatures. A long dream of mankind. World War II served as the catalyst for night vision technology, and it has only grown more and more advanced to this very day.
There is no need to fear the darkness when you can walk into it without an outside source of light, and you can see everything as clearly as if it were daytime. Infrared technology made it so that man no longer has to fear the darkness, in fact, it could become an advantage for him, in terms of war at first, but hunting as well later on.
Today, we will be looking at a pair of night vision binoculars. The Bushnell LYNX pair in particular, before we get to the review itself, we will look at one feature which is rather important in night vision binoculars.
Night vision binoculars are typically used for outdoors applications, such as hunting and other activities which involve wildlife. As with any product which is meant to be used in the outdoors, it is integral that you find a pair of night vision binoculars that are resistant to the weather.
This includes resistance to certain conditions such as rain, which would fall under the category of water resistance, but also other atmospheric phenomena. For example, you wouldn't want your binoculars to fog up due to excessive humidity in the air, so it helps to purchase a model which is fog resistant. Here are some of the main features of the product:
These binoculars are made by Bushnell, a well-known manufacturer of optics and other hunting equipment. With a manufacturer such as this one, there should be high expectations for this pair of night vision binoculars.
The have quite a few features that would interest hunters and outdoorsmen alike. For example, the included infrared illuminator can provide additional IR lighting all the way up to 90 yards away. These binoculars are powered by a pair of AAA batteries that are not included with the product.
If you are looking for a durable and resilient pair of night vision binoculars, the Bushnell LYNX is an excellent choice. While their Gen 1 night vision technology may be somewhat outdated, it is by and large sufficient for most of the applications we tested it for.
The choice to use Gen 1 technology also cuts down on the price of this model along with being sufficient for the maximum 2.5X zoom capability. The lenses on this model are of sufficiently high quality, and they tend to make up for the graininess of the first generation night vision components.
Our favorite aspect of these night vision binoculars is their capability to withstand a beating. As with most other outdoors, you want them to be resilient and they certainly are. From their weather proofing to their heavy duty construction, these binoculars feel hefty and they are resilient enough to back it up.
After looking through many customer reviews and testimonials, we will present some praise and some complaints. Customers were mostly impressed by the quality standards of this pair of night vision binoculars. Numerous customers have praised the longevity of these binoculars, stating that they still function for quite some time after purchase.
In terms of negatives, many customers bemoaned the use of Gen 1 night vision technology, with many preferring a Gen 2 or Gen 3, but this would negatively affect the price. While the use of Gen 1 technology had a moderate effect on graininess, we found that it did not greatly diminish the night vision quality.
These night vision binoculars from Bushnell can be found online at several online retailers, including Amazon. They are usually priced at around 600 dollars, which may seem pricey, but these binoculars are the real deal, and they are certainly made to last.
If you are willing to drop a good deal of money on a reliable and durable pair of night vision binoculars, you will find that the Bushnell LYNX is an ideal choice of model for you. While the Gen 1 technology may seem slightly offputting, it is in reality more than good enough for the level of zoom.