Tips for using night vision scopes

It would be useful to exchange tips on using night vision equipment. This can be very useful, and is more complicated than binoculars.

  • How do you avoid getting night blind on the eye using the scope?
  • How do you watch wildlife on trees, for example squirrels and owls? I find that the temperature contrast between branches, leaves and the sky obscures the animals.
  • Is there an option on Pulsar scopes to make contrast non-linear: most objects are very uniform, but 5% hottest ones are very different? I would love if hottest objects – possible animals – stood out. Ground, grass, trees, rocks etc. are just a distraction. I use them only to notice the surroundings of the animal to pick it  without the scope.


  • Michiel

    Hi Jurek2
    Those are good questions. I own a Axion XM30s and the blinding of one eye is a true nuisance.
    Even when one sets it at the lowest brightness it still takes minutes before you can see properly in the dark again. This device is also fitted with blue tooth screen projection on your smartphone. I have just started using it and still have to experiment to find the right way to operate it but my next trip I would use the screen rather than the oculair.
    In my experience you will clearly see animals from their surroundings and find a lot more than you can pick up with eyeshine even from great distances or when obscured by vegetation. The device is very sensitive it even picks up the place where an animal has been laying down very recently for a while. But animals themselves light up like a bright light and you will not have any trouble knowing if it is an animal or not.

  • Vladimir Dinets

    You can avoid branches-against-cold sky problem by going out on overcast nights (sorry, I know it’s not always an option but I don’t have a better advice). If the screen is still to bright for you at the minimal setting, you can attach a camera filter of matching size to the eyepiece.

  • wildlife_watcher

    How helpful do you find these devices? Do you actually find the animal most of the time or is it more the case that you know something is in there as a result but find it is not practical to locate it without scaring it off?

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