Tele Vue has announced they are offering Tactical Night Vision TNV/PVS-14 L3 Gen3 Un-Filmed White Phosphor night vision monoculars packaged with complimentary Tele Vue accessories for astronomical observing. Night-vision devices (NVD) like the TNV/PVS-14 are optoelectronic devices that allow images to be viewed in levels of light approaching total darkness and are well known for their use in the military.
The TNV/PVS-14 night vision system for astronomical observing offers an L3 sourced, un-filmed, white phosphor tube offering extreme low-light sensitivity, low-noise, and neutral “white” coloration for astronomy.
TNVC builds its PVS-14 using mil spec, Gen-3, image intensifying tubes by L3. The filmless white phosphor technology plus manual gain control make it the ideal unit for astronomical use. Rather than emerald green stars and scintillation, the white phosphor tube produces a more natural viewing experience. The gain control allows dialing in just the right amount of light amplification vs background noise for any given object brightness.
The TNV/PVS-14 features an “autogated” power supply to reduce blooming on bright objects and protect the image intensifier tube from damage. The “filmless” tube technology provides greater detail clarity and 15-20% more light amplification than standard thin-filmed green tubes. The objective focuses manually and the PVS-14 eyepiece contains its own diopter adjustment.
The Tele Vue kit includes the night vision monocular, an adapter to attach the TNV/PVS-14 to a Tele Vue eyepiece, effectively making all our compatible eyepieces “night vision” eyepieces, the a Tele Vue Fonemate and adapter to fit allowing smart devices to be utilized with the TNV/PVS-14, and a 48mm filter adapter for the objective of the TNV/PVS-14 to scan the sky at 1x.
The TNV/PVS-14 can be used in a number of ways:
– Widefield visual: A stand-alone monocular will deliver 1x and a 40-degree true field of view. Adding the TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter plus TNV-14 Filter Holder 48mm to the objective lens of the TNV/PVS-14 and threading on a 6nm hydrogen-alpha filter provides the ability for hand-held, sweeping views of the night sky.
– Widefield imaging: To the above, adding a TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter to the monocular’s eyepiece and attach a FoneMate smart phone mount offers the ability to use a smartphone to capture images and video of the sky.
– Telescope use: Offering a 3-times effective aperture boost of a telescope the TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter turns select Tele Vue eyepieces into night vision eyepieces. Simply thread the adapter onto the TNV/PVS-14’s objective, attach any compatible Tele Vue eyepiece to the other end of the adapter provides the ability of afocal night vision from low to high power. Naturally, the larger the exit pupil, the more photons there are for the tube to multiply. The is also the ability to image through the system with the TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter/ FoneMate Smart Phone to EP Adapter combo.
Due to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) the package is only available to US citizens. The adapter accessories that can be ordered separately from the night vision monocular are not covered by ITAR restrictions.