Night Vision Technologies
Night Vision Technologies
Most Starlight Image Intensified Night Vision products are light amplifying devices. Light amplification technology allows small amounts of light energy, such as from moonlight or starlight, to be converted into electrical energy (electrons). These electrons multiply exponentially through electrical and chemical processes. They then bounce off of a phosphor screen, which converts the electrons back into photons, in order to display an impressive nighttime image even in total darkness. In addition to traditional Green Color Phosphor image intensifier tube (IIT), we've recently introduced White Color Phosphor displays, we've recently introduced White Color Phosphor displays, which allow users to view black and white images instead of traditional green and black. In the night vision world, "generation" monikers reflect the level of technology used for a particular device. The higher the generation, the better performance you will get out of your night vision device – for example, Gen 2 devices are more advanced than Gen 1+. In 2013, a new level was introduced: "CORE" technology, which takes a strong position between traditional Gen 1 and Gen 2 devices. We offer equipment in all existing levels of starlight technology and in all possible configurations, including monoculars, binoculars, riflescopes, and clip-on systems.
Gen 1+ iit
First generation devices work by amplifying existing light by several thousand times. Using an alternating photocathode/anode conversion between light and electrons, the cascading approach utilizes progressively increased voltages to increase electron speed and, consequently, allows you to see clearly in the dark. These units provide bright, fully visible images at a low cost, which makes them a popular choice for boating, wildlife observation, and home security. Available for international sales.
Thanks to the latest advancements in electro optical manufacturing redefines affordable high performance night vision with CORE™ (Ceramic Optical Ruggedized Engine) Image Intensifier technology. Unlike Gen 1 Image intensifier tubes that are fragile by a virtue of being made from glass, CORE™ IITs are made just like Gen 2 and Gen 3 by fusing metal alloys with ceramic compounds. CORE™ technology is based on durable elements and allows tight component stacking, resulting in image tubes that are exceptionally shockproof and vibration resistant. Robust packaging envelop lacks easy-to-break protrusions common in Gen 1 tubes and allows for streamline design of lighter, compact and more reliable night vision devices. CORE™ platform offers best in class resolution with 60-70 lp/mm, increased photocathode sensitivity level in upwards of 400µA/lm providing image quality in prevalent ambient light condition rivaling high-end Gen 2 image tubes.
Gen 2+ sd/sdi "standard definition" iit
Second Generation tubes have a microchannel plate (MCP) electron amplifier, as well as a multi-alkaline photocathode with a built-in power supply. Typically, resolution ranges from 45 to 51 lp/mm and the Signal-to-Noise Ratio ranges from 15 to 22.
Gen 2+ id/idi "improved definition" iit
Our Gen 2+ ID image intensifier tubes are engineered for significantly enhanced performance over current 2nd Generation IITs. The Gen 2+ ID IIT is a compact, Multi-Alkali, 18mm format, proximity-focused MCP-based image intensifier. Resolution ranges from 47 to 54 lp/mm and the Signal-to-Noise Ratio typically ranges from 15 to 21.
Gen 2+ hd/hdi "high definition" iit
Our Gen 2+ HD tubes are an upgraded version of the Gen 2+ ID tube. Most HD specifications approximate a baseline similar to 3rd generation image intensifier tubes. The Gen 2+ HD tubes include a multi-alkali photocathode, a Resolution range of 55 to 72 lp/mm, and typically, a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 15 to 23.
Gen 2+ Qs/Qsi "Quick silver"
White phosphor iit Experienced professionals know that nighttime scenes appear much more natural when displayed in black and white rather than the typical "night-vision green." Our unique "Quick Silver" Gen 2+ IITs are characterized by high-contrast, white phosphor screens that offer black and white displays, which provide clearer details, better contrast, and more distinct shapes and shadows. They include a multi-alkali photocathode, a Resolution range of 47 to 54 lp/mm, and a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 15 to 23.
Gen 3 Bravo/3e iit
Our Bravo 3rd Generation image intensifier tubes deliver high quality night vision images. Generation 3 is the standard for the United States military. They include a Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) photocathode, a Resolution range of 57 to 64 lp/mm, and a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 16 to 30
Gen 3 "ghost"/"ghost e" White phosphor iit
Our unique Gen 3 "Ghost" White Phosphor IITs are characterized by high-contrast, white phosphor screens that offer black and white displays, which provide clearer details, better contrast, and more distinct shapes and shadows. They include a microchannel plate, GaAs photocathode, and a completely self-contained, high-voltage power supply. They have a Resolution range of 47 to 57 lp/mm, and a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 16 to 30.
Gen 3 alpha/3N iit
These IITs are hand-picked to provide the highest quality available in our Gen 3 line. They include a microchannel plate, Thin Film GaAs photocathode, and a completely self- contained high-voltage power supply. A Resolution of 64 to 72 lp/mm and a Signal-to- Noise Ratio of 16 to 30 is typical.
Gen 3p itt pinnacle™
These Night Vision units are designed around the Gen 3P ITT Pinnacle* image intensifier tubes. These industry-leading tubes utilize a gated power supply that provides outstanding autogated performance. The Pinnacle tube minimizes the "halo" effect often associated with light interference caused by sources of bright light. They include Gallium Arsenide photocathodes, a Resolution range of 64 to 72 lp/mm, and a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 16 to 30. Units with Pinnacle tubes are not available for export.
Flag Filmless autogated iit Armasight's FLAG (FilmLess AutoGated) image intensifier tubes (sometimes referred to as Gen 4 IITs) improve operational effectiveness for night vision users. The filmless microchannel plate provides a higher signal-to-noise ratio than standard Gen 3 IITs, resulting in better image quality in low-light conditions and minimizing the "halo" effect often associated with light interference caused by street lights and other sources of bright light. These units include Filmless GaAs photocathodes, an autogated power supply, a Resolution that ranges from 64 to 72 lp/mm and a Signal-to-Noise Ratio of 16 to 30. Units with FLAG tubes are not available for export.
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