Bestsight DIY Night Vision - Honest Review
After telling my neighbor about my new night vision scope which I wrote about in my "Night Vision Firefield NVRS Honest Review," he was inspired give night vision a try, and purchased the Bestsight DIY 5in Day/Night scope. When I asked why, he's said at less than $150, it was within his budget, comfort zone and some night vision is better than no night vision. He also explained he liked the versatility of having a day/night scope.
After a few days he called me over stating the NV had arrived, and asked If I could help him put it together. Opening the box there were many pieces, and I thought "Oh boy," this is definitely a DIY night vision. You're not gonna take it out of the box and go. Not that its bad, but there's some assembly required.
Looking over at me he says "Lets mount it on the .308." I'm thinking, "that's not going to work," even though I have no evidence to support it but judging by the amount of moving pieces it would be best suited for something with less recoil. I convince him his .22 long or 9mm carbine would be the perfect application. So we went with the .22 and started putting it together. The assembly's not bad at all if you have a little common sense. Once assembled, it takes little time to get everything adjusted, so make this scope your dedicated NV scope. Switching from scope to scope wouldn't be worth your time.
At this point there's still some good light left, so we put the batteries in and fired it up. I chuckled in disbelief as it turns on. The 5 inch lcd is surprisingly clear when put into focus, but it was short lived. My friend made the mistake of getting the cheapest batteries humanly possible when he ordered the scope. As I've mentioned before, anytime you're dealing with IR night vision, save the headache, and get quality batteries. It's worth the extra money. We put in good batteries and were back in the game. Targets were set at 50, 75 and 100 yards. The scope was preforming well, visibility was good and the targets could be seen easily at 100 yards. I think its important to mention, that as the day went on, the sun light started to fade and we did have to adjust brightness and contrast settings on the Lcd screen to keep a crisp sharpe image. Adjusting was easy with the button interface on the back end and only takes a few seconds.
I'll admit, the DIY NV was growing on me, but I really wanted to know if it worked well at night, after all thats what it would be used for. Once pitch black outside we turned on the IR switch and adjusted brightness and focus. The image of our 50 yard target appeared in black, white and gray. I was impressed at how easy the target was to see. I brought it over to the 75 yard target and the image still looked pretty good, but IR light it's equipped with was showing its limitations. At 100 yards I could see, but the image quality was getting poor In my opinion. Understand this isn't a $20,000 setup and it had already exceed my exceptions. For the experiment we brought an additional IR torch light and once added, the 100 yard target become increasingly clear and very visible. I would highly recommend that if you're using this past 75 yards, get a better IR light.
My neighbor was right when he said some night vision is better than no night vision. The ability to use it day and night makes it very useful. At $150 this scope is better then I ever thought it would be. I don't think there's much night vision out there for sale without having to pay 2 or 3 times what Bestsight DIY Night Vision will cost. It's a great way to get started in short range night vision without breaking the bank, and a good deal when you factor in all that's included.