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night vision goggles

11:55:17 AM
OK somebody out there in chockyland must have played with these. Are these any good?
I want to spot bandicoots, although they might be a good substitute for Bundy's night climbing lantern.

12:33:20 PM
On 22/11/2012 Superstu wrote:
>OK somebody out there in chockyland must have played with these. Are these
>any good?
>I want to spot bandicoots, although they might be a good substitute for
>Bundy's night climbing lantern.

Nut. Friggen useless.
5:15:46 PM
Surely the field of view is too narrow.
I thought most night spotting of mammals was done with wider-angle field of view, ie., spotlight an area after locating scat or fur samples, and look with the naked eye?

They are where you is. Yuppie bandicoots...

Thinking of getting rid of the little guys?
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5:37:19 PM
Ah, that would be why the wide-angle versions cost $900 (versus the el cheapo $200 versions)

Won't my dolphin spot light disturb mr bandicoot?

5:43:08 PM
No if their reaction to headlights is anything to go by:

"What's that bright light? It's getting bigger... Hmm... Maybe if I stay really still it'll go away..."

10:05:35 PM
App. Gen 3 goggles are the best for spotting ufo's ? What type of bandicoots are you looking
for ?
Mr Poopypants
6:47:26 AM
Yeah, right Stu. Wandering around your neighbours yards at night wearing night vision goggles "looking for bandicoots" - seriously, officer! :-)

8:18:13 AM
I was actually thinking of wandering around North Head as there is a resident bandicoot population there. Having never used night vision goggles, I have no idea what they are like to work with. Could I, like, climb with them?

8:25:22 AM
As Wollemi pointed out, bandicutes are supposively living in the disused railway line that runs along the hawthorne canal. The railway line is in the process of being rebuilt as a light rail service (sadly without a complementary bike path :-( )
Not sure what effect this will have on the bandicoot population long term. But what is for sure is that the area around the light rail will be rezoned for even higher density living.

1:15:31 PM
The field of view is pretty small and the price seems too cheap. I used to work in an outdoor store that sold night vision monoculars (Mitchells on Elizabeth St.) and we tested those out upstairs one night with the lights off. Of the three models available the first two would only show you silhouettes of people and things with minimal detail; these where known to be “good” in comparison to other brands but basically still sucked and started at $500 bucks. The top of the line model for $1100ish was the real deal, huge field of view, deep focus and fantastic detail, perfect for viewing animals at night; think night vision in COD modern warfare, but anything like that is going to be big bickies as I believe they have a small battery operated particle accelerator thing in them (photons into electrons then electrons sped up, I used to know). In short these seem like they will be akin to the former models and not the latter; I think your looking at $1000 plus for what you want.

9:20:33 PM
Now this looks like a cool project.
9:49:21 PM
we took a bunch of photos of bandicoots at Palm Beach BBQ area a few weeks back.
no need for night vision - they don't notice flash

7:18:33 AM
Ran into one in broad daylight at Barrenjoey last Sat, in amongst the littoral forest below the private residence (just after you get your feet wet heading to the south west crag)

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