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We have been so excited by what night vision has done for our observing, Tele Vue has decided to become a Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) dealer! That's right; you can now buy the complete TNV/PVS-14 night vision system for astronomical observing direct from Tele Vue! Though the TNV/PVS-14 is not our product, with its L3 sourced, un-filmed, white phosphor tube, it's the one night vision monocular that fits our "do no harm to the image" product philosophy. It provides the best combination of extreme low-light sensitivity, low-noise, and neutral "white" coloration for astronomy. As you'll see, the system is also simple, versatile, and complete, for an easy shopping experience.
In addition to the night vision monocular, the system includes: an adapter to attach the TNV/PVS-14 to your Tele Vue eyepiece, effectively making all our compatible eyepieces "night vision" eyepieces, the Fonemate and adapter to fit it to the TNV/PVS-14, and a 48mm filter adapter for the objective of the TNV/PVS-14 for when you want to scan the sky at 1x!
Call Tele Vue direct at 845-469-4551 to discuss how night vision can change your observing experience and to place your order. Please note that you must be a United States citizen to purchase the Gen3 PVS-14. Please read the ITAR statement below governing the terms of sale.
Read Next Statement Carefully Before Ordering Night Vision from Tele Vue
Export of Night Vision Equipment or related accessories (such as manuals) is strictly regulated by the US Department of State in accordance with the guidelines of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It is a major crime to ship or carry US manufactured Gen3 night vision devices outside the borders of the United States, punishable by fines and prison sentences. Ignorance of these regulations will not hold up in court. By purchasing night vision equipment from Tele Vue Optics, you attest that you will not attempt to export or carry this night vision equipment outside the borders of the United States. Also, it is illegal to allow a non-US Citizen to look through US Gen3 Night Vision Devices, even on US soil. Again, this is a crime punishable by fines and prison sentences. If/when such items are resold, the original purchasing party must advise customers/end users of their duty to comply with U.S. export control regulations or face the possibility of severe criminal and civil fines including imprisonment if convicted. The adapter accessories on this page that can be ordered separately from the night vision monocular are not covered by ITAR restrictions.
At the 2017 Winter Star Party on Scout Key, Florida, Darren Drake (Indian Head Park, Illinois) used the Tele Vue FoneMate™ with a prototype image intensifier provided by Al Nagler on John Pratte's 32-inch, f3.6 Dobsonian telescope. Targeted on the Orion Nebula, the elusive G and H stars of the trapezium were visible in this video. (The zooming was simply done with the screen on the phone). Darren reports that stars down to 16th magnitude were seen with the system and opined that: "This is definitely a device that can add a whole new level to the observing experience." Video by Darren Drake.
Tele Vue TV-60 telescope setup with TNVC night vision monocular. An adapter allows the TNVC monocular to sit on top of the Tele Vue eyepiece and amplify the light from it. The built-in eyelens of the monocular allows visual usage. An adapter on top of the monocular eyelens provides a mounting place for Tele Vue's FoneMate™ for imaging through the setup.
Click image to see the Night Vision Accessory Diagram.
TNV/PVS-14 L3 Gen3 Un-Filmed White Phosphor
Whether used standalone at 1x (as shown) or mounted to a Tele Vue eyepiece on a scope (shown above), your gaze into the cosmos will be extended by several magnitudes to reveal hidden nebulae and galaxies, even in light polluted skies!
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. Specifications
.PVS14 Buyer's Guide
Explains the origin and difference between the various avialble night vision monoculars.
Item is sold alone (TNV-1400) or with all included accessories (TNV-1449 includes TNV/PVS-14 + Eyepiece Adapter + Filter Holder 48mm + FoneMate Adapter + FoneMate).
$4020.00 + shipping
TNV-14 White Phos Gen 3 Night Vision Monocular (TNV-1400)
$4263.00 + shipping
TNV-14 White Phos Gen 3 Night Vision Monocular with Accessories (TNV-1449)
TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter
Connects select Tele Vue eyepieces to the night vision monocular objective for afocal night vision viewing through a telescope. Usable with any PVS-14 compatible objective lens thread (PVS-14, MOD-3B (standard), RNVG, DTNVG, and Sentinel) and following recommended Tele Vue eyepieces
$49.00 + shipping
TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter (TNV-1401)
TNV-14 Filter Holder 48mm
Leaving the Eyepiece Adapter in place on the PVS-14 objective, the 48mm Filter Holder attaches to it for incredibly wide views of the night sky at 1x. Standard filters thread onto the front of the adapter to enhance nebulae. Especially recommend is 6nm H-α to attach to the front of the unit. Requires TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter.
$35.00 + shipping
TNV-14 Filter Holder 48mm (TNV-1448)
The FoneMate™ smart phone adapter is a convenient way to capture images on your phone with either a night vision device or through a telescope using compatible Tele Vue eyepieces
. It can handle phones from about (width x height): 60- x 114-mm (2-5/16" x 4-½") to 120- x 212-mm (4-¼" x 8-5/16"). The addition of the TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter allows it to connect to the PVS-14 or similar eyepiece for capturing the wonders of the night vision on your phone.
$95.00 + shipping
FoneMate Smart Phone to EP Adapter (SFA-0001)
TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter
The FoneMate™ adapter connects the night vision monocular eyepiece to our FoneMate™ to capture images and video through the system either standalone at 1x or afocal through a telescope and eyepiece. Attaches to any PVS-14 compatible eyepiece (PVS-14, MOD-3B, GT-14, IR Patrol, REAP-IR, IR Hunter).
$64.00 + shipping
TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter (TNV-1402)
TNV-14 FoneMate™ + FoneMate™ Adapter + Eyepiece™ Adapter + Filter Holder 48mm
This is our TNV-14 FoneMate™ packaged with the TNV-14 FoneMate™ Adapter, Eyepiece™ Adapter, and Filter Holder. This is great for imaging the sky through a telescope using recommended Tele Vue eyepieces
or hand-holding to sweep the sky at low power.
$243.00 + shipping
TNV-14 FoneMate + FoneMate Adapter + Eyepiece Adapter + Filter Holder (TNV-1413)
Tele Vue 55mm Plössl with 67mm Converter & 2" Extension Tube Package
Our 2" 55mm Plössl already provides the widest true field of view possible in a 2" format. However, your Night Vision monocular can't see the last 10° of the Plössl's field, so there is still more to be seen! Our 67mm Converter Lens extends the 55mm Plössl's focal length which reduces its apparent field size to 40° to match the 40° field of the Night Vision objective. Equally important as seeing the entire field available from the 2" eyepiece format, the larger exit pupil of the 67mm focal length provides more light to be amplified. The 2" Extension Tube (X2C-0008) is included in the package because the 55mm Plössl already requires more drawtube out travel than most eyepieces and 67mm Converter Lens moves it out by an additional 1" (25mm). When using the converted 55mm Plössl on a Paracorr Type-2, use the 'H' setting on the Paracorr (do not use EBX-2120 barrel extender with the 67mm Converted Plössl, as it doesn't have sufficient extension for use with Paracorr). These parts are also sold separately.
$404.00 + shipping
55mm Plössl + 67mm Converter + 2in Extension Tube (ECP-5567)
Tele Vue 55mm Plössl
Use a Tele Vue 55mm Plössl to obtain the maximum true field potential in any telescope. Connect your TNV/PVS-14 to it using the TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter to enjoy magnified night vision views of the heavens through your scope! The Plössl's 38mm eye relief allows excellent pupil matching with the 40° apparent field of the TNV/PVS-14. Add the Tele Vue 67mm Converter for 55mm Plössl for an even brighter, wider field image. See the "How it Works
" page for info on using this Plössl with Night Vision in a Newtonian with Paracorr Type-2. When using the converted 55mm Plössl on a Paracorr Type-2, use the 'H' setting on the Paracorr (do not use EBX-2120 barrel extender with the 67mm Converted Plössl, as it doesn't have sufficient extension for use with Paracorr).
$244.00 + shipping
55.0 Plössl (EPL-55.0)
Tele Vue 67mm Converter for 55mm Plössl
This converts our 55mm Plössl eyepiece to a 67mm focal length and reduces the apparent field of view from 50° to 40° to exactly match the 40° field of the NVD objective. That’s a field increase of 20%! Equally important as seeing the entire field available from the 2" eyepiece format, the larger exit pupil of the 67mm focal length provides more light to be amplified. The 55mm Plössl requires more drawtube out travel than most eyepieces and the 67mm attachment moves the focus out by another 1” (25mm) from nominal. Therefore, we recommend purchase of our 2” Extension Tube (X2C-0008) for your telescope when purchasing this attachment. When using the converted 55mm Plössl on a Paracorr Type-2, use the 'H' setting on the Paracorr (do not use EBX-2120 barrel extender with the 67mm Converted Plössl, as it doesn't have sufficient extension for use with Paracorr).
$95.00 + shipping
67mm Converter for 55mm Plössl (ECL-67.0)
Tele Vue X2C-0008 2" Extension Tube
Our 2" extension tube slips into any telescope's 2" drawtube and includes brass clamp rings to prevent marring of accessory barrels. Use it to avoid having to rack out your drawtube too far when using the 55mm Plössl. This accessory may be required when using the 67mm Converter Lens as it pushes the focus position of the 55mm Plössl out by 1" (25mm). It is also useful when you need more out-travel for focusing on nearby terrestrial subjects. When using the converted 55mm Plössl on a Paracorr Type-2, use the 'H' setting on the Paracorr (do not use EBX-2120 barrel extender with the 67mm Converted Plössl, as it doesn't have sufficient extension for use with Paracorr).
$65.00 + shipping
2” Extension Tube (X2C-0008)
Night Vision Ordering
Phone order line: 845-469-4551
8:30a-5:00p New York time
Monday — Friday
- We ship night vision devices to US addresses only.
- Payment funds must be drawn from a US Bank.
- Shipping cost is extra.
- New York state orders taxable.
Please read our store
policies for details and restrictions before calling.
Blog Posts and Articles
Explore the world of night vision astronomy though these links.
•New Product! 67mm Converter for 55mm Plössl Night Vision Enhancement (6/17/2020)
This blog introduces the 67mm Converter for the 55mm Plössl.
•Night Vision in the UK: Seize the Night! (2/27/2019)
This image-loaded blog post explores night sky vistas using hand-held and telescope mounted night vision. Also explains the origin of the PVS-14 name.
•About the NEAF Night Vision Demonstration (4/25/17)
Images of our indoor night vision demonstration and an explantation of prime focus vs afocal usage.
•2017 WSP with Prototype Image Intensifier! (3/28/17)
Tele Vue brings night vision to the Winter Star Party and people react.
•Cherry Springs 2017 in Review (7/7/17)
Night vision at Cherry Springs Star Party.
•TNVC's Giving Your Smart Phone Night Vision Capability …
Review of FoneMate™ usage with night vision.
•PVS14 Buyer's Guide
Explains the origin and difference between the various available night vision monoculars.
||4.5(L) x 2.0(W) x 2.25(H) inches|
|POWER||One (1) Standard AA Battery|
|BATTERY LIFE||Approx. 50 Hours at Room Temp.|
||60 feet for 2 Hours|
||10 Year Warranty|
|GENERATION||U.S. Gen3 L3 MILSPEC OMNI VIII White Phosphor|
||64 - 72 lines per mm|
||1.0mm (Maximum, this is very good)
||+4 to -6|
||10 inches to Infinity (without telescope)|
Table: Recommended Tele Vue eyepieces for Afocal Night Vision monocular attachments
Note, the apparent field specification of the eyepiece for normal visual-only application does not apply.
|67mm Conv. +
|Nagler T5 31
|Nagler T4 22
|Nagler T4 17
||2" & 1¼
TNVC Inc. warrants this product for a term of ten (10) years after purchase date. During this period, TNVC guarantees this product to be free from manufacturing defects in material and workmanship under normal use. In the event that a defect covered by this warranty occurs during the period stated, TNVC Inc., at its discretion, will either repair or replace the product. Such action on the part of TNVC, Inc. shall be the full extent of the company's liability, and the customer's sole and exclusive remedy. This warranty does not cover products that:
Were used in other than normal and customary manner.
Were altered, modified, or repaired by the customer or a party other than TNVC Inc.
Were discontinued by the manufacturer and either parts or replacement units are not available due to reasons beyond the control of TNVC Inc.
TNVC, Inc. shall not be responsible for any defects or damage that in the company's opinion, resulted from the mishandling, abuse, misuse, improper storage, or improper operation, including use in conjunction with equipment which is electrically or mechanically incompatible with or of inferior quality to the product, as well as failure to maintain the environmental conditions specified by the manufacturer. This includes using rechargeable batteries, storing the product with batteries installed, or battery compartment corrosion due to faulty battery.
Customer is hereby notified that operation of the equipment during daylight or under excessive light conditions may permanently damage the image intensifier tube. While the system is auto-gated, it is not able to withstand exposure to constant light including, but not limited to, light sources, weapon sights, laser radiation. Auto-gated Generation 3 night vision is designed to stand up to nighttime battlefield light conditions, but prolonged exposure to any light source will still cause damage.
This warranty is extended only to the original purchaser. No other warranties except for this one apply to this product, including, but not limited to written, oral, statutory, expressed or implied, including any implied warranty or merchantability or fitness for particular purpose, shall apply to this product.