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(TNV-1400) TNV/PVS-14 L3 Gen3 Un-Filmed White Phosphor

Tele Vue has taken its collaboration with Tactical Night Vision Company one step further! We are happy to announce that we now offer their TNV/PVS-14 L3 Gen3 Un-Filmed White Phosphor night vision monocular plus accessories direct from Tele Vue.

Al Nagler Goes “Full Circle” on Night Vision
Back in 1971, while an employee of Farrand Optical Company, Al Nagler was given the task of designing an eyepiece for a spiffy-new, high-tech gadget designed by ITT Corporation: a night vision device. He designed an eyepiece to view the 40° field of view created by the image intensifier tube. Now, after almost 40-years of evolution, the latest generation night vision  monocular that Tele Vue is selling uses an eyepiece at least inspired by Al’s Design — if not exactly the same!

The following Night Vision products are available directly from Tele Vue.

TNV-1400: TNV/PVS-14 L3 Gen3 Un-Filmed White Phosphor
We’ve chosen to offer only the filmless white phosphor TNVC-built PVS-14 for its convenience, high gain, and neutral image tone. What differentiates this monocular from the other units on the market? TNVC specifies U.S. Military OMNI VIII contract spec tubes which provide some of the cleanest images available.  Their technicians assemble the TNV/PVS-14 according to U.S. Military guidelines, using factory-new parts and hand-selected image intensifier tubes.  The filmless white phosphor technology plus manual gain control make it ideal for astronomical use. This tube technology provides greater detail, clarity, and 15-20% more light amplification than standard thin-filmed green tubes.

The TNV/PVS-14 can be enjoyed in several ways.

Night Vision gear diagram. Click for full-size.
  • Widefield visual: Stand-alone monocular will deliver 1x and a 40° true field.  Add the TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter (TNV-1401) plus TNV-14 Filter Holder 48mm (TNV-1448) to the objective lens of the TNV/PVS-14, thread on a 6nm hydrogen-alpha filter and enjoy a  hand-held, sweeping views of the night sky. Imagine seeing Barnard’s Loop and the surrounding Orion constellation in its entirety! (See our Night Vision in the UK blog post for images.)
  • Widefield imaging: To the above, add a  TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter (TNV-1402) to the monocular’s eyepiece and attach a FoneMate smartphone mount (SFA-0001). Now use your smartphone to capture images and video of the sky. (See our Night Vision in the UK blog post for images.)
  • Telescope use: Ready for a 3-times effective aperture boost of your telescope, elevating your portable scope to light bucket performance? The TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter (TNV-1401 ) 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 and now you have afocal night vision from low to high power.  Naturally, the larger the exit pupil, the more photons there are for the tube to multiply. So you don’t want to use an eyepiece that produces too small of an exit pupil with your scope.  Of course, you can also image through the system with the TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter (TNV-1402) / FoneMate Smart Phone to EP Adapter (SFA-0001) combo mentioned above and your phone.

TNV-1449: TNV-14 White Phos Gen 3 Night Vision Monocular with Accessories.
Because of the great flexibility offered by the complete system, you can buy the TNV/PVS-14 with all the accessories mentioned here under this model number. 

The Tele Vue / TNVC Partnership
In 2017, Tele Vue Optics Inc., of Chester, NY and Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) of Loma Linda, CA, partnered to bring night vision monocular and accessories to the astronomical community. The resulting combination of military-grade TNV/PVS-14 Gen3 night vision monocular and Tele Vue custom eyepiece adapters resulted in positive reviews and a prestigious “Hot Products 2018” award from the editors of Sky & Telescope magazine.

“Tactical Night Vision Company and Tele Vue Optics teamed up to create an unusually versatile night-vision system for astronomy. While the military-grade TNV/PVS-14 Gen3 night-vision monocular can be used as a standalone 1x viewer, a custom adapter allows it to connect to any Tele Vue eyepiece that is Dioptrx compatible, opening up a wide range of telescopic observing possibilities. And there’s also an adapter for the Tele Vue FoneMate.”

— Sky & Telescope, (Editors). “Hot Products 2018”. Sky & Telescope (Jan. 2018).

“The versatility of this new light-amplifying observing system just might make it a game-changer in the world of amateur astronomy.”

— Dennis di Cicco’s review of the TNVC / Tele Vue Optics night vision system published in Sky & Telescope.

Because export of Night Vision Equipment is strictly regulated by the US Department of State in accordance with the guidelines of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the TNV/PVS-14 night vision monocular is only for sale within the United States and to United States Citizens. Please see our Night Vision website pages for more information on purchasing restrictions.

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