Night Vision: “How-To” Video Shorts

Rosette Nebula by Gavin Orpin. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Night vision image through 130mm refractor with Tele Vue 40mm Plössl and FoneMate smartphone adapter. Huawei P20 Pro phone took the image. Exposure notes: 4mm lens at f/1.6, 30-sec exposure at ISO 50.

We’ve put a playlist together on YouTube called Night Vision Component Attachment that demonstrates many common setups for astronomical observation with the Tactical Night Vision Company PVS-14 night vision monocular we sell. Videos include how to do hand-held and through the eyepiece viewing with filters and our FoneMate smartphone adapter to record the event. New to night vision? Pull up our Seize the Night! blog post to see in photos what you are missing out on.

See PVS-14 on Telescope with Smartphone Adapter video below to learn how to create this stack for imaging through your scope with a PVS-14.
Hickson 44 Galaxy Group by flickr user Richard Orr. Richard employed our Night Vision system afocal with 12mm Delos eyepiece to sketch these faint galaxies. “Without the help of an attached Night Vision device, I could not have seen all four galaxy members with my 155mm refractor from my suburban backyard”.

How the Split Ring Adapters Work

This video is applicable to several products besides the night vision accessories. Our split compression ring mechanism is used by the Tele Vue FoneMate to line up your smartphone for imaging on compatible Tele Vue eyepieces, the TNV-1401 Eyepiece Adapter to attach the night vision monocular to compatible Tele Vue eyepieces, and the Tele Vue DIOPTRX™ line to place astigmatism correctors on Tele Vue eyepieces. Understanding how this mechanism works is useful when viewing the remaining videos.


Night Vision Short: PVS-14 Hand Held with Filter

Hand held PVS-14 with 6nm H-alpha filter plus FoneMate adapter on eyepiece.

This video demonstrates how to set up a  PVS-14 for hand-held astronomical use with a filter. Parts demonstrated are the Tactical Night Vision Company White Phosphor Gen 3 Night Vision Monocular, TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter, TNV-14 Filter Holder 48mm, and the filter of your choosing. 12nm Hydrogen-alpha is good but 6nm is better in moonlight or bad light pollution.

Note that overtightening the filter onto the filter holder can jam the parts together and make them difficult for you to separate.
 

Night Vision Short: PVS-14 Hand Held with Smartphone Adapter

If you’re viewing the sky hand-held, you can share the view by mounting your smartphone onto the PVS-14 to take still or video images. The wide field of the night vision monocular is great for recording nebulae in their constellations, satellites, and more meteors than the naked eye would see. Parts demonstrated are the Tactical Night Vision Company White Phosphor Gen 3 Night Vision Monocular, TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter, SFA-0001 FoneMate, and your smartphone.
 

Night Vision Short: PVS-14 Afocal with Eyepiece

Tele Vue eyepiece with night vision ready to be put in your telescope.

Having mastered the handheld use of the PVS-14, this video demonstrates how to set up the night vision monocular for astronomical use through a telescope eyepiece. This has the effect of multiplying the light-gathering power of your scope, allowing refractors to act as light-buckets and allowing your light-bucket to go into deeper magnitudes. Parts demonstrated are the Tactical Night Vision Company  White Phosphor Gen 3 Night Vision Monocular, TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter, and your Compatible Tele Vue eyepiece. (See eyepiece table below).

Only tighten the eyepiece onto the Eyepiece Adapter using the adapter ring. Twisting the eyepiece can jam the parts train together and make them impossible for you to separate them.
 

Night Vision Short: PVS-14 on Telescope with Smartphone Adapter

Share the view through your scope-mounted PVS-14  by adding a FoneMate smartphone adapter for your phone. Parts demonstrated are the Tactical Night Vision Company White Phosphor Gen 3 Night Vision Monocular, TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter, SFA-0001 FoneMate, TNV-14 FoneMate Adapter, and your compatible Tele Vue eyepiece.

Only tighten the eyepiece onto the Eyepiece Adapter using the adapter ring. Twisting the eyepiece can jam the parts train together and make them impossible for you to separate them.
 

Night Vision Short: PSV-14 Afocal with 67mm Converter Package

The 67mm Converter for Tele Vue 55mm Plössl (ECL-67.0) modifies the eyepiece’s apparent field of view to exactly match the 40° field of the PVS-14 objective lens. This yields a true field increase of 20% and the change in focal length creates a brighter image (larger exit pupil) for the PVS-14 objective lens. (See our blog post for more). Parts demonstrated are the Tactical Night Vision Company White Phosphor Gen 3 Night Vision Monocular, TNV-14 Eyepiece Adapter, and the kit version of the converter (ECP-5567) that includes the EPL-55.0 55 Plössl, ECL-67.0 67mm Converter, and X2C-0008 2″ Extension Tube.

Only tighten the eyepiece onto the Eyepiece Adapter using the adapter ring. Twisting the eyepiece can jam the parts train together and make them impossible for you to separate them.
 

Recommended Tele Vue Night Vision Eyepieces
Eyepiece
FL
(mm)
Barrel
Size
TV-60
FL: 360
(mag.)
TV-76
FL: 480
(mag.)
NP101
FL: 540
(mag.)
TV-85
FL: 600
(mag.)
NP127
FL: 660
(mag.)
67mm Conv. +
55mm Plössl
2"--7.28.199.9
Plössl 552"--8.79.810.912
Plössl 401¼"91213.51516.5
Plössl 321¼"11.31516.918.820.6
DeLite 18.21¼"19.826.429.73336.3
DeLite 151¼"2432364044
DeLite 131¼"27.736.941.546.250.8
DeLite 111¼"32.743.649.154.560
DeLite 91¼"4053.36066.773.3
DeLite 71¼"51.468.677.185.794.3
DeLite 51¼"7296108120132
DeLite 41¼"90120135150165
DeLite 31¼"120160180200220
Delos 17.31¼"20.827.731.234.738.2
Delos 141¼"25.734.338.642.947.1
Delos 121¼"3040455055
Delos 101¼"3648546066
Delos 81¼"456067.57582.5
Delos 61¼"608090100110
Delos 4.51¼"80106.7120133.3146.7
Delos 3.51¼"102.9137.1154.3171.4188.6
Panoptic 412"--11.713.214.616.1
Panoptic 352"--13.715.417.118.9
Panoptic 272"--17.82022.224.4
Nagler T5 312"--15.517.419.421.3
Nagler T4 222"--21.824.527.330
Nagler T4 172"--28.231.835.338.8
Ethos 212"--22.925.728.631.4
Ethos 172"--28.231.835.338.8
Ethos 132" & 1¼ 27.736.941.546.250.8

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More Info
 

Tele Vue Night Vision Astronomy Accessory Diagram for Tactical Night Vision Company TNV/PVS-14 L3 Gen3 Un-Filmed White Phosphor monocular.
  • See Tele Vue website for more information on using the Night Vision monoculars and accessories (mobile site) in astronomy.
  • Your telescope’s focuser is used to compensate for your near- or far-sightedness; see our DIOPTRX™ page (mobile site) to compensate for your astigmatism. 
  • Our FoneMate™ smartphone adapter (mobile site) is a convenient way to enter the world of astro imaging and nature photography.
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