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Bushnell Night Vision Goes Digital

April 3, 2013
By Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

Night vision is neat. It gives an individual the ability to see in various levels of darkness without the need for lighting. The most common night vision uses 'intensifier tubes' and is categorized as being Generation 0 to 4. The higher the number, the better the performance and the larger the price tag. Gen 0 and 1 are the most affordable; Gen 2 starts getting pricey but provides better performance; Gen 3 and Gen 4 are used by the military and law enforcement, and are very expensive. A distinguishable characteristic is the green coloration of what is viewed.

With the Equinox 4x40, Bushnell went a different direction by incorporating light sensitive CCD technology for night vision (like that used in some high-end digital cameras) instead of an intensifier tube. This technology is sometimes referred to as active infrared night vision, and the results are striking. Images viewed using the Equinox are green or black/white and surprisingly sharp.

The Equinox 4x40 physical attributes: dimensions (approx) - 6" x 4" x 2 1/2"; weight -13 oz; 4X Magnification; 40 mm objective lens; field of view - 30 feet at 100 yards; viewing range - over 200 yards; IPX4 water resistant housing; operating temp. from 14F to 113F (-10 to 45C); Picatinny style accessory rail; (2) standard 1/4" x 20 tripod mounts; objective lens cover and power supplied by (2) CR123 batteries.

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Some of the other features that Bushnell built into the Equinox 4x40 include:

Control buttons power on/off, LCD brightness/contrast, IR illumination on/off, display color

Two functional modes black/white for use when there is some light available; green for use in near complete darkness

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Bushnell Equinox 4x40

Two LEDs a green one to show power on/off and a red one to show if the IR illumination is turned on/off; the green LED will also flash to warn of when battery power falls under 15% of full capacity

An adjustable objective lens for focusing

An adjustable ocular lens for the user to focus on the internal LCD screen

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Bushnell went a different direction by incorporating light sensitive CCD technology for night vision.

A video output jack for connecting to a TV, VCR, camcorder, etc. (the video connector cable is included)

An external DC power jack (a power cord for use in a vehicle is included)

There are two major advantages of digital night vision technology like that used in the Equinox over the more common intensifier tube technology. First, the Equinox will function normally in light conditions below 25,000 lux (daylight); intensifier tubes may be damaged if exposed to daylight. Second, magnification is better suited with digital technology, whereas higher magnifications can hinder performance with intensifier tubes.

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The LCD brightness/contrast control is an excellent feature. Unlike some night vision units where the phosphor screen is so bright that it hurts the eye, the brightness/contrast in the Equinox can be adjusted up or down to the users personal preference.

Night vision is great for security and surveillance by giving the ability to see without being seen. It also has applications for use in the outdoors such as camping, night fishing, hunting at night (legally) or observing wildlife. For archery hunters, night vision could definitely help track down a deer in darkness.

The Bushnell Equinox 4x40 is covered by a 2-year limited warranty against defects in material and workmanship. The MSRP is $523 with street prices approaching the low $300 range. If the Equinox 4x40 does not fit your needs, Bushnell does have the Equinox in digital 3x30 and 6x50 configurations. For more information, check out their website at



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