Nightfox 100V Infrared Spotter Review
Nightfox 100V Infrared Spotter: QUICK OVERVIEW
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Ever since night vision became available to civilians, such binoculars, spotters, scopes, and goggles have piqued the interest of birdwatchers, hunters, golfers, and even plain enthusiasts. But, not all night vision gadgets are designed for the same thing.
So how do you know what’s best for you? If you’re into hunting or casual birdwatching, an infrared spotter like the Nightfox 100V may just be the must-have gadget, particularly if you plan to do a lot of late night ‘sightseeing.’
Check out this complete review to find out if this gadget can solve all your nighttime visibility issues and if it can give you the edge in friendly competitions. The device doesn’t look impressive on paper, but its performance in the field speaks volumes.
Nightfox 100V Infrared Spotter Review
An infrared spotter has many uses and the Nightfox 100V is one of the most efficient on the market. It’s light and reasonably priced, and it delivers clear sight up to about 200 yards.
Who is this product for?
A lightweight spotter is a good choice for amateur hunters and birdwatchers. The image quality is good enough under 200 yards that the Nightfox 100V should also benefit professional hunters when used with an infrared torch or night sight.
Still, because of the light-duty plastic case, the Nightfox 100V may not be suited for rough weather conditions or very cold weather.
You will receive the following items in the box:
- Nightfox 100V infrared spotter
- Carry strap
- Instruction manual
Overview of features
The Nightfox 100V is mostly made from plastic. This doesn’t give the spotter amazing durability but it does make it a lightweight gadget, very easy to carry. The spotter also has a carry strap, quite sturdy and already attached, which should save you a couple of bucks on extra gear.
The image quality at 100 yards is most impressive. If you plan on using it for birdwatching, it will be easy to distinguish different bird species from each other even if you’re in a dense forest area. Now, with the device being as powerful as it is, it does require some extra batteries. Eight to be exact. This may seem like a lot of AA batteries, but the image quality is worth it.
The spotter has a very simple user interface. On top of the device, you have the power button right in the middle. The infrared control is on the right side, on top of the battery compartment. The settings go from 1 to 7.
At the lowest setting, you won’t get much quality or range as the Nightfox 100V will top out at about 30 yards. But, you may be able to squeeze a bit more out of the spotter if you adjust the focus wheel located at the front of the device.
However, at the highest setting you’ll be able to sight up to 200 yards away, depending on the weather and ambient light. Keep in mind that at the maximum distance, things may look like rough shapes.
Although there are many cheaper devices on the market, in its price range the Nightfox 100V is perhaps the best option image quality-wise. The rubber eyepieces may not be the best fit out there but they’re quite soft and pliable enough. The luminosity of the welcome screen may be the device’s worst feature.
Come nighttime, the screen is very bright and can put enough strain on your eyes to annoy you. The fact that there’s no brightness control is also a bit disappointing as you have to make do with just the infrared settings.
How to use
The most important thing you have to keep in mind is the button placement. Because they’re on the outside of the spotter, it’s easy to accidentally turn the device on and drain its batteries before you reach your hunting grounds. It’s best to either carry the spotter by its strap or get a loose-fitting case for it.
Other than that, the device is easy to use. You use your right hand to change the IR settings and the left hand to adjust the zoom. The buttons are in a straight line so they’re easy to find. The focus wheel is underneath the front end and it turns at a comfortable resistance.
Although the Nightfox 100V is one of the lightest spotters for a hunter or birdwatcher, the gadget is pretty big. If you’re looking for something smaller then a pair of compact night vision binoculars might be for you.
The Occer 12×25 Compact Binoculars don’t have amazing IR performance, but they’re about as small as they come. Lightweight and magnify 12X, these binoculars make for a very nice alternative to the Nightfox 100V. They’re also more suitable if you’re shopping on a tight budget.
The Nightfox 100V Infrared Spotter is probably the best device in its price range. What it lacks in durability and comfort features the Nightfox makes up for image quality and range.