Exploring space with a night vision device – in theory the night vision devices either use a technology which amplifies ambient lights from stars or moonlight or a thermal technology which detects objects that radiate heat. Taking that into consideration, the theory of night vision device usage would be the exact same as it is in space, making it a possibility to explore space with a night vision device. Actually not only possible, but if taking all the facts into consideration, a user with a night vision device in space would even get a better picture than he does on the ground. Sounds strange? – Well at first it might, but digging deeper into that statement we can find out that it actually makes sense. A night vision device takes the minimalist of night light source – star and moonlight, amplifies it and gives the user a picture. So the closer we are to those stars and even the moon, the brighter the ambient light received and the better the picture the user of the night vision device will get.
In fact, I’ve always wondered if it would be possible to explore space using different kinds of night vision devices – what would the view be? Personally, I think that comparing both the night vision and thermal technology devices – the thermal technology would be completely useless because of its main use – searching for objects that radiate heat right? But what exactly would this object in space be, other than other possible astronauts around the user of the thermal vision device. The best bet and answer to the question can space be explored with an augmented-vision device would be the night vision device.
But when talking exploring space especially if using a night vision device, the best bet would be to use a head-mounted device – night vision goggles. Let’s take a deeper look into different brands and even models that would be the perfect fit for night vision space explorations.
Firstly, let’s take a look at the Pulsar night vision company. It is a renowned company that takes its night vision devices to the next level and always strive for perfection. They are currently the global leaders in the night vision equipment and devices. The best pick from the Pulsar models would be the Pulsar Edge GS Super 1+ 1×20. This is a GEN-1 device, is budget friendly and mainly focuses on image clarity. But the Pulsar Edge does not only offer possible space picture clarity, there is a bit more premium features to be expected. The Pulsar Edge device has an integrated illuminator that has a very adjustable brightness setting – what if when exploring space, the light you receive from the stars or moon is not enough for a decently clear picture? – that is where the IR illuminator comes in play. Even though the gravity in space is different than on earth, the Infra-red illuminator would work the same as on earth. It projects Infrared Lights to give the user of the night vision a clear vision. Although it cannot be calculated at how longer of a distance the infrared lights will be projected in space, the only way to find out is to experiment and try for yourself.
Night Optics Company
A second good consideration in order to explore space with a night vision goggle would be the Night Optics company – and specifically the D-2MV Gen1+ Dual Tube goggles. First let’s talk for the company itself. Night Optics in a company based in the United States and has gained a widely-based recognition as being the leader of production of competitively priced professional night vision equipment without sacrificing quality one bit. Their products are made with the top-notch state of the art technologies and are constantly put through rigorous tests under extreme conditions to ensure quality and durability – which would make them a great pick if looking to explore space with a night vision device. What more extreme condition than that right?
The D-22MV Dual-tubed goggles are rugged, very light-weight device which weighs the measly 17 ounces and is measured at 4.9 x 4.4 x 2.3 inches, which makes it quite a compact device. Built with the maximum comfort of the user in mind, it has an extremely ergonomic and comfortable design, that combined with its lightweight makes this device very easy to wear and users don’t get fatigued when using it for longer duration. The device also comes with an adjustable head strap that can fit almost any shape and size of the head – for that feature, it can also be mounted onto astronaut helmets if willing so, making it quite a flexible device. If worn on the head itself, it also has an additional chinstrap to prevent the device from moving without the need of making inter-pupillary adjustments.
Armasight brings a higher-level technology device to the field – the Nyx7-ID Gen 2+. It is a lightweight, bi-ocular device that is built with the highest grade of components. A multi-layered all glass optics combined with extremely reliable long-life electronics. The device measures at 5.9 x 4 x 2.7 inches and weighs around 1 pound which also allows this device to be worn for very long periods without causing any neck fatigue. The Armasight’s Nyx7 is a Gen 2 device. While many night vision users consider Gen 2 devices halfway between Gen 1 and Gen 3 in terms of performance, that is not quite the case. Using a Gen 2 device gives a much closer performance to the professional military-mainly used Gen 3 – just at a more affordable price and available to average users or space expeditors. Unlike what you would most likely find on Gen 1 devices, Armasight’s Nyx7-ID Gen 2+ provides a full field of view clarity. With Gen 1-night vision devices, it is not rare to see that there is some image distortion that is being received by the user, while some light sources can even distort the picture greatly – so with that said if we are talking about space explorations, in order to get the performance that you are looking for, bet on Gen 2 devices just to be safe than sorry.
The lens of the Nyx7-ID Gen2+ has a F1.2 24mm lens system that provides the user with a 40-degree field-of-view, coupled with a wide-angle that has an additional built-in infrared illuminator. Even though you might rarely need to use the illuminator as an additional light source, since the device is capable of great passive operation, it can always be a handy feature in specific scenarios – and god knows what would you need in space – every additional feature would come in handy right?
The night vision goggles come equipped with an automatic brightness control and also a Bright-Light Cut off that has the purpose of protecting the device from damage that can possibly be caused by bright-light sources. But for that protection feature to be working at its maximum capacity, the company has made it so that if a bright enough light is received by the night vision device that might be enough to damage the device, the device ‘’shuts down’’ and cannot be seen through until the source of the bright lights is gone.Nyx-7 also has a battery indicator as well as its Infrared-light Indicator, both of which are clearly visible to the user’s field of view – in case your battery is close to running low or the infrared-light feature turns on – you will be aware of every single change and feature that is happening with the device.
Last but not least, let’s talk about a Gen 3 company – the ATN
ATN’s devices are not something everybody can get their hands on, but if that is the case – taking a look at ATN’s PSV7-3 Gen3 would be one of the best shots when talking Gen 3 devices. The PSV7-3 combines it all – extremely crisp light sensitivity, top-notch brightness, decent flexibility, durability, lightweight and of course picture quality and resolution. As its name applies, the PSV7 is a device mainly for military grade equipment, but depending on the space expedition, It would be the perfect choice for future space explorations. The device is a Gen 3B device, which is actually considered the current ‘’gold standard’’ in the night vision world. This same technology is used by the US military and different Special Forces around the whole world. But it would not only be suitable for hunting down terrorists or fighting crime – it would be the best pick for space exploration, because of its unbeatable battery life, durability and picture quality. The Intensifier tube on the ATN PSV-7 has a B-rated low occurrence blemish rating. But what does that mean exactly? Well this means that when talking Gen 1 and Gen 2, there can possibly be some black specs on the user’s received picture when using the night vision devices. With the PSV7-Gen 3-night vision goggle, you can expect the ridiculous range of 350+ yards of clean, crisp and very bright images without any of the mentioned possible black specs. Gen 3 devices not only have ALL the advantages mentioned, but also are even more versatile because of their compatibility with pairing them with a wide variety of other accessories and a life expectancy of more than 10,000 hours.
With all that being said about space exploration and some adequate choices for that purpose, considering it would definitely be possible to explore space with a night vision device, I would really like to see if in the near future this idea becomes a reality. Even when it does, I really hope companies even start to manufacture special night vision devices that have additional features built into them that would come in handy when going through a space exploration expedition. Even creating a new Generation of night vision devices – the Gen 4 – mainly used by astronauts to get the crispest and the best quality vision when space exploring. That would be awesome wouldn’t it?