Evening y'all, I have posted some of this on another thread but though I would start a new one devoted to the Yukon Ranger Digital Night Vision
I opened my Yukon Ranger last night and I was delightfully surprised. I'm on the edge of the city so there is a lot of light messing up the view of
the stars but when you look at just one through the NV, you see it is surrounded by unseen stars. Stars everywhere!
Now I found out what they mean about blowing out one of your eyes looking through it so I hooked it up with the video cable to my Canon GL2, put the
scope on a tripod, and sat back and viewed through the LCD on the cam which was perfect. The whole family could watch a crisp clear picture with a
very sharp image. The range on the ground was awesome for a hunter with the 5x focal length it will see with a bright IR light for a couple city
blocks. When it comes to recording the video, it is great in Black & White instead of green with a square picture instead of a round hole to see
Now for UFO spotting, it has one draw back, the telephoto or say, 5X lens captures only a small part of the sky. The Yukon digital would be perfect if
it only took optional lens so you could have a wide angle to capture a larger piece of the sky for long term recording. Now once you see something to
look at, then you love the 5x lens where most other NVs top out at 4X. You just have to see it first and then focus in on it and track it. Now in real
terms, like a telescope, unless your looking at the moon or planets, even with a large telescope, the stars are still just dots of light so what you
are after is to see strange movements that tell you a star isn't a star but something else because of the movement, unless you are blessed with a
rare up close shot of a UFO. So you set it up and start recording and hope something flies through your picture. I will say, if something is up there
and it gives off any light at all, your going to see it if you are looking that way.
Here is a shot from my canon still with an area high lighted showing the field of view of the Ranger. You will note it is quite tight and the trees
give you a good feel on just how tight.
The best thing is that with a video cam LCD, you can share the view with friends and family, make it a party while you set in the field or yard and
watch the skies. If anyone sees something move, you can zero in on it and group debate. I'm going to record some video test tonight but I have never
posted a video so if someone here can, I can email the video test if they will post it here for us all. I am going to mix shots from the video camera
with a wide angle and then with the NV and diagram on the wide angle shot exactly how much of that image is captured in the NV image to get a good
example of the portion of the sky that can be viewed through the NV. I am also going to see how long of a video cable that can be used so to set the
NV on a tripod in the back yard and thread the cable through the back window to my back room office so to pipe the image directly to my computer desk.
If that works, I can let it record for hours and then view it on high speed to see if I capture anything while doing other things. I suspect about 15
feet is the maximum length cord that can be used.
So, at this point, the Yukon Digital Ranger is an impressive toy, and for 370 bucks, it most certainly rivals a gen2 NV and maybe close to a gen3 for
a fraction of the cost. Add to that the fact it is the only NV version that you can pipe directly to a recorder via a cable, this is the UFO hunters
dream on a budget.
Least that is my first impressions. We're cloud covered here tonight but I will post some shots and video from from the scope, my video cam, and my
still camera when we get a good night so I have plenty of images for you to get a good handle on just how good or bad the Ranger performs.