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LUNA OPTICS & THE LATEST NIGHT VISION TECHNOLOGIES

 

 
 

MISSION OF THE NIGHT VISION DEVICE
To allow the user to see, detect and identify objects in low-light and no-light environments where it is difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye.

 

 
 

DIGITAL DAY/NIGHT VISION TECHNOLOGY

Digital night vision device employs either a CCD (Charge-Coupled Device) Sensor, or a CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor) Sensor, both of which perform the same job of converting the light into electrons. To put it in simple words, each sensor has an array of millions of tiny cells, and each individual cell transforms the light from a small portion of the image into electrons.

All of Luna Optics digital day/night vision devices employ various SONY Exmor™ High-Definition CMOS Sensors, which feature low video noise and low power consumption, while providing excellent low-light sensitivity and high-speed image processing. (Exmor is a trademark of SONY Corporation).

Every digital night vision device requires batteries or other power sources to operate. Unlike a daylight binocular or a scope, where you see the image due to light traveling through the glass and the prisms, the digital device works by projecting the image onto a micro-display. It therefore can affect the direct viewing experience. For example the actual image sensor may be capable of Full-HD image resolution, but if the image is projected onto a VGA resolution display the direct-viewing experience will be limited to the VGA resolution. However if video recording function is activated, the recorded footage will have the native image sensor resolution during playback on an HDTV or a compatible monitor.

Our entire G3 family of digital products employs innovative High Definition 1,280 x 720 Widescreen AMOLED-Q displays with Quad-Pixel Technology (RGBW) and Dimming function allowing for extra sharp contrast even in the low-light conditions – made in France by MICROOLED corporation.

The main advantage of any digital day/night vision device compared to a daylight binocular or a scope is that in addition to being useful during daytime, digital device can also operate in low-light and no-light conditions where seeing is virtually impossible with any traditional daylight optical device.


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THERMAL DAY/NIGHT VISION TECHNOLOGY

Thermal devices work on the principle of detecting infrared radiation, also known as energy. Instead of operating in a visible light spectrum of 400-700nm (such as regular binoculars or scopes), thermal imagers detect waves of energy as high as 17,000nm or 17µm, which are beyond our capability to observe with naked eye. The infrared signal is received by the thermal device and is then converted into an electrical signal by the thermal sensor (called microbolometer), located inside the unit and that electrical signal is then displayed on the micro display located near the ocular (eyepiece).

All of Full-Moon Optics thermal day/night vision devices employ ULIS Pico Gen2™ Thermal Sensors, made in France, which feature shutter-free and NUC free performance combined with excellent image resolution and sharp contrast, as well as an extremely user-friendly and reliable interface allowing for numerous useful features to be easily implemented in the complete system. (Pico Gen2 is a trademark of LYNRED Corporation).

As with the digital night vision, every thermal imaging device requires batteries or an external power source to operate. Unlike a daylight scope, where you see the image due to light traveling through the glass and the prisms, the thermal imaging device works by projecting the image onto a micro-display. While the thermal sensor is the crucial component of any thermal device, the image display quality is also very important to have the best possible direct-view image clarity and best field of view.

The entire family of Full-Moon thermal products employs innovative High Resolution 1,024 x 768 AMOLED displays allowing for extra sharp contrast even in the low-light conditions – made in France by MICROOLED corporation. Since the image is projected on the screen, it has certain limited resolution…so please do not expect your thermal device to provide the same crystal clear and full-color image as you would see through your daylight scope. The main advantage of any thermal device is that it detects heat signatures in the conditions where seeing your target is virtually impossible with your naked eye.

     
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OPTICS

Optical parts of every Night Vision device consist of the Objective Lens and the Ocular (Eyepiece) Lens.

The main demand for an Objective Lens is the high light transmittance in the visible and near Infrared light. It is expressed with the geometric light power from the line (f-number). Examples of the f-numbers are 1.0, 1.2, 1.5, 2.0 etc. The higher the F-number is, the less light is transmitted through the objective lens. Good light transmittance is very important for any night vision device, but especially for digital day/night products. Luna Optics digital devices enjoy the best light transmission possible with f1.0 objective lens employed in all models.

The Ocular is equally important for any night vision device, as it picks up the illuminated image from the display and brings it to the user's eye. All of the Luna Optics models feature all-glass ocular lens with multiple lens elements to provide the highest possible image quality to the user.

   
       
 

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