State of the art night vision will cost you too much. Besides....all of the systems have their drawbacks and weak points. Pros and cons. Even if you can afford it....the best night vision optics available today see their best use with our military in flying machines, and helping them discern friend from foe. Night vision optics also include you giving up some of your basic human instincts and senses. Peripheral vision for one. I remember the Starlight scopes and the AN/PVS 4 and how you could be blinded or washed out by someone lighting a match in total darkness, and how you couldn't expose them to daylight use as a scope or destroy them. Technology may have come a long way since then, but I still believe we should depend more upon ourselves than the aids we engineer for what purpose? The more aids we create means the more we are lacking. Of course in the technology age.......everything is cool. Whether it actually helps us or not is up to conjecture.
Night vision for frog giggin? That would be okay.
I think they probably have a fairly limited place in civilian use outside of public safety sector.
For example, night vision optics can be of limited use in night time search and rescue operations extending periods people can work. Most routine search operations are suspended at night because of the hazards. However, if say you had a river, swift water or flood rescue operation going on where there was immediate threat to loss of life, they may again have some limited use.
When I worked a major flood in Missouri once, we got to play around with some which belonged to the National Guard. They were cool and fun to use, but I didn't exactly see where they were indispensable.
For regular people, I think they are more of a play toy of the rich or those who don't have a better use of their money.
Not trying to make light of your topic - but toy section of my local WalMart carries the "EyeClops" night vision thingie. About $50. Doesn't mag light but does use infrared light with it's monoviewer. Might help in dark house to see without being seen. EyeClops
Click on the nightvision icon at top slightly right of screen.
I believe there is a place for night vision for home SD. At my family's acreage we have a pair of night vision binoculars. Mostly for viewing critters. However, we have used them once to monitor a questionable group who was walking along the road and stopped in front of the house very late at night. Was a good way of keping an eye on them without letting on.
They keep looking toward the house / cars. Don't think they noticed us in an upstairs window. He have several flood lights and we played a card and turned on the one that was aimed at them. They quickly ducked down, so we just turned on every outside light and gave them a quick blast of the siren. They took off down the road, got into a car, and took off. We called LE.
So now my family sounds crazy, night vision, flood lights every where, and an old police siren. However, there is a lot to be said for each of those items. The siren was a replacement for a bell that was used (back when it was a farm) to call people in for meals but also as a warning if something was wrong at the house. Was a good idea then, and we figure now.
It is possible it was someone we knew thinking about playing a friendly prank (there was a rumor that was the case), but no troubles (friendly or otherwise) since.
So in summary, out in the country, I think there is a value for night vision SD. Closer to city living, assuming the power is not out, I would just hit the lights or get motion lights.
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