Night-vision (NV) goggles were not in use on this trip --
a key factor on previous expeditions where several participants
had sightings while wearing goggles.
On this expedition some participants brought NV scopes,
for use with a camcorder, or as a handheld viewer, but they were
in use only a fraction of the time that NV goggles would have been
Getting footage, as opposed to merely seeing a sasquatch,
was the priority of those who brought NV scopes. It's the right
goal to have, but it requires the combined use of NV goggles to
first spot one in dark conditions.
It will be a rare occasion when a sasquatch is first
spotted by a handheld NV scope, or NV binoculars, or a NV camcorder
combo. They are always spotted first by the naked eye, or with NV
The ergonomics of wearing optics on your face makes all the difference
to their potential usefulness, as with prescription eyeglasses.
No matter how strong and steady your arms are, you won't hold optics
in front of your face for nearly as long as those people who are
wearing their optics, especially when moving through uneven terrain.
Most goggles don't allow the user record onto video what the user
sees. There is one goggle system that can, but it costs around $14,000.
Unfortunately these goggles cannot be rented, and you won't find
them on EBay. They are called "Tag-7's".
We've yet to meet anyone who owns a pair of Tag-7 goggles, but we'd
sure like to.
It's still much cheaper to acquire both a NV scope (for use with
a camcorder) and NV goggles. Both get cheaper all the time,
and both can be had on EBay at surplus or used prices.
For NV goggles, you'll be throwing away money on a useless
toy if you go below "2nd generation" technology. For NV
camera-adaptable-scopes, don't go below "3rd generation"
techonology if you want to record something better than a blobsquatch.