Mescalero, Jan.'04, Night-Vision Strategy

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 in use.

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 goggles.

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.

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