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I sound like the Russian manufactured image intensifier tube has gone bad. This Kalinka Zenith Piezon Russian NV monocular was and is manufactured in Russia. Have tried to use piezo handle on the top of the monocular. This is suspose to eliminate the battery for operation by using you hand and finger to pull down on the handle many time to charge up some capacitor and diodes.. GB...stewbison
Hello, Is there two switches on the NV monocular? If so, one is for the IR
illuminator and other is for turn the scope off/on. Also, does each switch have
a LED associated with it? Green for turning on the monocular and red LED when
the IR illuminator is on. Now the IR switch is a momentary switch once you push
on the button it turn on IR. If you release the IR button it turns off the IR..
What do you mean by green lightening storm in the view finder? Generation 1
image intensifier tubes when ignited by 15KV it will glow green in the tube. If
you look through the eye pieces there will be a green glow with fluctuating
intensity as bright light impact the plate in the image tube.
Hey, you got you self a Russian NV monocular. There should be two switches. One
switch is to turn on/off the unit. The second switch is used to turn on the IR
illuminate--which means infrared red light. To improve the night capabilities of
the NV monocular.
Ther are two LED's one green for on/off switch and one LED that is red for the IR illuminator.
When the NV monocular isn't been used, take the batteries out. The worst
NO-NO's is looking through monocular during the daylight hours. The do have
metal front lens cover with a small hole in the center for a few minutes of
viewing during the day. Remember---Use Only During the Night---Do look at bright
lights, don't let the kids play with it and make dam sure that Grandfather
doesn't get his hand on it. He will be doing long range peeping at the neighbors
or the lady that leaves here blinds open during the. Kid-No, Grandfathers-N0,
Fathers-that up to them. If pop going some night look see. I'll make a bit his
survival ratio has raised demise by 70%. stewbison
Hello, on your Night Owl Optic NV100, it same as the Kalinka Zenith NV. First, you IR switch is a montary switch. As long as your finger push the button it stay on. Release the button it goes off.
The montary green glow after shuting off you monocular NV devise is do to capacitors discharging and keep the image intensifier tube on for a few seconds. The switch on/off is a Russian computer plastic switch it could stick sometimes. See if the rubber cover over the switch can be removed with taken it apart. If the rubber cover can be removed. Then a good switch cleaner to the clean the switches (both at the same time) See if this works. stewbison
Hello, did you turn the Bushnell on. There two switches one for the on/off the other is for the IR and it say on as long as your finger pushs the button. Have you used during the daylight hours, looking a bright lights. If you have, the NV has gone south in one hurry.
If want come on even though the on/off switch working. If the NV devise is work there will be a green LED on the back indicating that the devise is on. stewbison
Hello, I really don't think it is the image intensifier tube that has bad. The good possiblity the piezo electric capacitor has shorted out. Have tried to charge the capacitors by hand cranking the handle on top of the Kalinka NV monocular. Try first, crank the level and get the cap charged up before turn on the switch. GB....stewbison
Hello David. David you night vision doesn't use any batteries that one installs. You have Kalinka Zenit NV monocular that is Russian manufactured but is sold by Night Vision Optics. Your night vision uses a piezo electric ignitor to charges the batteries and charge a couple capacitors.
The lever on top to the Zenit monocular is activated by squeezing the handle that is covered in a rubber type material. Just keep squeezing on the lever and in while things will start working. Best of Luck David. GB...stewbison
Not all the time, but if you release the button the image will fade to nothing in a minute or so. This is how it switches itself off. Don't expose it to light while it's powered up as this might damage it.
Observe the IR illuminator with a digital camera and see if it if fluctuating in output brightness. If that is OK, the problem may be in the HV circuit. They are both easy to fix if the person has some experience.