Consider the time it takes to set up your spotting scope for optimal viewing. Whether you're birding or gazing out into the vastness of space, it would be nice to be able to make such moments last. Finding the right spot, setting up the tripod, focusing the lens and simply waiting patiently to find what you're looking for all take time and effort. I won't argue if you feel the work and journey are half the fun, but it would be nice to have more to show for your efforts than memories.
Close your eyes for a minute. When you open them, you might notice it takes a second or two for your eyes to adjust to the light. The human eye has amazing adaptive abilities. In fact, the brightest and darkest signals the eye can see are roughly a factor of 1,000,000,000 apart. But at any one moment the eye can only see a contrast ratio of about 1,000. That's a huge difference, yet most people have an understanding of the principle. If you leave a movie theater on a sunny day you've no doubt had to put on sunglasses or squint to see. Yet a few minutes later you can see just fine.
ATN understands this, which is why the ATN Javelin J169W Halogen Flashlight can be used for self defense in addition to lighting your way. Capable of handheld use and being mounted on a weapon, the J169W Javelin was designed for use by police, EMS and civilians. The modular bezel on the front can be used for close quarters combat, and the sturdy construction of aircraft grade aluminum ensures the ATN flashlight will survive the encounter in working condition.
But for purely defensive purposes, the powerful 169 lumens of light the Javelin J169W gives off can be used to temporarily blind an attacker.
As one of the world's leaders in state of the art night vision devices, ATN understands a thing or two about eyes. They know just how much light the human eye needs to see. In a dark atmosphere, 169 lumens of light in an attacker's eyes will blind them for about 10 seconds. That's a lot of time for you to escape unharmed from a dangerous situation.
I've seen a number of news stores about safe defensive tools the police use to take down assailants with minimal injuries. Pepper spray, tasers and batons are all great tools for keeping you safe, but there's little other practical use for these products outside of self defense.
Unless you like really spicy food and put pepper spray on your tacos.
See Which Night Vision Goggle or Scope can be Exported with the International Export Night Vision PageJune 14, 2011
As you look through our selection of night vision equipment, you might notice a number of different options that are not available for export outside the U.S. This is because the international export of night vision is regulated by the U.S. government. Depending on the generation of Night Vision you want, either the International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) or the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) may require a permit or license before allowing the export of the product. In some cases the night vision cannot be exported at all.
The main factor considered by government agencies when determining whether a particular night vision scope is exportable is the generation. The primary difference from one generation to another to the next is the image brightness and resolution, with a far better image in later generations. This difference in quality is reflected in the price and the exportability of the night vision device. For a more complete explanation of how night vision works and the differences in technology for the generations take a look at our Guide on Buying a Night Vision Device. Currently, OpticsPlanet cannot export any fourth generation night vision, and we have to follow strict export rules when shipping second and third generation devices.
To clear up confusion as to which night vision equipment is currently exportable, we've set up the International Export Night Vision page, which lists the night vision devices that are currently exportable outside the U.S. Note that these products may still require permits or licenses, so it's best to read our Export Policy before making your selection. If you have any questions about which night vision scope is right for you, please contact us and one of our product specialists will answer promptly.