Got a set made by ITT Aerospace with the carry case and a new battery for sale. FSN is 5855-118-8761. Was going to sell them on Ebay, but thought CPF should get first dibs. These are late Vietnam Era SU-49/PAS-5 Electronic Binoculars. Being Gen 0, they work best with an external illuminator or in full moonlight. Price is $200.00 M.O. or Cashier's Check. Buyer pays actual postage USPS Certifed from zip code 93033 for about a three pound package. Anything over 3lbs. I'll pay the diff. No overseas sales.
Here is a pic. These are WORKING.
PAS-5s are active IR (requires IR lamp) and technically Gen-0. Started with the Metascope in WW2 and petered out around Vietnam. I had a neat Russian police active IR setup a while back.
Gen-1 is passive light-amplification (not strictly IR, but very sensitive to it) without a microchannel plate. Better mility Gen-1 uses stacked photomultiplier tubes (like the ever-popular PVS-3 '60s rifle scope, lower-end or civvie (cheap Russian) Gen-1 uses a single tube with better phosphor and higher voltage.
Gen-2 has a microchannel plate and some other goodies, Gen-3 is a higher-tech Gen-2.
They're pretty neat goggles for folks these days. There's an Isreali-made PAS-5 model out there, too. Lots of support on the used market. Great for total-darkness use because any NV system needs and IR light in those cases.
Make sure whoever buys them knows the details of what battery they take. There are camera batteries of the same size that are higher voltage.
Are batteries easy to get for these? How about battery cost? Any idea how they would compare in clarity compared to the cheap NV stuff around? I had a Gen 1 Tasco scope that was so horrible to look through it was essentially unviewable, I sent it back... I have a couple IR lights and a IR lens for my 6P, so I have the light source covered.
I have the same N V but Israelis ones' Now my battery said - 1 - do yours have some kind of battery carrier or adapter that goes in the power tube?
If such is the case, would you know of a place to get such adapter. I can not find # 1 batteries any more.
Batteries are easy to get. I used to get them from Yahoo shopping online for a little over five bucks. Now a local store "Batteries Plus" has them for just under $5.00.
The original battery called for is a PX-1 and the LR-50 a replacement for the PX-1. I have the original battery in a bag somewhere, it's the same dimensions as the LR-50, so "no" on the adapter issue. The battery sits on top of the oscilator unit( a cylinder that looks like a short stack of dimes with an arrow on the side)
I have no knowledge of the Israel units, but I'm sure it's the same. I just know what works in my set, I get a pretty clear picture and these are military issue, not the stuff put out for the civilian market. Remember these are early NVG, so don't expect current capabilites.
Thank you for the imformation about the batteries.
I looking forward to use mine again, I have a 3 "C" flashlight with the Infra -red filter and a 500.000 cdp. spotlight.
Also I have 2 Imfra-red filters for the lights of the jeep.