A night vision scope is a big investment. Once you have purchased a night vision scope your will want it to last as long as possible. Here are a few ways to make sure you get the longest life possible out of your scope:
1. Avoid Bright Lights
This is the biggest night vision scope killer. Sunlight, flashlights, car headlights and any other bright light source will seriously damage your night vision scope.
2. Handle with Care
A good quality night vision scope is sturdy and built with high quality resistant material. However, you still need to be gentle with them because they house delicate image intensifier tubes. Because if this it is best to be very gentle and avoid any unnecessary impact.
3. Don't Expose to Fog and Humidity
Your night vision scope is not friends with humidity and fog. They are actually enemies. Many high quality night vision scopes can handle some moderate exposure to these elements, but any prolonged exposure will most likely seriously damage your scope.
4. Avoid Abrasives
Avoid abrasive cloths and detergents. The lens on your night vision scope is delicate and easy to scratch. Treat your night vision scope with care and use special tissues.
5. Remove the Batteries
Battery leakage will happen if you don’t use your night vision scope for a while. If you know that there might be a long period of time in between uses, it is better to be safe than sorry and remove your batteries before storing it. By doing this, you will avoid any battery leakage.
6. Store in the Right Temperature
Make sure you store your scope in a cool dry place too. Increased humidity can damage your gear.
7. Double Check Power
Make sure you turn your night vision scope off. If you accidentally leave your scope on, you are decreasing its tube life. Because the coating on the image intensifier tube is based on tech similar to photographic paper, it will burn an image on the night vision scope’s visual field.