Watching Wildlife with the Yukon Ranger Digital Night Vision

What is Digital Night Vision?

Until recently Night Vision was available as Gen 1, Gen 2 and Gen 3 devices, with Gen 3 being the most recent NV tube available offering unrivalled viewing at extended distances.

Instead of using a NV tube that emits a green picture, Digital Night Vision uses a optical lens twinned with a highly sensitive CCD sensor. The lens views the image which is then recieved by the CCD, processed and emitted through the eye piece, in crisp clear black and white. This next generation of night vision offers an image of such clarity it has never been seen before in traditional night vision optics.

The same applies out side in the wild at night.

Viewing at night under the stars or complete cloud cover.

The Yukon Rangers are designed with two built in Infra Red illuminators.

One of these is the high power IR emitter which is controlled via the device roof mounted buttons and can be lowered or increased in intensity. The onboard central IR operates when you first power up the unit and is designed for close range illumination or for indoor use.

The Ranger will use ambient light sources such as stars or moonlight to enhance viewing at night, however under complete cloud cover or a very dark night, the high power IR can be used to scatter harmless and invisible infra red light which will illuminate the area for some distance in front of the device.

This is perfect for watching wildlife, as by activating the IR you bathe the wildgame in a bright band of light, so that you can see clearly, however the animal or person will never know he/it is being watched as the IR is invisible to the naked eye.

Unlike traditional tube type night vision, the Yukon Ranger series cannot be damaged by bright light sources such as a torch illuminating in your path, or a car coming towards you. This means that you can even use the Ranger or Ranger Pro during the day as a daytime monocular.

Connect your recording device to the Yukon Ranger using the supplied AV cable and you can remote view the image the user is seeing, which is handy if there are two of you using the device, and simply press a button to record what you see.

You can then play back the footage on the MPR, or connect it to your PC and download the footage to watch at home or even upload to You Tube.

We have created many test videos using our demo Pulsar Digisight N970 LRF rifle scope, this uses similar technology to the Ranger RT 6.5x42, and the recorded results we have had are very impressive.

What can i use the Yukon Ranger for?

We have provided Yukon Rangers for many different applications including hunting, wildlife watching, security, police observation, ufo hunters, and for airports checking runways for bird activity before fast jets land.

The most common use for the Yukon Ranger RT and Ranger LT however is wildlife observation, and we have supplied nature reserves, individuals and government agencies with these devices to keep an eye on endangered species, or simply for people looking to watch nocturnal wildlife movements such as badgers or fox cubs in their garden.

Sitting in a hide watching a river for movement of the elusive otter is also a common pastime that the Yukon Ranger is used for, as it provides a stealthy way of watching in silence, without the animal ever knowing you are there.

We recently had a customer who was going to work in Africa, and wanted to watch the african lions from his jungle hut at night. We spoke to him afterwards and he said that everyone in the lodge wanted to use them as they were so effective in an area with zero light pollution and completely pitch black skies.

Recording what you see through a Night Vision Device

Unlike traditional night vision that uses tubes to amplify light entering the lens, the Yukon Ranger series uses a CCD sensor and a processor to process images and display them on the lcd display as a night vision image. With traditional NV tube devices the only way you could record footage was to attach your DV cam or camcorder to the eyepiece of the unit. Immediately this means a reduction in quality as the camcorder is viewing a processed image, and then reprocessing it for display on the disc or screen. This worked but it was not ideal.

Recording what you see using Yukon Ranger Digital Night Vision

As the image processed is digital it is possible to output the video feed to a mobile recording device such as a Yukon MPR, DV Cam or to a PC or television.

This is great for remote viewing as you can set up the Ranger as a CCTV camera, and view the live night vision feed from your television, assuming you have a long enough cable of course.

Wireless video sending is an option and a few people on You Tube have done this.

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The Yukon Ranger RT 6.5x42 

The Yukon Ranger RT 6.5x42 is a hand held digital night vision observation device, which features integrated video recording, wifi video streaming and a viewing range in excess of 300m, making it ideal for hunting, wildlife observation and security and surveillance.

Featuring an integrated LED IR illuminator with 940nm wavelength that is practically invisible to the naked eye, 6.5x - 13xmagnification, 5° field of view and a CMOS sensor giving a 640x480 resolution on a LCD display.

With a viewing range is excess of 300m, the Yukon Ranger RT is perfect for wildlife observation or as a hand held night vision spotter for foxing and vermin control.

The Ranger RT 6.5x42 hosts an impressive battery life, with 6-12 hours of operation depending on the selected mode and as with all Digital Night Vision Devices it can be turned on during the day without fear of damaging the unit. 

Built in Video Recording

The digital NV Ranger RT models are equipped with a recorder which enables video shooting and image capturing at the time of observation. Video and photo files saved in the internal memory can be transferred to a PC/Laptop via wired or wifi connection.

High Magnification

Basic magnification of 6.5x optical mag, Ranger RT also has a 2x digital zoom providing up to 13x magnification for close up detail. Thanks to the high resolution of electronic components the image quality at the maximum magnification remains high and useable for quarry ID, unlike many competitors systems.

Powerful IR illuminator

Ranger RT 6.5x42 is equipped with integated LED IR illuminator, with 940nm wavelength, invisible to the naked eye it allows hunters to observe wildlife, or for security and surveillance without fear of being detected by animals or other humans.

Three stage power adjustments allows for close up and long range viewing with perfect image exposure.

External Power Supply

Operation time can be greatly enhanced, by connecting a powerbank to the USB micro port. Alternatively you can use six AA batteries which can be easily interchanged using a special container system.