Bushnell Equinox 4 x 40 mm Digital Monocular No. 260440
Compact and simple to use, the Equinox is ideal for surveillance or wildlife viewing. It is the lowest-priced device tested and so lacks some of the technology and benefits of the higher-priced devices. The infrared illuminator pumped out enough added light to let us easily spot hyacinths drifting in the current, but gave less satisfaction in identifying the flame-red buoys at beyond 20 yards. This could be a function of the lower-resolution viewfinder or of less sophisticated data processing in comparison with iGen’s night vision technology.
Wins: It’s marketed to the hunter and wildlife watcher, for whom higher resolution isn’t as critical. It’s priced low and gives good service when closer-range observation is enough. The device worked best on land and gave satisfying detail at about 100 yards — its optimum, though not maximum, range.
Losses: We found its shorter range, lower contrast and lower resolution didn’t give us a clear enough view to “capture” our buoy targets on the water.
Final Word: This is a great device for wildlife observation or surveillance, but we didn’t think it had the resolution or range needed by mariners.
Vision Type: Infrared-enhanced night vision
Size: 6.5" x 4" x 2.4"
Weight (approximate): 13 oz.
Water Shield: Water resistant
Tripod Mount: Yes
Viewer Resolution: 320 x 240
Light Magnification: 650x
Battery Type: 2 CR123 lithium
Battery Life: 6 hours
Viewing Range (see a man @ ft.): 738
Image Capture: No
Image Storage: NA
Video Output: Yes
Visual View Modes: Gray, green
Field of View: 30' at 300'
Warranty: 1 year