The PVS-2 not working well was disconcerting, it should work much better than it did. Oscillators are not impossible to find, but pricey. This morning, I got to thinking and it dawned on me that it has to be the batteries. They were new out of the package and after testing them, they were still good. Looking at the battery pack, it became obvious that whomever made the battery pack did not rig it into series for 3v, but left it in parallel for 1.5v and thus the oscillator did not have enough power to sufficiently operate the intensifier. I got a different battery pack that I paid good money for and viola', tube works fine. So, I took more pictures last tonight through the tube as it normally works.
Tonight is a no moon night with no cloud cover. All ambient light is from starlight and reflective city lighting. The picture is slightly out of focus because the camera has difficulty focusing on the back of the intensifier due to the darkness and no flash.
This picture is the same farmhouse as in the previous pictures. You can see that the bright lighting is disturbant to the the tube, all the lines above the lights are image burns. If the light is bright enough or long enough, these burns can become permanent.
Just a fun picture of Orion
This is a 50 yard picture with a small amount of ambient light that was coming from behind, the equivalent to a small flashlight at 50 yards. Here you can see the reticle pattern much better.