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PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular

This product is regulated by ITAR. It can only be shipped in the USA.

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The ubiquitous PVS-14, often considered the Glock 19 of night vision, is complete with manual gain, an IR illuminator, and more than 50 hours of operation on a single AA battery. Throw this tube on your surplus Rhino mount and J-Arm and get to work. As with all of our other units, these PVS-14s will come ready to go out of the box with batteries and a 10-year warranty.

But the big question is: Why aren’t we offering hand-selected tubes? Put simply, we provide tubes that meet our performance standard, and working with Nocturnality means we are getting hand-selected tubes in the first place. Picture a graph with tube specs along the bottom and performance along the side—the line will increase dramatically at first, but then it will level out with a marginal increase. 

All the tubes we are selling are either L3Harris Filmless or Elbit Thin-Filmed White Phosphor. Elbit offerings will be their Mil-Spec grade tubes, YH, VH, or PH. These tubes have a 1600 FOM minimum and an SNR of 25 or higher. Our L3 offerings will be a mixture of 18UM, 20UM, and 22UM tubes, but they will all be held to the 20UM standard. This means a minimum FOM of 1792 and an SNR of 28 or higher.

In our experience, going beyond these tubes, you are at the point of diminishing returns where the line starts to level out. There is next to no discernible difference in any of the tubes we are offering when it comes to what you are able to accomplish with them. We know this is an investment, but our goal, past, present, and future, is to curate products that take the guesswork away from the customer. If you still want to hand-select based on individual technical specifications, then we are not the solution for you. You’ll want a custom solution instead, and it just so happens we know a guy.

This does not include a J-Arm to attach the unit to a helmet mount. You can purchase the Wilcox J-Arm separately HERE.
When you place an order, a CS rep will call you to share the exact specs of your tubes, including tube images. You can make changes to your order at this time if desired. After the phone call, your night vision will be shipped overnight to a physical address. This is both to improve package security and to get it in your hands ASAP so you can get training.


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  • 1x AN/PVS-14 Night Vision Monocular with L3Harris Filmless or Elbit Thin-Filmed Gen 3 Tubes
  • 1x Lens Cap
  • 1x USGI PVS-14 Pouch
  • 1x Spec Sheet
  • 1x Lithium AA Battery

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We aren’t offering hand-picked tubes. All of our Elbit offerings meet or exceed OMNI VIII Mil-Spec minimums, and our L3 offerings meet or exceed the L3Harris 20UM standards. Both of which will be listed below.

L3Harris 20UMOMNI VIII Mil-Spec
HALO1.0 Maximum1.0 Maximum
EBI2.5 Maximum3.0 Maximum
RES64 Minimum64 Minimum
SNR28.0 Minimum25.0 Minimum
FOM1792 Minimum1600 Minimum

To better represent these units, we will be listing batch specifications. These will be updated with each new batch we receive. You will receive the original Elbit Systems or L3Harris spec sheets with your order.


Batch Minimum Batch Maximum


Batch Minimum Batch Maximum

Image intensifier tubes can have visible imperfections, either from the manufacturing process or, in the case of used tubes, blemishes caused by damage. Tubes are graded based on the severity of these imperfections and in which zone of the optical field they are visible. Tubes sold by T.REX will not have imperfections in Zone One.


FOM (Figure of Merit)

Figure of Merit, most often referred to as FOM, is the result of multiplying a tube’s center resolution (RES) and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). For example, OMNI VIII Mil-Spec contract specifications require a RES minimum of 64 lp/mm and an SNR minimum of 25, resulting in a 1600 FOM minimum. FOM is often used as a benchmark number for tube performance, and while it is important, it doesn’t tell the entire story, so all specs should be considered.

RES (Center Resolution)

Resolution is the tube’s ability to resolve an image. This is measured in line pairs per millimeter and is measured with a bar chart on standard night vision test sets. For this specification, higher is better, and as mentioned previously, this number is multiplied by SNR to achieve a FOM rating.

SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio)

Understanding the signal-to-noise ratio is easier when we better understand what signal and noise are separately. Signal is the true light being picked up by the photocathode within the tube; this is the image you see when the tube intensifies light. Noise is the “scintillation” or electronic noise found in a tube. This is a faint, random, sparkling effect throughout the image area. It may be obvious at this point, but SNR is the ratio between these two figures. The higher the SNR, the more signal there is compared to noise within the tube, making a higher number better.

EBI (Equivalent Background Illumination)

EBI is the amount of light that the tube puts off when the objective lens is completely covered and there is no light entering the tube to be amplified by the photocathode. For an image to be visible through the tube, the light hitting the photocathode must overpower the tube’s natural background illumination or the image will be washed out, which means EBI determines the lowest light levels that an image is able to be seen through the tube. For this spec, lower is better.


Halo is the ring of light that forms around concentrated light sources when using night vision. Halo is prevalent with streetlights, headlights, or other concentrated light sources. The lower the number, the less prevalent this effect will be, so for this specification, lower is ideal.



  • Manual gain control allows the user to adjust the brightness based on ambient lighting conditions.
  • Onboard IR illuminator for signaling or other admin tasks
  • Waterproof and Shockproof: The device is designed to withstand harsh environmental conditions
  • Approximately 50 hours of battery life
  • 10-year device warranty through Nocturnality

Assembled by Nocturnality.


Field of View40°
Diopter Adjustment-6 to +2 Diopters
Eye Relief25mm
Submersible66 feet
Objective Lens27mm, f/1.2
Focus Range9.8″ to infinity
Power Source1 AA-Size Battery
Operation Time50+ hours
Weight (w/o batteries)355 g (12.5 oz)
Size4.5″L x 2.5″W x 2.75″H

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Will you offer hand-picked or custom units?
We don’t have any plans to offer hand-picked or custom units. If this is something you may be interested in, we recommend checking out Nocturnality.

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This product is restricted by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and cannot be shipped outside of the USA.

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