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TNVC Goes Over The Phokus Research Group Hoplite

The Hoplite from Phokus Research Group is an objective lens mounted, focus aid for NVGs allowing the user to quickly transition between near and far objectives without adjusting the focus ring.

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10 Responses to “TNVC Goes Over The Phokus Research Group Hoplite”

  1. Steve says:

    My team originally used the Universal Refocus Ring (RFR) on our NVGs. We changed to the Hoplites when we found the RFRs constantly fell off due to the tabs on the RFR pinch ring being too close to and directly under the tabs on the flip lens. It was just too easy to grab the wrong tabs and find yourself holding the RFR in your hand rather than attached to your NVG. Don’t get me wrong, the RFR actually does well the job it’s supposed to do; it’s the impossibility of sliding it back on the NVG when tactical that caused us to move to the Hoplites. (Yeah, yeah, I know. Training Issue. Still didn’t help much.)

    The Hoplites don’t have this problem and also work as advertised. We’re much happier now.

  2. Bushman says:

    Finally, I can tell what kind of disadvantage will anyone have in case of using aperture reduction device like that. On the 3:07, when the smaller aperture cap is flipped down, you can see the increasing level of visual noise in the picture. More noise @ same picture brightness = more sensitivity of photomultiplier. If the sensitivity can not be increased because of NV device design, you have to use more IR light.

    • Reseremb says:

      I see a big advantage in being able to focus on near objects, even with the need to use more IR light.

      Lockpicking and breachs, medical attention, reading maps and cards,… just flip in the Hoplite, turn the IR light (if needed) and you’re far better than using just white light or trying to feel it with the fingers

      • Bushman says:

        That’s absolutely true and I’m not arguing about that.

        • Reseremb says:

          That’s enough advantage to me, better to carry another pair of batts. tan fumbling too much time in a door or trying to put a tourniquet. Or even worse, having to put white light in the worst moment.

          Hoplite and Matbock’s Tarsier are light, small and cheap enough to be non-sense to miss it for anyone working with NVGs.

          • Bushman says:

            Agree. My only real concern is people’s awareness of exact effect when using these devices. It’s good stuff, when you know, how it actually works.

          • Bushman says:

            Personally, I was using handmade 1/3 aperture cap with long-range daylight scope for several years to increase the depth of focus area, and it was useful.

      • Bushman says:

        That’s just an addition to previous discussions about aperture add-ons for NV devices. In September, SSD posted the MATBOCK Tarsier Eclipse video, and I was wondering, what’s the actual trade-off when you are using lower aperture with NV. Mike Pilotte (unfortunately, I’m not aware, who he actually is) said, that “there is not always a trade off” and his speech was a bit skeptic towards my simple scientific explanation of the light multiplication process.

        So, there is a trade-off: visual noise or more IR light required. Is it significant? That’s completely own business of every person who is going to use it.

        But anyway, it’s better to be aware of that. Twice smaller area (or 1.4 times smaller diameter) of aperture opening means twice more intensive light required to get the same quality image. It could help to take the proper amount of batteries, for example.

  3. Toby says:

    Used it last tour and didn’t like it for a few reasons. First, no hit on Phokus- good work brothers keep moving forward. I did’t like it do to its lack of durability and made the observation too dark when engaged. I also did not like how it locked on the NVGs, to easy to unlock when adjusting my goggles. The concept was sound but it did not work for me. Again no hit on them. Phokus keep moving forward and creating, you still have my support!