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Night Scope, retail $9.98 (
Manufactured by (Unknown) for Harriet Carter (
Last updated 08-06-11

The Night Scope is a plastic monocular with 7x magnification and a 20mm objective lens with a twist: it also has a krypton incandescent flashlight built-in to allow you to view objects up to 90 feet away at night or when lighting is poor.


To use the Night Scope, just place the eyepiece (the smaller of the two lenses) up to your eye and look through it. Adjust the focus if necessary by turning the wheel at the top of the unit near the eyepiece.

When it is dark or when lighting is poor, turn on the flashlight built into this product by pressing and then releasing the small black button on the top of the unit near the center.

To turn the light back off, just press & release the button again.

The unit can function as a stand-alone flashlight if necessary; you need not look through it to realise its flashlight capabilities.

To change the batteries when necessary, slide the battery door on the side of the unit off, place it on the ground, and kick it in the garden so the praying mantids will think it's something yummy to eat and strike at it...O WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead.

If necessary, remove and dispose of or recycle the two used AA cells from the battery compartment.

Place two new AA cells in the battery compartment, orienting each cell so its flat-end (-) negative faces the leaf spring in the chamber for it.

Slide the battery door back on, and be done with it.
Aren't you glad you didn't kick that battery door into the garden with all those hungry, hungry praying mantids now?

Unable to measure current usage due to how the product was constructed. The lamp is rated to consume 500mA however.

Because this product uses an incandescent bub, sooner or later you're gonna have to change it. Here's how you do it:

Press in on the reflector assembly, and (while pressing) turn it approximately 1/8th of a turn counterclockwise. Note where the line on the outside of the reflector assembly is (you'll need to know that when you reassemble it after relamping). Pull the reflector assembly straight out, and set the body of the Night Scope aside.

Remove the grey plastic ring that holds down the bulb. Grasp the ring and gently remove the blown out blub.

Replace it with a new PR2 or KPR2 bub, and insert the assembly into the opening the same way it came out.

Slide the reflector assembly back into the Night Scope's body, aligning the mark on the reflector assembly the way it was when you first slid it out. Press straight in on it and then turn it clockwise until it stops.

Reassembling it properly is needlessly difficult; please do not be discouraged if it takes you several tries to get it right.

This unit is of all-plastic construction, so "The Smack Test" really wouldn't be appropriate here.

Same with "The Toilet Test", because the product is not waterproof or submersible. I think it is very lightly splash-resistant at best, but it is not waterproof or submersible. So please try not to drop it in creeks, rivers, ponds, lakes, oceansides, docksides, puddles of Kodiak bear pee, slush piles, mud puddles, tubs, toilet bowls, cisterns, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found.

If it fell in water and you suspect it got flooded, remove the bezel and batteries, empty the water out of the body if necessary, and set all the parts in a warm dry place for a few days just to be sure it's completely dry inside before you reassemble and use it again.

If it fell into seawater or if somebody or something peed on it, douche it out with fresh water before setting it out to dry. You don't want your Night Scope to smell like seaweed or wee-wee when you go to use it next. Besides, salt (from seawater or piss) can't be very good for the insides.

The light produced by the Night Scope is a distinctly yellow-white, but not nearly as dim as many other two-AA cell flashlights. So yes, it would indeed be more useful in dark situations than many other two cell incandescents - if you needed to use it as a stand-alone flashlight that is.

Beam photograph on the test target at 12".
Measures 188.4cd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Attempt to take a photograph through the unit in near-total darkness at ~20 feet.
Photograph did not come out well because the camera does not have manual focus.

Spectrographic analysis
Spectrographic analysis of the bulb in this scope.

Spectrographic analysis
Repeat spectrographic analysis of the bub in this scope; newer software & settings used.

USB2000 spectrometer graciously donated by P.L.

ProMetric analysis
Beam cross-sectional analysis.
Image made using the ProMetric System by Radiant Imaging.

Test unit was purchased from the Harriet Carter catalogue on 08-23-06, and was received on 09-05-06.

UPDATE: 00-00-00

Uses batteries that are common and relatively inpen$ive
Light appears to be aimed correctly
Really does help you see (somewhat anyway) in total darkness

Not too water-resistant and *NOT* submersible at all
A bit on the large side for what it does

    PRODUCT TYPE: Lighted monocular
    LAMP TYPE: KPR2 krypton incandescent
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Medium spot w/wide, dim corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Pushbutton on/off on top of product
    CASE MATERIAL: Plastic
    BEZEL: Plastic; lamp and reflector protected by plastic window
    BATTERY: 2xAA cells
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: Unknown/unable to measure
    ACCESSORIES: Neck lanyard
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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