SKU: L3-BNVD-1531-IN-STOCK Categories: , ,
This product is regulated by ITAR. It can only be shipped in the USA

Original price was: $11,599.98.Current price is: $10,999.98.

The BNVD-1531 by L3Harris is for the user who likes the feature set of the PVS-31A but requires adjustable diopters or an onboard illuminator. The unit utilizes mil-spec PVS-14 optics, allowing users to use several aftermarket accessories. Like the PVS-31A, the BNVD-1531 includes a remote battery pack and cable, greatly extending the potential run time of the device. The unit’s low light performance is unmatched due to its unfilmed white phosphor image intensifier tubes. The BNVD-1531 contains nearly every feature one could hope for, putting this device into a league of its own.


One BNVD-1531 Night Vision Goggle; bikini covers; Soft bag; battery pack and cable; accessory kit; spec sheets.


Our BNVD-1531 Goggle will come with a minimum FOM of 2376+.


L3Harris unfilmed image tubes are for those that simply need the best. The unfilmed construction leads to higher specs on average, which then in turn leads to the best low light performance. Whether you’re operating under thick tree cover, on a moonless/overcast night, or just enjoy the finer things in life, selecting L3Harris image tubes will ensure you have the ultimate extreme low light performance.

Selecting an image tube brand isn’t the only decision to be made. Within each brand, specs and cosmetics will still vary tube to tube. Of course, if you want us to utilize our expertise and select on your behalf, we are happy to do so. However, most buyers want to hand select their own image tubes, which is why we list tube photos and specs for all of our in stock inventory. If you’re ordering on a lead time you can always put “hand select” in the order notes section as well to pick your tubes when they arrive to us from the manufacturer. It’s easy to go down the rabbit hole so to speak with specs, but to make it stress-free we will cover the specs we list, what they mean, and which specs we pay the most attention to.

For our in stock inventory, we list the center resolution (LP), SNR, EBI, Halo, and FOM.

Center resolution is much like resolution on a screen, the higher the better. However, for a headborne system, a resolution over 64 is indistinguishable to the naked eye. Therefore, just look for a resolution of 64+.

SNR, or Signal to Noise Ratio, is essentially low light resolution. It is the single most important spec, in our opinion, for determining low light performance. For Photonis and Elbit tubes, seek out an SNR of 27+ (they usually cap out around 33-34). L3Harris tubes tend to have higher SNR values across the board. If deciding on an L3Harris image tube, look for an SNR of 33+.

EBI, or Equivalent Background Illumination, is essentially the lowest light level that a tube can produce a usable image. Sounds important right? It is, but the importance is usually grossly overstated. The truth is, anything UNDER 2.5 will be just fine for 99% of users. The only exception is for those that will strictly be utilizing their device for astronomy. If that is the case, look for an EBI under 1.5.

Halo is the ring or bloom around a light source when viewed through an image tube. The lower the halo value, the smaller the bloom. Keep this value under 1. Note that Photonis doesn’t always provide halo values, but rest assured they routinely exhibit low halos from our experience.

FOM, or Figure of Merit, is obtained by multiplying center resolution by the SNR. We recommend ignoring this value when selecting a tube. Instead, examine its components separately as it doesn’t always accurately depict a tube’s performance.

To keep it short and sweet, pick the highest SNR tube available that is fairly clean, has a resolution of 64+, an EBI under 2.5, and a halo under 1. If you stick to this outline, you’ll end up with an image tube that is more than capable of performing in any situation you may find yourself in.



  • Articulating pods
  • IR illuminator
  • Adjustable diopters
  • Waterproof
  • Approximately 15+ hours of battery life on a AA battery
  • 10 year warranty and limited lifetime service


 Field of View  40°
 Magnification  1x
 Diopter Adjustment  -6 to +2 Diopters
 Eye Relief  25mm
 Submersible  66 feet
 Objective Lens  27mm, f/1.2
 Focus Range  18″ to infinity
 Power Source  1 AA Size Battery
 Operation Time  15+ hours
 Weight  538 g (19 oz)



If you do not like any of our in stock offerings, and would like to order and hand select from a new batch of image intensifiers all you have to do is put “hand select” at checkout. What this does is when your order is ready to be built, we will give you a call to discuss tube options, as well as provide photos through the tubes.


This product is regulated by International Traffic in Arms Regulations and can not be shipped outside the USA.

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