The general public has a basic concept of how night vision goggles work. They allow you to see even in darkness. These goggles actually come in two different kinds, which most people are unaware of. Thermal Imaging and Image Enhancement. Image enhancement goggles gather all the surrounding light and use it to brighten your view in conditions where light seems to be absent. Giving you the vision of a bright day even on a cloud-filled night. Thermal Imaging Goggles can be used to distinguish objects through their temperature variations. For example, a small animals such as a rabbit shows up as a warm spot in the cool environment.
The first and most obvious use of night vision goggles is by the military. Since many military operations occur during the night, our soldiers need a way to see through the darkness so they can avoid the enemy and finish their important missions.
The goggle would most likely be used by the police at least some of the time. The image enhancement goggles would allow them to search for missing persons and perpetrators in dark abandoned buildings while the thermal imaging would help them detect if something living was hiding in an abandoned building by looking through windows without ever having to set foot inside.
Night vision goggles are also used by rescue personal especially in situations where rescue operations are conducted through the night or in areas where light is at a premium. Even neighborhood watch volunteers are using these goggles to patrol their streets and neighborhoods.
Night vision goggles, when used for these purposes, save lives and allow these professionals and volunteers to do a difficult job more safely than otherwise possible. The goggles are used by a plethora of people, not only army, police and rescue workers. They are becoming increasingly popular with the general public for a number of reasons.
Wildlife enthusiasts find these goggles very useful, because they allow people to view the animals during the night when they can do so without being seen by the animals themselves. Fishermen find they are great for night fishing as they can see a larger area than with a lantern or a flashlight.
Gamers are using these handy goggles for new games that make gaming experiences more fun and realistic than ever. If these goggles were a little less expensive, there would probably be at least one pair in every household. For outdoorsmen or those traveling in unfamiliar locations at night, these goggles are perfect.
It seems that night vision goggles not only save lives but they are now being used increasingly for enjoyment as well. While they may not be the most necessary item you will ever possess they just may be one of the most interesting.