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NiteSite Wolf

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Maximum versatility and advantage for the night hunter
The WOLF is the perfect night vision unit for any hunter, delivering high quality, clear night vision through any day vision rifle scope. It achieves this using three powerful infrared illuminators (invisible to to people and animals) to literally illuminate the target area immediately infront of where the rifle scope is aiming, allowing clear target identification up to 300 metres (328 Yards) away. The infrared image is then captured through the rifle scope by a compact video recording unit attached to the scope’s eyepiece and then played back live to the hunter via the unit’s integral 3.5 inch LCD screen. A video out jack enables recording of all night hunting activites.

Like all NiteSite products, the WOLF utilises infrared illumination in a unique way, making it more affordable, reliable and user friendly than traditional light amplification technologies, delivering crisp, ultra-clear night vision, regardless of ambient light conditions.

Quick and easy to fit to any day scope
The true beauty of a NiteSite is that it converts any day scope (there’s no need to remove it) into a powerful night vision system that is quick and simple to set up. Indeed, from opening the carry case to hunt ready status takes just 60 seconds once you are familiar with the set up. All NiteSites are equipped with adaptable fittings that enable mounting onto virtually any make and size of scope and there is no need to re zero or adjust your scope in any way. Just mount the unit, switch on and you’re ready to shoot. Simple as that.

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NiteSite building on previous success

The Wolf is the middle of the triad of NiteSite products and is probably the closest to a direct replacement for the NS200 as there is. Its target identification is good out to 300 metres (more than enough for air rifle ranges), so there is a slight increase in range over the 200, but the most marked difference is in the quality of the image on the screen. This is hugely improved. You really do get excellent picture quality, so misidentifying targets because all you can see is eye shine should be a thing of the past.

However, the improvements from the NS200 do not stop there. It seems that NS have been listening to criticisms of the original brace of products! In my review on this site, I criticised the NS 200 for having a very loud turning on system, for having no screen filters with the kit - which are needed, as it is very bright, and for it just not being particularly aesthetically pleasing. I am happy to report that all of these have been rectified in the Wolf.

In order to turn it on, there is now a simple push button at the back of the camera unit, as well as a brightness setting for the IR output on the screen. This is now a smooth turning wheel and doesn't just go up in clicked increments. The result is that it's almost silent to turn on. If I was to be fussy (and I will be!) I would still like a method of dulling down the screen without compromising on the IR output. The fact that there are filters for the screen does mitigate this to a certain extent and it is still a marked improvement on the old models.

The battery life is impressive - even on the basic, camera mounted 1.5ah Li-ion battery. I have had a couple of successful trips out with the Wolf and haven't needed to charge it up yet. This battery is supposed to last up to a maximum of 1.5hrs on full beam, with the bigger, bulkier 5.5ah battery giving up to seven hours. An hour and a half seems short, but I only turn mine on when I have a shot to take, or if I am scanning for targets, so actual used time is much more limited. For extended periods of use, you will either need the 5.5ah battery pack, or more than one of the standard ones. Whilst the extended run time is obviously beneficial, it is less of a compact, lightweight unit when using the stock mounted 5.5ah battery. Rifle + scope + bipod + Ns Wolf + extra battery soon adds up. It is, however, SO much lighter than the great brick of a lead battery on the NS200. On balance I think I would prefer a couple of spare lighter batteries that can be carried in pockets until needed, especially as using the smaller battery in no way compromises the quality of the output, only the run time. This is particularly the case for air rifle use: it's just not necessary to run the IR output at full volume when you are actually shooting. The extra powered battery might be much more useful for those who would be using any type of rifle and not just air weapons.

But whichever battery pack used, the NS Wolf is a serious piece of kit, that would be at home on your rimfires and centrefires as it is on your air rifles. It comes all ready to go for both scope diameters and comes with a recoil clamp, should it be needed. At a price North of £600, I do think it is a bit dear. These days, making your own NV kit is perfectly possible, particularly if the illumination is only needed for air rifle ranges. Having said that, if you trust Nitesite's build quality (and you should, as their kits are bomb-proof) more than your own, then this is a great option to go for and it's a good deal cheaper than some rigs you can get!

Pros
Very easy to fit
no need to change scope or zero points.
Great screen quality.
Well equipped
Cons
Cost - especially with DIY systems becoming increasingly popular
Long life battery is a bit bulky when on the stock.
No way to dim the screen without compromising on IR output
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