Military personnel and hunters have relied on night vision technology for years to help them see in the dark. This technology has become more accessible to civilians in recent years, and as a result, its popularity has grown. If you are interested in purchasing night vision goggles, it is important that you know how to attach them to your helmet. In this article, we will explain the process of attaching night vision goggles to helmets step-by-step.
Ballistic Vs Non-Ballistic (Bump) Helmets
The first thing you need to know is that there are two types of helmets: ballistic and non-ballistic. Ballistic helmets are designed to protect your head from ballistic objects like bullets or shrapnel, and other fast moving objects, while non-ballistic helmets do not offer this level of protection. Non-ballistic helmets are often referred to as bump helmets as they protect you from hitting your head, or items hitting your head quite well. If you plan on using your night vision goggles for activities such as hunting or airsoft, a bump helmet will suffice. However, if you are in the military or law enforcement, you will need to use a ballistic helmet.
How to Attach Night Vision Goggles to Helmets
Ballistic helmets often have a rail system that runs along the top or sides of the helmet. This rail system that you can use to mount your other helmet accessories on.
With either type of helmet, you have a few different options for attaching your night vision goggles. Helmet shrouds are used to provide a secure attachment to the front of the helmet. This is where the night vision goggle mount will attach to the helmet.
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Selecting The Helmet Shroud
The first thing you need to do is select the right helmet shroud for your night vision goggles. There are two main types of helmet shrouds: standard and counterbore. Standard helmet shrouds will work with most night vision goggles on the market today. However, if you are using a particular brand or model of night vision goggles that has a large objective lens, you will need to use a counterbore helmet shroud.
Once you have selected the right helmet shroud, you will need to attach it to your helmet. This is done by aligning the shroud with the opening on the top or side of your helmet. Once the shroud is in place, you can use the screws that are included with the shroud to secure it to your helmet.
Attaching Your Night Vision Goggles to the Shroud
Once you have attached the shroud to your helmet, you will need to attach your night vision goggles to the shroud. This is done by aligning the mount on your night vision goggles with the opening on the shroud.
Shroud & Mount Compatibility
It is important to make sure that the shroud and mount on your night vision goggles are compatible. Most shrouds on the market today will work with most night vision goggles. However, there are some brands and models of night vision goggles that use a proprietary mount. This means that you will need to use a specific shroud that is made for those particular night vision goggles.
If you are not sure if the shroud and mount on your night vision goggles are compatible, we suggest you contact the manufacturer of your night vision goggles or the retailer where you purchased them. They will be able to help you select the right helmet shroud for your particular night vision setup.
Night Vision Suspension System
In addition to a helmet shroud, you will also need a night vision suspension system. This system is what actually holds your night vision goggles in place on your helmet.
There are two main types of suspension systems: over-the-head and under-the-chin. Over-the-head suspension systems are more common and they are typically easier to use. However, under-the-chin suspension systems offer a more secure fit and they are less likely to come loose while you are wearing them.
Once you have selected the right suspension system, you will need to attach it to your helmet. This is done by following the instructions that are included with the suspension system.
It is important to make sure that the suspension system is properly adjusted before you put your night vision goggles on. If the suspension system is not properly adjusted, it will be uncomfortable to wear and it will not provide the secure fit that you need.
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In addition to a suspension system, you may also need to use counterweights. Counterweights are used to balance the weight of your night vision goggles on your helmet. This helps to prevent the goggles from slipping down or falling off while you are wearing them.
If you are using a counterweight, you will need to attach it to the back of your helmet. This is done by following the instructions that are included with the counterweight.
One of the most important things to consider when setting up your night vision helmet is what type of light source you are going to use. There are two main types of light sources: infrared and visible.
Infrared light sources are the most common type of light source for night vision setups. They emit a invisible, infrared light that is picked up by the night vision goggles. This allows you to see even in complete darkness.
Visible light sources are less common, but they can be used in some situations. Visible light sources emit a visible light that is picked up by the night vision goggles. This allows you to see in low-light conditions.
When it comes to these two types of lights, there are also two types of setups: ambient, and directional light.
Directional light setups use a light source that is pointed in a specific direction. This allows you to see in complete darkness, but it can also be used to blind someone who is looking at you.
Some ambient light setups will shoot light all around you, for instance towards the ceilings and the walls. This will allow your night vision goggles to pick up more clarity, but not overly illuminate an object by placing tons of light directly on it.
It is important to make sure that the light source is properly positioned before you put your night vision goggles on. If the light source is not properly positioned, it will be uncomfortable to wear and it will not provide adequate lighting.
Choosing Your Night Vision Goggles
Of course, you must also consider the actual night vision goggles, whether a monocular, or binocular setup. This article is tailored more to the mounting systems, so you can do additional research on the best equipment for installation.
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