The Cyclop is a night vision series, which was produced for the civilian and export market only. It was made by Rostov optical-mechanical plant (Ростовский оптико-механический завод) or short ‘ROMZ’ in the 1980s. There is a great variety of different versions reaching from gen0 to gen1+ tubes.
The one in this review is one of the latest, with a gen1+ tube and Helios (Xeлиос) lens installed.
Here you can see two prior Cyclop versions and the one from this review, without the killflash and 22mm mount, on the top left.
All of them came originally with a button, which you had to keep pushed. I changed this to push=on/off on all of them, since I did not like that it handicapped you a lot.
The image quality is extremely good for a Gen1+ device. It easily outmatches the German Fero 51 night vision, which uses Gen1 tubes also.
You will also get a IR laser for illumination with this night vision, but I would honestly not recommend to use it. Coherent IR laser light is extremely dangerous, especially in the dark. Even scattered light is enough to cause permanent eye damage. You are better of using an IR LED illuminator anyway.
11.09.2012 – by netsplit for Gruppa L