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A ghillie suit is a camouflage suit used by those working in typically outdoor conditions where it is critical to be able to blend in with the surroundings of the area. These suits, also known as yowie suits or ghillie sniper suits, are made to look like heavy foliage and landscape underbrush. The suits are worn by military personnel, hunters, paintball players or anyone else who has to work in an area that is thickly covered in plants and needs to camouflage their appearance.

The ghillie suit is typically constructed out of nylon netting fabric or cloth. The fabric is covered with strips of material that is made to look like twigs and branches. The ghillie suit is most commonly used as a camouflage suit by snipers and was first used for this purpose in 1916. Having been developed by a Scottish hunter and game keeper this type of suit is still taken along as a portable hunting blind when hunters go out in the game season.

So Why The Name Ghillie Suit?

The word ‘ghillie’ means ‘boy’ in the Gaelic language. More logically, the English refer to the assistants and servants working during hunting feasts as ghillies. The older meaning of the word is connected to folk tales and refers to the Gaelic name for tree spirits and beings disguised in leaves in the deep dark forests of Ireland being ‘ghillie dhu’.

The Use Of Ghillie Suits

Ghillie suits are great when camouflage is needed but there are plenty of situations in which this type of camouflage wear cannot be worn at all. The suits get very hot inside and as many strips of cloth are attached to the suits to create a ‘leaf’ effect, the suits tend to be quite heavy. Even if the suit is worn in a moderate climate the temperatures inside the suit can rise up to 50 degrees celsius. The suits must be treated with fire retardant spray as they are highly flammable without it. This can of course be a serious problem in war situations. Grenades and other equipment must be kept away from these suits which is highly impractical.

Ghillie suits can be ordered over the Internet from specialized shops. In most cases, different types of suites are offered and it is even possible to obtain a ghillie suits in different colors to make sure that you are able to enter an area with a specific type of undergrowth unnoticed. They also make lightweight ghillie suits nowadays for those running around a lot like paintball players. You can also get a simple ghillie poncho if you don’t want the whole suit. There are options for everybody who needs to “disappear” into their outdoor surroundings.

Bryan Gillis is the owner of GhillieSniperSuit.com, an online store providing Ghillie Suits and Ghillie Kits for hunters, military personnel, paintball enthusiasts and others looking for top quality ghillie gear.

Can I make my binocualrs have night vision?

I have a pair of 8 x 21 Tacso binocluars. Is there any way that I can make it have some sort of night vision? When I say that I dont mean James Bond spy stuff. I mean ANYTHING that I can to do to make it see ANY better when it is dark.
-Preferably CHEAP!!

Here are the binocular's specs:
Model : 165BCR
Magnification: 8x
Field of View: 383ft/126m
Exit-Pupil: 2.6mm
Prism Type: Roof
Weight: 6.5 oz
Objective lens Diameter: 21mm
Lens Coating: Fully Coated
Focus Type: Center
Features: Rubber fold-down eyecups, camo rubber armor, carrying pouch and neck strap
Name: Tasco Essentials 8x21 165BCR Folding Roof Prism FRP Compact Camo Binoculars
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Thanks for the help.

Tasco bino's are cheap. Even replacing these with a high quality pair at the same size would increase the amount of light transmitted to your eye, and therefore your ability to see at dusk. As a hunter, the rule is "you can't shoot what you can't see." Optics are KEY. High quality binoculars are expensive. The lenses are perfect and the coatings are important for reducing scatter of light between the lens elements. A good pair of binoculars will cost up to $1500 without any night vision gadgetry.

Night vision is a completely different technology. You won't be reinventing it cheaply. In addition to a series of light concentrating lenses, there is an electronic system that picks up low level light and displays it as a phosphorescent image. A good source of information if you want to learn about how things like that are made is:

http://www.howstuffworks.com




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