Fifteen years ago I tried several gen. 1 russian night vision binoculars and a monocular. All the binoculars were very grainy and sparkly and could not be focused very well. The monocular, however, was very sharp and had a useful illuminator. Alas, it developed an internal poor electrical connection, so I had to return it, and they had none to replace it with.
Has quality improved in the last 15 years, or is the mass public still thrown mostly gen. 1 night vision. What would one suggest today in terms of a sharp monocular with IR illumination and not grainy/sparkly?