PARD NV008 and PARD NV008 LRF review and guide
The NV008P and NV008P LRF are identical in all aspects other than the fact the latter has an onboard laser rangefinder function, hence the ‘LRF’ tag – a slightly smaller than a matchbox size unit on the right of the main scope.Weighing just 435/450g and measuring 162x54x68.5mm, the PARD 008P is one of the lightest and most compact night vision (NV) products available. I’ve been using the LRF product as my go to NV for some time, shooting rabbits out to 70 or 80 metres with FAC air rifles and it’s become a firm favourite, so the following is based on my own experience based on many hundreds of hours of trouble-free use.
The PARD NV008P is a near to zero eye relief which means that unlike traditional glass scopes, your eye must almost touch the ocular lens, making the scope unsuitable for recoiling air rifles but perfect for PCP air rifles and perhaps .22LR. As a result, the PARD NV008P comes with a good quality reach back mount. However, it is designed for use on picatinny rails so if your rifle has dovetail grooves you will need to buy an adapter. Many users, me included, found that once zeroed, the reticle became located very low in the viewing screen. Some users even found they had run out of vertical adjustment. The problem is easily resolved by inserting some shims between the scope and the mount. I used tiny squares of coke can but PARD now provides a small packet of shims.
The ocular lens – the one closest to your eye – has a dipotre adjustment collar. Turning it focuses the reticle and other on screen information. At the front, another collar which has a small lug on it adjusts the target image. I have found that I need to adjust both collars when I switch between day and night mode, but it only takes a second or two. Above the ocular lens is the battery housing. The PARD NV008P, and many other PARD products, take a single 18650 rechargeable battery that is supplied. Unscrew the cap and insert the battery positive end first – there’s a little diagram to remind you. PARD claims eight hour of battery life and in truth I have never gone flat. However, it’s worth taking a fully charged spare just in case. You’ll need the type that has a flat positive terminal.
To the right of the ocular lens is another cap. You’ll need a coin to undo it and reveal a couple of ports and a slot for a mini SD card which you will need for recording footage on. In all honesty, I’ve not used either of the ports. I prefer to take the battery out to charge it. The 850nm integrated IR illuminator is located forward of the battery just above the objective lens. Looking at it you’d be forgiven for thinking it would be too puny to be any good – I certainly did. However, switch it on at night and the output is staggering – easily good for 100 metres at least and more than ample for airgun use. There are three brightness settings and by sliding the lens forward and back quarter of an inch you can adjust the beam. Using the IR illuminator will impact the battery life and for that reason alone, I prefer to use a separate torch. The PARD NV008P has a small picatinny accessory rail for this purpose although I use a rail on my rifle as attaching to the scope obscures the power button slightly.
I’m going to focus on the LRF version because that’s the one I use. Other than the rangefinder button, the controls are exactly the same for the non-LRF scope.
A large power button with a blue circle around it is located on the left of the scope. Holding it down for three or four seconds switches the PARD NV008 on and off. When it’s on, a small red light will show. Pressing the button briefly puts the scope into a sleep mode and another brief press instantly wakes it up again. Make sure that when you want to power down for good you hold the button down until the red light goes out.
Above the power button are four further buttons. The first opens the menu. On older models a brief press would activate a red dot laser. However, due to confusion as to whether the function breached regulations or not, units now distributed by Sportsman Gun Centre have this function disabled. We’ll talk about the menu in a bit.
The next button enables you to switch between day and night mode. Holding it down configures the PARD to operate in the dark. Brief presses activate the IR illuminator for which there are three intensity levels. Holding the button down again takes you back to day full colour mode.
Forward of that, on the LRF version, the button with a flag on it activates the rangefinder. A short press turns it on and off. A yellow distance reader in metres or yards to the right of the reticle provides a constant read out. Simply place the small cross-in-a-box rangefinder reticle on your target. A long press of the button activates the onboard video recorder which is indicated by a red dot in the top left hand corner and a time counter. On occasion I have found the scope locks up if I press the button to range find and then hold it down again to record. However, performing the record function first and then the rangefinder eradicates the problem. With the rangefinder turned off your recordings will show a date stamp. Switch it on though and the date stamp disappears.
A short press of the last button operates the PARD NV008P’s 6.5x and 12x magnification options. You can have one or the other, there’s no sliding scale between the two. By holding down the button you activate the video playback mode.
Accessed by holding down the rear button, the menu comprises four screens. If you’re like me, you won’t use most of the options. You can scroll up and down using the IR and magnification buttons, confirming selections with the button in between marked ‘OK’. The ones I use most are
- Picture-in-picture (PiP) mode which magnifies the centre part of the reticle in a separate viewing window.
- Reticle adjustment. This gives access to five different profiles – A through E – against which you can save different zero information as well as reticle styles and colours. With this sub menu open you can zero your rifle. There are plenty of reticle choices in either red or yellow. A long press of the OK button saves what you have entered and takes you out of the menu mode.
- Brightness of IR. Allows you to select a default setting for when you switch the IR illuminator on.
Other buttons, including those for brightness, unit selection, date, time and language are all self-explanatory. You can also turn a wifi function on and off as well as the audio function for recordings.
Zeroing digital scopes confuses some people, but with the PARD NV008 the process is reasonably straightforward even if it requires a little dexterity with the buttons. Remember that the magnification and IR buttons double up to enable you to scroll up/down and left/right. The button in between – the rangefinder button on the LRF model, which is also marked is ‘OK’, confirms selections.
- Long press the menu button and scroll down to the second option ‘Reticle Adjustment’ and press ‘ok’
- You will see along the bottom the magnification you are currently set at followed by:
- A – this is the first of the five profiles you can save to.
- Scrolling across to highlight the X: icon in blue allows you to adjust windage left and right. Scroll across again to highlight the Y: icon to adjust for elevation.
- When you make an adjustment the image will freeze. Simply fire a group of shots at your desired zero distance and then move the reticle to move where your pellets hit then hold down the OK button to save. If necessary, repeat the process until you are happy.