MX-10130 Image Intensifer F9810

The F9810 is a Gen 3 18mm image intensifier manufactured by ITT Industries Night Vision. The F9810 (MX10130 type) is the most widely used image intensifier and is found in the AN/PVS-7A, B, C & D series of night vision goggles along with a few weaponsights. Call or e-mail us for specific applications and use.

The F9810 series image intensifier consists of a high efficiency GaAs photocathode bonded to a glass input window, a microchannel plate (MCP) current amplifier, and a P-43 phosphor screen deposited on non inverting fiber optic output window. The Gen 3 photocathode is very sensitive to low radiation levels of visible and, especially, near infrared light. Tube lifespan is an average of 12,000 hours continuous use.

The F9810 is available in several grades (see chart below) based upon performance and blemishes (imperfections in the image). All F9810 tubes come with a tube data sheet listing the following specifications: Signal to Noise Ratio (S/N), Resolution, EBI (electronic background input), HALO, Photocathode Response (PR). These specifications are the most critical to the actual tube performance, as no two tubes are exactly alike.

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GEN III Tube Specifications

  MIL SPEC-ULT MIL SPEC-VG MIL SPEC-YG MIL GRADE HP+ MIL GRADE P+ COMMERCIAL P
Power Supply: Pinnacle Pinnacle Pinnacle Pinnacle Pinnacle Pinnacle
Signal to Noise Ratio: 25.0 min. 25.0 min. 25.0 min. 25.0 min. 20.0 min. 16.2 min.
Photocathode Response: 2200 min. 2000 min. 1800 min. 2200 min. 1750 min. 1350 min.
Halo: n/a ** n/a ** n/a ** n/a ** n/a ** n/a **
Electronic Background Input: 2.5 max. 2.5 max. 2.5 max. 2.5 max. 2.5 max. 2.5 max.
Resolution: 64 lp/mm min. 64 lp/mm min. 64 lp/mm min. 64 lp/mm min. 64 lp/mm min. 57 lp/mm min.
Max Spots Allowed in Each Zone, Spot Size (in.) ZONE
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