Carson MiniAura Digital Night Vision Monocular (NV-200)

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I came across this little night vision device on Amazon, and for less than ninety bucks, I had to try it.  Here is my personal review:

My Personal Review:

I’m amazed at how well this little night vision device works. I’ve only had it a few days, but so far it is exceeding my expectation. A neighborhood cat had kittens a few weeks ago under the deck behind our detached garage. Tonight, for the first time, I was able to see three of the kittens playing up on the deck in complete darkness. The image is bright and sharper than I expected. Because I wasn’t using a flashlight, neither the kittens nor their mother were disturbed by my presence. Looking forward to taking it out to the woods at night to watch more critters. I plan to buy another as a backup plus a couple for gifts. 

I’ve seen some reviews that commented that the batteries, “Only lasted about 10 minutes.” Not sure what kind of batteries that person is using, but I’ve had it on constantly till it auto shuts down for probably a couple of hours of total use so far, at the brightest setting, and my alkaline batteries are still going strong. I’ll track the actual use time on new batteries whenever these finally need to be changed. But ‘a battery hog’ it ain’t, at least in my experience.


I’ve included the seller’s description below:

Seller’s Description:

Say goodbye to night vision devices with image intensifier tubes that burnout over time. The Mini Aura from Carson

Optical is a completely digital night vision monocular that won’t burn out. The images seen through the digital screen will no longer be green but rather in a crisp black and white. The intensity can be easily adjusted with a simple push of a button. It boasts a 19-degree angle of view and you can see up to 82 feet in total darkness. The Mini Aura is compact and lightweight and can even fit in your pocket allowing you to bring it almost anywhere. 

Use the Mini Aura on camping trips for late night wildlife viewing, at dusk during hunting trips or during any outdoor activity. It can be used in ambient light or total darkness. The Mini Aura comes with a carry pouch and wristband. It uses 3 AAA batteries (not included). At Carson, we strive to make sure our customers are 100% satisfied with the quality of our products. We are so confident in our products that we back them with a One Year Limited Warranty! This Carson product is warranted to be free from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of purchase. Please contact Carson for additional warranty details.


I have no economic interest in the sales of this item, and I bought mine with my own money.  Whatever the seller says about it on Amazon is the seller’s responsibility, not mine.  I’m not a night vision expert, and everything I’ve said about it is just my personal opinion.

The photos included here was taken using my iPhone.  The photo on the left was taken with no flash.  The photo on the right was shot through the lens of the Mini Aura.  Not real professional and doesn’t show the image as clearly as it actually is looking through the lens.  You can see that this was taken in virtually total darkness by the photo on the left.  If you look closely, you can see a little kitten peeking over the edge of the deck in the upper right side of the photo.  Its eyes are reflecting the infrared illumination.


2016 $50 Wanduta: Portrait of a Chief, 5 oz. 99.99% Pure Silver Color Proof Coin

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Composition – 99.99% pure silver

Finish – color proof

Weight (g) – 157.6 (five troy ounces)

Diameter (mm) – 65.25

Edge – serrated

Certificate – serialized (serial numbers will vary)

Face value – 50 dollars (a legal tender Canadian coin)

Artists – Darlene Gait (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)


As a spiritual healer, Wanduta was a leading defender of traditional Indigenous practices. He travelled to Ottawa to protest the federal government’s restrictive policies; but upon his return, Wanduta was arrested for “hosting” the dance in Rapid City and was convicted for this violation of the giveaway ban. On January 26, 1903, he was sentenced to four months of hard labor and imprisonment at the Brandon Jail.

Attempts to secure clemency proved futile as Wanduta served his entire sentence, but he remained undeterred. He continued his spiritual practices after his release; in doing so, Wanduta cemented his reputation as a heyoka, a respected member of sacred Dakota societies,who was revered for his abilities to help his people, and is remembered today for his efforts to keep tradition alive.

This coin commemorates one person’s courage and dedication to preserving the cultural traditions of his community.

Special features:

•BEAUTIFUL COLOR AND ENGRAVING! The full application of color over the engraving captures the beautiful complexities of Wanduta’s traditional regalia, circa 1913.

•LOW MINTAGE: Only 1,200 coins will be made worldwide.

•KING GEORGE III MEDAL WORN AROUND HIS NECK! Around the spiritual healer’s neck is a King George III medal — a symbolic display of a Dakota leader’s peaceful intentions and a reminder of the historic alliances with the British.

•FIVE OUNCES OF 99.99% PURE SILVER! For our Canadian customers, this coin is GST/HST exempt!

About the Design:

Designed by Canadian artist Darlene Gait, the coin features a full-face portrait of Wanduta (Red Arrow), a Sioux Valley Dakota Chief who defended the community’s ceremonial dance rites when such activities were prohibited under the Indian Act. The full application of color over the engraving captures the beautiful complexities of Wanduta’s traditional regalia, circa 1913. Finely detailed engraving adds texture to the eagle feathers that adorn the full headdress, as well as the beautifully colored beads that are woven in a geometric design on the headband above Wanduta’s brow.

2019 $15 Year of the Pig – Chinese Lunar Zodiac, Lotus Shaped Pure Silver Proof Canadian Coin

This is another great coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. Click Here to visit our ebay listing for photos and more information.



Composition – 99.99% pure silver

Finish – proof

Weight (g) – 26.7

Diameter (mm) – 38

Edge – plain

Certificate – serial numbered (serial numbers will vary)

Face Value – 15-dollars (a legal tender Canadian coin)

Artists: Three Degrees Creative Group (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)


In the Chinese lunar calendar, the year 2019 is ruled by the Pig — a true diamond in the rough! The Pig also ruled 1911, 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, and 2007. Though it may appear unrefined, the down-to-earth pig personality is associated with kindness and loyalty. An excellent listener, the pig will always support you. And if you’re wrong, he or she won’t have the heart to tell you. A lover of the good things in life who rarely holds a grudge, this peace-loving soul wants everyone to get along. On this coin, the friendly pig frolics among the lucky blossoms, ensconced within the unique scallop edging of our famed annual Lunar Series!

Order the perfect pure silver coin for someone born in the Year of the Pig!

Special features:

  • LOWER MINTAGE THAN PREVIOUS! This pure silver Lunar Lotus Year of the Pig coin has a lower mintage than last year’s Lunar coin, making the Year of the Pig even more special!
  • A MUST-HAVE FOR EVERY ZODIAC COLLECTION! This coin is part of the popular Lunar series featuring coins of the Chinese zodiac; 10th coin in this series of 12 coins.
  • CHINESE CHARACTER FOR PIG! The coin includes the Chinese character for pig!
  • MAGNIFICENT PACKAGING! Each encapsulated coin is housed in a satin-like covered case with a custom red sleeve — an auspicious color for good fortune!
  • INCLUDES SERIALIZED CERTIFICATE! The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins. Most of these are serialized certifications, meaning that each certificate is given a unique number, starting at 1.
  • LIMITED WORLDWIDE MINTAGE! Only a limited number will be made world wide!
  • PURE SILVER! Each coin is crafted from 99.99% pure silver with a beautiful proof finish!


Designed by Three Degrees Creative, this scallop-edged coin offers a pleasing profile portrait of the smiling Pig. This depiction highlights the animal’s traditional character and associations in Chinese astrology: friendship, courage, confidence, and resourcefulness. In this treatment, the happy-go-lucky Pig is surrounded by a semi-circle of lovely good-luck blossoms. In the polished field above the central image is the Chinese character for “pig.”


Each coin is encapsulated and housed in a silver satin-like covered case with a custom red sleeve.

Shipping & Handling

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Additional Information

Photos:  When an ebay listing offers multiples of the same coin (or set), one coin (or set) is picked at random and photographed.  Since all coins offered in that listing are essentially identical, the coin photographed is representative of all coins offered.

Surface areas that appear black on some proof coin photos are actually highly polished, mirror-bright metal reflecting the color of the camera. We often include proof coin photos with the coin slightly tilted to better depict the mirror bright surfaces.  However, tilting the coin may result in one side being slightly out of focus.  Please review all of the photos provided to obtain the best understanding of the coin’s actual appearance.

Our goal is to provide clear, high definition photos that accurately represent the coin(s) offered in each of our eBay listings.  Whenever possible, we use actual photos of our coins, rather than just stock artwork from the Mint.  We frequently update and upgrade the photos that appear with our listings, using improved cameras and lenses and better lighting.  We will honor your requests for additional photos as quickly as our schedule permits.

If Jesus Paid for Our Sins, Why Do We Still Suffer?

Christianity clearly teaches that Jesus has paid our debt of sin for all time, for all sins, for all people.  So why does suffering still occur?   How come everything isn’t sunshine and lollipops in our lives?  Well, let’s back up a bit and remember who God is and who we are.  God is the creator of all that exists, of all things visible and invisible.  Among the invisible things are the laws of physics, of celestial mechanics, and the laws that tell us that for every action and there is an equal and opposite reaction.  Simply put, our actions (and our inactions) have consequences.  Yes, Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins, but that doesn’t mean that the laws of the universe have been repealed.  When we suffer as a result of sin, we are experiencing the worldly consequences of the sinful actions (or inactions), not punishment for those sins.

Evildoers will always be among us, until the end of time.  Oftentimes, we are evildoers, too.  The evil that we or others do has consequences in this world.  When someone sins, that sin reverberates in the lives of other people.  Like a stone dropped into a still pool of water, the waves spread out and affect the entire pool.  The driver of an automobile drinks four alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel and, while driving drunk, slams into a pedestrian in a crosswalk, killing the pedestrian.  There is nothing inherently evil in either the alcoholic beverage or the automobile.  The evildoer isn’t these inanimate objects, but the driver of the automobile.   The ripples of this sinful act spread out to cause suffering to many other people, including the family and friends of the victim and the family and friends of the drunk driver.  This suffering is a consequence of the sin that the drunk driver committed, but it isn’t the punishment for that sin.

The drunk driver in the example above may spend years in prison as a consequence of his or her actions.  But if that driver sincerely repents and puts their trust in Jesus for forgiveness, their sin is forgiven.  The civil authorities in this world are still responsible for meting out justice according to the laws promulgated for the wellbeing of society as a whole.  The prison sentence must still be served.  The family of the dead pedestrian must still bear their grief and suffer the loss of their loved one.  However, all of those are consequences of sin, not punishment for sin.

Suffering can also be the result of natural disasters:  Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, landslides, tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanoes, and lightning strikes are a few examples.  Suffering can also arise from diseases, birth defects, disabilities, aging, wars, crime, and death of a loved one.  These are all consequences of living in a fallen world.  When Adam and Eve rebelled against God by disobeying him in the Garden of Eden, their sin did not only affect them, it affected all of creation, and every human being born through natural means thereafter.  The whole world has been groaning under the curse of sin ever since the Fall.  The suffering resulting from the examples above is a consequence of the Fall of humankind into sin when Adam and Eve first disobeyed God, it isn’t a punishment for our sins or the sins of others.

Many false preachers and prophets point to natural disasters and diseases and seek to connect them to specific sins that people or nations are committing.  By doing so, they unwittingly are seeking to rob Jesus of his glory, and denigrating the sacrifice that he made once and for all on the cross.  Such false preachers and prophets mistakenly teach that our forgiveness is something that we must somehow earn by our good behavior.  They ignore the clear message of the Gospel, which teaches that we are saved by faith through grace and not by any works that we do.  Doing good works is a consequence of being saved and trusting in Jesus.  If we had to rely on our good works for our salvation, we would never have the assurance and peace that comes from knowing we are saved – saved because Jesus, the Son of God, has already done all that is necessary for our salvation.  Nothing we could ever do would be enough to pay for even one sin.

Sins will be committed.  Suffering will come, even into the lives of the most fervent Christians.  But thanks be to God, such suffering is only a consequence of sin, not a punishment for sin.  The punishment was born by Jesus Christ on the cross.  And nothing we do adds anything to his victory over sin, death, and the power of the Devil.