Thermal Imaging Binoculars

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  1. Quinn Kloppers

    Quinn Kloppers AH Member

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    Has anybody used Thermal Imaging Binoculars or Goggles for hunting? Day or night and what distance can they pick up heat signature, and can they work through really dense brush?
     
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    Quinn,
    No thermal or Night Vision system works through heavy cover, it's just that simple.

    Some are more resolvable than others and some are flat out better than others. Sci-Fi and action movies aside, you can't see through walls with thermal systems. The thermals you see on the civilian market were primarily designed for fire fighters, finding a fire in the woods or a building was why they were developed. the MRT or minimum resolvable temperature gradients is around 1-3 degrees C for these types of systems. The technology used is not the same as that used in military type and grade thermal sensors. The MRT in a miitary targeting system is clsoer to 1/25th of 1 degree C. This is the factor that allows you to see details of a target.

    I've evaluated and tested several civilian thermal systems and they all have one major shortcoming. They are about ten years from being "worth" the price you would have to pay. Think about these systems in this way: You can buy a cheap Gen 1 night vision scope from Cabelas for $400. It sees at night with the aid of a IR illiuminator. You can also buy a Gen 4 Night Vision scope, the cost is closer to $10,000 and you can read a newspaper in a dark room with it. Both work but they are light years apart in technology. The thermals I've seen present an image and "see" at night. They are no where near the level of quality you need for a weapon system.

    If you are interested in a thermal for night game viewing or counting you might be able to come up with something that suits your needs.
     
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    Thanks Macs..That helps alot..I was looking for some thing that my help pick up a sleeping buffalo in really long grass and thick Brush as spooking them when we are on our hands and knees is not fun anymore.
     
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    I use a 1st Gen Russian monocular for night varmint hunting. Any animal that is alive will look at you and you can light up their eyes with the IR illuminator. No need for expensive NV gear for finding animals at night.

    Also, night vision gear makes you night blind in the eye that looks at the glowing green screen. I only use a monocular and only use my left eye. The right eye is saved for shooting and retains my night vision. If you have a half moon or more, and good eyes, something like my Hawke Nite-Eye SR6 50mm 3-12x50mm illuminated reticle scope is better than Russian 1st Gen rifle scopes.....and it cost me under $200.
     
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    i've been testing a thermal eye x50 unit for the last month. it works well through light brush out to about 200 yards. at that distance, animals/people just shot up as a thermal blip, you can't tell what it is. what my hog hunters have been doing is they use the thermaleye for locating game, then use nightvision for confirmation before they shoot.

    i let several policemen i know demo the unit and it assisted in several arrest, one case a couple of guys ran off into a patch of woods, they laid down behind a bush in the dark, but because they had the thermal unit they had an easy time finding them
     

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