Night vision optics

Discussion in 'Long Range Scopes and Other Optics' started by highplains, May 30, 2012.

  1. highplains

    highplains Well-Known Member

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    I am interested in purchasing a nightvision or thermal optic. I have done some research but am unsure which way to go. I am interested in opinions from members that have experience prior to making a purchase. I am leaning toward a gen 3 monocular or a FLIR scout. Any thoughts?
     
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  2. marinetowgunner

    marinetowgunner Well-Known Member

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    What are you using it on?

    Looking at doing a converter or stand alone optic?

    If using with a magnified optic, what type of magnification are you using?
     

  3. highplains

    highplains Well-Known Member

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    I would be using in for early AM observation during hunting season, also at night when walking out after hunting. It would be a stand alone model. No more magnification than 2 or 3X.
     
  4. bruce_ventura

    bruce_ventura Well-Known Member

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    I have experience observing big game, livestock and humans at night with Gen III intensified and thermal sights/cameras. I definitely prefer thermal over intensified.

    I've used the FLIR Scout TS and it has a "feature" I don't like. The sky is cold at night. When the skyline drops into the field of view, the system auto gains and causes the terrain to look warm, which masks the presence of warm subjects. To prevent this auto gain process, you have to keep sky out of the field of view, which is difficult in the mountains because the skyline is not flat.

    I spoke to a FLIR salesman at the SHOT Show who acknowledged the issue and told me I should use a different model. You should talk to FLIR about this issue.
     
  5. highplains

    highplains Well-Known Member

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    Thank you for that info. The FLIR scout is what I have been leaning towards purchasing. I will definitely consider this prior to any purchase.