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Old 04-24-2007, 03:48 PM
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I recently saw something about a marine night vision system that consisted of a camera and monitor. The cost as I remember it was about $2k. In my area something like that would be more usefull to me than my radar when getting out the channels and avoiding the crabbing gear at 4:00 am. I've been looking at all the marine magazines I take but don't see the "new equipment" blerb. Anyone else read about this equipment? If so who makes it. I was either dreaming or sitting in the dentist chair when I read the announcment.
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Old 04-24-2007, 05:26 PM
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http://www.flir.com/imaging/Maritime...Navigator.aspx
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:44 PM
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Thanks,
I think you nailed it.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:03 PM
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I was in marine enforcement for years, and we used the extremely high-end ITT starlight scopes. After using them and various other night vision devices, I can attest that nothing works better than the naked eye acclimated to darkness. The key is to have you running lights positioned so as to not cast a glare in your line of sight, use a spotlight as little as possible, and have your electronics on the dimmest setting. The acclimated eye is so superior that I wrote many a ticket to commercial guys who ran with no lights on for that very reason.
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Old 04-26-2007, 03:43 PM
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flir is more like 4500 for the basic
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Old 04-26-2007, 04:58 PM
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There is "Night Vision" which amplifies available light and then there is "Thermal Imaging" which picks up heat and subtle temperature differences.

Both have thier applications. Night vision are normall hand held monoculars or similar and are available in different generations, usually Gen 1, 2 or 3. The later the generation the better they work and the more they cost.
Thermal imaging cameras (like FLIR) are bigger, heavier and more expensive and norally mount like a spotlight on the roof with pan and tilt remotes.
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:12 PM
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Old eyes and no moon make for difficult passage thru a crooked waterway strewn with crab traps, new docks on a Ga bite tide varying 9 ft. from low to high. I hear you though. The illistration I saw advertised looked pretty much like a daylight image on a screen of about 10".
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:15 PM
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Yes the good thing about FLIR is that if youy have a later model GPS/plotter/radar like a Raymarine E series, Northstar 6100 or M121 or Furuno Navnet2 you can plug it into the video input and show it on the same display and even split screen.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:18 PM
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I was thinking I may be able to use the RL70c unit for display. If not, I have one of those underwater IR cameras with a monitor and case. Once I get to open water in the sound radar will handle it from there. I'll have to do a little research and kick a few tires.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:52 PM
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I’m told that this year, 2007, will see the cost of thermal images drop by about 1/2 as new technology is released. Also look for more manufacturers to get on the thermal imaging bandwagon because the drop in price implies more buyers will be stepping up to the plate.

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