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Old 10-05-2011, 12:37 PM
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I have been running to and from fishing grounds at night a lot of late, and am thinking of adding a FLIR camera to assist with making the journey safely. Anyone have any advice on which unit to buy and where to install the camera on the boat. Boat is a Parker 2520 sport cabin. I have a garmin 740s display, so sharing that display if the is even an option, will not work. I am forced to split screen that for radar and chart, so adding the flir out put here wouldn't work. So I will need a new display here. Thanks very much
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I have been running to and from fishing grounds at night a lot of late, and am thinking of adding a FLIR camera to assist with making the journey safely. Anyone have any advice on which unit to buy and where to install the camera on the boat. Boat is a Parker 2520 sport cabin. I have a garmin 740s display, so sharing that display if the is even an option, will not work. I am forced to split screen that for radar and chart, so adding the flir out put here wouldn't work. So I will need a new display here. Thanks very much
What size boat? Picture of your helm to see the space available would help.
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Originally Posted by panga707 View Post
I have been running to and from fishing grounds at night a lot of late, and am thinking of adding a FLIR camera to assist with making the journey safely. Anyone have any advice on which unit to buy and where to install the camera on the boat. Boat is a Parker 2520 sport cabin. I have a garmin 740s display, so sharing that display if the is even an option, will not work. I am forced to split screen that for radar and chart, so adding the flir out put here wouldn't work. So I will need a new display here. Thanks very much
I have the "entry level" pan / tilt model with 2x optical zoom (which I rarely use). Its output can be displayed on most computer monitors. The higher end FLIR's cost a lot more and have higher resolution. However, for collision avoidance (including debris avoidance), high resolution isn't necessary -- its enough to know that something is there, even if you can't tell whether its a center console or cuddy cabin. At the other end of the FLIR price scale is a hand held model. I am told that its frame rate is much slower (my FLIR appears to be continuous video with no jerkiness), to the point that movement of the device must be slow and deliberate or the picture becomes garbled. Between that disadvange and eye / hand fatigue, I suspect the handheld model would only be used once a target is spotted -- not for target spotting.

When traveling at night, we tend to watch the Flir more than naked eyeballs on the water. Guests who have not experienced FLIR before are blown away.
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How much cash is the entry level with the pan and tilt
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This is how I mounted mine
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I have a hand held FLIR and while it works pretty good and CAN be mounted to a monitor, I wouldn't use it for navigation. Buy a radar and be done. Much better to cruise with.
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-Yeah I have a radar, it works well for big objects, but I am still not as comfortabile as I would like cruising at night. The radar does a great job on big boats, a fair job on small boats, and nothing for floating objects and crab pot bouys.

-The Boat is 25ft.

-What is the best route for a screen, where can I find a 12 volt computer monitor that has a mounting system?

-The boat is a pilothouse, so unit is out of the weather, but may get a few drops of water on it from time to time

-plenty of room at the helm, either dash or ceiling mount, the only unit mounted is a 740s garmin on the dash

Thanks for the help,

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This is how I mounted mine
Isn't that bad boy like 7k?
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-What is the best route for a screen, where can I find a 12 volt computer monitor that has a mounting system?
If it has to be sunlight viewable check out the Big Bay Monitors. If its sole purpose is to display the FLIR (which you will only use at night), just about any computer monitor will do, just make sure its dimable.
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If it has to be sunlight viewable check out the Big Bay Monitors. If its sole purpose is to display the FLIR (which you will only use at night), just about any computer monitor will do, just make sure its dimable.
Last I checked, the Navigator II and M-series output NTSC video, which very few computer monitors support and are not optimized for.

I would go with the highest brightness/contrast LCD HDTV I could find, which will gladly take the FLIR input and display it with the best picture. It can also function as an auxiliary display for a Simrad NSE, computer/laptop, etc... though for the computer/laptop at not as optimal a resolution as a computer monitor.
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anybody us a IR camera with IR illuminators? As a cheaper route?
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anybody us a IR camera with IR illuminators? As a cheaper route?
That's for a different thread, but do a search and you will find lots of discussion about it. Bottom line is it doesn't provide enough range to be very useful.
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Originally Posted by marlin driver View Post
That's for a different thread, but do a search and you will find lots of discussion about it. Bottom line is it doesn't provide enough range to be very useful.
Thanks for the heads up, I'll do some searches.
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