posted on Apr, 19 2017 @ 08:54 PM
originally posted by: LockNLoad
The newer generation can see in all but total black
FLIR sees thermal energy.
You could take someone out in the woods and if they didn't get a hit, they'd blame it on some unique quality of BF's fur. Here's what a polar bear
looks like in the IR spectrum.
FLIR is less like optoelectronics (which produces/enhances images in near-total darkness). FLIR OTOH sees heat (no heat = no image). Looks like some
folks are about ready to cash in on blending those two technologies. The efforts I have personally seen to date are anything other than man-portable.
I know I wouldn't want to hump something that expensive/heavy through the bush either.
A night vision (optoelectronics) device
has its limitations. They're not real comfortable (you don't get more comfortable
wearing/using it as time progresses and it messes with your depth perception as it's monocular (in most cases). It collects light passively (IOW ...
it's not going to be the cause of you being seen). Top-of-the-line products can be had in the $3K range (so they're Very affordable compared to FLIR
... which was going for over $10K the last time I checked).
Each of the technologies has their advantages and limitations.
Optoelectronics: one-eyed vision that needs a little movement to pick out a target in a cluttered environment. If you can't see BF in a daylight
environment, NightVision probably isn't going to help. And, no one's gonna be looking for BF deep in underground tunnels without an IR flashlight in
FLIR: you can't hide in a clear field of view. Any motion is really gonna draw attention, even if your heat signature is somewhat masked.
As for those comments about Game Cameras: They're noisy. They make electronic sounds when they activate. Critters clutter around them out of
curiosity, but they're not usually malicious. I'd not leave one intact on my property that I didn't own ... and maybe BF thinks the same way.