posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 12:20 AM
I haven't missed the point.
Yes, Night vision and thermal imaging equipment is completely useless. That is why the military spends hundreds of millions of dollars outfitting
their troops with it.
I spend most of my free time in survival mode. This is because I spend most of my free time in the bush by myself. I'm bushcraft savvy enough
that if I have a Mora knife and a stainless steel cup I'm going to survive. This is good because I'm not a big person so I don't like to carry a
lot of stuff with me. In practice I carry only a few other things with me.
I have both Gen3, mil spec night vision and Thermal imaging gear. Here is my advice for the OP. The truth is I hardly ever pull the NV out of my
pocket now that I have the thermal imager. There are several reasons for this. First night vision is basically useless in the bush if there is
even a medium canopy overhead. There just isn't enough ambient light for it to give you a clear enough image to help. Also NV provides only a
monochromatic image (shades of just one color) so anything that blends well (such as somebody just inside the edge of a tree line) will be very
difficult to pick out with the night vision.
The thermal imagers on the other hand is a solution in search of a problem. Like cupuscalar and nocturnal animals, when I'm in the bush I generally
cover and sleep by day and travel and work by night. With the thermal imager, every warmblooded living thing shows up as a bright spot on a dark
background. It gives me a much heightened awareness of my suroundings. Not only does it point out people in the shadows, or in the foliage, but it
also shows me aircraft and vehicles. It tells me if a vehicle has been running recently or even if a vehicle has been parked in a spot recently.
It shows me animals well hidden in the understory, even small game hiding in tree cavities allowing me to hunt easily at night and in stealth. It
shows me thin spots in the ice where river currents keep the ice from freezing. It shows me if someone is sick, or if an animal is injured. It
shows me the terrain in the darkness, fog or smoke. I can see and follow a path in perfect detail in perfect darkness. I never have to wonder if
that big dark object is a tree stump or a bear. It points out water sources where seemingly there are none. It shows me what my own thermal
footprint is so I can minimize it, etc, etc, etc.
Now, before the "Well if you rely on technology, you won't get far" people chime in again let me just add that I don't rely on it, period, and I
don't think that anybody else really expects to either. Soldeirs don't rely on it but they do find it useful enough to add to their already heavy
kit. Anybody worth their survival salt should be able to get by with only a knife. And sure technology can fail, BUT there are a number of items
that make things a lot easier/ more comfortable and I never leave home without the thermal imager. When I'm out for extended periods I take a
folding solar charger along too, giving me near unlimited use.