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cheap thermal imaging?

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by Honest, Jan 17, 2014.

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    I believe an android version is planned for the near future. I'm afraid it's not going to be much use for hunting though.
     
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    maybe not hunting but suppose depending on range maybe a spotter

    i use night vision close up but sometimes scare rabbits by moving light around so may be ok we will see
     
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    I've not heard of anyone trying it yet but the generl opinion seems to be that it would work for showing heaat losses from a house etc but wouldn't pick up small objects at any distance. No doubt it will be reviewed soon.
    As far as I know one of the expensive parts of thermal units is the lens which is made of some extrememly special and costly material which is able to focus wavelengths beyond infra red which glass apparently can't do.
     
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    don't know about this, but one of the dis-advantages of fire service thermal imaging cameras is their inablilty to see through standard glass.
    All windows/windscreens act like mirrors in thermal mode.....they use special optics as lenses. HTH
     
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    I stumbled across this thread, the coating is Germanium. The thermal radiation that the thermal cameras detect can't pass through clear glass. With the Germanium coating, it can, that's why thermal imagers have black lenses. The lens itself is no more expensive than any other, it's the coating process and coating material that cost a fortune. The thermal glass on the CH2 commanders sight is something ridiculous like £20K, it's not much bigger than a 6inch square.
     
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    Fgyt, if you call that cheap have you got a few £100k you don't need...
     
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    as the price is going to be

    "price point is expected to be around US$349."

    when you add in an Iphone you are starting to get to the price point of one of the cheap dedicated thermal imagers ( about 1K from memory)
     

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