the pointy end is the bow
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: La Conner, Washington
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I get to play with some neat toys at work including a generation-3 night scope but I haven't used FLIR yet. I've looked at the website and saw a one being demonstrated at a boat show last year and thought it was pretty cool, but my goose doesn't lay golden eggs.
With a good night scope, you can run at 20 kts. at night. The nav lights are bright enough to see crab pot buoys and dead heads. A night scope is limited by fog through, while FLIR is supposed to cut through it if I recall correctly. A good night scope runs around $3k. I've tried some of the cheap ones too and was very disappointed. The ones I tried didn't have a 1:1 lens ratio and they were so dim that you had to use the little built in IR illuminator for close in work.
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La Conner, WA
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Boating for over 25 years, some of them successfully.