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IR Camera/Scope

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:23 pm
by Dean Harrison
Not that I am a fan of IR in any form when using for Yowie related matters, however sometimes it's better than nothing.

Here is an IR scope that I bought which takes stills and video. Not much point having equipment that enables you to see, and not record what you're viewing if need be.

This one is cheap. I haven't received it yet. ... Monocular/


Re: IR Camera/Scope

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:20 pm
by hillbilly
Awesome priced bit of gear. I had recently bought a FLIR Scout which is good, but a bit pricey compared to that one.

Re: IR Camera/Scope

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:38 pm
by Dean Harrison
FLIR is the best option. I have the H-Series with a large lens.

The last IR NV I owned, someone (not myself) didn't know not to use it during daylight and put an abrupt end to its life.

I've been waiting for a model which enables recording.


Re: IR Camera/Scope

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 2:46 pm
by thehairyone
Gday Dean , I have one very similar to this one and mine works fine with no issues ,
Also if anyone is interested Aldis has a cheap trail camera on sale this Sat for $130.
I have one of these for a couple of years now and it works perfectly still , it is a good entrance level camera
You wont get a yowie but you do get heaps of other critters
Cheers Greg

Re: IR Camera/Scope

Posted: Wed Mar 14, 2018 11:43 am
by Slats
G'day Dean
I have had a similar NV camera only difference was it was a 5x magnification. I found it both good and bad.

One plus is they can be used day or night however to be used at night the IR illuminator needs to be on constantly and the illumination only lights up about 50m or so. There would need to be a fair amount of ambient light like a nearly full moon to be able to see much further than the illuminated area as they don't "intensify" the ambient light like your one that got damaged. The use of an IR torch/spotlight would help your cause but then it's another piece of equipment to buy.....

I found it annoying to use, as a result of the magnification it severly limits your field of view making it, in my opinion, useless for walking around at night but it would serve well in a static position but it is still limited by the amount of IR light/ambient light required to increase the viewing distance.

The 850nm IR illuminator is still very visible to the naked human eye and I tried IR pass filters to reduce the amount of visible light with both a digital and a gen1 monocular to no avail as they severely reduce effective illumination distance.

I wound up selling the digital NV monucular in favour of a gen 1 1x NV monucular for a better field of view but recently sold that aswell because I went to my FLIR Scout II monocular more.

The cheaper FLIR Scout II and III monoculars can be set up to record by the use of a hot shoe attachment and an external DVR but are still up there in cost which you already mentioned.

I think the best and lowest cost option for night vision is the FLIR Ocean Scout TK. Effective range of around 115m it can take photos and video and comes in at around $750 but you can get it a little cheaper if you shop around.

Just my thoughts though you may find it to be a great bit of kit!

Cheers Nick