Select an accurate dedicated or clip on Thermal Weapon Sight or Thermal Rifle flir Scope
Selecting a thermal scope for your rifle can be a difficult and confusing task. The internet is a wonderful source of information but there is little to control the validity of that information. Today, many thermal rifle scopes are listed from a variety of companies. There are also many foreign knock off type scopes or low cost “commercial” scopes that have questionable long term value. The true thermal weapon sights are military grade systems designed for the rough conditions of combat and law enforcement scenarios. If you are going to spend thousands of dollars on a precision thermal sighting system you should invest in a quality piece that will work now and for a long time to come.
Types of thermal rifle scopes and thermal weapon sights
While there are many thermal scopes out there, they all fall into two basic categories. There are stand alone thermal rifle scopes and there are clip on thermal scopes. The stand alone FLIR mounted thermal weapon sight or TWS is much like your traditional optical daytime rifle scope. The stand alone scope mounts to your rail and has an internal reticle that can be adjusted for windage and elevation in order to “zero in” your rifle. Military grade stand alone thermal scopes are very rugged and meant to give you years of service.
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The most popular of this type is the US Army TWS (Thermal Weapon Sight) program. The drawback to a dedicated thermal scope is that once it is zeroed in it is pretty much dedicated to that weapon. For example, if you wanted to take off the thermal and put on an optical scope for daytime shooting then you would have to sight in your daytime scope and then once again sight in the thermal scope when you put it back on. The other option is to have a dedicated daytime weapon and nighttime weapon. This may not be a problem for some civilian applications but can pose a real issue in military environments. Enter the innovation of the Clip On Thermal Rifle Scope.
Clip on thermal FLIR (FORWARD LOOKING INFRARED) scopes were developed for the US Military forces to answer the need to have a single weapon that can be used day or night without the need to rezero. A clip on scope is an amazing piece of optical engineering that allows you to “clip on” a thermal scope in front of your daytime optic. This turns your standard optical scope into a thermal scope. When you are done with thermal shooting take off the clip on scope and you are back to your daytime optic. The magic part is that you do not have to rezero your weapon at any time. As long as your daytime scope starts off on target then the clip on will be on target. This is the hot new technology and the way forward. You only need a single weapon and you get to use the shooting system that you are most comfortable with but now it has thermal capability. Today we have the luxury of obtaining thermal rifle scopes/thermal weapon sights with 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x, 10x optical zoom. Optical zoom ensures the best image sighting quality, digital zoom or Electronic zoom increases the range at a cost of pixel loss but is still effective if used in the 2x and 4x mode. Most Thermal imaging rifle scopes are available in sensor resolutions of QVGA 320×240, 384×288, VGA 640×480.
SPI is currently manufacturing high grade high resolution XGA (1024×768 thermal resolution) ultra sensitive HD thermal rifle scopes and sights. Our new 1024 x 768 XGA HD thermal imaging flir rifle scopes and sights will have more pixels on target and offer the user a high resolution thermal image in a 1080P 1920×1200 HD color OLED eyepiece for the ultimate image viewing/targeting experience.
How does thermal infrared imaging scope technology work in a thermal weapon sight?
Utilizing superior thermo night vision technology coupled with uncooled FPA sight and scope FLIR technology, SPI’s Thermal weapon sights are a completely passive infrared weapon sighting system which allows users to identify the heat signatures of individuals or objects day or night and in rain, fog and smoke. No external flash infrared (IR illuminator) light source is required, and the unit may be used in complete darkness or broad daylight. When viewed through the scopes, heat-emitting objects such as humans and recently-operated vehicles stand out dramatically against their surroundings, defeating camouflage and other methods of visual concealment. Built to rugged standards, The FLIR Thermal weapon sight perform flawlessly. Our FLIR thermal weapon sights are a shock and water-resistant sight that will withstand the forces generated by repeated recoil. The quick-detachable mount allows fast attachment to Mil-Std-1913 Pica tinny rails and weapon receivers. Once sighted-in to a particular weapon, the sight may be interchanged with other SPi optical and electro-optical sights zeroed for the same weapon in a matter of seconds and without noticeable change in point of impact. The electronic reticle allows precise targeting of hostile threats. The SPiThermo sights operate on three lithium AA batteries and has auxiliary power ports for operation on AC electrical outlets or vehicle cigarette lighters. A vision video output port allows the image to be displayed on an external video monitor or recorded by flash video recorder. When used solely as an observation device, the unit may be operated hand-held or tripod mounted. Weighing less than three pounds, the FLIR thermal camera is a compact yet powerful tool for Security, law enforcement, EOD, battle lab, arsenal, US government labs & US Military professionals.
There are two common types of thermal FLIR imaging devices: Un-cooled – This is the most common type of thermal-imaging device. The infrared-detector elements are contained in a unit that operates at room temperature. This type of system is completely quiet, activates immediately and has the battery built right in. Cryogenically cooled – More expensive and more susceptible to damage from rugged use, these systems have the elements sealed inside a container that cools them to below 32 F (zero C). The advantage of such a system is the incredible resolution and sensitivity that result from cooling the elements. Cryogenically-cooled systems can “see” a difference as small as 0.2 F (0.1 C) from more than 1,000 ft (300 m) away, which is enough to tell if a person is holding a gun at that distance! While thermal imaging is great for detecting people or working in near-absolute darkness, most night-vision equipment uses image- enhancement technology, which you will learn about in the next section.Â Image Enhancement: Image-enhancement technology is what most people think of when you talk about night vision. In fact, image-enhancement systems are normally called night-vision devices (NVDs). NVDs rely on a special tube, called an image-intensifier tube, to collect and amplify infrared and visible light. The image-intensifier tube changes photons to electrons and back again. A conventional lens, called the objective lens, captures ambient light and some near-infrared light.The gathered light is sent to the image-intensifier tube. In most NVDs, the power supply for the image-intensifier tube receives power from two N-Cell or two “AA” batteries. The tube outputs a high voltage, about 5,000 volts, to the image-tube components. The image-intensifier tube has a photo cathode, which is used to convert the photons of light energy into electrons. As the electrons pass through the tube, similar electrons are released from atoms in the tube, multiplying the original number of electrons by a factor of thousands through the use of a microchannel plate (MCP) in the tube. An MCP is a tiny, glass disc that has millions of microscopic holes (microchannels) in it, made using fiber-optic technology. The MCP is contained in a vacuum and has metal electrodes on either side of the disc. Each channel is about 45 times longer than it is wide, and it works as an electron multiplier. When the electrons from the photo cathode hit the first electrode of the MCP, they are accelerated into the glass microchannels by the 5,000-V bursts being sent between the electrode pair. As electrons pass through the microchannels, they cause thousands of other electrons to be released in each channel using a process called cascaded secondary emission. Basically, the original electrons collide with the side of the channel, exciting atoms and causing other electrons to be released. These new electrons also collide with other atoms, creating a chain reaction that results in thousands of electrons leaving the channel where only a few entered. An interesting fact is that the microchannels in the MCP are created at a slight angle (about a 5-degree to 8-degree bias) to encourage electron collisions and reduce both ion and direct-light feedback from the phosphors on the output side.
Night-vision images are known for their eerie green tint. At the end of the image-intensifier tube, the electrons hit a screen coated with phosphors. These electrons maintain their position in relation to the channel they passed through, which provides a perfect image since the electrons stay in the same alignment as the original photons. The energy of the electrons causes the phosphors to reach an excited state and release photons. These phosphors create the green image on the screen that has come to characterize night vision. The green phosphor image is viewed through another lens, called the ocular lens, which allows you to magnify and focus the image. The NVD may be connected to an electronic display, such as a monitor, or the image may be viewed directly through the ocular lens. NVDs have been around for more than 40 years. They are categorized by generation. Each substantial change in NVD technology establishes a new generation.Â Generation 0 – The original night-vision system created by the United States Army and used in World War II and the Korean War, these NVDs use active infrared. This means that a projection unit, called an IR Illuminator, is attached to the NVD. The unit projects a beam of near-infrared light, similar to the beam of a normal flashlight. Invisible to the naked eye, this beam reflects off objects and bounces back to the lens of the NVD. These systems use an anode in conjunction with the cathode to accelerate the electrons. The problem with that approach is that the acceleration of the electrons distorts the image and greatly decreases the life of the tube. Another major problem with this technology in its original military use was that it was quickly duplicated by hostile nations, which allowed enemy soldiers to use their own NVDs to see the infrared beam projected by the device. Generation 1 – The next generation of NVDs moved away from active infrared, using passive infrared instead. Once dubbed Starlight by the U.S. Army, these NVDs use ambient light provided by the moon and stars to augment the normal amounts of reflected infrared in the environment. This means that they did not require a source of projected infrared light. This also means that they do not work very well on cloudy or moonless nights. Generation-1 NVDs use the same image- intensifier tube technology as Generation 0, with both cathode and anode, so image distortion and short tube life are still a problem. Generation 2 – Major improvements in image-intensifier tubes resulted in Generation-2 NVDs. They offer improved resolution and performance over Generation-1 devices, and are considerably more reliable. The biggest gain in Generation 2 is the ability to see in extremely low light conditions, such as a moonless night. This increased sensitivity is due to the addition of the microchannel plate to the image-intensifier tube. Since the MCP actually increases the number of electrons instead of just accelerating the original ones, the images are significantly less distorted and brighter than earlier-generation NVDs. Generation 3 – The latest and greatest NVD technology, Generation 3 is currently used by the U.S. military. While there are no substantial changes in the underlying technology from Generation 2, these NVDs have even better resolution and sensitivity. This is because the photo cathode is made using gallium arsenide, which is very efficient at converting photons to electrons. Additionally, the MCP is coated with an ion barrier, which dramatically increases the life of the tube. Generation-3 NVDs are considered so state-of-the-art that they cannot be exported from the United States without a license from the U.S. Department of State that details the recipient and the purpose it will be used for. Many of the so-called “bargain” night-vision scopes use Generation- 0 or Generation-1 technology, and may be disappointing if you expect the sensitivity of the devices used by professionals. Generation-2 and Generation-3 NVDs are typically very expensive to purchase, but they will last a lifetime if properly cared for. Also, any NVD can benefit from the use of an IR Illuminator in very dark areas where there is almost no ambient light to collect.
A cool thing to note is that every single image-intensifier tube is put through rigorous tests to see if it meets the requirements set forth by the military. Thermal FLIR Scopes – Normally handheld or mounted on a weapon, scopes are monocular (one eye-piece). Since scopes are are handheld, not worn like goggles, they are good for when you want to get a better look at a specific object and then return to normal viewing conditions. Goggles – While goggles can be handheld, they are most often worn on the head. Goggles are binocular (two eye- pieces) and may have a single lens or stereo lens, depending on the model. Goggles are excellent for constant viewing, such as moving around in a dark building. The original purpose of night vision was to locate enemy targets at night. It is still used extensively by the military for that purpose, as well as for navigation, surveillance and targeting. Police and security often use both thermal-imaging and image-enhancement technology, particularly for surveillance. Hunters and nature enthusiasts use NVDs to maneuver through the woods at night. Detectives and private investigators use night vision to watch people they are assigned to track.
Many businesses have permanently- mounted cameras equipped with night vision to monitor the surroundings. A really amazing ability of thermal-imaging is that it reveals whether an area has been disturbed — it can show that the ground has been dug up to bury something, even if there is no obvious sign to the naked eye. Law enforcement has used this to discover items that have been hidden by criminals, including money, drugs and bodies. Also, recent changes to areas such as walls can be seen using thermal imaging, which has provided important clues in several cases. Many people are beginning to discover the unique world that can be found after darkness falls. If you’re out camping or hunting a lot, chances are that night-vision devices can be useful to you — just be sure to get the right type for your needs.
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The T14X is a multi purpose low cost thermal rifle scope that compares to units costing thousands more. The T14x is the only thermal tool that you need to get the job done. Not only is the T14x a rugged handheld thermal imager with video recording, color imaging and zoom it is also a potent thermal rifle scope.
The Dracorex is antechnological advancement in the world of night vision thermal scopes and sights, the system offers twin channel,sensor blending capabilities which increases detection, recognition and identification and provides a sensor fused image In a precision weapon sight system, the unit can be used as a handheld fusion over station device as well, CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Check out some NEW user submitted videos sent to us on Feb. 5, 2015! This is what the T14X low cost thermal scope can do for your feral hog problems!
That’s right the T14X is ready to mount to the picatinny rail of your 223/556 AR15 style rifle for hog hunting, protection or just having fun. The T14x is a handheld thermal spotting scope and a thermal video recorder and a thermal rifle scope. It does the job of three thermal devices but costs less than one! See the video below to find out whats included in the entire T14x multi purpose thermal scope kit. You wont believe how affordable it really is.
The Official SPI Corp Informational Video
Watch the T14-X Low Cost Thermal Rifle Scope In Action
Here’s some high resolution shooting with the T14X low cost thermal scope at a rifle range in Las Vegas, NV. Day or night, the T14X is a formidable foe to feral hogs!
What are the features that you should consider in choosing the Thermal Rifle Scope to use?
- Thermal Scope Price: Usually, it is a wise decision to buy a thermal scope when it is at a promotional or discounted price since they are quite expensive
- Scope Sensitivity: The Scope should have very sensitive detector material that are sensitive to 1/10th of a degree.
- Year of Product Release: Just like most products in the market, the year that the product was introduced would usually gives us the idea on the features that they have. The price of the product is actually based on the features and the enhancements that it has among other products of its kind.
- Time for Start Up: In real life situations, it is important that our thermal scope has a fast start up. This will cause problems if your thermal scope takes forever before starting up.
- Options for Mounting: Thermal scopes usually have several options for mounting. However, out thermal scope can be used as a hand held device.
- Consecutive Auto fire Rounds: This is a necessary feature, especially if you are going to use your thermal scope in the military or other security areas. Most these high quality thermal scopes are capable of making a massive auto fire rounds reaching 5k.
- Zooming Capacity: A scope will never fulfill its purpose without zoom capability. The distance on how far and accurate the thermal rifle and vision is capable of zooming is one of the essential features to look at when examining the scope.
- Target Tracking: Out thermal scope is currently the only one that has automatic TOI (Target of Interest) Tracking.
- Life of the Battery: Everything can happen in the battlefield or out for a hunt, Just like the time for your thermal scope start up, it is also important that it is capable of staying alive during your crucial hours.
- Capturing and Storage of Captured Images: Our Thermal rifle scopes can store photos and videos internally to an SD removable care, this feature is essential so the user does not have to carry along additional recording devices. Our thermal rifle scope is all self contained sealed unit.
- The Product Weight: Since thermal rifle scopes are used in a life and death situation, we prefer to have a lighter product. Because you will be holding the scope and will mount it either on the rifle, the lighter the product, the more that it will be an advantage to you.
T14-X Low Cost Thermal Rifle Scope User Submitted Video
The Above T14X thermal scope videos were submitted by our hog hunting customer with the internal SD card recording mode set on fast compression. The ACTUAL video & imagery is much better overall real time.
**Customer Review of The T14x Thermal Scope**
A customer reviews the T14x thermal scope on an AK-47, shooting at steel target from 100 yards to 300 yards.
T14X Low Cost Thermal Rifle Scope Features
- Uncooled microbolometer FPA with 60 HZ real time video refresh rate
- High Grade coated Germanium lens with 9 degree FOV, super fast F1.0 optics
- 3 user selectable reticles
- 8 user selectable color and black and white imaging palettes
- Inverted Polarity imaging scene feature
- Auto imaging / and Manual imaging setting for user selectable image adjustment
- TOI Target Of Interest crosshair (tracks and identifies the hottest spot on the image)
- Fully sightable windage and elevation settings
- Floating cross hairs adjusts to any image environment
- All metal housing
- AA battery operation
- Adjustable Mil Grade Eyepiece for desirable eye relief
- Onboard Image snapshot or movie recording implemented with removable SD card
- A.R.M.S 17 MKII picatinny quick release weapons mount
- Ideal for thermal imaging viewing, target acquisition, security & surveillance + a wide variety of applications.
- Includes USB, external power cord, standard video output cables, rechargeable batteries, battery charger.
- Includes Carry Case
- Brand new 1 year warranty
The T14X Thermal Scope has fantastic sensitivity and shows differences as subtle as 1/10th of a degree
T14-X THERMAL RIFLE SCOPE GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS
|Sensor type||FPA Uncooled MicroBolometer Thermal Sensor 60hz|
|Zoom||9 Degree Hard Germanium Optics with 2x DSP Ezoom|
|Automatic features||Auto focus through zoom, AGC, Digital Image Enhancement, Auto/Semi-Auto imaging, Reticle Polarity.|
|Display||FULL COLOR viewfinder > High Resolution|
|Eyepiece||Precision ground glass optics. Large image with extended eye relief.|
|Presentation||Full color and grayscale imaging.|
|Video||NTSC/PAL Video full color imaging|
|Connector types||Analog Video, USB and RS232|
|Image presentation||Monochrome, color and On Screen Symbology|
|Image Storage||Handheld mode Internal SD CARD JPEG image storage for easy PC download|
|Thermal Video Storage||Handheld mode Internal SD CARD Thermal video storage for easy PC down- load|
|Power Batteries||AA batteries disposable or rechargeable|
|Power AC||110/240 AC adapter to 9VDC input|
|Operating temp||-20°C to 60°C|
|Dimensions||7” X 4.2” X 2.6”|
|Mounting||Handheld or ARM#17 MKII Throw Lever Picatinny Mount|
|SPOTTER-T14x Featuring||60hz real time, Video Recording, Image Capture, Black Hot / White Hot, Color Thermal, DSP Zoom, SPOT TRACK Auto Targeting, Video Output, External Power Supply, SD Card, Adjustable reticle.|
|Kit Contents||T14-X, 4x AA Rechargeable Batteries, Battery Charger, External Power Supply, Video Output Cable, Rubber Eyecup, Hand Strap, ARMS#17 MKII, Lens Care Cloth, Operators Manual, Soft Case, Hard Case.|
*SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE. NO EXPORT. ITAR REGULATIONS APPLY.