Thermal imaging scope for <$300?

Thermal imaging scope for <$300?

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    Thermal imaging scope for <$300?

    Just saw a tiny new IPhone device & app that turns the camera into thermal imaging. I also noticed a bracket at a recent gunshow that interfaces the IPhone with a rifle scope. Since I already have the phone & scope(s), it seems a relatively inexpensive way to assemble a night-stalk nightmare for coyotes, feral pigs & two-legged varmints. Especially since a dedicated TI scope runs ~$4-9k.
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    I'd want to try it first. My gen 3 ITT night vision scope cost me $3,000+ a few years ago.

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    Yep, but there's a BIG difference between night vision (requiring IR illumination or some degree of ambient light) and thermal imaging (requiring only a temperature variance). If I'm in a guille suit, you still can't see me. Yet you, in a guille suit, will still show up in my scope like a leggy blonde in a short skirt. I'll spent the coin to try it & report the results!
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    The last thermal optic I used was we'll over 15k. I cannot imagine a $300 unit being useful at all. Even the handheld spotters are $6,000 or more. Hopefully I'm wrong though.
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    We use FLIR cameras at work. I think those run about $6,500. I think you'll be hard pressed to find anything for $300
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    Well Big Bird & Joncon, the new FLIR One happens to be the IPhone product with a MSRP of $350. With their existing reputation as a world-leader in TI technology, I'm gonna' give it a whirl. It's not like I'm buying zombie-branded defensive ammo from an eBay vendor in Honduras.
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    I just googled it and will say it is interesting. I will want to see it tested more before I would bite.

    FLIR One Gives Your iPhone Predator-Like Thermal Vision | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghost tracker View Post
    Well Big Bird & Joncon, the new FLIR One happens to be the IPhone product with a MSRP of $350. With their existing reputation as a world-leader in TI technology, I'm gonna' give it a whirl. It's not like I'm buying zombie-branded defensive ammo from an eBay vendor in Honduras.
    Im definitely not saying you shouldn't give it a try... I just wouldn't have any hope that it'll be an effective tool for the types of use if want it for.... which would mainly be night hunts.
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    The only thing I've heard about them is they are pretty good for up close or indoor applications; but, have a very limited range. I can't remember where I saw them; but, I have seen some thermal scopes for around $1500. That was the absolute cheapest price I've seen.

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    I would be appreciate a "range report". It sounds interesting, and I think someday/somehow the cost of FLIR will drop. At least I hope so.
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    Let y'all know ASAP on my findings. Yep, technology gets cheaper while ammo becomes pure unobtaininum. I guess I can soon enjoy photo safaris for...coyotes.
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    it's quite interesting if it works.
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    Seems designed to work up close. Interesting nonetheless.
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    FLIR is a trusted brand that I have worked with quite a bit. Being that their name is on it, makes me curious and worth a peak vs some off brand or knockoff like ATN or the like.

    There are major "scale" differences within the FLIR brand example $3000 scout (considered their first consumer field option) vs $60,000 install cameras that vary severely in their distance capabilities, resolution (image quality) and thermal resolution (finite temp change from one color shade to another, like 10-20 degree variance down to 1/10 of a degree variance.

    It all comes down to application and I'm betting this one may be useful in the right application, but it will be limited and not compare to the $10k-$60k units, or even the more reasonable Scouts.

    Interesting, thanks for posting!


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    The first self darkening welding hood I saw was near $1500. I said Ill pass, but they sold a few. when the price came down to $500 they sold a lot of them. Now I can buy them for $39.99! And it has more bells and whistles than the original did at $1500. The more units sold will make the price go down and the product better. At $350 I have a good use for one at my work. At $5000 it wasn't worth it. DR

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