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    FLIR or NV

    I was thinking about picking up some night optics (hand-held or goggle type) for night hiking/camping/outdoors type application. I was leaning toward the FLIR stuff do to the quick and easy object identification, and being non light dependent. Some reviews point out that gen 3 NV has much better clarity, but again objects are not as easily identified. Unfortunatly the FLIR stuff is down tuned to 9hz refresh rate for us lowly civilians. Can a guy even get gen 3 stuff up here? Pricing is a factor of course, I think I would be in the range of 5 large, definitely not top end but hopefully something usable and not disappointing. Any input would be appreciated.

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    Never seen it for sale, might be able to get some European made stuff imported.
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    I'd get both. Spend 2 grand on the starter FLIR, and then 3 grand on a decent mountable NVD. The FLIR stuff I've played with is definitely a cut above any of the NVDs I play with:


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    Quote Originally Posted by TV-PressPass View Post
    I'd get both. Spend 2 grand on the starter FLIR, and then 3 grand on a decent mountable NVD. The FLIR stuff I've played with is definitely a cut above any of the NVDs I play with:

    That rifle is beautiful lol.

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    Thanks man. I like it. Now to get some thermal untis on there

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    Well, I ended up opting for the FLIR unit, and got a PS-32. It's a pretty cool little unit, easy enough to throw into a pack and take with you. It's definitely sensitive, you can pick up heat signatures of someone's foot steps on hardwood floors, and also identify joist and stud locations with a finished structure quite easily. It was fun to play when we were out camping the other weekend as well. Now to save up for some gen III NV...

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    Thats awesome man. The PS-32 is the best weight and highest quality sensor I've seen. Sounds like a solid setup.

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    I am not yet ready (or able) to get into the NV/FLIR game, but I am interested in helmet-mounting a FLIR/thermal system. I haven't seen anything like that yet. Just head mounted NV and weapon-mounted or hand-held thermal sights.

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    So 2 years later, what's the technology like for us civilians?

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    I like the idea of flir, and it could have some cool practical benefits like finding cold sources in building envelopes.

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