Thermal Imagers: The New Way To Watch Wildlife

There are many ways to observe wildlife whether it be with wildlife cameras from Spypoint or handheld digital night vision from Pulsar.

But these days with technology becoming more advanced, hand held thermal imagers are a new way to watch animals in the wild in all weather conditions.


At Trail Cameras we now use thermal imagers regularly and it's one of our main pieces of equipment when it comes to wildlife observation and detection


When people think of 'thermal imagers' most of them will relate it to the military, sci fi movies or even James Bond type films, but a handheld thermal imager is no longer just a 'toy' or 'special gadget' from the movies. A thermal imager can be used day or night and in any weather conditions. It can see through fog, mist and heavy foliage to detect heat from an object such as a wild deer, fox, badger or birds.

Thermal Imaging Heres how it basically works:

  • First of all infrared energy is omitted proportionately to the temperature of an object.
  • Infrared energy from objects that are seen by the germanium lens, are focused onto an infrared detector called a microbolometer. This is then passed onto sensor electronics
  • The sensor electronics in the form of a chip, translate the microbolometer data into an image which you see through the eye piece.

It all sounds very technical and believe us it is. Thermal imagers are complicated devices inside, but on the outside they are actually very easy to use. Here are some of our recommended thermal imagers for wildlife observation and detection. They are all available from leading night vision specialist Scott Country International.


Pulsar Quantum HD38s

New and imprived for 2014, the Pulsar Quantum HD38s is top of it's gane when it comes to thermal imagers. Featuring a high res 384x288 microbolometer with 640x480 screen and a new calibration system offering manual, semi-automatic, automatic calibration, and operation modes: city, forest, identification.













Specification:

Refresh Rate 30Hz(HD38) 9Hz(LD38)
Magnification: 2.1x Optical (2x digital zoom)
Resolution pixels: 384x288
OLED Display Size: 0.31"
Close Up Range of 2 metres
Max Detection Range: 900 metres
Start up time: Less than 10seconds
IPX4 Degree of protection
Video Output: PAL/NTSC
Dimensions: 200x86x59
Weight: 470grams

Microbolometer: UL03 16 2
Frame Rate: 30hz (HD38)
Microbolometer Res (pixels) 384x288
Display resolution: 640x480 pix.
Sensor Response: LWIR
Spectral Sensitivity: 7.7 to 13.2 (um)
Microbolometer Diagonal (inch): 0.47
Pixel Pitch: 25 (um)
Display Type: MDP01A Maryland OLED
Display Res: 640x480 Pixels
Video Out for recording footage
Lens Material: Germanium
Body Material: Glass/Nylon composite
Tripod Mount: 2 x 1/4"
Mount for attachment of accessories: Weaver
Powered by: 4 x AA batteries or Pulsar EPS3/5
IPX4 Protection rated
Measures: 200x86x59
Weight: 470gm

(Detection range is based on an object measuring 1.7x0.5m)

BUY NOW HERE: Scott Country International

Watch the videos below for more information on the Quantum HD38s:





Guide IR518

Guide thermal imagers feature a 50Hz image refresh rate which means that you basically have real time viewing with now lag. They also feature different pallete colour modes as well as black hot and white hot detection modes.













Watch the videos below of the Guide thermal imager in action observing fox cubs at night in complete darkness, and our field test:





Specifications:

Guide IR518- A

The entry level hand held security and surveillance thermal imaging camera from Guide, featuring a 160x120 resolution which still offers man sized detection at almost 600m.

Standard Features include a 25mm Germanium lens, 50Hz Frame rate, image capture to SD card and a 2 yr warranty.

  • Magnification: 1x , 2 x Digital Zoom
  • Lens: 25mm
  • Field of View: 9.15 x 6.87 Deg
  • Manual Focusing
  • Weight 0.5Kg
  • Powered by 4 x AA batteries
  • Sensor Resolution: 160x120
  • Detection Range: 595m
  • Run Time Approx 2hrs
  • Removable 4Gb SD Card Storage
  • IP54 Rated

Guide IR518-B

Featuring the same specification features as the IR518-A but with a 384x288 resolution providing 30% more pixels than its nearest commercial competitor, as well as a wider field of view. Man Sized detection remains the same as the 518-A however resolution is somewhat increased for clearer identification.

  • Magnification: 1x , 2 x Digital Zoom
  • Lens: 25mm
  • Field of View: 21.74x16.39 Deg
  • Manual Focusing
  • Weight 0.5Kg
  • Powered by 4 x AA batteries
  • Sensor Resolution: 384x288
  • Detection Range: 595m
  • Run Time Approx 2hrs
  • Removable 4Gb SD Card Storage
  • IP54 Rated

Guide IR518-C

Based on the IR518-B the IR518-C is fitted with a 50mm Germanium Lens which provides man sized detection out to 1200m.

  • Magnification: 1x , 2 x Digital Zoom
  • Lens: 50mm
  • Field of View: 10.97x8.24 Deg
  • Manual Focusing
  • Weight 0.5Kg
  • Powered by 4 x AA batteries
  • Sensor Resolution: 384x288
  • Detection Range: 1200m
  • Run Time Approx 2hrs
  • Removable 4Gb SD Card Storage
  • IP54 Rated

BUY NOW HERE: Scott Country International

 

FLIR

FLIR have been the leaders of the thermal imaging market for a long time and have a large range of handheld thermal imagers available. From the entry level Scout PS-Series to the range topping Scout BTX Bi-ocular series, FLIR thermal imagers cater for all needs in the field.














Read more information and buy FLIR thermal imagers here: Scott Country International.



 

 

 

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