Who are FLIR?
Founded in 1978 FLIR was originally the provider of infrared imaging systems which were installed on the vehicles that were responsible for the operation of energy inspections. Since then the company has made vast expansions and shifted the focus to other applications and started looking to other markets which included those that were responsible for the thermal imaging technology. This includes stabilized thermal image cameras for law enforcement aircraft, the branch of science that deals with the detection and measurement of radiant electromagnetic energy, and thermal imaging systems which are used in security bases on the ground plus the search and rescue. FLIR currently stands as one of the world leaders in sensor systems design and manufacture which are used for a wide variety of businesses within the commercial, industrial, and government markets.
The FLIR scout is a small, lightweight powerful optical device that enables users to enjoy extended night vision on the move with no chance of arm fatigue. In the same way that all FLIR cameras products work this device creates images through the heat that it picks up and users have the freedom to find their way through all types of terrain at dusk, dawn, or in pitch black. The unit is compact and fits into the hand and with the simple operation means the device is suitable for all.
What is a monocular?
A monocular is a type of telescope that uses a series of lenses to magnify the images of distant objects, and is best described and thought of as a lightweight telescope. With a weight that is less than half of binoculars that perform in the same way, they are easy to carry and provide users with a 2 dimensional image and the only difference between a monocular and binoculars is that the binoculars add depth through their 3 dimensional offering.
Monocular’s that have a straight optical path will provide the same results as long range binoculars, and monocular’s are commonly referred to as telescopes and are perfect to use when a magnified 2-dimensional image of a distant object is required.
Monocular’s are often used by those with poor eyesight of some degree of visual impairment in order for them to be able to see objects at distances. When users require a high magnification and crisp, bright image with good resolution of images in the distance it may be that the user choices to use a relatively large instrument which will be mounted on a tripod.
The compact FLIR Scout PS32 320×240 monocular fits easily into the palm of your hand, and its simplified operation makes it an ideal choice for all manner of sports, hiking, rangers or just for viewing nature in your backyard and the FLIR scout enables users to:
- Tackling rough terrain in sideways movements, or a series of such movements, across a rock face from one line of ascent or descent in no light or partial light
- Spot nocturnal animals
- Great device for searching for lost livestock
- Locating missing people in adverse weather conditions
- See easily through fog, smoke or dust
- Weather proof your home by helping you to locate areas where insulation is missing, leaky window units or drafty doors throughout the home
Features of the FLIR Scout PS32 320×240 monocular
There are a number of features that this compact monocular offers including the following:
- Robust, weather resistant ergonomic design
- Sharp resolution combined with optional 2X E-Zoom plus Freeze Frame
- Lightweight and small weighing just 12 ounces and measuring less than 7” in length
- Instant alert display options including white hot and black hot
- Simple 3 button operating format
- LED task light as standard and embedded into the device
- Internal lithium ion battery that is rechargeable
- Compatibility to be coupled with a standard tripod
- Inclusive of Scout PS-Series thermal handheld camera, USB cable, soft carrying bag, product CD and wrist strap
- Optional accessories which include a charging cradle and mobile compatible belt clip
- Five hours operation once charged
The FLIR Scout PS32 320×240 monocular is the height of sophistication when it comes to thermal imaging and comprises of a 320 x 240 VOX micro bolometer detector, a fixed focus of 19mm, 24×18 degree view field, um waveband that ranges from 7.5 – 13.5, 2x digital E zoom, start up in less than 5 seconds, +/- two diopter adjustment and a USB port for charging. With regards to the image presentation there is an inbuilt color LCD display; digital detail image enhancement optimization and a 9 Hz refresh rate and video format. The Scout has a submersible waterproof rating of IAP67 and a operating temperature range of –4 – 122 degrees F and a detection range for a 6 foot individual at 350 yards. This FLIR night vision device includes a two year limited manufacturer’s warranty.