Rover thermal system

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  1. scrmblr1982cj8

    scrmblr1982cj8 LSB Active Member LSB TURKEY BUZZARD PRESERVATION SOCIETY LoneStarBoars Supporter

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    Just saw this on an episode of Night Crew. Out of my price range but looks like it would be an awesome tool to have! 51DC7EED-9D89-471E-9962-EB7D167EA5E4.png
     
  2. Hard_ware

    Hard_ware Here piggy piggy! Deep Deep S. TX.

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    Portable vehicle units work nice.
    19mm lens is too small.
    I cobbled a unit together from a scan eagle drones DRS thermal e6000 with 62mm lens for under $1200. I use every time I check the fields plugs into my pioneer dvd /radio in dash unit and cigarette lighter plug or nowadays accessory port.

    Camera was a clearance item from Sierra Olympic technologies 640 core 62mm lens $995. a used go light and an adapter plate ( got it from UNV, he made a few plates for the few cameras guys bought from Sierra Olympic) to fit it in place of the light bulb. Had to make a remote control as it was normally controlled from a laptop with a windows program. Older flir ps24 or ps32 units can be setup on a go light and work very well for under $1500 but won’t have the clarity of a 640 core unit.
     
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    Wildfowler Mis'sippi SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    19mm will “see” hog/deer sized animals 800 yards away or more. But I agree, I wish mine had about 18-24 degree FOV in its current size form factor for greater identification range.

    @Hard_ware

    Can you navigate and simultaneously scan at a comfortable speed with that much lens on your system or do you have to stop to scan?

    If I get going too fast down a rough gravel road for example even my small 19 mm lens starts to vibrate and bounces around to the point where it’s difficult to see what I’m looking at.

    I’m really hoping they will make a Boson powered flir vue type camera which should have digital HDMI video out. Or USB-C output to a laptop.

    The video files created by my flir vue 19 mm camera are significantly more clear and sharply defined than the live analog output.

    In my mind, my 19 mm system would be much better if it were able to live stream digital output at the same quality that it records to digital memory.

    Thanks.
     
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    Hard_ware Here piggy piggy! Deep Deep S. TX.

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    Keep in mind I have a 640 25micron core which is a larger FOV vs 320. I scan while driving lights out but I use pvs14 on left eye, or with parking lights if really dark.

    The recording feature is nice, I have to use my iPhone to record screen. I can hook it up to a tablet and capture and view, but it’s too easy to just connect to my in dash video player.
     
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    Wildfowler Mis'sippi SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    Is your thermal camera with larger lens sufficiently dampened to allow you to clearly see what’s on the monitor while operating your truck at a comfortable rate of speed? What about looking left or right at highway speed?

    I was not trying to address field of view I was asking about camera stability while mobile.

    Thanks.
     
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    Hard_ware Here piggy piggy! Deep Deep S. TX.

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    I have a bungee cord to add tension to the lens. At highway speeds not a problem scanning, the go light has a normal speed which is fast and a slow speed for slower/finer adjustments. At hwy speeds the normal speed works best.
    On bumpy roads camera and truck is shaking 01 f350 4dr diesel. I usually scan a field to the right for about a mile then a smaller field on the left about 1/2 mile when I get to the area I look for hogs at. I usually drive around 45-50 when scanning on paved roads. At 3x zoom that speed is too fast. If I see something I will usually slow down or pull off on the shoulder and hit the 3x zoom.
     
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    Wildfowler Mis'sippi SUS VENATOR CLUB

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    Thanks.

    I’ve been hesitant to consider a system with a larger lens thinking camera movement might be an issue for driving normal speeds.

    Thank you!
     
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    Hard_ware Here piggy piggy! Deep Deep S. TX.

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    Welcome!
     

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