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Thermal Imaging Cameras

Thermal imaging has become all the rage in hunting, with cameras, scopes and monoculars as well as binoculars being made that use thermal imaging techniques.
Having used this kind of technology in the fire service, it had never really occurred to me that it might be useful in hunting, however not only is it used for hunting, but also law enforcement, private detectives, firefighting, as well as in human and animal medicine

Thermal imaging scopes retail for about 1500 USD at the moment

What really is thermal imaging and how can it help you in hunting.
The answers are fairly simple.
Thermal imaging is the process of capturing the heat from any object that can’t be seen with the human eye, rendering that object effectively viewable trough the camera or scope.How does it work?
Thermal energy is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, or, the upper part of the infrared spectrum that our eyes aren’t able to see.
Primarily we can’t view it because it comes off an object as heat, rather than being reflected to our eyes as light.
While scopes such as this are expensive, you can see where it might come in handy when, just at daybreak, that buck of a lifetime breaks through the brush and you don’t have a clear view of exactly where he is.
Being the responsible hunter, you’re not going to shoot until his position is clear to you,.
Also being a responsible hunter, particularly when hunting in deep wooded or forest areas, you can see where the monocular might be a super means of safeguarding those who are part of your hunting party or others that you aren’t aware are in the forest in your area.

While at the moment they are somewhat cost prohibitive, like anything else, when it becomes a normal day to day thing to own, I think we can safely expect prices to go down, and when they do, these are on my list of things to have.
While I questioned its use for finding game, I certainly see it as a remarkable aid to me in making sure that there is no one in my general vicinity prior to shooting at the big buck, even if he is in good full view.


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