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Postby Tom Anderson » Wed May 16, 2018 9:20 am

Which one is everyone useing and pros and cons looking to buy one soon

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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Jim Sizemore » Wed May 16, 2018 11:53 am

I don't know which one to buy but I know which one NOT to waste your money on.

https://www.thermal.com/reveal-series.html

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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Jeff Ricklefs » Wed May 16, 2018 12:27 pm

Flir scout 3 240 or the scout Flir TK are great options
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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Tom Anderson » Wed May 16, 2018 6:16 pm

Jeff which one of the two you said is better

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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Michael Brown » Wed May 16, 2018 6:37 pm

Depends on how much money you’re willing to spend. Higher end priced ones are definitely better, but expensive. I’d buy the Armasight Zeus Pro 640 if money isn’t a problem. It’s around $8,500, but if you’re money conscious I’d go with the Flir Scout Tk for around $600. Big difference between the two, but just for the money the Scout TK will do a lot.

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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Justin Davenport » Thu May 17, 2018 12:11 pm

In my experiences the Flir TK is a waste of money I have found coons with it but none I couldn’t find without it . It doesn’t differate the heat sources that much of a coon is out on a limb you can find it but if it’s in the middle of a tree just looks like one big blob of red and if you hunt in climate like Florida where the underbrush is thick and the trees are thick there all pretty much a waste of money. JMO

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Postby Michael Brown » Thu May 17, 2018 1:17 pm

I do agree they’re pretty much a waste of money “IF” you’re wanting X-Ray vision, but the TK is a cheap thermal scope as well. I think your results will definitely be dictated by the area you hunt in, and your purpose for using them. I’ve found a lot of coon from a good distance from the tree, and it’s helped me in training dogs tremendously.

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Postby Jeff Ricklefs » Thu May 17, 2018 2:24 pm

I totally disagree , I have used both the scout 3 and the TK I have the scout 3 at this time but will go to the cheaper TK if I ever need a new one , in my opinion they both work great and if you learn how to use them they are an asweome tool , trust he they will find a coon you would never see with the naked eye !
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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Steve Raleigh » Thu May 17, 2018 3:24 pm

For the price, nothing can compete with this spotter and with regards to finding coons will perform just as well as the high end monoc/spotters. If you cant find them with this unit you better whip your dogs - b/c he is not there, even with leaves on.
https://www.opticsplanet.com/pulsar-pl7 ... l-bin.html

If price is no object and you want to see the hair on a coons nuts then you have to go with the best in the civilian thermal market world and that is Trijicon.

https://www.opticsplanet.com/trijicon-e ... cular.html

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https://www.opticsplanet.com/trijicon-e ... r-60h.html
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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Chris Saunders » Fri May 18, 2018 8:28 am

I have a Scout TK, like Jeff said there is a learning curve BUT once you learn what to look for they are VERY handy tool. The only two weaknesses I've seen are 1) foggy nights (almost useless), 2) HEAVY leaf cover (tougher to catch the body heat)

They don't work as well in the summer but if that coon isn't laying in the middle of a bunch of leaves deep in the middle of a tree I can usually figure out what area he is in then use my naked eye/squaller to find him.

As a training tool with a young dog in the fall/winter many times I don't even have to shine a light, I use the FLIR and proceed accordingly. I first bought my two years ago because I walked away from two trees thinking a pup missed during season only to look back and see a coon looking at me.

Keep in mind... a raccoon's body temp is ~103 meaning unless you are hunting on 95 -100 degree nights the FLIR will show a difference between the raccoon and the tree.
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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Spencer Anderson » Mon May 21, 2018 4:21 pm

I got the scout 3 640 and it works great. Had the TK and couldn’t find anything with it. Wouldn’t recommend the TK.

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Re: Thermal imager

Postby Lane Denny » Mon May 21, 2018 5:31 pm

Ive got the scout 3 240. Takes a little bit to get used to it but I love mine
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