Description

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A portable version of the thermal viewers used by SAR professionals. The First Mate detects the thermal energy all objects emit and displays it as a video image. Because it works off differences in heat, not light, things like people, campfires, and engines show up clearly, even in daylight. Use it to locate a capsized kayaker, spot boats motoring without lights, or navigate through darkness and fog.

In InstAlert viewing mode, the hottest elements in a scene are displayed in red – excellent for rescues or wildlife watching. The freeze frame function lets you overcome trembling hands or rolling boats to get a steady look at items of interest.

  • Detects people at distances up to 320m, small vessels up to approximately 896m.
  • Display can be toggled through White Hot, Black Hot, or InstAlert (hottest items shown in red).
  • Waterproof to IP-67 (submersion up to 1 metre). Not buoyant.
  • Field of view is 24 x 18° NTSC.
  • Focal length is 19mm, fixed focus.
  • Internal rechargeable li-ion battery, with a typical operating life of 5 hours per charge.
  • Operating temperature range is -20 to 50°C.
  • Dimensions are 17 × 5.8 × 6.2cm.
  • Includes wrist strap, USB cable, and product CD.

Tech specs

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Ideal for
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Kayak touring
  • Canoe tripping
Detector 240 x 180 VOx Microbolometer
Human size detectable distance

Maximum distance at which scope is able to detect a 180 x 50cm object.

320m
Small vessel size detectable distance

Maximum distance at which scope is able to detect a 2.3 x 2.3m object.

896m
Wave band 7.5 - 13.5µm
Refresh rate

Refresh rate with NTSC or PAL.

9Hz
Operating temperature -4 to 50°C
Battery life (operating)

Ratings using AA NiMH batteries.

5 h
Dimensions 17 x 6.2 x 5.8cm
IPX rating

Indicates the degree of protection against liquid. IP X1: Dripping water while in normal operating orientation; IP X4: Splashing water; IP X5: Water jets; IP X6: Powerful water jets; IP X7: Immersion up to 1m ≤ 30 minutes; IP X8: Suitable for submersion as specified by manufacturer.

IP X6
Batteries Lithium-ion (included)
Still photo mode No
Electronic zoom No
Data card Not accepted
Adjustable brightness Yes
Output None
Video capture No
Made in USA