FLIR Scout TK Pocket-Sized Thermal Monocular
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- FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera
- Find wildlife, stay safe in the dark
- Starts up in seconds, no training required
- Use for personal home security at night
- Range performance - Detect Man: (1.8 m × 0.5 m) 100 yards
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Flir scout tk specifications
- Detector: VOx Microbolometer
- Resolution: 160×120
- Display: 640X480 LCD
- FOV (HxV): 20°×16°
- Detect Man: 100 yards
- Batteries: 5-hour Rechargeable
- Weight: 6 oz (170 g)
- Size: 6.0"x2"x2"
FLIR SCOUT TK
Pocket-Sized Thermal Vision Monocular
The FLIR Scout TK is a pocket-sized thermal vision monocular for exploring the outdoors—at night and in lowlight conditions. Scout TK reveals your surroundings and helps you see people, objects and animals over 100 yards (90 m) away. Simple to use, with still image and video recording, Scout TK is the perfect companion, whether in the back country or your own backyard.
What's in the box:
- Handheld Thermal Camera
- Neck Lanyard
- USB Cable
- Lens Cap
The FLIR Scout TK is a pocket-sized thermal vision monocular for exploring the outdoors—at night and in lowlight conditions. Scout TK reveals your surroundings and helps you see people, objects and animals over 100 yards (90 m) away. Simple to use, with still image and video recording, Scout TK is the perfect companion, whether in the back country or your own backyard. FLIR Scout TK makes outdoor thermal imaging more accessible than ever. With the ability to see heat signatures in total darkness, users become better aware of their surroundings. Scout TK is also the lightest (6 oz/170 g), most affordable camera in the FLIR Scout series. You can find wildlife and see people over 100 yards away. Pocket-sized and designed for single-handed use, FLIR Scout TK starts up in seconds and requires no training. It offers a simple four-button design and intuitive interface. Choose between nine video palettes, including White/Black Hot, InstAlert, and Graded Fire. Plus, it’s built with a rugged, weather-resistant shell that can withstand bumps and splashes on the trail. In addition to packing the Scout TK for outdoor adventures, it’s also a great everyday tool for personal and home security at night. Keep an eye on your property 24/7, search for missing pets or predators, and scan sidewalks, parking lots, and parks in the dark. The Scout TK features a 5-hour rechargeable Li-Ion battery for long-lasting operation.
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The lens cap stays in place when installed which is critical in protecting the lens on these types of systems. Charging is relatively quick and the option to send the unit in for battery replacement is a big bonus. Processor start up is under 7 seconds and shutdown is about 4 seconds. System will calibrate while in use depending on the conditions of the monocular being used and takes about 5 seconds.
On screen menu is simple to navigate once you remember what function each soft key serves. In menu viewing on the built in screen quality is excellent and has a brightness range that is usable from darkness without moonlight to indoor fluorescent lighting. Images/video can be deleted very easily using 2 keys. Keys are very responsive with no perceived delay, even when deleting images.
Color schemes can be changed very quickly and allow the user to scroll through for the best image possible. I would not go so far as to say one is better than the other as I use all the modes depending on the situation and what I am looking for. Thermal units are not a one and done piece of equipment. They require user interaction and interpretation.I cannot stress that last bit enough.
My only concern is the USB cover as it does not seal tightly after a couple uses from charging or transferring images but not a concern with its IPX rating as it is not designed to be submerged for expended periods. I was out on the water when the product arrived and my wife notified me that my "green dildo" arrived. I suppose as long as you are comfortable with being demasculinized by your spouse, it's not an issue.
The attached image is of what I feel are the most commonly used color schemes and for this purpose, they fulfill the roll beautifully. The images were captured from 15 yards away of a Honda Pilot in full daylight on a cloudless day. Outside temperature is 37 degrees and the vehicle was parked 60 minutes ago.
I will add more photos when I find time.
UPDATE: Unit was put away and after return from deployment, found I was unable to power unit on. Contacted FLIR and they were very responsive.
Refer warranty issues for the FLIR Scout TK directly to FLIR @ 888-747-3547.
Individuals can register their FLIR Scout TK using the link below (FLIR had to walk me through step by step, yes it's that complicated, lol)
The rep will email a reference number and provide the customer with an RMA request form along with an email address to forward the completed RMA request to. Once the RMA request has been emailed to the appropriate email address (the email address I was instructed to email request to differed from address listed on RMA form). After submission ,I received a response within 24 hours with RMA form and instructions for shipping. Please be aware that you will need to pay for shipping to the repair facility. At this present time, I am packaging my unit for shipment and will update as it comes.
At this point, I am peeved that I am paying to have the unit returned after spending $600 and using the unit for mere hours so we will see how this pans out.
Also be aware that this will NOT "see" through glass - such as looking into a vehicle with the windows up, or out through a window. You must have unimpeded space between you and what you're viewing - not the fault of the device, just a function of the technology.
My wife was skeptical (understatement!) that we "needed" this device, given the price. The first night turned that attitude around nicely. To be honest, we'd like to be able to "see" in the dark in the event of a power failure, particularly a longer term one. If undesirable folks are out at night with a long-term power outage, it would be nice to see without being seen - most IR night vision devices, particularly the less expensive ones, have a tell-tale dull red glow coming from the IR emitter. Therefore, someone else can spot you quite easily in the dark, due to the sudden red dot that is shining in their direction. But with this device, there's nothing for them to see. Short of them having their own night vision capability (unlikely with neighborhood "bad guys"), you can be standing straight up in the deep shadows and never be detected - yet they will stand out brilliantly. As a test, I had my wife watch me walk well out into the yard (at least 50 feet), and then crouch down behind some bushes. While she could slightly see the bushes, she said I was clearly visible, and if she hadn't known the bushes were there, she would not have known I'd gone behind anything (obviously the bushes have to have plenty of holes between branches or leaves, so the heat differential can be "seen" through the bushes). Just imagine wearing a glowing suit and someone is watching you through a monocular. As long as you're not behind a solid object, they'll be able to see the light coming through any bushes. It's the same with the heat signature this device "sees."
The device frequently re-calibrates itself (you'll see it in the view finder), so it adjusts to whatever the relative temperatures are regardless of time of day or temperatures of objects. Obviously, when it's quite cold you'll be able to see warm bodies far easier, and if temperatures are quite warm in the evening (no sun to artificially heat things up more), a body may not show up as easily due to less difference in temperatures, but it's still highly useful. It will be surprising to see how much difference there is in temperatures the first few times you look through it - big trees are much cooler than the leaves. In fact, looking at leaves on a tree vs. the clear sky behind the leaves at night, the contrast is stunning - the leaves are quite bright white, whereas the sky is providing no real heat of its own, thus it's black.
Finally, we have a bird feeder about 50 feet or so from the back of the house. The tiny sparrows don't show up during the day, but a few larger birds do show up, such as blue jays or woodpeckers. Obviously we can't check that out at night, but there probably wouldn't be much difference. And as for how much can be discerned, it is inherently fuzzy. A larger animal would definitely show up well within 100 feet, I'm sure, and be identifiable by shape. But smaller animals, even just 25-50 feet away, would be more problematic unless their shape was quite unique - the definition just isn't good enough to reliably do identification at that distance. And obviously, trying to identify facial features would not possible at any significant distance. It's even distorted due to color scheme presentation at a close distance (just a few feet).
So if you want identify a prowler, forget it. But if you want to identify the fact that you HAVE a possible prowler, it'll do a nice job certainly out to at least 100 feet or so (the farthest I've tried it). And it is of at least some use for trying to navigate around objects, if that was the only way you could do it (i.e. you had no flashlight, or it was unwise to use one), but if the difference in temperature is limited between nearby objects, you won't see very well. This will be of limited use to us, but of potential significant value in very occasional circumstances (kind of like auto or homeowners insurance - you pay for it in case you need it and hope you never do).