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Old 12-07-2016, 04:52 PM   #1
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My Christmas present to me -

So I decided I needed a Flir for the boat and decided on this: Leupold LTO Tracker Thermal Imaging Monocular Sight / Hand-held Viewer w/ 6X Digital Zoom 172830 w/ Free S&H

Waterproof and small plus will operate for ten hours on 123 batteries.
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Yeah, that time of year for sure. I thought about a really nice present for me -- a bigger, better boat than I have now, packed to the gills with expensive equipment, and ready to follow in the footsteps of Dauntless!! But not singlehanding like him. No, sir. A Stepford Wife (marine version) ready to travel with it!

Oh well. Probably get some socks for Christmas. It is a cruel world.
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I'm tired of socks, underwear and ties. If I get a great present it will come from me. LOL. Who loves me more than me. �� Besides it is for the safety of those traveling with me, see I did it for you!
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So I decided I needed a Flir for the boat and decided on this: Leupold LTO Tracker Thermal Imaging Monocular Sight / Hand-held Viewer w/ 6X Digital Zoom 172830 w/ Free S&H

Waterproof and small plus will operate for ten hours on 123 batteries.
Leupold is very good brand. To use at sea (moving element), check the frame rate, forget everything under 20 Hz, 30 Hz would be very fine.
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Greetings,
Wow. 123 batteries. That's a lot.
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Wow. 123 batteries. That's a lot.
Lol ! "CR123" battery is the product ref.
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Well at least I don't get ties anymore. I don't know what I'll get this year but I'm sure it will be an open box something-or-other from Ronco, probably taped to a 99 cent fruitcake. .
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I checked the refresh rate and it was 30Hz. It's much nicer than other Flir products I looked at a much better price, small so it fits in a pocket and guaranteed for life. Downside is it can roll off a flat surface.

I though that I was worth the price, the admiral was not consulted. LOL
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Santa Bill was Wonderful to me.

I have installed one of my wishes... a wish that I planned for long before the purchase of my Seaweed. At initial haul-out I even installed a thru-hull for it. She's wonderful and life truly does not get any better.

I am the most fortunate person on the planet. Life is sooooo good.

Christmas has arrived at Seaweed. The lights are up, Sinatra is singing It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and that is so true. I love the lights, the music and Claxton fruitcake. What could be better?!?
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Janice, so glad to see your doing well. Claxton fruitcake? Does it have rum in it?
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Does it actually let you see in the dark, For example crab pot floats that always seem to get dropped in great numbers near nav marks and tight channels?

Or does it just show up warm objects?
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I checked the refresh rate and it was 30Hz. It's much nicer than other Flir products I looked at a much better price, small so it fits in a pocket and guaranteed for life. Downside is it can roll off a flat surface.

I though that I was worth the price, the admiral was not consulted. LOL
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Last week in Paris I have tried Leupold LTO Tracker Thermal Imaging Monocular (Product #172830) between many other ones.
High frame rate, compact, quick, easy, lightweight, impressive performance; One of the best, perhaps the best one in my opinion. Not weapon rated (you cannot mount it to a firearm) but that's not an issue to use on a boat.

I guess (in my opinion only) the thermal sensor came from Raytheon which is great.

Reasonable price for a great quality, pretty "affordable" for a thermal optic). USA made (Oregon ?) & 5 years warranty (in Europe).
ACR123 lithium battery life is very good, easy replaceable.

Forget FLIR (even at same price range than Leupold) which have too low frame rate, lower resolution, a lower distance. FLIR are very good BUT in the USD 3,000 price range !

PS. I don't have any connection with Leupold company.
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Does it actually let you see in the dark, For example crab pot floats that always seem to get dropped in great numbers near nav marks and tight channels?

Or does it just show up warm objects?
It's a thermal device, not a full night vision which is the reason why it works both day & night.

Mostly to use for thermal observation & detection of heat sources like other boats even small ones which is good. Not bad (average) in the dark but not to use out to 600 yards in the dark for crab pot for sure.

In my opinion it's ok, there are six optional color palettes, better to setup on bright green or dark green, not bad in the dark because even sea water could have less or more signature, then a dark point in the green could be a crab pot or buoy, once again, not at all out to 600 yards.

But I suggest you give this one a try when no heat signature emitted to check if it's ok with your expectation.
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I have installed one of my wishes... a wish that I planned for long before the purchase of my Seaweed. At initial haul-out I even installed a thru-hull for it. . . .
So Janice, what did you install that was connected to that thru-hull - a sea-toilet?
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I am told by Leopold that they will either make a new one or make a mount for this one to be used with a red dot on a rail. That doesn't matter to me as I have NV for that purpose. I agree the green choice is best for me. They claim it will work out to 600 yards, I doubt that, but one or two hundred is fine for my speed at night.
Thanks for you knowledgeable input.
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Santa Bill was Wonderful to me.

I have installed one of my wishes... a wish that I planned for long before the purchase of my Seaweed. At initial haul-out I even installed a thru-hull for it. She's wonderful and life truly does not get any better.

I am the most fortunate person on the planet. Life is sooooo good.

Christmas has arrived at Seaweed. The lights are up, Sinatra is singing It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and that is so true. I love the lights, the music and Claxton fruitcake. What could be better?!?
Hi Janice

Please check your email (Gmail), there is a nice surprise for you
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I am told by Leopold that they will either make a new one or make a mount for this one to be used with a red dot on a rail. That doesn't matter to me as I have NV for that purpose. I agree the green choice is best for me. They claim it will work out to 600 yards, I doubt that, but one or two hundred is fine for my speed at night.
Thanks for you knowledgeable input.
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You are most welcome.
With Leupold LTO, 500 to 600 yards for a heat signature would really work on land.
It's not about 500 / 600 yards distance, which would be OK (not for crab pot or buoy). It's about the convenience from a moving element as water which depends if calm or not, this is why a good frame rate (30Hz) is very important.
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You certainly understand more about this than I do, however I should have the unit about the first of the year and I have time to play with it. I'll either keep it or sell it.

Thanks.
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You certainly understand more about this than I do, however I should have the unit about the first of the year and I have time to play with it. I'll either keep it or sell it.

Thanks.
In rereading my last post, I think that I misspoke due to my English, I apologize about that.

What I meant is that Leupold LTO would really work on land - also on calm sea, lake, river thanks to the 30Hz frame rate -, for a thermal detection distance of up to 500 / 600 yards which is very good for the price.

If the sea was not calm and had some waves therefore the observation is unstable, the overall distance would be shorter, of up to 100 / 200 yards.

I am pretty sure you will find it useful and convenient.
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