FLIR Announces “Its Most Affordable” Thermal Monocular

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Introduced at the CES show now wrapping up in Las Vegas (just in time for SHOTShow to move in), FLIR has announced the upcoming release of its Scout TK thermal vision monocular. The new Scout TK is the latest and smallest offering in FLIR’s Scout brand.

The new handheld features FLIR;s “revolutionary low-cost Leptop microcamera core”, which FLIR touts as making the technology more accessible across a wide variety of applications.

The thermal camera includes capabilities to shift from White/Black Hot, Graded Fire, and other video palettes. Start-up is in seconds (unlike old thermals) and batteries are expected to last for 5 hours on the rechargeable Li-ion pack.

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FLIR Rates the camera to see animals and people out to 100 yards. In addition, the camera can record video and capture still images for nostalgia or sharing.

No word if a weapons adapter will be offered, but given the stated “entry-level” orientation of the Scout TK, its doubtful it could stand up to recoil. Still, hunters out in extremely dark conditions will find it a valuable tool.

The FLIR Scout TK will retail for $599, with shipments beginning in the first quarter of 2016. Those interested can register for information at FLIR’s product wesbite: http://www.flir.com/scouttk



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • Spencerhut

    It’s nice to see this technology getting down to the impulse buying price point.

    • tts

      Huh? Needs to be closer to $100 or less for it to get to impluse buying point. $600 a majority of a paycheck for most folks.

      • Spencerhut

        Impulse zone form something cool like this is currently anything under a grand in our store. $100 is about chicken scratch these days.

        • tts

          Your stores’ clientele might not be representative of what most other stores are like if $100 is chicken scratch and under a grand is “impulse zone”.

        • YS

          Considering these will be sold at sporting goods stores and gun shops, I think $1k is a reasonable impulse buy zone. I’ve bought multiple pistols on impulse costing more than $1k each.

          I think the thing that needs to be considered is that when I go to one of these stores, I’m going there knowing that there’s a good chance that I’ll be spending some money. Impulse zone is going to be different from when I go to the local 7-11.

      • Budogunner

        I’m not spending that kind of money on a non-weapon-mountable optic. As a monocular, how will this serve me better than Gen 1+ night vision.

        So, I agree. I’m not feeling the impulse just to have a cool but impractical toy.

    • Sam Green

      I totally agree, these most likely will even get cheaper when Range-R goes more mainstream to LEOs.
      Range-R units have been used since 2012 in tens of dozens of agencies, most with three letter names. But it’s kept on the down low as it walks a grey line with the 4th amendment. They cost $5999

  • J.J

    That’s a start but I’m not going to call it affordable until it goes for under 300.

    • Bal256

      Compared to what? Thermals are normally in the thousands of dollars. This isn’t some NC star red dot that loses zero after less than a magazine.

      • Random Disabled Person

        Don’t you mean, the cheap red dot that becomes lost before the magazine is emptied?

  • Budogunner

    That demo photo choice is hilarious. Two people, barely visible in FLIR up-close sitting in front of a bonfire… which would make them WAY more visible to just the naked eye.

    I call Marketing fail.

    • Hensley Beuron Garlington

      You’re right! Let’s see how well it picks up people and animals in a field or wooded area on a moonless, cloudy, and foggy night compared to not using the device in the same exact situation.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Oh, is that right? Or perhaps it’s actually a very instructive photo, demonstrating that their $600 thermal scope (which is stupid cheap for this kind of optic) doesn’t wash out objects even they’re next to a decent sized fire. They have other pics on the linked page that show what regular viewing of warm objects is like, but I guess you didn’t feel the need to go beyond your initial impression.

      • Jwedel1231

        That’s the difference between people who are very knowledgeable about thermal optics (and their features and downsides) and people who are still pretty knowledgeable about thermals. I, knowing basically nothing about them, learned something from both comments.

        • Budogunner

          While the technical ability is well demonstrated by this photo, in principle, I was trying to point out the absurdity of the photo choice for press release marketing.

          Regardless of your level of knowledge about thermal optic technology, common sense dictates that if you are observing people in front of a bright, blazing fire through a thermal proc which barely makes them discernable, you are using the wrong tool at that time. The naked eye could do better. No research is needed to comprehend that fact, so the initial gut reaction is a chuckle.

      • Hensley Beuron Garlington

        First impressions are hard to shake…

      • Budogunner

        Creating an enticing initial impression is what marketing is for. Notice I said “Marketing fail” not “product fail.”

        I presume they are trying to create a new consumer base who was previously unable to afford thermal and, therefore, don’t know much about them.

        Hollywood teaches people to expect clearly visible living creatures in thermal imaging. That’s the kind of photo an article like this should lead with. List the low price, then you’ve for someone hooked. That gets you a conversion click to your website where you can then educate the consumer.

        Blaming a missed sale on a consumer “not bothering” to further research your specific product is profoundly ignorant in the age of Internet marketing. YOU, the company, must fight for the consumer’s extremely small attention span.

        So, again, it looks to be a good product at a great price point. I just maintain that the chosen image underdelivers and is a poor choice for that all-so-precious first impression.

        • ostiariusalpha

          You can not be serious. Nathan was the one that chose that picture out an entire selection of photos from the FLIR website for this article, and last I checked, neither he nor TFB is in any way a marketing arm of FLIR Systems, Inc.

          • Budogunner

            Your right, no post here has ever resembled a copy-paste job from a marketing press release.

            To be fair, Nathan is one of the good ones, but I always read things like this with suspicion.

          • ostiariusalpha

            The part where he was critical of this optic’s ability to withstand the recoil of being mounted on a firearm would be a good indicator that it’s not just a regurgitated press release.

          • Budogunner

            There is no means to mount it to a weapon, nor does the company advertise it for this purpose. His statement is why I say he is “one of the good ones” but I think my point still holds about the photo choice.

          • ostiariusalpha

            Yes, this is obviously just a handheld monocular, but Nathan was clearly referring to the durability of the internal components. Though with the right parts and a little know-how, you can attach anything to anything; I can think of about a half-dozen way to mod this optic to mount on a rifle. As for being dissatisfied with Nathan’s choice of photo, you’ll have to take that up with him instead of trashing whoever does FLIR’s marketing.

    • Edeco

      Makes sense to me, shows it will make a wide range of temps discernable at once.

  • Andrew

    160×120 detector <9Hz refresh rate

    LOL. So it's slightly less effective than simply squinting.

  • Renov8

    stupid marketing play and an even dumber product just to capitalize on the Flir name…..
    Why don’t you make a scope mounted unit we can all use with our regular optics??????

  • Patrick

    I briefly played with a Torrey Pines Logic T12 which I believe has the same FLIR Lepton core as this device. It was an interesting toy, but (as a weapon sight) I just couldn’t see the practical use for it and returned it.

    The field of view was too narrow. Also, unlike a scope, your eyes have to focus on a tiny screen. This means that if you are farsighted, you are out of luck because there is no diopter equivalent adjustment.

    This is a more interesting device, but given the resolution, and my experience with the T12, I might pay $200-300 but not $599.

    • nobody

      >I briefly played with a Torrey Pines Logic T12 which I believe has the same FLIR Lepton core as this device

      Nope, the T12 has an 80×60 pixel resolution, this has a 160×120 pixel resolution and a FOV of 20 degrees by 16 degrees which is in the range offered by the T12 which has models from 8.33-50 degrees. Given that this now has 4x the resolution of the T12 while having the same MSRP, I wonder if Torrey Pines Logic will be dropping the prices on their T10 and T12 thermal imagers or coming out with an improved cheaper model, I’m eagerly awaiting the day where I can purchase something along those lines for around $300.

  • RSG

    Unless the internals are potted up to weapons grade standard and can be rifle mounted while withstanding 12G recoil, it’s just a toy. But………..this type of research and development is how we get to where we want to go. I don’t know a gun owner who doesn’t want mil spec quality helmet/rifle mounted thermal or night vision optics that could each be had for $500. I’d take one of each. You know, just in case SHTF and could share the night.

  • Mikial

    I used a lot of thermals in the Army. Great items. Knowing how expensive thermals are, after i watched the vid, I turned to my wife and said, “Okay, we will probably need to get on of these when they’re available.”

  • LazyReader

    Now we can all be the Predator

  • Treyh007

    Add a Picatinny mount to the bottom and they’ll have something.