TNVC ‘Goes Hot’ With The IRD Patrol XR Spotter

    They say the night vision disease is just as bad, if not worse, than the suppressor affliction – almost impossible to kick. So as I stand on the ledge contemplating the jump into the infrared world, the guys over at Tactical Night Vision Company (TNVC) aren’t really helping the situation. They just posted up a really sharp video of an IR Defense Patrol XR in use during a coyote hunt.

    It has been years since I’ve had the pleasure of using night vision in a professional setting. But I have two very vivid mother nature memories related to standing post on the midnight rotation:

    The first was when a mother Bobcat and three kittens came running out of a woodline and stopped nearly at my feet. Watching those kits through a thermal imager was like watching electrons bounce around inside a super-charged atom. The second memory comes from a bitter cold night when I watched a wolf (not a coyote) sprint down the side of a mountain using a thermal monocular. It stopped no more than 15 yards away from me.

    It seems that technology has advanced a bit in recent years – the video shot with the Patrol XR is pretty amazing. The detail on small objects out to 200+ yards is very impressive.

    In case you aren’t a fan of semi-graphic kill shots, I took a few screen grabs from TNVC’s video.

    TFB: TNVC 'Goes Hot' With The IRD Patrol XR Spotter

    TFB: TNVC ‘Goes Hot’ With The IRD Patrol XR Spotter

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    TFB: TNVC ‘Goes Hot’ With The IRD Patrol XR Spotter

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    TFB: TNVC ‘Goes Hot’ With The IRD Patrol XR Spotter

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    TFB: TNVC ‘Goes Hot’ With The IRD Patrol XR Spotter

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    TFB: TNVC ‘Goes Hot’ With The IRD Patrol XR Spotter

    IR Defense MKIII 60mm Thermal Long Range Patrol XR Monocular

    Specifications:

    Sensor: Vanadium Oxide, Uncooled Microbolometer
    Detector: 640 x 480 BAE Systems MicroIR
    Sensor Pitch: 12µm Micron
    Sensitivity: <50mk
    Spectral Response: 8 – 12µm
    Start-Up: >4 Seconds
    Display: eMagin VGA Digital 640×480 OLED
    FOV: 7° Optical
    Focus: Manual
    Frame Rate: 60Hz (30Hz Power Save Mode)
    Objective Lens: 60mm f/1.25
    Polarity: Black hot/white hot
    Analog Video: RS-170
    Image Capture: Still Image and Video Out
    Zoom: 4.5x (Optical), 8X (Digital)
    Eye Relief: 27mm
    Diopter Adjustment: – 6 to +4

    Full TNVC video here:

     

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    At $8,499.00, the Patrol XR from IRD is not exactly inexpensive; It doesn’t fit into my budget, but it could fit into yours.

    On a side note, I’m working on a multi-part night vision series for beginners. Stay tuned.


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    TNVC – https://tnvc.com/

    909-796-7000
    25612 Barton Road #328
    Loma Linda, CA 92354-3110
    [email protected]

    Pete

    Editor In Chief- TFB
    LE – Silencers – Science
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