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Night Vision VS Thermal Imaging

When it comes to choosing between thermal optics and night vision, you need to do thorough research to help you make the right choice of Tactical night vision rifle scopes. There are pros and cons of each as well as variations in capabilities, limitations and prices. Therefore, before you make up your mind, you need to clearly understand their differences in technology.

Thermal optics are not cameras but thermal imagers that detect radiation. They are used to detect heat or radiation emitted by the target to provide an image. The higher the temperature/heat a target produces, the better the imaging. One benefit of using thermal imaging is that you can be able to see even small animals hidden in deep cover or by fog. However, with thermal imaging, you cannot be able to see the details clearly especially in low temperature areas.

Night vision on the other hand uses light from stars or moon to produce an image. However, shadows can make it very hard for you to clearly see the target especially if you are depending on natural light. You should consider these factors to make a sound decision:

1. Price

You need to consider the cost of each to help you stay within your estimated budget. Thermal scopes are usually costly due to technology used and associated benefits. However, your choice is also determined by how you are planning to use the equipment after you’ve bought it. Budget the amount of money you are willing to spend on each and then make up your mind depending with their current prices.

2. Environment

Knowing where you will be using either of the equipment can help you make a sound decision. If your environment is foggy or a thick bush, thermal imaging is ideal. However, if you are to use thermal imaging in an environment where temperatures are freezing, extreme cold might affect imaging due to low temperatures. Hence, buying a night vision scope is a better choice.

3. Light

When using a night vision scope, you need a source of light to help you intensify the image. Therefore, if you are using the scope in an area without ambient light, thermal imaging could be a better choice.

Pros of thermal imaging include being able to see in any light condition either at night or during the day, they are able to track residual heat and can be used to see through thick bush. However, they are more expensive, large and heavy and have a less clear imaging. Night vision scope, on the other hand, has a more natural image, have a larger field of vision, they are cheaper and their models are tougher than thermal optics. Drawbacks of night vision scopes include the following: they cannot be used during daytime and your target can be obscured by dust, fog, camouflage or shadows.