sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : If seeing is believing, then trying is buying a FLIR (part 1)
If seeing is believing, then trying is buying a FLIR (part 1)


'Flir’s First Mate MS Thermal Imaging Camera'    Flir Systems    Click Here to view large photo

Fortune. Not a word used much these days by news services, unless its stock market riches lost and won on the back of the latest Eurozone rumours. However, it has indeed been my fortune to have the unlimited use of a FLIR First Mate MS Series, handheld, infra-red, thermal camera. At just 172x58.7x62mm in size, a mere 340g, displaying images at 320 x 240 pixels and from AU$2300 RRP, it is simply fantastic.

Any crew that had one of the FLIR cameras on board would also be fortunate, for if a GPS enabled PLB takes the Search out of Search and Rescue then a FLIR Infra-red thermal camera can certainly take the Rescue out of a MOB scenario at anytime, but especially with little or no light, in a way that a low-light camera or night vision goggles will never be able to take on.

FLIR Systems Inc have dominated the world of Infra-red and pioneered the use of microbolometer sensor arrays that have allowed for the size, weight and complexity reductions that now sees certain IR technology literally in the palm of your hand.

Powerful new M-Series night vision camera from FLIR -  FLIR   Click Here to view large photo

Infra-red works on thermal signatures, of which everything on this planet has one, as different materials firstly absorb and then omit heat at different rates. To understand this, think of an ice cube as ‘hot’, for it is just below 0degrees Celsius, yet absolute zero is -273degrees C. The microbolometer reads these variations in heat signature and then displays them. In one of the images here, you’ll see the dog’s fur has different shades as it extends from the body and passes it to the atmosphere, for instance.

It does not matter whether you are a superyacht, local hobbyist fisherman, round the world cruiser or serious offshore racer, as there is a FLIR product to not only match the size of your vessel, but your needs and applications as well. If you’re a racer, you could see the requirement to keep a handheld version strapped to the pedestal and be as important overall to the boat as the ship’s knife.

The First Mate is the entry-level product line in the FLIR offering. It is rugged, small, lightweight and therefore ideal for sailors and trailer boats. The HM Series allows for a video feed and also has a 2x Extender available for the lens, to increase its range. It can record live footage for up to two minutes, as well. The ability to run off batteries means it is suitable for land-based activities, which is why mobile surveillance units choose one of the HM range.

The Navigator II is the first of the fixed mount FLIR products. It is affordable and ideally suited to forward looking only applications on larger, displacement hull types of powered vessels, as it does not have shock resistance, which the pounding of a planning hull landing after jumping waves would provide plenty of.

If the latter is you, then the award-winning M Series is far more suitable, as it is able to handle higher G force rates, has a user-friendly interface to control it and switch between white-hot and black-hot vision, along with a sleek modern design incorporating both tilt and pan functionality. You can choose the resolution/range you require and whether or not you need a low light CCTV camera as well. This is currently the volume seller in FLIR’s maritime range.

What you might see with FLIR technology -  FLIR   Click Here to view large photo

The Voyager II is at the ultimate end of the microbolometer series of FLIR products. It offers the longest range – able to detect a MOB at 1.4nm - and it’s gyro-stabilised, so the on-screen image remains steady. There are two thermal imaging cameras for both wide and narrow angle vision, as well as a low-light camera and importantly, it can link in to your radar to track targets. You can also push the video to compatible devices, so that the vision can be seen in multiple locations. Control of the Voyager II is achieved via a Joystick and the panel also incorporates all controls for switching between cameras.

Importantly, you can also access the Voyager via TCP/IP, meaning you can see the imagery from any Internet capable network, the world over.

The FLIR First Mate is so, so easy to use and fires up virtually instantaneously. I just love the red screen, but you can have it display as white or black hot too and the image processing chip, the microbolometer, which is inside the unit and makes it all possible, differentiates to 0.05 degrees Celsius and operates from -20 to +50, so you’re never short of contrast and you can see small craft, like say a tinnie at up to 0.7nm. Whilst the much larger HM Series has a far wider field of view and offers even better image quality with an additional focus ring on the lens, it also takes much longer to power up and we all know just how quickly things can go south when you’re out at sea.

FLIR Thermal imaging cameras for maritime applications -  FLIR  

That’s all fine, for the HM Series was originally intended for law enforcement and border patrol, where the massive field of view, better penetration and larger size were more appropriate. It can also run off regular AA batteries, eliminating the need to charge and thereby allow for prolonged activity in the field. There is an image capture version, but it is three times the price of the First Mate, so this is why the images taken here are with an iPhone into the back of the viewfinder.

It goes a long way to explaining the graininess of said images and the best way that I can explain what you see from inside the viewfinder is to imagine the FLIR logo and function icons as crystal clear. That is how much better the whole thing looks in your eye. At any rate, if I thought the HM Series was a handful, I was quickly reminded of the portable, military, helium cooled unit that can see 20 kilometres. I just pity the poor soldier who has to carry that lot!

So before you end up carrying way too many words on FLIR in your head, we’ll end Part One and come back very soon with Part Two. In that article, we will look at what you can do with not only FLIR’s MS First Mate, but some of their other products and why you may very well see their wonderful infra-red technology in devices you hitherto thought more than unlikely, but impossible.

FLIR website


by John Curnow

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97920

7:49 PM Wed 30 May 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
FLIR Thermal Imaging Systems

Related News Stories:

17 Dec 2012  FLIR Systems announces new warranty policy for maritime handhelds
26 Oct 2012  Oil tanker thermal imaging in icy waters to help sailors in the future
22 Jul 2012  Tax incentive makes good sense for small business
15 Jun 2012  If seeing is believing, then trying is buying a FLIR (part 2)
27 Apr 2012  Full face marine night vision camera from FLIR
08 Apr 2012  Seeing - truly is believing with FLIR (forward looking infra-red)
31 Mar 2012  Powerful new M-Series night vision camera from FLIR
28 Mar 2012  FLIR release cutting-edge M-Series night vision camera
27 Feb 2012  Ice detection with FLIR Systems thermal imaging cameras
27 Feb 2012  FLIR warranty now 2 years for all products
MORE STORIES ...






News - USA and the World













470 Men and Women Worlds - Champs take over leaderboard by 470 International Association Class,






































ISAF Sailing World Championships - Watch medal races live here by Dan Ibsen, Sail-World Europe & UK editor,








470 Men and Women Worlds - Vadlau and Ogar into pole position by 470 International Association Class,




ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Strong competition for RS:X fleets by Olga Maslivets, International RS:X Class Assoc.,




ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Buckingham into Laser Medal Race
U.S. Multihull Championship - Hobie Alter Trophy to be decided
ISAF Sailing Worlds - The kind of form most sailors only dream about
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Quantum Racing ahead of target
ISAF Worlds Santander - 19 Rio 2016 Laser Radial spots awarded
Santander 2014 ISAF Worlds - 21 broadcasters to take live coverage
Rolex Swan Cup - Looking forward to the next 30 years
America’s Cup: The Future is foiling – AC45s to be modified
Volvo Ocean Race: Win a stopover trip by designing an ECsix T-Shirt
Red Bull 49erFX: On the eve of the Worlds in Santander
America's Cup: Ben Ainslie Racing launches partnership with Yamaha
2014 Chicago Match Cup - Starts tomorrow
Rio 2016 Daylight the issue for Olympic sailing regatta
ISAF Sailing World Championships - USA 470's and Lasers battle at top
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander - Day 5 video highlights
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Santander images by Jesús Renedo
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - No action on day 2
470 Men and Women Worlds - Game on for Olympic Qualification
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Finns off to slow start in Santander
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Seesaw Day 5 in Santander + Video
ISAF Sailing World Championships - 470 sailors shine in Santander   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - Kiwi Ray Davies returns to TP52 fleet   
Starboard Hatteras Wave Jam - No windsurfing action on day 1   
A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Prizegiving images by Chuck Lantz   
ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video   
18ft skiffs: Carnage compilation from the glory days of the Grand Prix   
ISAF Worlds: Video from the British Sailing Team   
Bart's Bash expected to set new records this weekend   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Marcilio Browne wins Super Session   
470 Men and Women World Championships - Racing abandoned on day 2   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Day 4 images from Santander   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander: Emerging Nations Program sailors shine   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Teasing winds play havoc on day 4   
ISAF Sailing World Championships: Hot conditions in Santander on day 4   
Santander ISAF Sailing World Championships joins Bart’s Bash   
PWA Cold Hawaii World Cup - Grounded fishing boat creates problems   
Marseille One Design - GC32 Armin Strom Sailing Team emerge victorious   
Rolex Big Boat Series 2014 - Ready for another 50 years   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT