Thermal Scopes – Utilizing Laser Ionization Technology
Thermal scope is a technology that uses thermal images to diagnose problems in a system. It is usually implemented in mechanical engineering and metallurgy and can be applied in many different applications. In this article I want to show you how it works and what its main advantages are. Thermal scope is an indispensable tool for any industry. Let’s discuss its main advantages and possible uses.
The first thing we have to discuss is what a thermal scope is: Basically, it is a specialized camera that produces thermal images by using a very focused source of light, called the objective lens. The first thing I have to mention is the fact that thermal scopes use similar techniques as regular cameras: They either get an image by using a lens (as in a regular camera) or by using a special illuminator. The principle is the same, but in both cases there is a small gap between the observer (you) and the image generated by the scope (the objective lens). This “hole” created by the objective lens allows us to see into a region that would otherwise be unreachable by human eyes. For example, you can take a thermal image of a piece of circuit board from very far and not be able to read it at all.
Basically, the principle behind thermal scopes is the same. In both case the source of light is important, the difference lies on how the light is reflected and interpreted by the camera lens. Regular scopes use a series of filters to provide improved image quality. Some of these filters can be used for monochromatic absorption and others for filtering blue light, which is most often used in automotive and industrial applications. They are also used in medical applications to obtain images with low contrast and high resolution.
Most of the modern scopes in use today have a built in thermal sighting system incorporated into the camera lens. The process of thermal sighting involves adjusting the focal adjustment knob so that the camera lens is focused on a bright-white, flat surface. When this is done the camera displays an amber symbol on the screen showing the temperature of the object at that particular moment. You can either view the object at its distance from you or at close range. Scopes use different methods in viewing different objects at different distances. Modern thermal sights include a digital camera lens thermometer along with the scope.
For military and tactical applications, the best thermal optics and mounting options are determined by the distance between the observer and the target. With a military tactical scope the distance is of critical importance because it determines the best distance for the reticle and the scope itself. High magnification allows for fast acquisition of distant targets. Also, due to high magnification and fast acquisition, military tactical scopes often have more than one reticle for imaging multiple target locations. This is called cross country imaging and is ideal for close quarter urban combat.
With the ability to use a thermal weapon sight, snipers can select a reticle with higher magnification for fast acquisition of targets, but also for better imaging of soft or hard target areas. New generation thermal weapon sights (TMS) provide a clearer image of a target even with reduced glare from bright lights or dark areas. Thermal imaging uses electromagnetic radiation that is emitted by the source of the illumination and reflected back to the observer. This technology offers high speed imaging of hard-to-see military and tactical targets at ranges greater than 300 feet. Modern thermal weapons sights can work at longer ranges than typical laser or binocular ranges, and even work at night with low lighting situations.
One model in the line of Logiata Systems’ TMS line is the ATN Thor Hd 6400 Thermal imaging sights. The ATN Thor Hd 6400 utilizes a high resolution Scanning Thermal Imaging (STI) camera that provides extremely clear images at high speeds. The high-speed scanning camera allows the user to scan a target quickly and acquire good color images with little light and low contrast. For this reason, the ATN Thor Hd 6400 Thermal imaging sight is suitable for military and tactical operations, which require targets to be retraced quickly.
The Logiata Systems ATN Thor Hd 6400 Thermal Scope incorporates an intuitive interface that permits the user to rapidly and easily retrace targets, make adjustments to power settings, and view image data after only a few seconds of operation. The fact that it includes a near-instantaneous retrace option and a slew of customizable user functions makes the Logiata Systems ATN Thor Hd 6400 Thermal imaging Sight one of the most useful and versatile thermal scope components on the market. Other functions include an adjustable focusing range, and optional programmable auto spotlights. This model of Logiata thermal scope is also compatible with the popular logic level T12-N Thermal imaging scope.