So in this thread I see guys are using the Sitemark Wraith IR. Any other models that you would recommend?
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If both IR and thermals use IR technology, how is it that thermals are okay year round? I understand its different types of IR, but the law just states IR and nothing more specific. Are you sure about this being legal year round? I was was told otherwise.So I will be running both (will explain). This has evolved over the years of mostly my buddies who have gotten extremely effective at this and my little bit of experience. With the law change this will be my first year with the setup. Before I just went with them when they were around as they had all the thermal gear.
So I have thermal handheld monocular. This is strictly for locating heat signatures. You can sit almost completely still and constantly be scanning. Before we had handhelds we had to be on the guns nonstop which is a lot of movement and quite frankly wears a guy out. Once a critter is located with the handheld, you go to the gun point in the correct direction. My buddies have thermals on their scope. I went with IR. IR is less expensive and identification if far more advanced. My IR light illuminates up to 2,500 yards. I can ID critters at much farther distances than my buddies (deer, raccoon, yote, etc). The thermal outperforms in the timber or other heavy cover as the IR gets a lot of bounceback reflection. Also, you have to make sure your IR light and scope are lined up. With thermal, this is a non issue.
The other obvious difference is that you can use Thermal year round. IR is outlawed during deer season.
A tripod with a reaper grip or Bog death grip is an absolute must for the gun IMO.
I'm 100% sure. See gunrunr response below.If both IR and thermals use IR technology, how is it that thermals are okay year round? I understand its different types of IR, but the law just states IR and nothing more specific. Are you sure about this being legal year round? I was was told otherwise.
You’re light years ahead of me here but this makes sense. Many thanks!!!! This is awesome info!!!!!Hello all,
I’m down in middle Georgia and ran a night time hog hunting business for years. In that time, I used both night vision and thermal.
Night Vision is rated Gen 1,2, and 3 and with 3 being the best but not all Gen 3s are the same. Heres how to know if you’re getting a good one but it’s kind of a long read so bear with me.
To rate NV you divide the FOM (figure of merit) by the SNR (signal to noise ratio).
Anytime that measurement comes to 64 or higher it is mathematically a Gen 3 scope. The problem is a scope with a SNR of 18 with a FOM of 1152 is technically Gen 3. But what about a scope with a SNR of 28? That would need a FOM of 1792 to equal 64 but would also be a Gen 3 device.
The quality difference in the 2 scopes above would be night and day ( see what I did) difference and if you had bought the one with a SNR of 18 you would be Upset especially if you looked through the other one. The one with the SNR of 18 would also require a IR Illuminator most of the time where the one with the SNR of 28 would seldom need one other than cloudy nights on a new moon except in things like corn stubble. But with the IR, you can get flashback that makes the scope too bright. A problem easily solved with a high end device by turning down the gain.
On thermal, I am not as well versed on the technical numbers that make one better than the other but as in most things you get what you pay for.
I prefer shooting with NV as it’s more “normal” looking but critters have a way of hiding and can be hard to see in corn stubble and brush like the many crp fields y’all have. NV is also a lot more durable imo but the quality scope are more $$$ than thermal now days. This has changed drastically in the last 10 years.
Thermal. You can’t hide from it. Total darkness, no moon, heavy corn stubble, you’re still going to shine like new money. It can be rough on batteries and does last significantly longer when using lithium batteries but those have been hard to find down here. It’s also a little more fragile than NV but most companies offer great warranties so that’s a moot point.
Good luck and happy hunting. Hunting critters at night is a blast.
You’re light years ahead of me here but this makes sense. Many thanks!!!! This is awesome info!!!!!