Night Vision vs Thermal Imaging

by Andrew R. Researcher

A few decades ago, both night vision and thermal imaging were like fiction to people because they thought these kinds of scopes would revolutionize the whole idea of scope. In this regard, innovators never stopped thinking about trying out new technologies in scope to make more convenient and best scopes for hunters or shooters. Their efforts allowed them to come up with the best yet latest scopes and introduce in the market. In compare to a mere scope, both night vision and thermal imaging or infrared scope really changed the idea of scope to a great extent.

Although the functionalities of both of the scope were different from each other, their purpose remains the same which is none other than shooting or hunting during night time. While a mere scope allows its users to shoot only during day time, the latest scopes are designed to change the idea and made it easier to drive on all day long.

In order to understand the capabilities of both scopes, it is important to have an effective understanding regarding both of the scopes' functionalities. Thermal scanner is the best yet latest technology which allows one to target at night even during pitch black or smoky or in foggy environment. For instance, infrared scopes exploit objects' temperature since all the living creatures have their own body temperature. Thermal image technology allows its users to look at the targets with the help of its body heat. The heat measuring technology has been used in the thermal scopes. Night vision scopes, on the other hand, gather light from its surrounding that means this scope requires at least minimum amount of light---it can be either from moon or stars and even if that light is not available IR can be used to see the target or object. 

Difference between Night Vision and Thermal Imaging

·      Night vision scopes require ambient light from its surroundings and amplifie it to make the target visible. On the other hand, thermal imaging cannot function without any light.

·      Thermal imaging works in a short distance or limited distance and it doesn't have the ability to see through fog, smoke or dusts.

·      Night vision scope works in a very profound way after transmitting the light and generates it into a green-tinted image whereas Thermal imaging functions in a very different way like taking heat which means higher heat from the target's body clearer the target will be. Sometimes, due to absorption of the heat the colour of the target changes to bright yellow, orange, or red color.

·       To define the night vision in plain words, it can be said that this is an outdated technology that actually has become cheaper and the quality of the body of night scope is poorly made, on the other hand, since thermal imaging is the latest technology it comes with a durable body along with a high price compared to other kinds of scopes.  

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About Andrew R. Junior   Researcher

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