> FLIR Ocean Scout TK

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Introduced ear­lier this year, the Ocean Scout TK is FLIR’s en­try-level ther­mal monoc­u­lar. The Scout TK model packs the power of ther­mal imag­ing into a small enough de­vice that you can eas­ily fit in your pocket, or around your neck, with the in­cluded car­ry­ing strap. The Scout TK al­lows users to snap ther­mal-imag­ing pho­tos and video for a wide va­ri­ety of ma­rine and other ap­pli­ca­tions. With a range up to 100 yards, the monoc­u­lar will aid in spot­ting wildlife, aids to nav­i­ga­tion, ves­sels, ob­sta­cles, or a man over­board. In our hands-on test, we were im­pressed with the ease of menu nav­i­ga­tion that al­lows tog­gling quickly between four dif­fer­ent color pal­ettes. In gray scale mode, any­thing with a ther­mal sig­na­ture will show up bright red, which will help you pick up and quickly iden­tify ob­jects. Pho­tos and videos are easy to record us­ing an er­gonom­i­cally friendly but­ton on top of the monoc­u­lar: just a quick click takes a photo, and a click-and-hold records video. There is a wa­ter­re­sis­tant, sealed mi­cro USB port that al­lows you to charge the in­ter­nal bat­tery and down­load con­tent straight to your com­puter.

Other fea­tures in­clude a quick im­age fo­cus on the side, which was easy enough to get a sharp im­age. Our only gripe was get­ting the menu to be tack-sharp. The qual­ity of the ther­mal im­age it­self was great and turned a dark shore­line into a dis­cernible im­age. The FLIR Scout TK is a great way to in­tro­duce your­self to ther­mal imag­ing, and a su­perb ad­di­tion to boats of all sizes, par­tic­u­larly larger ves­sels that don’t have a fixed/mounted ther­mal imag­ing cam­era. –BL

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Af­ter a sud­den thun­der­storm, a dou­ble rain­bow ap­peared over Tea Har­bour, near Sleep­ing Gi­ant Pro­vin­cial Park in Thun­der Bay, Canada. 26 pas­sage­maker.com Jan­uary/Fe­bru­ary 2017

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