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FLIR Systems First Mate

Better visibility for night boating

This is the promise of FLIR Systems First Mate line of hand-held maritime thermal night-vision cameras - better visibility for night boating.

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It’s handy as an aid to nighttime navigation or to find people in the water in an emergency. The manufacturer promises higher image resolution than other hand-held thermal cameras at a fraction of the cost. Unlike image-intensified night-vision binoculars and scopes, this thermal night-vision camera makes pictures from heat, not light, so it can see clearly without any light at all. The First Mate is fully submersible, runs for more than five hours on a single battery charge and has more than 120 hours of standby battery life. The suggested retail price is listed at $2,999. FLIR Systems, Inc. Portland, Ore. Phone: (877) 773-3547.

This article originally appeared in the January 2010 issue.