Raytheon PhantomIRxr® 17 μm Binoculars

This is not your grandpa’s  binoculars he brought back from Europe at the end of World War II. The folks at Raytheon have come up with a light weight (3.6 lbs.) uncooled thermal binocular that will detect a man sized target at 3,000 meters and a vehicle at 7,000 meters. The PhantomIRxr® is powered by 4 AA lithium batteries with a runtime of 6.5 hours.

On the optical side, the PhantomIRxr has digital image and video recording (JPEG and MPEG-4). The binoculars feature an electronic compass with azimuth readings (±3º accuracy), elevation, tilt and a user selectable reticle in MIL-DOT style, with size adjusted to zoom setting; cross hair; or stadiametric reticle, black hot/white hot and all of the other features you would expect from a competent thermal imaging device. The PhantomIRxr operates in the long wave region at 17 μm  which seems to be the region where surface emissivity is concentrated. You’ll see thermal imaging devices operating in 17–19 micron region.

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