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    Why are thermal scopes so expensive?

    Night vision has come down in price considerably over time, but thermal has stayed pretty high. What is it about thermal scope that keeps it high? Is there a lot of rare earth components, patents,....?
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    Still relatively new tech.

    NV has been around for a long time. You can get thermal to mess around with for a few hundred bucks as a smartphone attachment, believe it or not. If you're going to use it any serious manner, you'd probably need a business use for it to support it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SPrada View Post
    Night vision has come down in price considerably over time, but thermal has stayed pretty high. What is it about thermal that keeps it high? Is there a lot of rare earth components, patents,....?
    Good night vision is about the same cost as thermal. Crappy night vision is generally available, but it's also damn near useless.
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    Crappy thermal beats the hell outta Good Night vision FOR TARGETING. Thermal SUCKS for travel/ movement and general night time hands free activities. BOTH have their place. FLIR makes a GREAT entry level unit the PTS233 for about $1600-1800. For shooting things in the dark (or day!!) thermal can't be beat. Night vision also requires a way to target (Laser aiming, Red Dot that is NV compatible ) and in low light a IR light source to help see the target. Thermal is typically a ready mount device with choice of reticles (or not). For hard core users you need BOTH, but for occasional night shooting I would buy a decent $1800-2500 thermal unit before I would spend the same money on IR. (I have BOTH PVS-14 L3 tube and a Pulsar Trail QX50 for what its worth) I drive and walk/navigate with the IR. I shoot with the Thermal.
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    Yotes n hawgs = thermal worth it
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    Thermal is a much more complicated, and newer, technology that is doing more than Night Vision. Thermal devices are taking non-visible inputs and turning it into a visible one, while Night Vision is just enhancing existing visible light.

    I'm sure that in another 10 years Thermal might become cheaper, but right now its still relatively new and its niche enough that there simply isn't much demand to cause prices to come down.
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