Combining a 15 million candlepower Xenon spotlight with a 320x240 pixel thermal camera yields more than just the efficiency of shared casing, cabling, and pan/tilt controllers. You can leave the thermal going all night and if you spot something indistinct, hit it with the already-aimed spot. And if that “thing” is hostile, note that the powerful beam, aided by its ability to focus from 20 degrees down to one degree, is a fine nonlethal deterrent. The $23,200 NightFinder also has numerous, if more common, high-end features like a proportional speed controller with unlimited slaves and slip-rings for unrestricted panning.
Carlisle & Finch
This article originally appeared in the May 2007 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.