Flir Thermal Imager

This is the one item most people want to play with when they get the kit. It lets you see heat. Infrared (IR) waves are a form of electromagnetic radiation with longer waves than visible light. Some IR is very near the visible spectrum. Near IR is what we use with our dual cam Aeropods. Heat is electromagnetic waves that are 10 to 100 times longer than near IR.

Things to Know:
  • There is a shutter on the front. If you turn it on and you don’t see anything after awhile then you forgot to open it.
  • The trigger will take a picture and store it to the micro-SD card in the handle.
  • The temperature listed in the top left corner comes from the spot centered on the crosshairs
  • It has a rechargeable battery. Plug it in when needed.
  • The camera self adjusts to try to always have good contrast. The bar on the bottom of the screen shows the temperature/color range.
  • You can push the Auto/Locked to keep the camera from auto adjusting temperature.
Possible Activities:
  • School Energy Audit - This camera can make it easy to find hot spots where the heating system is leaking as well as cold spots around leaky windows or doors.
  • Adiabatic Heating/Cooling - As gasses are compressed the temperature goes up and as pressure is released the temperature goes down. A can of Dust Off used for cleaning dust out of computers gets quite cold as it is used.
  • Ghost Hunting - OK, not really, but you could look for anomalous spots with the Flir and then find the cause. Most ghost hunters on tv just decide since they don’t know why there’s a cold (or hot) spot there must be a ghost!
  • Conduction - Metal objects, like the legs of a chair will feel colder than the plastic seat, but the Flir will show they are the same temperature.
  • Emissivity - Measure the rate at which different materials radiate heat.
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