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Old August 8th, 2010, 14:55   #17
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From the "Thermal vision question" thread of CGN:

Originally Posted by Doc M View Post
Generally, from what I've seen, the limitations on civvie NV/IR equipment are largely due to what we can get out of the US. ITAR/US State Dept regulations are BRUTAL on optics nowadays... even for daylight scopes, let alone NV/IR.

Originally Posted by rgallant View Post
All generations are legal to own in Canada, the issue as has been noted is getting anything beyond Gen 1. There are Eastern European made units that work just fine available, but cost tends to be the issue. With a Gen 2 scopes running 2500 +.

I did some quick checking a gen 3 and 4 stuff seems to have dried up, so there may be something going on there.

You can not get anything out of the US, nor can you send anything to the US for repair.

Depending on your needs a good gen 1 Scope, with an IR illumination works fine. I use a Pentagon flashlight light and USNV product IR filter. Thermal imaging scopes are an amusing price starting at 10K and going up.
Originally Posted by dutchtouch44 View Post
Thermal vision or flir is completely legal in canada its a trade tool for gas and refrigeration leak detection. nv is completely legal as well but gen 1 and gen 2 are the norm . gen 3 and 4 have fun aquiring true units typically overseas or specific import export only

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