ATN Thor-320-2x 320x240 30Hz - Thermal Weapon Sight - TIWSMT322C
ATN Thermal Imaging is now digital! ATN is proud to introduce the latest line of thermal technologies - ATN ThOR. The most advanced thermal scope is now available and delivered to you by the leader company dedicated to providing high-tech tactical optics such as night vision scopes, night vision binoculars/monoculars, night vision goggles, thermal imaging systems (scopes, monoculars, goggles etc.) at reasonable and affordable prices. The new ATN ThOR line is rich with features and options making it the best value of any comparable thermal night vision systems on the night vision market. ATN Thor-320-2x (TIWSMT322C) is a very light and compact enough to fit in your hand which makes is absolutely portable and convenient while traveling around. Rugged and durable ATN thermal rifle scopes is built in the USA and meets all the standards and requirements.
Mil-Spec Lenses make the ATN Thor-320-2x Thermal Weapon Sight a perfect tool for any mission, operation, or outdoor activity including: Hunting, Law Enforcement, SWAT and Special Operations teams. Each thermal scope features a digital menu that gives you a wide range of options and adjustments allowing you to customize your system. You can select from a number of reticle options, choose your reticle color which suites best for application and preference. The Thermal Scope ATN ThOR has no screws or springs that can create targeting errors. Digital controls will never allow your reticle to move off base. The new ATN ThOR – 2x 320x240 30Hz delivers remarkable picture quality even in total darkness, fog or smoke. Darkness, camouflage or bright lights will not influence the sensitivity of these thermal weapon scopes. All night vision thermal sights are equipped with E-Zoom to increase your optical magnification. They’re perfect for nighttime hunting, force protection, border patrol, police, SWAT and special operations. ATN ThOR - TIWSMT322C - is equipped with a video-out connection and cable, which will make nighttime picture and video possible.
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ATN ThOR 320-2x (30Hz) Thermal Riflescope - TIWSMT322C
ATN Thor Mechanical Controls:
About ATN Thor
The ATN Thor Series Thermal Digital Riflescopes are precision electro-optical instruments and requires careful handling. To provide safe use of the systems the following instructions should be observed:
- Do not dismantle the ATN Thor.
- Keep the device clean; protect it from moisture, sharp temperature drops and shocks.
- Be careful not to touch the glass surfaces. If you put fingerprints on, or contaminate the glass surfaces, use only clean and soft materials to clean the thermal imaging weapon sight.
- Do not leave the thermal scope in on position during stops in operation.
- Remove the batteries from the thermal riflescope for the period of storage.
The ATN Thor Series Thermal Digital Riflescopes combines the ergonomic features of a handheld and the convenience of weapon mounting. Based on the proven 320x240 or 640x480 microbolometer core, the ATN Thor is an ideal product for force protection, border patrol officers, police SWAT and special operations forces providing them the tools they need to be successful in all field conditions both day and night. Uncooled thermal imaging cuts through dust, smoke, fog, haze, and other battlefield obscurants. Its use cannot be detected as it emits no visible light or RF energy and operates without the use of illuminators or IR lights.
ATN Thor has the following important features:
- High resolution digital thermal imaging
- Compact, lightweight and durable housing
- True magnification
- High end OLED display
- Four-colors reticle system
- Rapid start-up in 3 seconds
- Up to 8 hours operation with three lithium batteries
- One-Year Warranty
- Aircraft aluminum constructed body with class 3 hard anodized coating
- Digital Tactical Menu with quick view icons
- Memory Recall preserves operational settings
- Power-off safety feature prevents accidental shut down
- Recoil rated up to .308 caliber
- Polarity: white hot / black hot / color
- Thermal images viewable in up to 12-tone color pallet.
ATN Thor Standard Components:
- The thermal imaging scope Quick Release Mount - Used to mount scope to weapon.
- Hard Storage Case - A protective case used for shipping/storing Thor and accessories.
- Lens Tissue - Uses for cleaning of lenses surface.
- Lithium Battery CR1223A - Three CR123A lithium batteries used to power the unit.
- Operator’s Manual - Provides equipment description, use of operator controls and preventative maintenance checks and service.
The mechanical adjustments of the ATN Thor sights allow for physical differences between individual operators using the system. The thermal scope functions include the Keypad, Output Connector, Eyepiece Diopter Adjustment Ring, Focusing Ring, Battery Module, Accessory Rail, and Weapon Mount.
The optical functions include an objective lens, thermal imaging detector, display and eyepiece. Infrared energy is emitted proportionally to the temperature of an object. The warmer the object, the more energy it emits. The infrared energy from the objects is focused by the optics, onto an infrared detector. The information from infrared detector is passed to electronics for image processing. The signal processing circuitry translates the infrared detector data into an image that can be viewed on the built-in OLED display. The image is observed through an eyepiece by operator.
The electronic circuit is powered by replaceable four 3V lithium batteries (CR123A). Power from the batteries is supplied to the componentsthrough the Power button.
The ATN Thor thermal imaging riflescope is a precision electron-optical instrument and must be handled carefully at all times. The ATN Thor thermal scope is designed to adjust for different users and corrects for most differences. The objective lens cover protects the scope from inadvertent exposure to extremely high levels of radiant flux. Never leave the scope with the objective lens cover off. To turn the unit on press the button labeled POWER. After a warm-up time of approximately 3 seconds, video of the thermal scene appears. During the warm-up time, a logo comes into view on the monocular display. Next the thermal image replaces the logo.
ATN Thor Focus System:
To focus the thermal scope you need to adjust the diopter first. The scope has an adjustable eyepiece with a range of +2 to -6 diopter. Simply turn the diopter clockwise until it stops. Then concentrate on any object and slowly turn the diopter back counter clockwise until the grain in the image is sharp. Then rotate the eyecup to accommodate use over the left or right eye. The ATN Thor models have ability to focus either long range or short. Focus the front lens to rotate it until the image and the grain are both sharp.The Thor features the all new ISM interactive symbology menu that enables you to easily navigate through the features and modes without having to go into a complex menu structure.
ATN Thor Polarity Adjustment:
POLARITY button switches the direct display mode into the reverse one, i.e. from hot-white/cold-black into hot-black/cold-white mode. If the polarity is white-hot, the image will be with hotter objects displayed as white, and the rest of the image displayed as black, and vice versa: with hotter objects displayed as black, if the polarity is black-hot. To select polarity go to ISM Main menu and push left arrow button to cycle between white hot and black hot polarities.
ATN Thor Brightness Adjustment:
Brightness allows you to dim or increase the brightness of the display. To cycle through the BRIGHTNESS steps go to ISM Main menu and push the down arrow button for brightness adjustment. Each short push of the buttons will cycle through the BRIGHTNESS modes, correspondingly, in stepwise way.
ATN Thor ZOOM Adjustment:
320x240 models have 2 steps of digital zoom (factor of 2x and 4x) 640x480 models have 3 steps of digital zoom (factor of 2x, 4x and 8x). To cycle through the digital zoom steps go to ISM Main menu and push Up arrow button. When ZOOM button is pushed first time, the scope will digitally zoom a scene by 2 times the scope`s optical magnification. When the zoom button is pushed the second time the scope will digitally zoom a scene by 4 times the scopes optical magnification for Thor models with the 320x240 core. To reset the magnification to the default optical magnification press ZOOM button third time. For ATN Thor models with the 640x480 core when the zoom button is pushed the third time the thermal scope will digitally zoom a scene by 8 times the scopes optical magnification. To reset the magnification to the default optical magnification press ZOOM button fourth time. Remember resolution decreases with each step of digital magnification.
ATN Thor Color modes:
The ATN Thor has 10 additional color pallets to choose from in addition to the white hot and black hot polarity. Fusion, Rainbow, Globow, Ironbow1, Ironbow2, Sepia, Color1, Color2, Ice Fire, Rain. To select a different colors mode go to IS M Main menu and push Right arrow button to cycle through the 10 additional pallets. To go back to Black hot – white hot mode push left arrow button in ISM Main menu.
Manual Image Refresh / Calibration of the ATN Thor:
Degradation of the image (image blurring) is caused by charge accumulation on the detector array. To use the calibration icon go to IS M Reticle menu and push down arrow button to maintain an optimum thermal image. During this refresh, the video will freeze for approximately 0.5 second.
IMPORTANT: To Perform calibration of the thermal scope. Cover front lens with cap or hand and push Calibration button to calibrate image. Failure to do this step may result in degradation of the image. Degradation may consist of unusual blurriness or ghost like spots in the image. During use if you see any degradation of image please recalibrate the scope.
ATN Thor Reticle Color Adjustment:
Your thermal weapon sight has Four reticle colors to choose from: red, green, white, black, the latest firmware also includes many bonus colors. To select reticle colors go to ISM Reticle menu and push Up arrow button to cycle through the reticle colors.
ATN Thor Reticle Pattern:
Your thermal gun sight has many reticle types/patterns to choose from: duplex, post, post with dot, open cross hair, standard crosshair. To select reticle type go to ISM Reticle menu and push Left arrow button to cycle through the reticle patterns.
Reticle Adjustment. Windage and Elevation of the ATN Thor:
To sight in/zero your thermal weapon sight go to ISM Reticle menu and push Right arrow button reticle adjustment. This will bring you to ISM Reticle Adjustment menu which will allow you to do your vertical and horizontal adjustments. To adjust vertical and horizontal adjustments for the scope go to menu 3 and use corresponding arrows:
- Up arrow for up adjustment
- Down arrow for down adjustment
- Left arrow for left adjustment
- Right arrow for right adjustment
ATN Thor Thermal Scope Maintenance
The ATN Thor maintenance consists of external inspection of its components for serviceability, cleaning and installation of the standard and optional accessories. Maintenance instructions covered elsewhere in this manual (PMCS, troubleshooting, etc.) are not repeated in this section. CAUTION The ATN Thor is a precision electron-optical instrument and must be handled carefully at all times to prevent damage.
ATN Thor Cleaning Procedures:
1. Gently brush off any dirt from the sight body using only a clean soft cloth.
2. Moisten the cloth with fresh water and gently wipe the external surfaces (except lenses).
3. Dry any wet surfaces (except lenses) with another dry and clean soft cloth.
4. Using lens brush, carefully remove all loose dirt from the lenses.
5. Slightly dampen a cotton swab with ethanol and lightly and slowly wipe the lenses. Clean the glass surfaces by circular movements from the center to the edge, not touching the lens holder and changing cotton swab after each circular stroke. Repeat this step until the glass surfaces are clean.
ATN Thor - TIWSMT322C Reticle Patterns And Specifications:
ATN Thor Specifications:
About Thermal Imaging:
Thermal Imaging Devices detect heat signatures and produce visible images of those signatures, called thermograms. Thermal imaging technology makes it possible to see without visible sources of illumination. Warm objects such as people and animals become readily visible against a cooler background and the user can see minute variances in temperature in the infrared spectrum.
History of Thermal Imaging Technology
The infrared spectrum was first discovered by Sir William Herschel as a form of radiation beyond red light. The first advanced application of thermal imaging technology was used in a device patented in 1914 to detect the presence of icebergs by R.D. Parker. Twenty years later a similar device was used to detect forest fires and the heating uniformity the manufacture of steel. The first thermal imaging camera was developed in 1947 in a joint effort between the US Military and Texas Instruments. The first military use of thermal imaging devices was as sensors during the Cold War as a warning system for an impending nuclear attack. The thermal sensors would essentially be used to detect radiation and heat from a missile.It would not be until the late 1990s that thermal imaging devices were put to use in civilian use as well as in use by individual military operators as an advanced form of night time observation and surveillance devices. On the civilian side they are used by firefighters to find the source of a fire in a building or search for trapped victims. Building maintenance people use thermal imagers to check insulation levels in buildings.
The science of Thermal Imaging Technology
Thermal images are real time visual displays of the amount of heat energy emitted or reflected by an object. Modern thermal imaging devices perform complex algorithms to interpret multiple points of the data they are receiving in order to compose a visual image. Unlike night vision scopes or cameras or the human eye, for that matter; thermal imaging devices do not rely upon the reflection of light energy to create a visible image; instead they rely on the heat signature of the object. For this reason, military helicopter pilots can use thermal imaging to navigate through a sandstorm that would virtually blind someone flying with the naked eye.Heat signatures are emitted from a variety of sources. Vegetation, rocks and manmade structures derive their heat signatures by absorbing heat from the sun during daylight hours and they in turn radiate this heat at night time. People, animals and vehicle engines create their own heat internally. As different materials absorb and release heat at different rates, these differences are interpreted by the thermal imager.A thermal imager is not looking for light and contrast between colors as a typical scope or camera does. A thermal imager sees the heat patterns and differences and renders an image based upon the minute differences in the heat signatures between different objects. These differences can be as minute as 0.01 degrees in temperature. Heat is part of the infrared spectrum but cannot typically be seen through the human eye, a typical scope or a camera. Likewise visible light which is not in the infrared spectrum cannot be seen through an infrared imaging device.
Most thermal imaging devices will display the image in black and white with shades of gray, with white generally being the hotter objects. Some thermal imaging devices will display the image in a variety of primary colors depending on the intensity of the infrared emission. Red and orange will be the warmer regions, with blue, black and violet as the colder areas. Some thermal imaging devices can invert these colors. The resulting thermal image is known as a thermogram. Reading a thermogram can take a bit of practice depending on the quality of the thermal imager and the nature of the subject. While a live target can be seen, it cannot always be easily identified. For example, a thermal imager can tell you if there is a man standing in front of you at night, but cannot necessarily give enough detail to tell if it is a friend or an enemy. This is based on the resolution of the thermal imager. Higher resolution is needed for better clarity and the resolution is typically mentioned in pixel counts such as 320 X 240, with 320 being the horizontal pixel count and 240 being the vertical for a total of 76,800 pixels. Each pixel in turn represents one of the data points with a temperature assigned to it. The pixels are the output from a circuit board with a dedicated chip that translates the viewed objects into interpretable data from the thermogram. The rule of thumb to remember is: the higher the pixel count, the better the resolution. Higher resolution will enable the user to spot smaller targets at longer distances because higher resolution gives a greater field of view. Clarity will depend on the refresh rate of the thermal imager. The refresh rate represents the number of times in a second that the thermal imaging device's hardware draws the data. This is measured in Hertz (Hz) and translates into the number of frames per second. An refresh rate greater than 50 Hz is equivalent to High Definition, whereas the 30 Hz range is considered Standard Definition.
Thermal Imaging Vs. Night Vision
"We have movement on the boat. He just sat up," an infrared camera operator on board a police aircraft told his law enforcement colleagues on the ground. Those words signified the beginning of the end of the standoff between Massachusetts State Police and one of the suspects in the terrorist bombing attack on the Boston Marathon this past April in Watertown, Massachusetts. Infrared cameras mounted on a state police helicopter hovering above the suspect's location confirmed to police that he had taken refuge in a trailered boat in a backyard. Officers on site used night vision devices to monitor any activity outside the boat, but these devices could only detect what the officers were able to see. The crucial tool used in this incident by the State Police was the thermal imaging devices that detected the fugitive’s heat signature. thermal imaging devices detect heat so that police officers or military operators can pinpoint a body or other type of heat signature inside a structure through its walls. This is an ability lacking in pure night vision devices.
The human eye sees reflected light and operates on the same principle behind a camera: the energy from visible light is reflected and a detector receives it and transforms it into a visible image. A night vision scope works on this same principle by taking the available light from the moon, stars and any manmade light source in proximity and amplifying it immensely. This artificial light helps to create the visible image. At one time night vision devices were referred to as “starlight scopes”. This is the greatest strength and the greatest weakness of traditional night vision devices. Too much light will wash out the images seen through the lens; not enough light will fail to render a usable image. Supplemental artificial light may be too bright and this can cause damage to certain types of night vision equipment. As a result, traditional night vision is virtually useless during the twilight hours just before dusk or just before dawn and completely useless during the day time. There are other factors at play such as image contrast. A dark colored object against a light background or a light colored object against a dark background will show up more clearly than an object that is similar in color to its background. At night time, due to the absence of light, image contrast tends to decrease, even when a night vision device is in use. In some instances, because of the greenish hue of a night vision device, the image itself may appear murky and distorted due to image contrast thermal imaging negates these all of these problems and is completely usable regardless of whether or not the sun is shining. It is true 24-hour sighting equipment, regardless of the time of day or season of the year.
Unlike night vision scopes or cameras or the human eye, for that matter; thermal imagers do not rely upon the reflection of light energy to create a visible image; instead they rely on the heat signature of the object. Heat signatures are emitted from a variety of sources. Vegetation, rocks and manmade structures derive their heat signatures by absorbing heat from the sun during daylight hours and they in turn radiate this heat at night time. People, animals and vehicle engines create their own heat internally. As different materials absorb and release heat at different rates, these differences are interpreted by the thermal imager. A thermal imager is not looking for light and contrast between colors. A thermal imager sees the heat patterns and differences and renders an image based upon the minute differences in the heat signatures between different objects. These differences can be as minute as 0.01 degrees in temperature. Thermal imagers work equally well during the day as they do at night. A sudden increase in visible light will not wash out what is seen through a thermal imager, because it is more of a sensor than a reflected lens. Most thermal imaging devices display the images in shades of black, white and grey, so the appearance is similar to that of a black and white television set. As stated in the introduction, it is for this reason that the police and military units rely more on thermal imaging than night vision when conducting a search for a suspect or missing person. The DEA relies on thermal imaging to detect illegal marijuana growing operations as the plants give off their own heat signature; a heat signature that is invisible to night vision devices.
thermal imaging is not confined to the world of the military and police agencies, though. Architects and Facility Maintenance Technicians use thermal imaging devices to help improve the effectiveness of heating insulation and air-conditioning of buildings. Firefighters use thermal imagers in order to see through smoke. This allows them to find trapped people or locate the base of a fire. Utility companies depend on thermal imaging to detect overheating lines and joints before there is an accident, fire or other calamity; as well as to find out if a section of the grid is not operational or damaged and becoming ineffective. thermal imaging is used by wildlife watchers who do not wish to disturb the animals while they are viewing them at night by lighting up the area with bright spotlights. Likewise, more and more hunters are starting to rely on thermal imaging for certain types of hunts, particularly when the quarry turns out to be dangerous game. Animals such as feral hogs and dangerous predators are effective at hiding in brush or even planted fields and even the best night vision devices can fail to spot them until it is too late. thermal imaging devices help hunters detect hogs and similar wild game, even when the animals are hidden from plain view, regardless if it is completely dark or the sun is shining brightly night vision has its place and is definitely a less expensive option, but thermal imaging represents a superior increase in technology and a much more viable alternative.
|Video Frame Rate||Fast Imaging (30Hz)|
|FOV||15° x 11°|
|Range of Focus||N/A|
|Detector Type||Uncooled Microbolometer|
|Range to detect a human||m|
|Output Format||Analog PAL/NTSC|
|Display||Color OLED matrix|
|Display Format||SVGA, 800 x 600 pxl|
|Power Supply||3 x 3 V CR123A type battery|
|Start-Up Time||<5 sec|
|Operating Time w/one battery pack||hrs|
|Weight||0.68 kg/ 1.5 lbs|
- 30hz the way to goReview by Jimmy
- Man I had the FLIR Scout 7.5 hz and when I got my hands on this... it was like NIGHT and DAY. The refreshment rate is just splendid! Incomparable to anything I used before. It mounts super easy thanks to the quick release mount. Zeroing it in was super easy too the digital Technology really make things a lot faster to do. Thanks to George for get me the deal of the century talk to him he will make it happen! (Posted on 9/10/12)
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