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thermal imaging cameras are quite expensive and unless you are doing a lot of industrial panel work they may not suit your needs very well
using them requires a lot of practice at interpreting the image
infrared imaging will show a drastic change in the image for a small amount of temp change.
and something that is showing up as hot may actually be within normal operating temps.
knowing the specs of what you are imaging beforehand will help prevent needlessly replacing components that are actually good
shooting the s*** is a lot more fun when you use hollow points (much more splatter)
I have experience with night vision applications. Many of the qualities of night vision also apply to thermal imaging:
- get the most expensive one you can afford - inexpensive usually means the earlier generation/model
- get the one with the largest viewing window
- get the one with the highest resolution on the viewing window
- get the one with the most options - plan for the future
If you will be using it to find hot water or warm pipes then the max temp of 662F is more than sufficient. The switch for thermal to non-thermal is a nice feature. Considering some of the other manufacturer's items run to the $10,000 range I'd think that $2500 for this one, with the features and software, is not a bad deal.
... it was plumbed by Ray Charles and his helper Stevie Wonder
Don't know much about the Milwaukee but I know it works better than the Ridgid one.
"When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)