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February 10th

FLIR Ocean Scout TK, a $599 handheld true thermal marine camera!

Posted by // February 10, 2016 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Written by Ben Ellison on Feb 10, 2016 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

FLIR_Ocean_Scout_TK_aPanbo.JPGNew this morning and shipping soon is the FLIR Ocean Scout TK thermal camera. It looks a lot like the existing and beautifully made Ocean Scout series, except that it is about two thirds the size and half the weight. What’s really small, though, is the $599 retail price, which is almost one quarter what even the bottom-of-the-series OS 240 model costs. Now it’s true that the TK will become the lowest resolution Ocean Scout camera with the least range, but there’s a lot more to true thermal vision than resolution and range…

FLIR_Ocean_Scout_TK_screen1_aPanbo.JPGThe reason that FLIR can produce a much lower cost Scout camera is the ultra compact Lepton thermal imager they’ve been manufacturing in high volume for end products like the FLIR One personal imager, not to mention the nifty AX8 marine thermal monitoring system (which I’ve seen slickly integrate with Raymarine MFDs, and will write up soon).…

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November 3rd

Standard Horizon HX870, handheld VHF/GPS/DSC powerhouse

Posted by // November 3, 2014 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

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Written by Ben Ellison on Nov 3, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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I was impressed with Standard Horizon’s original HX850 and I’ve been happily using the slightly upgraded HX851 model above for several years. It’s a fine handheld 6 Watt VHF (if you don’t mind the size) plus it’s always ready to place a DSC distress call and/or navigate a life raft (or tender or kayak or…). But, wow, look what they did with the new HX870 model: The screen is at least twice as large, the interface seems usefully updated with soft keys and icons, the battery is substantially larger, and more…

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Despite the change from 1,380 to 1,800 milliamp internal lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, the HX870 still floats.

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May 29th

Korean marine electronics tour, w/ apps & gadgets

Posted by // May 29, 2013 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Written by Ben Ellison on May 29, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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The original idea was to finish this entry during the Chicago stop of the very long journey seen on the nifty FlightTrack app screen above, but travel mistakes were made and O’Hara airport had less connectivity than one might presume in this day and age.  Is anyone surprised to hear that the Tokyo and Seoul airports are much friendlier to the traveler trying to stay in touch?  So, yes, I’m already in  Korea and will soon begin a writer’s tour that is being hosted by Intellian Technologies and that is intended in part to show us the state of recreational boating in this “technology-led” country…

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Of course I brought some mobile gadgets both to use and test.…

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