Can anyone tell me anything about this thermal imager?

Discussion in 'Weapons, Equipment & Rations' started by Paddy_SP, Dec 8, 2011.

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  1. This is my first post on here, so please be gentle with me...

    I recently bought an ex-military thermal imaging system from an MOD disposal auction via a surplus dealer. It finally arrived a couple of days ago on a courier van, so now I need to find out a bit more about it. I originally posted this request on my most-frequently haunted shooting website, and one of the forces lads on there suggested that I come over here and ask - I hope that's OK with you guys!

    The label on the side gives the unit number and serial number, but the space for the NSN is blank. It's been suggested that this may mean that it was a prototype and that it was never put into service.

    Here are some photos:

    Left side:
    http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...ermal_0005.jpg

    Right side:
    http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...ermal_0007.jpg

    From the rear:
    http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...ermal_0008.jpg

    Top side:
    http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...ermal_0006.jpg

    Underside:
    http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i2...ermal_0009.jpg

    I do a lot of fox shooting for local farmers (mostly protection of lambs and poultry). I already have a small TI - it's a Solo TI S2 Integrated, but if I can get this one going, I'd like to get it mounted on the roof of my Defender with a remote viewing screen inside so that I can scan larger areas. [​IMG]

    The labels tell me that it's a 'Pilkington Optronics Imager Thermal Lite'.

    What I'd like most is a copy of an operating manual, but in the absence of that, the main things I'd like to know are:

    The pin-outs for the socket hidden behind the cover on the left side, just above the right-most pound coin.

    What the three buttons on the lens assembly do. I assume they're focus and zoom? [​IMG]

    What the TV output signal is - I assume it's either PAL or NTSC? [​IMG]

    Once I've looked at it further I'll probably have more questions - but that's enough for now!

    Any help would be most appreciated! :)
     
  2. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    Pilkington Optronics split into 2 parts - Thales Optronics in Glasgow and a small company in north Wales whose name escapes me. They're in a business park west of St Asaph. Try either of them - they'll both have a customer support section and if you ask nicely and on a good day they might help.
     
  3. Thank you very much! :)
     
  4. Optich technium possibly at st asaph business park
     
  5. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    That's the badger. Silly, unmemorable name, nice people
     
  6. pilks packed up and f**ked off from st asaph, opTIC technium is a different sort of company quite highbrow, has been doing stuff with NASA.
     
  7. Bouillabaisse

    Bouillabaisse LE Book Reviewer

    Pilk sold out to Thales, who decided to offload the st Asaph lot. They got bought by a private equity firm and renamed Qioptiq. The Optic Tech lot are a different company.
     
  8. What used to be the Pilkington factory has been razed to the ground.
     
  9. Paddy SP,

    Any chance you could post better pictures of the labels?

    shiny
     
  10. Yes, will do when I get a mo!
     
  11. Contact the people you bought it from and ask them for the instruction manual.

    Have we still got an "Army Scaling and Cataloguing Authority" ASCA. If we have, phone them up and ask for information.
     
  12. Many thanks for your suggestion - unfortunately, the dealer I bought it from simply put in a tender on four of these units that the MOD Disposal Service was selling off. He only won one of them, and there was nothing in the way of documentation beyond invoices. I'm not familiar with ASCA - I'll look into it though! :)