As with most people who have been convinced by a questionably sane friend to join them on a UFO hunting trip in the great American Southwest, it has become apparent that there are many aspects of the UFO hunting that I had not taken into account. The first of which is that it incorporates one of my passions in life; night vision. In fact that was the major selling point in that my friend able to convince me to join him on his two week quest across varying parts of Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
Although he did eventually convince me to go, it was a fairly hard fought battle. But convincing me to go wasn’t the only thing he won; he was able to change my conflicting point of view on how to go about it, in particular, what night vision technology to use.
Being somewhat of an authority in the night vision field, I was predisposed to having a weighted opinion about many things concerning night vision. Things such as the fact that when hunting or viewing animals and game, and in military applications, people, thermal vision, or infrared based night vision, is king in terms of viewing distance, visual image resolution (clarity), and refresh rate. No matter which variant, the traditional strictly thermal technology.
Or the newer and updated infrared technology.
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It is generally conceded that the infrared variants of night vision are better overall in situations that require the ability to see in the dark.
However, my friend was contesting this point adamantly the entire time when we were deciding on what type of night vision to bring. He strongly believed that the older, image enhancing technology (the ones with the easily recognizable ‘green vision’ like what’s seen here) was the only way to effectively hunt for UFO’s.
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Although he eventually yielded in letting me bring both my set of infrared and his set of image enhancing goggles, he showed just why image enhancing technology breaks the norms and becomes the best technology for UFO hunting.
While it is true as I had previously said that infrared technologies are the best when looking for heat based objects and animals, including humans, in hunting or spotting situations, they do lack when looking for UFO’s. The first major problem you run into is that when looking to the sky through an infrared based set of night vision, is that the sky generally does not give off any sort of heat or infrared signature. Since the sky does not give off enough of a heat source, infrared goggles cannot see it and thus is just a big blank nothingness; which for spotting flying things like owls, bats, or even airplanes, makes it quite a simple and easy task. From this knowledge, I figured that it would still reign supreme for UFO spotting, however, as my friend pointed out, there is one major problem, and that is the extremely possible factor that UFO’s may not exude any sort of heat or exhaust that is within the noticeable infrared spectrum.
If UFO’s don’t offer any way for infrared to see them, then they will just be invisible against an already invisible background. Hence the benefits of image enhancing technology can shed some light on a tricky visibility problem.
Through image enhancing technology, the sky is completely visible as long as even a few stars are out and it is not completely covered by clouds. And even if UFO’s followed the popular belief of the use of cloaking and/or camouflaging technology, it should be able to differentiate a void from the background of the sky to discover them.
While we didn’t have luck in spotting and UFO’s, which didn’t surprise me in the least, I was completely surprised by my friend’s claims of the supremacy of image enhancing night vision to see the skies being true. It did truly offer a better image and insight into the world of UFO hunting.