Low light imaging device

  • US 6,911,652 B2
  • Filed: 02/20/2003
  • Issued: 06/28/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/22/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A low light imaging device comprising:

  • a) an optical input structured to define a line of sight;

    b) a thermal imaging assembly responsive to radiation signatures disposed within said line of sight;

    c) an image intensification assembly responsive to photons at least within said line of sight;

    d) said thermal imaging assembly structured to generate a real time thermal image representative of said radiation signatures;

    e) said image intensification assembly structured to generate a real time enhanced photon based image;

    f) an image adjustment assembly including a thermal image adjustment assembly and a photon image adjustment assembly;

    g) said thermal image adjustment assembly structured to adjust an intensity of said thermal image;

    h) said photon image adjustment assembly structured to adjust said image intensification assembly so as to adjust an intensity of said enhanced photon based image generated thereby;

    i) said thermal image adjustment assembly and said photon image adjustment assembly being structured to be operable independent from one another; and

    j) an output image generation assembly structured to combine said thermal image and said enhanced photon based image to generate a real-time, direct view output image.

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