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Pilot Pro V1 Infrared Monocular FAQ


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Below you can find the user manual for the Pilot Pro. Please note that we will be discontinuing the Pilot Pro model pictured above and replacing it with the Pilot Pro V2 sometime in February.


This product contains rechargeable lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion batteries have the potential to be dangerous when abused and can cause fires. It's extremely important to take special care when handling any product containing a lithium-ion battery. Do not drop, damage, expose to water, or otherwise mishandle the lithium-ion battery contained in this device. This is not a waterproof device.

This product contains sensitive electronic sensors. Do not store or use near strong electrostatic, electromagnetic, magnetic, or radioactive fields. This is a static sensitive device.


The Pilot Pro is a handheld camera which provides night vision functionality via 850nm near-infrared illumination. This is the same wavelength used in many surveillance and home security cameras. The intended purpose of this device, along with the technical and design specifications, exclude it from any definitions outlined in ITAR.

This is not an ITAR device.

The instructional video below will provide an overview of the Pilot Pro's controls.



The Pilot Pro has three operating modes: photo, video, and playback. The modes can be cycled by holding the mode button. As the name suggests, photo mode can be used to take pictures. Video mode can be used to record video. Playback mode can be used to view the media files on the internal memory card.

There are only two controls: illuminator brightness and zoom. Illuminator brightness intensity ranges from 0 (off) to 7 (maximum). To change the illuminator brightness, simply tap the positive (+) button on and adjust as needed. To engage the digital zoom, simply hold the button down (versus just tapping it). 



The Pilot Pro contains an optical lens which must be manually focused. To focus the device, simply rotate the focusing ring on the front end. This lens is shaped for a fixed magnification of 3X. This can not be adjusted.

The integrated software allows for additional digital zoom. When in photo or video mode, simply hold the up or down arrow keys to adjust the digital zoom between 1X and 5X.

It should be noted that stability and image quality can degrade as the zoom level is increased. It is strongly recommended to utilize the device's tripod port to provide additional stabilization. 


There is a small utility port on the underside of the Pilot Pro. Simply remove the rubber plug and the USB Type-C charging port and memory card slot can be accessed. 

To access any recorded media, the Micro SD card can be removed and inserted into the included USB/SD Card reader accessory. 


1. When focusing the Pilot Pro, it's important to be mindful of the underslung infrared illuminator. It's easy to accidentally block the illuminator with your hand which will make it difficult to properly focus the device. It's recommended to use the focusing ring from above and not from below.

2. Even though it is not visible, near-infrared light behaves in the same exact way as visible light. Do not engage the Pilot Pro's infrared illuminator at close distances with other humans or animals. It can be harmful to the eyes.

3. Reflective surfaces, such as road signs, can often prove to be a challenge when using infrared monoculars. There is no good solution for this. You must manage the brightness of the illuminator carefully to make sure the reflection does not overwhelm or wash out the image.