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The NightFINDER™

Thermal (IR) Cameras, Low-Light Intensifier Cameras and Infrared Illuminators are strategically mounted on same Searchlight Aiming Platform.

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117 years of History… Founded in 1894, The Carlisle & Finch Co. invented the first Carbon Arc Searchlight in North America, and provided this technology to the Paddlewheel Boats on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. In the 1960’s, The Carlisle & Finch Co. pioneered Xenon Arc Searchlight Technology, and the Company’s products remain to this day, the standard of the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Federal Prison System. In addition, The Carlisle & Finch Co. products are used worldwide in the Super Yacht Market, the Commercial Marine Market and a multitude of Foreign Militaries and Security Installations!

Leading Edge Technology… The Carlisle & Finch Co. has pioneered every searchlight innovation over the last century, including the development of Carbon Arc and Xenon Arc Searchlight Technology. In addition, the Company recently launched the NightFINDER™ Family of products, which are the first products in the world, to combine Night Vision Camera Technology and High Intensity Lighting, on the same Pan/Tilt motorized base!

Commitment to Quality… The Carlisle & Finch Co. is well known for its high quality and conforms to ISO 9000/9001 Quality Control standards. In addition, The Carlisle & Finch Co. also adheres to the strict U.S. Military Mil-I-45028A Quality Control standard, and is an approved and certified U.S. Military contractor. This commitment to high quality has enabled The Carlisle & Finch Co. to have well over 100 products with approved National Stock Numbers within the U.S. Military. In addition, due to the reliability of the products, at one point, nearly every Lighthouse in North America had a Carlisle & Finch Co. High Intensity Rotating Beacon.

NightFINDER Product earns ISS "Excellence In Innovation" Award

The International Superyacht Society, serves and represents the Yachting Industry worldwide. Society members are individuals and companies, who are taking a leadership role, in raising the standard of Super Yacht Design, Construction, Operation and Repair.