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Thermal Optics

Thermal imaging has become increasingly popular for hunting and is offered in a variety of product styles including weapon sights, monoculars and rifle scopes. Unlike night vision, thermal imaging doesn’t need light to work properly and instead works by converting infrared (IR) radiation into visible images. This makes thermal imaging useful in low visibility conditions such as darkness, smoke, heavy brush and fog. 

Thermal imaging devices are fairly expensive due to the technology used, and price can vary greatly depending on quality and features. When shopping for a thermal consider these important features:

  • Resolution - Thermal detectors with a higher resolution will produce a more detailed image with better image quality and less pixelation. Measured in microbolometers, a 640x480 resolution will be much clearer than a 384x288 microbolometer resolution. This is not to be confused with the display resolution which refers to the display screen quality and size, measured in pixels.
  • Detection range - The distance at which a thermal device is able to detect heat. Keep in mind the Recognition range (the ability to differentiate between animal, human, etc.) is usually much less than the detection range. 
  • Refresh rate - The number of times per second the image display updates. Important for moving targets, a higher refresh rate will keep up with the movement of your target without dragging. Measured in Hertz (Hz) or frames per second (fps).
  • Battery life - Run time for a thermal battery can range from 4-10+ hours and can be affected by temperature and the number of additional features being used. Most manufacturers offer replacement batteries and external power source options for extended use.
  • Lens diameter – A larger lens size such as a 50mm offers a clearer thermal image and higher magnification level, but a narrower field of view (FOV), better suited for long-distance hunting. A smaller lens size such as a 35mm offers a wider field of view and is better suited to shorter shot distance.
  • Advanced features – Thermal devices are available with several advanced features including wi-fi connectivity, built-in photo and video recording, built-in laser rangefinding, and picture-in-picture display.
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    Rico MK1 640 50mm Thermal Weapon Sight by InfiRay Outdoor

    Rico MK1 640 50mm Thermal Weapon Sight by InfiRay Outdoor

    The RICO Series was built to do two things: Make the best image possible and be easy to use. The heart of the RICO Series features a high performance iRay Micro II core and an extremely high contrast AMOLED HD display. RICO takes its image processing one...
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  • Axion 2 XG35 Thermal Monocular

    Axion 2 XG35 Thermal Monocular by Pulsar

    Pulsar’s pocket-sized thermal monocular family—the Axions—have another member – the Axion 2 XG35! With a powerful 640x480 microbolometer that detects heat signatures over 1900 yards away, this is an excellent device for...
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  • APS 5 Battery Pack

    APS 5 Battery Pack by Pulsar

    With a 3.7 charge voltage, the APS 5 battery pack holds a battery life of up to 4 hours in Axions. The battery pack is designed to fit the Axion Thermal Monocular.  Battery Used: Type: Li-Ion Quantity: 1 Features: Rechargeable lithium-ion...
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    Rico Bravo 384 35mm Thermal Sight

    Rico Bravo 384 35mm Thermal Weapon Sight by InfiRay Outdoor

    The RICO BRAVO is a groundbreaking thermal imaging riflescope featuring innovative ergonomics, cutting-edge connectivity, and InfiRay’s MATRIX III algorithm that pushes the boundaries of 384x288 long-wave performance. The BRAVO is optically and...
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    Bolt TL35 384x288 Thermal Riflescope

    Bolt TL35 384x288 Thermal Weapon Sight by InfiRay Outdoor

    The BOLT Series was designed from the ground up for optimal use on bolt action rifles and other platforms that demand flexible mounting options with increased eye relief. The traditional style of a BOLT housing allows for mounting with standard 30mm...
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    Bolt TH50C 640x512 Thermal Riflescope

    Bolt TH50C 640x512 50mm Thermal Weapon Sight by InfiRay Outdoor

    The BOLT-C Series expands on the success of the BOLT with the addition of our industry leading 12 μm 640x512 Micro II sensor, 2560x2560 AMOLED HD display and Shutterless Calibration feature. The BOLT-C Series maintains the traditional look and...
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  • Talion XQ38 Thermal Riflescope

    Talion XQ38 Thermal Riflescope by Pulsar

    Pulsar’s Talion XQ38 is an exciting thermal addition to Pulsar’s extensive catalogue! With a 384x288 microbolometer sensor resolution, the Talion detects heat signatures up to 1475 yards! Boasting a variable magnification of 2.5-10x, the...
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  • Axion XM30F Thermal Monocular

    Axion XM30F Thermal Monocular by Pulsar

    The dynamic Axion XM30F from Pulsar is lightweight, compact and feature-packed. With a powerful 320x240 microbolometer resolution, the pocket-sized Axion XM30F detects heat signatures over 1400 yards away and transmits the images to a pristine 640x400...
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  • Thermion 2 XP50 Pro Thermal Riflescope

    Thermion 2 XP50 Pro Thermal Riflescope by Pulsar

    Pulsar’s Thermion 2 XP50 PRO is a potent thermal imaging riflescope that combines a classic, sleek design with modern thermal functionality. Its extremely powerful 640x480 microbolometer resolution detects heat signatures up to 2,000 yards and...
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  • Thermion 2 XQ50 Pro Thermal Riflescope

    Thermion 2 XQ50 Pro Thermal Riflescope by Pulsar

    When the avid hunter needs a dependable riflescope for both daytime and nighttime shooting, the Thermion 2 XQ50 Pro is the perfect tool for the occasion. Featuring a high resolution 1024x769 AMOLED display with 3-12x magnification, and capable of...
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  • Axion 2 XQ35 Thermal Monocular

    Axion 2 XQ35 Thermal Monocular by Pulsar

    Pulsar’s pocket-sized thermal monocular family—the Axions—have another member – the Axion 2 XQ35! With a powerful 384x288 microbolometer that detects heat signatures over 1400 yards away, this is an excellent device for scoping...
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  • Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro Thermal Riflescope

    Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro Thermal Riflescope by Pulsar

    Pulsar’s Thermion 2 LRF XP50 PRO is a potent thermal imaging riflescope that combines a classic, sleek design with a built-in laser rangefinder. Its extremely powerful 640x480 microbolometer resolution detects heat signatures up to 2,000 yards and...
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  • Helion 2 XP50 Pro 2.5-20 Thermal Monocular

    Helion 2 XP50 Pro 2.5-20 Thermal Monocular by Pulsar

    Pulsar’s Helion 2 XP50 PRO is a sleek and powerful thermal monocular packed with cutting-edge features and technology. The Helion 2 XP50 PRO detects heat signatures up to 2000 yards and displays them on a flawless 1024x768 AMOLED display. With 2...
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    BTS 50 Thermal Riflescope

    BTS 50 Thermal Riflescope by Burris

    The Burris Thermal Scopes are packed with features that will help you take night hunting to a whole new level! Offering 4 power zoom, hot track, stadiametric ranging and 5 unique color palettes – this scope is packed with features to help you own...
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    Clip-On BTC 50 Thermal

    Clip-On BTC 50 Thermal by Burris

    Use the Clip-on as a handheld tracker or turn any traditional riflescope into a thermal scope with a simple attachment. The Clip-on’s 4 power zoom and 4 color palettes ensures nothing will make it through your sight picture unnoticed. Burris...
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    BTH 50 Handheld Thermal

    BTH 50 Handheld Thermal by Burris

    With a modern, lightweight design the Thermal Handheld has the ability to hot track targets over 750 yards away. The smooth zoom and real time wifi-to-mobile connection keeps you locked on your target. Connection allows you to control and record the...
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    Thermion XG50 3-24x42 Thermal Rifle Scope

    Thermion XG50 3-24x42 Thermal Rifle Scope by Pulsar

    Pulsar’s Thermion XG50 3-24x42 thermal riflescope surpasses every demand of the modern shooter. Combining 640x480 microbolometer strength with 12-micron pixel detail, the XG50 delivers 2,400-yard thermal detection range in stunning clarity on a...
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