New Scope From Pulsar

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The new riflescope’s rangefinder does more than just let you know how far away an object is, it also has a scanning feature so you can track targets on the move. In addition to the obvious cool factor of a built-in laser rangefinder this riflescope has a total of thirteen reticle options, each of which is preloaded into the scope, each of which has four colors possible, and each capable of operating in various light levels. For ease of use it also has the ability to store three settings and it has what sounds like a fairly detailed menu.

This is definitely an interesting-looking product from Pulsar, one that could allow for significant flexibility on low-light and night hunts and absolutely speed up target acquisition. As a hunter I’m more than a little bit interested in the new riflescope and hope there’s an opportunity to try it out down the road. Take a look online at www.pulsarnv.com. MSRP not listed, and although night vision is never cheap, let alone digital night vision, you have to admit you’re interested in this, too. Read on for details from the company itself.

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From Pulsar:

Pulsar is known for producing the world’s first digital night vision riflescope – the Digisight. Over the years the Digisight has become a best seller worldwide. The company has strived to continually improve the riflescope, adding new features and enhancing its performance. New for 2015, the company is proud to announce the release of the Digisight 850 LRF, a digital NV riflescope featuring a built-in laser rangefinder.

Measuring distance at longer range is always a challenge, but the Digisight 850 LRF is ready for the challenge. With a maximum measuring range of over 400 yards and accuracy of ±1m, the built-in rangefinder allows you to estimate distance to your target long before the target sees you. The rangefinder features not only single mode on a single object, but also scanning mode, suitable for tracking fast moving targets or targets located far from each other. This makes the scope ideal for predator and varmint applications like hog and coyote hunting.

Other innovative features include the THD and AoE functions. THD shows true horizontal distance and is helpful for mountain landscapes, when shooting from high stands, taking into account the shooter’s angle of elevation (AoE) relative to the target. The ability to switch between units of measurement (m/y), and a selection of range finding indicators is also available in the riflescope’s menu.

The Digisight 850 LRF comes preloaded with thirteen selectable electronic reticles for specific hunting and shooting conditions. All reticles have four color options. While one shot zeroing is still a key feature of the unit, innovative FREEZE zeroing is a new enhancement. All customizable zeroing parameters can be memorized for up to three types of weapons or distances. The riflescope is outfitted with a built-in eye safe laser IR illuminator, providing a dramatic extension of the unit’s viewing range. Also, the laser IR features three-step power settings for the use in varying illumination conditions.

The Digisight 850 LRF delivers an excellent picture thanks to the use of the 640×480 resolution OLED display, and highly sensitive CCD sensor. The 4.5x optical magnification is augmented with the 2x continuous digital zoom which does not impact image sharpness. For extremely low light conditions, one can activate the Sum Light™ Signal Processing Program, the software able to provide a drastic image enhancement without using an IR Illuminator.

The Digisight 850 LRF is an impressive new entry into the night vision optics market and includes all the features an outdoorsman needs to experience more successful nighttime hunts.



katie.ainsworth

Katie is an avid shooter, hunter, military journalist, and Southern girl. Firearms are her passion whether at the range or on a spot-and-stalk after a big buck. She’s a staff writer at The Firearm Blog and writes about guns, hunting, and the military for various publications both online and in print such as Outdoor Life, Handguns, and Shooting Illustrated. Shoot her a message at ainsworth.kat@usa.com


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  • rayward

    About $2200 on Amazon, $2000 at opticsplanet

    • MR

      Irons and illumination flares for me…

    • SD3

      Only 2 grand?!? I’ll take 7 of them! One for each Mosin Nagant!!!

      • MR

        Was thinking about one for my DPMS Sportical, but that would be silly. I’ll just get some illuminating parachute flares and light up the hunting grounds.

    • Iksnilol

      Only 2k USS!?

      Holy crap! This is one of the famcy optics I can actually afford. Would be perfect on an AK.

      • Tassiebush

        Did you lose your log in 🙁

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Holy crap, that’s cool.

  • kevinp2

    Cool technology! Eventually, this will become much more common

  • Tassiebush

    Gosh that’s cool! Even just features like one shot zeroing would be incredibly helpful let alone all the other stuff. It’d be fantastic for any kind of culling.

  • Kivaari

    Sounds like an excellent product. It’s nice to see a lady doing articles.

  • Blake

    “640×480 resolution OLED display, and highly sensitive CCD sensor”

    They should really have ganked the best bits from the digital camera world.

    Back-side-illuminated CMOS sensors about as good as it gets, & Sony’s are available to anyone (Nikon uses them, as does Canon for smaller cameras). Most camera companies’ digital viewfinders are around 1024×768 these days.

    Looking through a low-resolution digital viewfinder is incomparable to a decent optical finder. You really can’t tell what’s in focus & what is not without a lot of electronic aids. It detracts from the photo-making experience. The good ones on cameras of the last ~2-3 years however, are really getting there.

    Perhaps they didn’t use CMOS because of the “jello effect” due to progressive scanning, but that too has been overcome recently (admittedly by Canon, who is not sharing).

    • nom

      I think it has to do with recoil compensation. Building a 640×480 display that could handle the recoil of a .50 (Not saying it would be put on one normally, but it’s a common enough high recoil benchmark) without breaking after a handful of rounds is probably the best combination of resolution to price that they could come up with.

      • Blake

        What does resolution have to do with recoil tolerance? There are IP68-rated full-HD smartphones (& cameras) that you can throw down a flight of concrete stairs & they’re still fine & dandy.

        I’d postulate that it has to do with small companies like this with completely custom hardware & software have looooong development cycles. It seems like they developed the hardware & then developed their software to run on top of it afterwards.

        Apologies for raining on their parade, but low-resolution electronic viewfinders are just nasty. It would be a lot easier to be forgiving at 1/5th the price…

        I’d also adventure (admittedly without having had hands on one) that unless they have some UI design mavens, all these spiffy features with just a few buttons are probably a real dog to use in the field in a hurry without the manual.

        “Usability testing doesn’t reveal problems in your product so much as it uncovers arrogance in your thinking.” – Jeffrey Zeldman