Long range tests with the ATN ThOR Smart HD 5-50x thermal riflescope

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The ATN ThOR-HD 640 5-50x makes me wanna sell my car. I don’t really have a need for it, but we live in a Golden Age of new technology and I wanted a thermal rifle scope ever since I watched The Predator.

I figured it’s very soon 30 years ago The Predator was released, so it’s about time I tick a thermal sight off the bucket list.

Below: ATN ThOR Smart HD 5-50x thermal riflescope long range test, 100mm/640×480 native sensor

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Finnaccuracy just released their first benchmark tests. They test from close to long range, checking the performance of the new ATN Thor-series flagship, with 100mm objective and 640×480 sensor.

 

Below: 25 meter “rain color” palette

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Below: Person at 25 m carrying H&K MP5 with vertical grip and Aimpoint T-2. Car passing behind, at approximately 650 meters.

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Red = warmer

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Although far away, the ThOr detects the heat. Green = heat. The color can be switched.

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In the menu, use the keyboard arrows and switch between different reticles. You can choose the preferred shape depends on your purpose and your “zeroing” of the rifle and distance.

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First screen you’ll see after switching on the device is the Home Screen. It consist of Scales, Status Bar icons and different Information Widgets.

Detect your prey with the power of thermal. Take your shot with confidence using the help of the Smart Shooting Solution. Record everything with the press of a button and share with your friends and family.

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There seems to be so many features available, with SD cards, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi. I wonder how the battery life is? Think I have to buy one to find out.

ATN’s product page for the ThOR 640 5-50x can be found here.

Finally, here’s the video from Finnaccuracy.

Note: Captured videos are darker than they actually look trough the scope. Also manual focusing causes occasional blurriness in some clips.



Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with an European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatic firearms, optics and sound suppressors.


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  • micmac80

    Russian NV sights sure are progresing at a steady pace.even if they are marketed under ‘merican’ brands

    • guest

      now how you manage to to put the words “russian” and “NV” in the context of a US made thermal sight is just beyond me…

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      Not NV. This is thermal. Yes, they both let you “see” in the dark, but aside from that similarity they are COMPLETELY different technologies and all thermal sensors that I’m aware of available in US products are made in the US.

  • Drew Coleman

    It’d be awesome if you could create a custom BDC reticle based on your specific rifle and load data.

    • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

      With the range-finding features and automatic adjustment built-in, you don’t actually need BDC. The scope does it for you, and adjusts the zero for your range and cartridge.

  • gordon

    You don’t mention the price after making implications about it in the headline and only provide a link to their site for that info. Hmm, I wonder why you’d do that.

    • Erik B

      For no special reason at all I have to admit. I have no connections to either company other that I want one. I’m sure there are other options out there.

      • gordon

        You must be aware that it is a piece of information that readers are sure to want. I am honestly baffled how that can slip so many product reviewers mind. I honestly don’t/didn’t suspect that this was a paid advertisement but the omission of a price when it would be so easy to include is always rather annoying. That said, I suppose the exact price hardly matters when it is high enough that it is indeed a that sight or a car choice for most us.

        • Sledgecrowbar

          The article would have been significantly more useful with at least an MSRP mentiioned.

          • Sledgecrowbar

            $5999 is what it’s at on all the usual suspects like opticsplanet et al. That’s likely MSRP as it’s probably not actually out yet. If it was maybe about half that I could make the argument to myself because 5-50 is a heck of a lot of adjustment even if it is digital zoom. As one scope to cover all needs for a static defensive overwatch position, this at least *seems* ideal.

  • LazyReader

    Predator vision is loads of fun. I’m just waiting til they invent that self destruct gauntlet.

    • Sunshine_Shooter

      There are some groups in the middle east working on it. The prototypes are a little big, but the concept is sound.

  • Anon

    I see ATN is still up to their photoshop filters for advertising images.
    Another tactical Nightmare lives up to expectations yet again.

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Was scared of price. Then went to the website.

    Now I’m scared because I think $6K is actually reasonable and I was worried it was twice that.

    I’ve got a bonus coming up…..

  • Bob

    really nice. Wish I had one back when I was in Vietnam in 68. I remember the starlights we had NEVER worked either due to the battery being dead or some moron leaving the lense caps off when daylight came and ruined the unit.!
    I’m too old and tired to have one now. I am home before dark. Kind of like the Lucas electrical systems (home before dark, and prince of darkness…. GRIN)