Leupold Debuts the LTO QUEST Improving their Thermal Imaging Technology

LTO Quest

Leupold surprised lots of people in the shooting sports industry when they introduced their 1st thermal optic last October. Now they have an improved model with more functionality. The LTO Quest integrates a flashlight, thermal imager, and camera all into one unit.

The new Leupold LTO-Quest is an advanced thermal imaging viewer and camera with a built in 300 lumen dual intensity flashlight. The rugged, rubberized body is small enough to fit in your pocket, and light enough that it won’t slow you down in the field. Featuring a 206×156 thermal sensor with a 20° field-of-view, the LTO-Quest can detect a heat signature out to 300 yards using any one if its 8 color palettes. The micro USB port is used to both charge the LTO-Quest and download any images that are stored on the included, removable micro SD card. The Leupold LTO-Quest is Designed, Machined, and Assembled in the United States and backed by the Leupold 5-Year Electronics Warranty.

Right now this new thermal imaging device is slated to be shipping to gun stores in June/July of this year. Its current MSRP is $469 which seems appropriate for what the unit is offering. The original LTO had an initial MSRP of $874, so if you keep that in mind, the LTO Quest sounds like quite the bargain.

The LTO Quest’s complete specification sheet can be seen below.

LTO Quest



The outdoors, fitness and anything related to firearms are my passions. I am a S&W Armorer, Glock Armorer, reloader and am coping with an addiction to classic S&W and Colt revolvers (by buying more revolvers). I’ve been a guest writer for Sierra Bullets and love long walks to the gun range.


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  • Audie Bakerson

    Nice to see thermal getting cheaper.

    • Juggernaut

      At some point soon technology will be able to drive the price of $4000 FLIR setups down to the sub-$500 range.

    • Flounder

      It isn’t. Not by what everyone actually thinks. The refresh rate is 15hz… Which… sucks. Even with 60hz you are going to be able to see some stuttering or flickering with the naked eye… And this is 1/4th that.

      And 20 degrees? For an unmagnified viewing angle is one tiny window! As for the detection distance of 300 yards? I don’t believe it at all. Maybe a bonfire. Or a naked person.

      Torrey pines logic has worse models at around the same price and better models for just 1-200 more.

      But yes, i am very happy about there being a push into cheaper thermal optics. One day in my lifetime we may have GOOD and affordable thermals! Makes me all warm and fuzzy.

  • QuadGMoto

    It’s really a shame that devices like this cannot be used in Pennsylvania.

    • Herp

      What’s the deal with Penn?

      • QuadGMoto

        One of the major priorities of the PA Game Commission is keeping the sportsmanship in hunting. One of the ways they do that is by severely limiting what technologies you can use. They only just decided to allow semi-auto rifles for varmint hunting. Larger game is manual loading only (bolt, lever, etc.). Electronics are limited to lighted nocks for arrows, hearing protection, separate range finders, varmint calls, and radios as long as you don’t use them to alert others to game. Thermal imagers are definitely not allowed (at least not for most hunting) not even to track an animal you’ve hit.

        • Marcus D.

          California does not allow thermal imaging or night sights (infrared or light gathering), i.e., no hunting coyotes at night unless you can pick them up in the dark when they come out to play. Seems silly to me, but it is the law.

  • Gary Foster

    This is not hunting. You might as well use a drone! Jeez!

    • C_Low

      Why because you cannot see aswell as you would during the day? As long as no flash lights are used the animals are not effected any different than day time except having additional advantage.

    • Marcus D.

      What if your prey, such as coyotes and hogs, generally hunts/forages at night and beds down during the day? (actually, I’ve read that hogs are smart enough to know when the hunting pressure is greatest and adjust their feeding schedules accordingly). Sure, no deer hunting, but varmints?

      • Gary Foster

        Reasonable point Marcus

    • William Elliott

      when dealing with hogs [like the pestilence they are here in Texas right now], its not hunting, its extermination.
      Also, if I’m putting meat on the table [not hunting for sport], I don’t give a royal rip about being sporting. Its like the old adage about fair fights….

  • disqus_1IXWD6GbBr

    And what is the price point?
    $1000?