Thermal Spotters: New Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 and Axion 2 LRF XQ35

Eric B
by Eric B
The new Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 LRF. Thermal Spotter with Laser Range Finder.

Pulsar are releasing their next generation of Thermal Monoculars: Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 and Axion 2 LRF XQ35. Pulsar promises an enhanced image quality, longer battery life and a lower price. According to Pulsar, the XQ35s can detect a standard 1.8 m tall object up to 1300 meters away in complete darkness, and the battery is said to be able to power the device for 11 hours of continuous use.

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These are great tools for any hunter, but can also be used in other areas to find missing people. It’s always good to know the distance to possible targets during a hunt, and with the XQ35s you will also be able to detect the potential targets (or non-targets) much easier.

The version with the integrated laser rangefinder (LRF) has a range of up to 1000 meters (measuring distance).

Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 LRF

The thermal sensor resolution is 384×288, 17µm (Made by Lynred) with a VGA AMOLED display. The objective lens is F35/1.0 with a 2-8x magnification. A low magnification is generally preferred for a thermal monocular. The field of view is 18.2 m at 100 meters.

Below: Pulsar Axion 2 XQ2, in case you don’t have a need for a laser rangefinder. The weight is only 300 grams, and it should fit in almost any pocket.

The version without LRF is flat on both sides.

Of course, Pulsar have their own full description:

Axion 2 XQ35 and Axion 2 LRF XQ35: better quality, better price

Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide is pleased to announce the release of the Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 and the Axion 2 LRF XQ35. Compared with the previous generation of Axion thermal vision monoculars, the Axion 2 XQ series features upgraded image quality and extended battery life while maintaining the premium feel of its European design and best-in-class distance measurement precision. And all this at a better price than ever.

With Axion 2 devices, Pulsar has once again proved to be the pioneer of thermal vision technology. The improved algorithms of the Axion 2 XQ result in a superior image quality and significantly prolonged operating time. The spotter with built-in precision laser rangefinder gives the hunter an eagle-eyed sense of distance which is essential for making the right call. And with its high-quality reinforced magnesium alloy body, this device is dependable and resistant. It is the ultimate hunting companion.

European quality

The new Axions stand out from the crowd with their high sensitivity French-made Lynred thermal imaging sensor with 384×288 pixel resolution (pixel size 17 microns). This ensures perfect detail recognition even under the harshest weather conditions when thermal contrast is extremely low. The tiniest temperature differences will be clearly visible in rainfall, fog or high humidity.

Feel confident to take your Axion with you on a long harsh trip to the forest. The device is designed for constant heavy use. The high-quality magnesium alloy body is lightweight yet robust. The housing reliably protects the internal components of the thermal imager from shock, moisture, heat and cold. Moreover, the quality metal housing effectively disperses the heat from the electronics minimising image noise and increasing operation consistency for long-term observation.

Joy for the eye: a superior image

While we all, avid nature fans, aim for the best image quality and ultimate detection efficiency, Pulsar’s 2nd generation Axions feature a powerful Germanium F35/1.0 fast aperture lens. These optics deliver high infrared transmission in the LWIR range. The high precision manufacturing of the optical lens elements result in an extremely clear and detailed image generated by the Axion 2 XQ’s sensor.

In combination with a highly sensitive Lynred sensor, the fast aperture lens provides exceptional detection capabilities. A standard 1.8 m tall object can be detected up to 1300 m away in complete darkness.

The new Axions are equipped with a high-contrast AMOLED display with improved colour rendering. You’ll be amazed at how sharp and smooth the image is.

Improved algorithms for optimal observation

We added new image processing algorithms and adjusted fine brightness and contrast which, combined with the three available image amplification levels, give great assistance in the early detection and recognition of targets under different weather and temperature conditions.

Moreover, Axion 2 XQ thermal imaging devices have a distinctively wide linear field of view of 18.2 m at a 100 m distance or an angular field of view of 10.7°. These improved spotters are perfect for viewing wide areas and observing distant objects in motion.

For an even more detailed image use the “Picture in Picture” function. An additional window will pop up at the top of the display showing the centre of the observed scene two or four times magnified.

LRF for precise decision making

The LRF version of the Axion 2 XQ has a built-in precision laser rangefinder – an essential component for understanding the target distance and making the right call. The LRF with a range of up to 1000 metres enables you to measure distances in single measurements and continuous scanning modes with an accuracy of ± 1 metres for quick and hassle-free assessment of the scenario. By knowing the precise distance, you will be able to evaluate the peculiarities of the setting, the distance and other important factors.

Space and time saving

When we say the Axion 2 XQ35 is the best bang for a buck, we mean it! The pocket-size design of the device is space-saving and comfortably lightweight – it weighs only 300 grams. The Axion is easy to grip and operate for both right- and left-handed hunters.

It is not only space-saving but also features a significantly short turn-on time: due to the fast aperture F35/1.0 lens, the device is fully functional within 5 seconds of being turned on. Quick start-up helps save battery power – you can turn it off and on in an instant when needed.

In fact, we doubled the new Axions’ operating time! A high-capacity APS5 rechargeable battery provides up to 11 hours of continuous operation of the thermal imaging device on a single charge. The battery is removed from its housing and replaced with a new one in seconds.

Keep the memories with you

We upgraded the Axion 2 XQ (as well as the LRF version) with a built-in video recorder. The internal memory can store hours of video material and tens of thousands of photos. Purchase a thermal spotter to receive 16 GB storage space for free on the Pulsar cloud.

Improved built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to connect your Axion 2 XQ to Android and iOS smartphones via the Stream Vision 2 mobile application. This opens up a wide range of options including wireless device software updates, real-time image transmission from the device to a smartphone screen, posting on social media plus remote control of digital device functions and access to news streaming by Pulsar.

Full set of functional benefits

The Axion 2 XQ35 and Axion 2 LRF XQ35 feature premium functionality at a fair price:

  • Enhanced image processing algorithms
  • High-quality reinforced magnesium alloy housing
  • Extended battery life. Up to 11 hours on a single charge.
  • High sensitivity European-made Lynred sensor with 384×288 pix / 17µm
  • Fast aperture F35/1.0 lens / fast start-up
  • Improved Wi-Fi connectivity with 2.4/5 GHZ waveband support
  • Built-in long distance laser rangefinder (up to 1 km)
  • Better price for better quality
  • 1300 m detection range
  • Field of view over 10 degrees
  • Pocket-size dimensions and lightweight
  • Variable magnification from 2x to 8x
  • Built-in photo and video recorder
  • Free 16 GB cloud storage space
  • High-contrast AMOLED display
  • A selection of 8 colour palettes
  • Distant operation and firmware update from smartphone via the Stream Vision 2 App
  • IPX7 Fully Waterproof

Axion 2 XQ35 – Key specifications:

Model nameAxion 2 XQ35Axion 2 LRF XQ35
Laser RangefinderNoYes
Sensor resolution, pixels384×288
Pixel pitch, µm17
Display typeVGA AMOLED
Objective lensF35/1.0
Detection range, m1300
FOV °10.7х8.0
Dimensions, mm152x50x74152x74x75
Weight, g300350

Connect the Axions to your mobile phone.

Availability for the Axion 2 XQ35 and the Axion 2 LRF XQ35 will be from Q1 2022. Pulsar claims that these Axions are going to have “a better price than ever before“, but at this stage TFB does not have the MSRP.

Here is a photo collection with more images of the Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 models in Full HD. All images from Pulsar NV.

Find out more about Pulsar devices:

Here is the complete lineup released at SHOW Show from Pulsar.

TFB has full coverage of Pulsar's 2022 lineup. Just check the links above for all the details. We will review most if not all of these units as soon as possible.

Have you used a thermal spotter? What do you think about Pulsar’s new models for 2022?

Eric B
Eric B

Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6x6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.

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