Photo Of The Day: The “cool thing” today isn’t really the picture with the suppressed Heckler & Koch MR223 above. Instead, it’s the merged image below where you can see a mixture of a digital photo from an iPhone with what the thermal riflescope sees (white hot). The riflescope is the brand new Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 LRF Pro. The box on top of the riflescope is a laser rangefinder, which is very quick in sending the distance to the target back to the user. The distance is displayed on the on-screen display so the hunter can make an accurate shot. You can see in the videos below how it works.
The heart is a thermal sensor specified at 640×480 pixels @ 17 μm, aperture F50/1.0 and NETD sensitivity of <25 mK. This means you’re getting a really good image quality of the target and the surroundings.
Below: Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 with LRF together with the new Thermion 2 Pro LRF rifle scope.
Heckler & Koch MR223, early generation, with a Troy handguard in carbon fiber and SAI suppressor. The mount is from Spuhr.
The Pulsar is made in Lithuania, the H&K is made in Germany, the SAI suppressor is from Denmark and the Spuhr mount is made in Sweden.
Here are two examples of the Thermion 2 Pro at work. The “Wild Boar 70 meters – Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 Pro” video is filmed with an iPhone on a recent summer evening.
Here’s a picture from an iPhone to compare. You can barely see the piglets.
And some more wild boar in the middle of the night, at only around 20 meters distance. This is a video from the internal camera. The weather was not perfect, but you still get a really good image quality. Remember, your eyes cannot see anything but black here without help.
The LRF is set to scan, so it sends the distance continuously. There’s a bunch of piglets running around here as well.
To see what night vision (not thermal) looks like, check our review of the Pulsar Digex C50 – Digital Day & Night Vision Riflescope.
Have you tried a thermal yet? Are you looking to learn more? Stay tuned, TFB will return with reviews of quite a few thermal rifle scopes and monoculars.