Thermal

TFB Review: Pulsar Thermion 2 XL50 LRF - HD Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Pulsar Thermion 2 XL50 LRF - HD Thermal Riflescope. The XL50 may look like its other siblings in the Thermion 2 LRF line-up, but it has all the superpowers that the others want. I've had the privilege of using various thermal rifle scopes and optics over the years. Each one has its strengths and weaknesses, but for about a year, I had the opportunity to field test the Pulsar Thermion 2 XL50 LRF. This review will cover my firsthand experience with a huge amount of images. This is Pulsar’s high-end thermal rifle scope, with an MSRP of $8,799.99 when it was introduced at SHOT Show. 

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TFB Review: Pulsar Thermion 2 XG50 LRF 3-24x Thermal Riflescope
This is a review of the Pulsar Thermion 2 XG50 LRF Thermal Riflescope. It uses the same dimensions and layout as the other Thermion 2 LRF devices, and comes with a 640×480 @ 12 µm thermal sensor with an NETD of
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Pulsar Telos LRF XL50: The First HD-class Monocular In The Market

Pulsar has just announced the start of sale of the Telos LRF XL50 and the Telos XL50. It’s not common for any type of product to be available on the date of the press release, but here’s a pleasant exception. If you already read our review of its little brother, the Telos LRF XP50, you know a little more about what to expect.

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TFB Review: Pulsar Axion XQ30 Pro – The Thermal Pocket Rocket

This is a review of the brand-new Pulsar Axion XQ30 Pro, a pocket-sized thermal monocular. Unlike quite a few of the thermals we review, the price of this thermal monocular should also fit most people’s pockets. To begin with, the small size of this device has to be mentioned. Previously, a small-sized thermal has always meant a compromise in image quality, but modern technology and development can also put old truths and preconceptions to shame. Let’s see how the XQ30 Pro performs!

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POTD: NATO Special Operations Forces Secure the Baltic

Welcome to TFB’s Photo Of The Day! Today’s selection features NATO Special Operations Forces securing the Baltic. We’re in Lithuania where East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALs) conducted maritime training together with Lithuania Special Operators and Portuguese Naval Special Operators from Special Actions Detachment (DAE).

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POTD: A Coyote's Worst Friend – .243 Winchester + Thermion 2 LRF XL50

TFB’s Photo Of The Day is kind of simplistic. Every day we present our readers with at least one photo. The subject is always a firearm of some kind, preferably with some action around it. But we’re happy with an edited still-life photo as well, and as this photo appeared in my social media flow, I felt an urge to share it. The image is taken by Cory Chilton and used with his kind permission. We’re looking at a .243 Winchester that he built himself using Aero and Magpul components, with a 22″ barrel from Columbia River/BHW.

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[NRAAM 2024] Trijicon's NEW 2024 REAP-IR and IR-HUNTER Thermals

New for 2024, Trijicon has revamped their lineup of thermal weapon sights. The REAP-IR and IR-HUNTER thermals have improved image processing and onboard recording capability. As before, both versions are available with three sizes of objective lenses with the larger lenses having more base magnification.

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POTD: British Sniper in Urban Ghillie Suit + Thermal

Photo Of The Day and we go for another of the U.K. Ministry Of Defense’s Best of Defence Imagery 2023. It’s difficult to see, but I presume this British sniper is working behind the L115A3 sniper rifle. Do you see the thermal front attachment he’s using? Makes sense considering the time of the day.

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POTD: Special Forces of the Czech Republic with Andres Industries Thermals

Andres Industries is a medium-sized German company based in Berlin with a lot of interesting products for thermal imaging. Many NATO member states are now modernizing their night combat capabilities, and that goes for the Czech Armed Forces as well. Above you can see one of their upgraded FN-Minimis.

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$2,999 Combo Night Vision and Thermal Scope from PARD

James Reeves is at IWA 2024 visiting the PARD booth to discuss their new digital combo units – rifle scopes that use both digital night vision and thermal. The PARD TD32/TD62 are multi-spectral scopes that offer both thermal imaging and visible light sensors for daytime and nighttime use. These scopes allow for separate or combined use of thermal and night vision imagery, featuring Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode for enhanced observation and identification. They use high-sensitivity thermal detectors with resolutions of either 384×288 or 640×512, and a NETD of ≤25mK. The TD32/TD62 models are equipped with an 800×800 IPS ultra-high definition circular display, offering a comfortable and clear visual experience similar to traditional optical scopes. They also feature a 100mm long eye relief for comfortable extended use, a 1200-yard Laser Range Finder (LRF) with ballistic calculation capabilities, and one-shot zeroing for thermal and night vision channels for precise shooting. These scopes are designed for durability, with an IP67 waterproof rating and 6000J recoil resistance, and they come with replaceable and rechargeable 21700 batteries for extended use.

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TFB Review: Pulsar Merger LRF XL50 – HD Thermal Binoculars

This is a review of the Pulsar Merger LRF XL50 High Definition Thermal Binoculars. High definition thermals for commercial use started appearing last year, and in 2024 we will see more and more of them. This review is TFB’s second on the subject of HD thermals, and my first. The device reviewed here is a private purchase, and it’s been my companion since the spring of 2023. After almost 10 months of ownership, it’s time to conclude what I’ve discovered.

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POTD: The AGM USA Rattler V2 Thermal – Holt Works Photography

Photo Of The Day: I had my revelation about ten years ago, when will you have yours? That’s when I started learning about night vision and thermals, and it’s an ongoing journey. Back then everything I wanted was way too expensive – or couldn’t be sold to mortals – and the thermals I could (barely) afford were too bad to use. That’s another story today, the resolution keeps increasing and the sensitivity as well.  Holt Works Photography took these images for us to enjoy. Please make sure you follow him on his socials.

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Telos – Pulsar Unveils Extended Line Of Flagship Thermals
Last year, TFB reviewed the Telos XP50 and with its 640×480 pix @17 µm, and a super-sensitive NETD of
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TFB Review: Infiray Outdoor's Tube TS60 Thermal Scope – HD Thermal

This is a review of the Infiray Outdoor Tube TS60 which was introduced just now at the IWA OutdoorClassics 2024 exhibition in Germany. TFB got an exclusive opportunity to try it out about two months before its official release, and here’s the story in words and images.

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Burris V3 Updates For Thermal Optics

Do you want to see—and shoot—in the dark? Night vision optics are considered a must-have for a lot of shooters these days, but for others, thermal optics will do the trick. Now, scopemaker Burris has brought V3 updates to its thermal optic lineup, making them easier to use and offering superior performance.

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Teledyne FLIR's HISS-HD Lets Shooters Track Regular Rifle Rounds Like Tracers

Tracer rounds have some very important uses in tactical/military applications … and some very big drawbacks. As their name suggests, tracers allow you to “trace” the incendiary bullet’s path visually, as it burns a bright path through the sky. But that path leads directly back to the shooter, revealing their position. Enter Teledyne FLIR Defense, with a new thermal scope that allows you to “see” normal bullets just like tracers!

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Stealth – Innovative Textile Technology For Thermal Signature Management

Carrington Textiles, Lancashire (United Kingdom), will show their new textile technology for defense purposes at Enforce Tac, in just a few weeks. The new textile is designed for superior thermal signature management, to protect soldiers from thermal detection on the battlefield. The textile is called Circuitex Sigma, made by Noble Biomaterials, and is designed to mitigate thermal detection in military environments. I think the attached image speaks a thousand words.

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TFB Review: Pulsar Krypton 2 FXG50 Thermal Clip-On – Smaller, Lighter, More Powerful

After almost one year of ownership, here is my review of the Pulsar Krypton 2 FXG50 Thermal Clip-On. The Pulsar Krypton 2 models (there is a “budget” FXG35 model as well) were released last year at IWA in Germany. Since thermal riflescopes (digital sights with reticles) are forbidden in Germany, and some other countries, the only way to get thermal capability for your hunting rifle is to connect a thermal clip-on to your ordinary day scope.

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TFB Review: Pulsar Axion 2 XG35 and XQ35 LRF Thermal Monoculars

This is a review of the Pulsar Axion 2 XQ35 and XG35 Thermal Monoculars. These models are available with or without a side-mounted laser rangefinder. A thermal monocular can be any hunter’s best friend. Whether you’re hunting wild boar or coyotes at night, elk or deer, or perhaps trying to establish were your friend or your dog is located, these devices will help you spot any hot object a lot better than the naked eye.

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Liemke Introduces German-Made Keiler 25.1 Thermal Monocular

A few years ago, Liemke Thermal Optics became a part of the Blaser Group. Liemke have been active in the market for thermal imaging technology since 2008, and for ten years they’ve been developing their own products and solutions. It’s now time for the introduction of the German-made Keiler 25.1 Thermal Monocular, which features a thermal sensor with 384×288 pixel resolution and an OLED display with 1024×768 pixel resolution. The base magnification is 2.4x, with a digital zoom up to 10x. There are five color modes and the unit is waterproof according to IP67. All this for an MSRP of $2,777.

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TFB Review: InfiRay Outdoor Mate MAH50 Thermal Front Attachment

This is a review of the InfiRay Outdoor Mate MAH50 Thermal Front Attachment. There are many reasons to consider thermal “clip-ons” for your ordinary day optic, and the MATE MAH50 is one of the best on the market in terms of image quality.

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[SHOT 2024] AGM Introduces Rattler V2 Thermal Optic

In a significant update to its popular thermal optic line, AGM has introduced the Rattler V2 model. With a series of enhancements and refinements over the original Rattler thermal optic, the new version aims to offer users an improved experience in performance and practicality.

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[SHOT 2024] ATN Show Off New Thermal Clip-On

In the latest developments at the SHOT Show 2024, American Technologies Network (ATN) seems to have wowed the audience with a glimpse at their new thermal clip-on scope. Known as the Tico LT, this device has drawn many eyes among the community of both amateur and professional shooters.

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[SHOT 2024] New Thermal Monocular from NEWCON Optik

Striding into the defense market, Newcon Optik has unveiled its latest creation: the TVS 11M-640 – an ultramodern thermal monocular that holds promise for its unrivaled specification and functionalities. It’s no wonder this device is already in testing by the British Army.

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[SHOT 2024] Hands on With the THALES XTRAIM Hybrid Thermal Weapon Sight

The 2024 SHOT Show saw the debut of the THALES XTRAIM Hybrid Thermal Weapon Sight. Optimized for rifles and light machine guns (LMGs), the XTRAIM provides a decisive operational advantage by facilitating advanced target acquisition in any light condition.

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New ZEISS DTC 4/50 Thermal Imaging Clip-On
Zeiss Consumer Products is unveiling their latest innovation: an all-new ZEISS DTC 4/50 thermal imaging clip-on. The thermal sensor offers 640 x 512 pixels, 12-micron pixel pitch and a NETD value of
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Friday Night Lights: B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber Thermal Image

Happy New Year TFB readers! And welcome to the first Friday Night Lights article of 2024. Here I write about night vision and thermal-related content. Well, today I will share with you my attempt to capture the B2 Spirit Stealth Bomber’s image using long-range thermal and my Sony digital camera.

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TFB Review: Infiray Outdoor Tube/Bolt TL35 SE Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Infiray Outdoor Tube/Bolt TL35 SE Thermal Riflescope. While thermals aren’t exactly cheap, the luxury has become a lot more affordable in the past few years. This model is one of those that will probably show up on your radar if you’re looking for a budget thermal riflescope. Read on to learn more about it.

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Friday Night Lights: EOTech ClipIR ELR, Long Range Thermal Clip-On

Welcome back to another Friday Night Lights. Last week we had a new kid on the block, the InfiRay J-31 binocular night vision goggles. Today we take a look at a long-range thermal clip-on, the EOTech ClipIR ELR aka XELR. It is their flagship premium thermal clip-on let’s see how it does.

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TFB Review: Pulsar Thermion DUO DXP50 Daytime & Thermal Riflescope

This is a review of the Pulsar Thermion DUO DXP50 Multispectral Scope, which is one of the coolest riflescopes I have ever used. You could probably buy the DUO, and never ever have to own anything else. The 4K CMOS day camera replaces your ordinary optical sight and does a good enough job for almost all possible applications. At night, you can switch to the high-end thermal and continue hunting. The solution is packed into a riflescope that mounts with normal 30 mm rings and looks more or less identical to a traditional one.

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