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#5474563 - 12/13/14 01:47 PM thermal question
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Registered: 10/14/08
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I am looking purchase a thermal scope. I am wanting to learn more about them. Is there a price point that is best or a brand to stay away from. I was looking at the pulsar or the flir.
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#5474579 - 12/13/14 01:58 PM Re: thermal question [Re: phantom]
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I run the FLIR RS 32 1-5x model with the 19mm lens on my AR. It's a very good unit. I sold the 2-9x model to a good friend of mine, which has the 35mm lens. It has a slightly clearer picture with more detail. The larger the lens, the better the quality, but also the higher the price. I really like my RS32 1-5 model for basic night hunting. PM sent.

http://www.flir.com/thermoSightR-Series/
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#5474654 - 12/13/14 02:44 PM Re: thermal question [Re: phantom]
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You can do fine with Armasight, ATN, FLIR, IR Hunter, Pulsar (good company, thermal first rifle scopes coming out soon) and a couple of more, but the big questions really are what you need and want the scope to do for you in terms of helping decide what you should buy.

Chad likes lower magnification with some zoom, ostensibly for short distance shots (which is what most of us shoot, shorter distances). I like more magnification and run an Armasight 3x (zoom to 24). dfwroadkill likes more magnification and runs a 5x ATN with a lot of zoom capability.

Prices are dropping and new products will be announced at the Shot Show in January. So there should be some very good deals soon, though the deals this year over previous years were great as well. 2015 should see 2 or more sub $3K offerings. They will be less featured, maybe, but good for what they can do. Bearclaw has tested the Pulsar and has a couple of videos of it (one of the sub $3K unites). Scopes you can buy today in the $5-6K range were $8-10K last year.

So what do you think you need the scope to do for you and how much do you want to spend?

And yeah, lens size can definitely make a huge difference, but the lens is also where a LOT of the cost difference is in many scopes. The lenses use rare earth materials (Germanium is the common one) and are specific to thermal vision).


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#5474672 - 12/13/14 03:07 PM Re: thermal question [Re: phantom]
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I would like to put it on a 308 mainly for hog use. I would like to spend somewhere 4k if I am being realistic on pricing. I like the idea of a 3-9 or something like that. I will be using in large wheat fields out west. I just started looking so it may be January before I get one.
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#5474832 - 12/13/14 05:26 PM Re: thermal question [Re: phantom]
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If I was looking for a rifle mounted thermal right now it'd be the IR Hunter Mark II. I would also fork over the extra dough for the 640 model. TNVC had a pretty good sale going on recently on them.
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#5474834 - 12/13/14 05:28 PM Re: thermal question [Re: phantom]
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for good size fields I wouldn't go smaller than 35mm on the lens.
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#5476789 - 12/14/14 07:35 PM Re: thermal question [Re: phantom]
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Thanks Last week I shot three pigs and a coyote with the my n750. The more hooked I get the more I want the thermal. Thanks for the help.
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