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#5695123 - 04/11/15 02:47 PM Thermal handheld
Beaubien Offline
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Registered: 02/18/15
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Loc: In the mountains east of ABQ
I want one but only want to spend around 2k.

Any good options out there? Demo units are ok, is there someone way sells them?

Some options I did see was a

FLIR PS24
Pulsar ???

Are they worth it?
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#5696085 - 04/12/15 10:49 AM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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Pulsar hd19a is what you want. Will absolutely smoke the flir for less than 2k.
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#5696278 - 04/12/15 02:42 PM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
Beaubien Offline
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Thanks!
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#5697148 - 04/13/15 08:53 AM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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I was testing the HD19a and it seems to have an issue with battery drain.
Twice I have pulled it out to use it and it won't power up despite having recently replaced the batteries.

I am just going to say it, I don't trust their products, I tried 2 versions of the digital NV scopes and both of them were not reliable.

I was constantly trying to adjust the HD19A as well.

I spent the weekend with an Eotech X320 and it's just so much simpler to use and worked great.
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#5701763 - 04/15/15 06:46 PM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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I've been using a Thermal Eye X50 for years now and while it's not as high tech as the newer units, it's always worked when needed. You turn it on and adjust brightness. Simple to use, Runs on AA batteries and is tough as a brick too. You can find a used X50 or one of their newer units for sale on E gads once and awhile for under 2k.

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#5702133 - 04/15/15 09:36 PM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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I am testing an Eotech x320
I like it.
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#5702899 - 04/16/15 12:15 PM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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I'll be testing the Pulsar Quantum HD38S this weekend, I'll report back.

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#5702924 - 04/16/15 12:23 PM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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Thanks guys.
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#5702976 - 04/16/15 12:46 PM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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Can you get an Eotech x320 or Pulsar Quantum HD38S in the 2K range? The prices I'm seeing are over $3500

I would be interested if they were available in the 2k range
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#5703152 - 04/16/15 02:16 PM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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I will take the HD19A out again this weekend with lithium batteries and see how it stacks up against the X320.
I have used the FLIR PS32 before.

I just got the FLIR PS64 scope in..
here piggy!
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#5705258 - 04/17/15 03:19 PM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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Found an HD19A for $1824 with free shipping. I may have to get one if ccoker gives this the thumbs up.
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#5706189 - 04/18/15 09:02 AM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: ccoker]
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Originally Posted By: ccoker
I was testing the HD19a and it seems to have an issue with battery drain.
Twice I have pulled it out to use it and it won't power up despite having recently replaced the batteries.

I am just going to say it, I don't trust their products, I tried 2 versions of the digital NV scopes and both of them were not reliable.

I was constantly trying to adjust the HD19A as well.

I spent the weekend with an Eotech X320 and it's just so much simpler to use and worked great.


While I agree the Eotech is much simpler in operation and is more compact and rugged I was very disappointed in the picture quality. The tiny screen was a big disadvantage over the pulsar line. Not to mention the Eotech only gave a year warranty while pulsar gave 3. The image quality of the eotech was also much poorer than the pulsar line. The 384 sensor is a noticeably better image. I have owned both the Eotech x320 as well as the ATN OTS-X and felt like the pulsar outperformed both of them. With the pulsar (or any thermal or NV for that matter) its best not to store them with the batteries in. I believe the pulsar has a clock function and that's what drains the batteries. I do like how the pulsar uses a battery pack and includes a spare. Much easier than removing one battery at a time. The custom color feature of the Eotech is pretty cool but I found the standard white hot/black hot was what I went to mostly. I like the OTS-x but it was pretty bulky and I didn't care for the menu operation. Didn't seem well thought out. One other huge plus for the pulsar that the others don't offer is independent contrast and brightness adjustment. That makes a huge difference in less than perfect condition. Of course all that is just my opinion but I have owned all three of those units and the only one I've still got is a pulsar.
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#5708429 - 04/20/15 09:33 AM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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I got to test out the Pulsar Quantum HD38S this weekend. I have to say, this thing is pretty stinkin awesome!! I'm sure there is much better quality optics on the market but what I experienced was nothing short of amazing! I'm so screwed now! I gotta have a weapon sight to go along with this handheld! With everything on the market, you can't go wrong with Pulsar!

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#5709943 - 04/21/15 10:39 AM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
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Originally Posted By: Beaubien
I want one but only want to spend around 2k.

Any good options out there? Demo units are ok, is there someone way sells them?

Some options I did see was a

FLIR PS24
Pulsar ???

Are they worth it?


If you want to try both units out we have an HD19A and PS24(actually Scout II 240) available this weekend. smile

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#5710041 - 04/21/15 11:30 AM Re: Thermal handheld [Re: Beaubien]
Beaubien Offline
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Registered: 02/18/15
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Loc: In the mountains east of ABQ
Thanks but I won't be back to the lease for a month or so.
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