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#6344429 - 06/22/16 08:29 PM Buying a thermal scope
Monster_Raxx Offline
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Registered: 03/25/13
Posts: 291
I am about to get a thermal and wanted to hear any opinions anyone has. Thinking about an Armasight. Looking to spend about $6500

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#6344839 - 06/23/16 08:45 AM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
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Loc: McKinney & Pottsboro, TX
For that budget I'd look hard at IR Defense too. Armasight is also good as well. I have a 42mm prometheus spotter and it is really a good unit.

Will this be your only thermal? If so you might look at getting a lesser priced scope and a handheld. Its kind of a pain to scan fields with a rifle mounted optic. I have both a handheld and a gun mounted and it works great. I use the handheld the most.
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#6344897 - 06/23/16 09:28 AM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
Dien Offline
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Registered: 08/16/12
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Loc: Grand Prairie
Big investment, I went with IR Defense.

Try calling the manufacturers a few times and see who picks up and returns calls timely.

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#6344946 - 06/23/16 09:57 AM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
MDMORROW Offline
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Armasight is actually fantastic to deal with on service. I sent my prometheus to them for a software update and they were great.
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#6345381 - 06/23/16 04:05 PM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
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M_R, you wanting a weapon sight or a spotting scope?

What is your planned use of it? If a weapon sight, how far do you normally shoot and what will you be shooting?

Depending in your needs, you could potentially save a lot of money. As noted IRD is also an option you should consider.
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#6345421 - 06/23/16 04:38 PM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
dfwroadkill Offline
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Have both IRD and Armasight. IRD by a mile. DNS has the right questions. Your environment and how you hunt can affect what you should buy.


Edited by dfwroadkill (06/23/16 04:38 PM)

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#6345632 - 06/23/16 07:20 PM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
Monster_Raxx Offline
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I plan on using it to hunt hogs and coyotes with

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#6345636 - 06/23/16 07:21 PM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
Monster_Raxx Offline
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And I'm going to get another device to scan with.

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#6345637 - 06/23/16 07:23 PM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
Monster_Raxx Offline
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I won't be shooting any farther than 200 yards. Mainly under 150

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#6350192 - 06/28/16 06:30 AM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
James Biggs Offline
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Registered: 04/26/16
Posts: 52
I love my Armasight Zeus

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#6351258 - 06/29/16 07:03 AM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
jim54 Offline
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Registered: 12/05/12
Posts: 49
I went with IRD. I bought mine from Tyler at Ultimate Night Vision here in Texas. He knows a lot about all night vision devices and uses them (not just some salesman sitting in a cubicle).

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#6351587 - 06/29/16 10:17 AM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
Monster_Raxx Offline
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And is it as good as they say it is

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#6351887 - 06/29/16 02:34 PM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
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I don't know who they are or what they said, but it is a very good thermal. All models have advantages and disadvantages. The IRD MK II and III seem to be amongst the simplest to use with a very good image.
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#6351904 - 06/29/16 02:48 PM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
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Edited by dfwroadkill (06/29/16 02:48 PM)

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#6352147 - 06/29/16 05:11 PM Re: Buying a thermal scope [Re: Monster_Raxx]
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A few observations:

1) This spring was very wet and humid. I discovered that the IRD always worked much better than the Armasight in those conditions.
2) The Armasight Zeus 640 3-24x75 (60Hz) is actually 2.7X mag instead of 3X. Read the fine print, we have NTSC systems here.
3) The auto-cal waits too long between NUCS, so you end up manually NUCing the scope anyway. Advantage over IRD gone.
4) The video out is always on and I like that. Just wish they didn't port it out of the scope vertically. You have to be real careful with your cable.
5) The buttons for operating the scope are small and recessed. It is a pain to get your fingers in there.

IR Defense for me all day long.

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