Put my first pig down with a pulsar hd50a and it was awesome but on the Recon G2 with supressor it was dam heavy to keep lifting up. How do these units compare and thoughts on a monocular unit like the 19a and 38 a or s?
I rented a 19a from Ultimate Night Vision, not bad, but definitely not a 50a. I'd recommend doing the same to try one out. I ended up getting a used ATN OTS 330 off ebay for my handheld, really like it, small and helmet mountable.
I was excluding the new OTS altogether. The lens sizes are 19, 30 and 50 respectively, that's one answer. The OTS is the smallest of the three. The XD50a is the better of the three as it pertains to vision. $ for each certainly another. I rented a 19a and think my OTS is better, but that's to be expected.
Go to Ultimate Night Vision and rent a 19a since you own the 50, if you don't like, you can use the rental amount towards buying a 50. If you want small or helmet mount, look at the FLIR-based OTS.
I've got an LD19s and LD38s. Love them both. FYI, there is an Ebay seller that is Pulsar/Sightmark that sells new and factory refurb units that carry 1 year warranty. I got the LD38s for $1350 new last year and just recently got a LD19s for $756. OLED displays. Only downside for might be the 9hz refresh rate, but makes absolutely no difference when used to scanning at night. I use them to detect, then go to the gun with Simrad to shoot and ID. Both have been great.
9hz is no big deal unless you're trying to scan from a moving vehicle. I tried it with the 9hz scout before while my buddy was driving the ranger and it gave me a headache. If you're hunting from blinds mostly then might as well save your money and get a 9hz unit.
I think I have changed my plans. I am going to look at an Armasight Zues 336. its about the same size and weight as a handheld and about the same quality as a pulsar xd50 and then i have the option to mount up a second thermal. Thoughts?