Professional thermal binocular

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  1. Greenwich

    Greenwich New Member

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    Hi everyone, I'm almost 6 years in big game hunting and have tried some thermal scopes and one nightvision. While the thermal is superior there are some reasonably priced night vision scopes in the $500 range that I have been impressed with. But now the circumstances are such that I can afford much more than I could before. So I am about to buy a professional thermal binocular with at least 1500 ft range, rangefinder, video recording. And I'm considering three options Pulsar Accolade XQ38, N-Vision Optics Atlas, Pulsar Accolade XP50. What do you think? I was told it's like comparing Toyota and Ferrari (where N-Vision is Ferrari)
     
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    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    I am glad to hear that your fortunes have come full circle, enough so to be able to afford a good pair of binoculars. I don't have any thermals, but I have a friend who has several ATN's and just absolutely loves them, I suggest you add ATN to your list to check out. I know they do not always have good reviews online but their thermal optics are impressive what I have used and seen of them. On his 50X thermal scope I can watch the scope screen live on my smartphone as he is shooting coyotes.
     
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    If you are going to be spending that kind of coin you need to rent them first and see for yourself. There is a company out of Texas that does this. When my buddy bought his, he spent lot of time on the phone talking to those guys as they actually use the products. My buddy ended up with the N- vision atlas. He also said trijicon makes the best consumer grade thermal rifle scopes.
     
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    Yeah, I read about Trijicon, too. But it lose to what I mentioned. And the models I'm considering are from here. Trijicon just was not on the list. What's the name of the company in Texas?
     
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    Consensus I have seen is that pulsar is the go to if your'e not willing to spend Trijicon money. Have read poor reviews on ATN and FLIR customer service. It all seems to come down to how much you're looking to spend, as usual.
     
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    You know, I’ve heard that ATN customer service was not the best, but that’s not what I’ve experienced. My buddy and I both have ATN NV scopes for hog hunting. They came with an IR light that mounts on the scope. Mine went out and they promptly sent a replacement. It wouldn’t work out of the box, and they overnighted another. His scope stopped working and they either repaired it or replaced it quickly, so I don’t pay as much attention to reviews as I used to. Some folks would complain if you hung them with a new rope !

    I wish I could afford thermal but I just can’t justify it for what I do. I replaced the little IR light with a very good one and I’m good to 200 yards even on a dark night, just can’t see in the woods with NV, gotta be in the open.
     
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    Pulsar Accolade XP50 is a pretty nice choice, I think.
     
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    They look like nice binoculars, but if I'm going to lay out 4 grand plus on thermal equipment I'd get a rifle scope, if you have quick release mounts you can use it as a scope and a binocular.
     
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    Ya for $4k I'm definitely getting a rifle scope. Then you can use it two tasks. Save some cash.
     
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    Naturally, big game hunting involves good technique. It's good that you can afford some of the best models. I was quite nervous in my time without the best equipment. I like to watch and photograph birds in my spare time. Sometimes I even manage to sell my videos, thanks to the high quality of the videos. The quality is good because of my thermal monocular. In addition, there is an Internet connection and you can immediately share your videos on social networks. This is just a super find.
     
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    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum! Yes $4000 is too much for a rifle scope. But sometimes there's this thing of "i just had to have one" and you decide to skip pizza for a year to justify the cost...
     
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