Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 thermal riflescope – review

The Thermion 2 XP50 is Pulsar’s flagship thermal imaging riflescope, and what a scope! It offers tremendous performance, helping you to get the job done even in the most difficult conditions.

This model features a new 640×480 17µm <25mK thermal sensor and a new 50mm f/1.0 germanium lens, providing a better image in conditions where there is a low-temperature difference such as rain, fog, or cold mornings.

Phil Taylor from distributors Thomas Jacks has been using the scope for a couple of months, and says he’s blown away by its performance. “The upgrades on the sensor and the lens give a fantastic, crisp picture,” he says.

A new sensor and lens provide a superb quality image, with picture-in-picture for the central reticle area

He also likes the traditional look of the scope, and the ease of fitting with its 30mm tube. “This is definitely going to appeal to anyone doing pest control,” he adds. “It works just as well in daytime as it does at night.”

The traditional looking turrets provide all the controls you need. On top is the battery turret which accepts an APS2 battery, or an APS3 with the extender supplied. On one side is the menu control, with a push button and wheel allowing you to navigate the menus. On the other side is the USB charging port, which is also a data port so you can download photos and videos. The scope has 16 Gb of internal memory which equates to several hours of video or 10,000 photos.

The traditional-looking turrets provide a battery compartment, USB port and menu controls

Battery life is plenty for most users, with a built-in APS3 in addition to the turret-mounted battery, and if you need more you can carry a spare battery to swap out on the go.

“This technology is coming on in leaps and bounds,” comments Phil. “I’ve been using Pulsar products for four or five years now, and this really is fantastic.”

Retail price of the Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 is £4,539.95.

Find out more at the Thomas Jacks website.

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