Pulsar Thermion XP50 Thermal Riflescope Review

There are various brands of thermal scopes with advanced features available in the current optical market. You have to find the right and the perfect rifle scope according to your budget and requirements. 

Most people buy the best thermal scope for their hunting experiences. The modern thermal rifle scope has great features that allow you to hunt easily and show extraordinary performance. 

Apart from hunting animals, it also aids people in law enforcement, the military, sports, and firefighting. Here, we have reviewed the new model from the Pulsar brand with advanced features. 

Pulsar Thermion XP50 Thermal Riflescope
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Pulsar Thermion XP50 Thermal Riflescope Review

Pulsar is one of the leading brands in the market that manufacture great thermal scopes at an affordable price. Pulsar Thermion XP50 thermal riflescope is an upgraded version of the Pulsar Trail riflescopes series with advanced technology. Pulsar Thermion series works with the latest thermal technology that takes your night hunting experience to another level.

Pulsar Thermion XP50 riflescope is composed of the aircraft-grade metal & traditional scope design. The robust and rugged design allows it to withstand in every worst environmental circumstances. Thermion XP50 body mounts well with the standard 30mm rings and provides you to do a seamless operation, and helps you to easily detect your target by the heat signatures. It will find out the prey which is not seen through the traditional scopes.

Features of Pulsar Thermion XP50

Pulsar Thermion XP50 Scope is built with the same features as the pulsar trail series, besides, it adds additional upgraded features such as a manual focus lens, variable digital zooming up to 8x, instant start-up, and customizable reticle options to provide better performance. Some of the main features to enjoy the great hunting experiences of this riflescope are explained below.

  • Magnification

The Pulsar Thermion XP50 rifle scope equipped with variable magnification range and the lens can be zoomed between various ranges to get a clear view of the target easily. These Thermion scopes can detect the target with a range of 1,969 yards with customer-defined reticle options so that you can easily take a precise shot of the faraway targets. Choose the magnification range based on your choice from 1.9x to 15.2x and it provides up to 8x digital zooming capability.  The clarity of images vary for different ranges of magnification

  • The lowest magnification (1.9x) produces high-quality viewing sight.
  • Using Mid-magnification (at 8.6x), you are able to identify animals clearly.
  • Maximum magnification (15.2x) shows a vision that was a little blurry but visible. 

  • Display resolution

Thermion XP50 rifle scope built with a display screen resolution of 1024×768 pixels that shows excellent quality images of the target and its background. It displays images of the sight without blur and due to the large screen size of the scope, you can view your target with a wide range of environments. Even when you zoom in with the pulsar Thermion XP50 scope, it shows fewer distortion images, and therefore, you can easily figure out the target. 

AMOLED HD display provides eight color modes and an accurate view of your target. AMOLED Displays feature remarkable colors, deep blacks, and good contrast ratios and it uses a large color gamut. So that they can display a wide range of colors which may cause images to look very vibrant and thus providing excellent performance by making every shot precise.

  • Thermal Resolution

Pulsar Thermion XP50 rifle scope is manufactured with the 640×480 uncooled microbolometer sensor, and 640×480 is the highest resolution sensor in a thermal rifle scope model. Thermion XP50 receives more thermal data from the source, as there is more number of sensors present in this scope, and therefore it produces a high detailed thermal image which is good enough for hunters to see their prey. 

This thermal sensor will create a clear, and crisp image of your target with their higher sensitivity and smooth graduations. The small temperature changes due to bad weather conditions like fog, snowfall, and rainfall can be easily identified by using the Thermion XP50 thermal scope. The pixel pitch of this scope is 17 Microns, and here the higher pixel pitch increases the picture resolution. This advanced thermal sensor aids you to figure out the target up to 2,500 yards using heat signatures in the pitch dark.

  • Modes or Palettes

Modes are helpful in seeing the sights or targets in a particular color that will minimize eye fatigue during the long period of observation. you can choose these modes as per user requirements and then take a precise shot without fail. The two popular modes that are available in Pulsar Thermion XP50 scopes are

  • Black Mode – view the target in black color
  • White Mode – view objects in white color

Other Color Palettes: Thermion XP50 rifle scope is designed with eight different color palettes, already two of them are mentioned above and the remaining color palettes are

  • Red Hot
  • Red Monochrome
  • Rainbow
  • Ultramarine
  • Violet
  • Sepia

  • One-Shot Zeroing with Freeze Function

Thermion XP50 thermal rifle scope has an advanced feature of one-shot zero with the freeze function that helps you to fire in the one round which is preferred to use the ammo efficiently. It aids you to focus on the target without any disturbance and allows you to zero the scope quickly. You can adjust the reticle to aim where the bullet hit the target, freeze the reticle, and save the settings to reduce the time you spend and after the first shot, take the next shot directly using this feature.

  • Stadiametric rangefinder

Stadiametric rangefinder calculates the distance between the scope and the target based on the estimated heights of the viewing target. The calculation process in Pulsar Thermion XP50 is quite fast, easy, reliable, and repeatable which helps you to easily place a shot.

  • Display-off mode and instant start-up

In Pulsar Thermion XP50 thermal rifle scope, Display Off mode features shut down the display without disturbing other functions of the scope. It may help in using the battery efficiently and saves time. The trail series scopes take time to start, but the Thermion series starts quickly with their advanced technology.

  • Frequency Rate

Pulsar Thermion XP50 thermal rifle scope designed with a high image frequency rate which will update the position of the moving target often. It will give accurate shot placements, provides comfortable viewing throughout the dynamic and rapid motion. The refresh rate of the Thermion XP50 scope is 50 Hz that refreshes the image and provides a clear view of the moving object. It is an important factor to detect the moving object from the fixed position or fixed target from the moving vehicles.

  • Video & Still-Photo Recording

Thermion XP50 rifle scope captures flawless still images and video with a built-in video recorder option. Image and video are stored internally in the 16 GB storage memory based on your need and it can easily be transferred to personal devices such as PC, laptop, and tablet through wired or Wi-Fi connections in the MPEG-4 format. If you want to record good quality videos for social media while hunting, then Thermion XP50 is a good choice that provides accurate thermal images or videos of your hunting even at night time.

  • Free Stream Vision App and Wi-fi

Android and iOS-based mobile devices can be connected with Thermion XP50 scope using the free mobile application known as Stream Vision app. Using Stream Vision software you can receive real-time footage of the shooting, operate the device with your smartphones, or stream online the video and image captured by the scope in social media. You can share the videos with your relatives or friends and have fun. This scope can be connected with PC or laptops through a wired connection or Wi-Fi.

  • Picture-in-Picture

Picture-in-Picture features increase the precision of the target view by displaying a magnified image of the reticle area at the top of the display. Thermion Scope user can adjust what region should be magnified and displayed on the top display. This feature can be turned on by pressing the ‘ + ‘ button for a few seconds, and it shows a more detailed view of the image in the field and helps you to find prey more easily. It just takes 10% of the overall view to get a closer view of the target and is helpful in a precise shot in a single try.

  • Accelerometer or gyroscope

Pulsar Thermion XP 50 comes with a built-in accelerometer that increases accuracy by calculating tilt and angles greater than 5 ° and here the direction and degree of lateral tilting are denoted with an arrow. The additional arrow mark indicates the increased angles. Gyroscope helps in shutting down the scope when resting in a non-shooting position. The field operation may get disabled when the vertical angle of the scope is greater than 70 ° or the horizontal angle greater than 30 °. 

  • Waterproof

Thermion XP50 thermal rifle scope has IPX7 waterproof-rated protection that guarantees the scope performance during worst weather conditions like heavy rain, and snowfall.  IPX7 rated means it can be submerged in 3 feet of water for up to 30 minutes. During hunting or shooting outdoors, it is advisable to use a waterproof scope.

  • User-friendly interface

The Pulsar Thermion XP 50 scope is designed with ease-of-operation and here Internal menu options are displayed on a contrasting gradient substrate so that you can easily keep your eye on the settings without losing the view of your target.

Other features:  Using standard 30mm scope rings, The Pulsar Thermion XP 50 scope will get attached to any standard bolt hunting rifle like AR-10 Rifle Scope or AR-15 Riflescope with a Picatinny or Weaver rail.  The Thermion thermal riflescopes are a high-performance scope and it is rated for high recoil calibers up to .375 cl, 9.3×64 caliber guns, and 12gauge shotguns.

  • Battery

The Thermion XP50 thermal riflescope comes with the B-Pack Mini rechargeable and removable battery. In addition, there is a secondary battery available with the Thermion XP50 scope that provides extra hours of work and helps to hunt without interruption. This scope can be charged using the charging unit and has a battery life of 5 hours.

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Final Words

Trijicon products are always costly for its high graded components. Though it is costly, Trijicon IR Hunter MK2 thermal scope really bangs a lot for its money. It is built in such a way that no other brands can compete with Trijicon thermal scopes in its quality, durability, image capturing, and ranging. 

This is very well suited for hunters who travel in all climatic conditions. No matter whether day or night nor the weather conditions, IR Hunter can survive in all situations and provides you an excellent performance. 

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