Walking to your stand or blind, stalking and trailing…hunting isn’t a sedentary activity. Hunters sometimes must walk miles to find and retrieve game. When you consider what you carry in the field—long gun, ammo, calls, scents, snacks and water—your hunting pack can get heavy quickly. Not to mention hauling your harvest back out! Gear that lightens this load is appreciated.
Fortunately, a company serious about hunting has released a new thermal imaging monocular that boasts the highest magnification in its class. Pulsar introduces it’s pocket-sized thermal monocular, the Axion, with a 12 µm professional-grade thermal imaging sensor. This new, smaller sensor provides exceptional detection capabilities, including recognition of a 6-foot tall object up to 1,800 yards away in complete darkness. Weighing only 8.8 ounces (XM30) and 9.5 ounces (XM38,) this palm-sized powerhouse features all the latest thermal technology you’ve come to expect from one of the leaders in thermal imaging.
Because thermal imaging devices detect heat signatures, no artificial light source is needed to identify objects. Artificial light sources, even IR illuminators, may give away your location and spook game. Hunters aren’t the only ones to take advantage of the features thermal offers. Law enforcement, first responders, firefighters, search and rescue, as well as the military all find thermal imaging to be a life-saving and tactical tool in the field.
There are four models of Axions; XM30, XM38, KEY XM30 and KEYXM38. The XM30 and KEY XM30 have a 4-16x magnification range with x4 zoom and the XM38 and KEYXM38 has a 5.5-22x magnification. See even further with the addition of the smooth 2x and 4x digital zoom function. Hone-in on your target with Picture in Picture (PIP) mode, which offers a magnified view in a separate box on your display screen, so your overall field of view doesn’t change.
For clear, uninterrupted viewing in any terrain or weather condition, the Axion includes multiple color modes and three viewing modes—high contrast for upland areas with rocks, soil and mountains, low-contrast mode for vegetation and identification mode, a universal mode. Adjustable brightness and contrast allow images to remain crisp and clear despite adverse weather conditions like rain, fog or snow. Onboard video recording and camera on the XM30 and XM38 models are smartphone-compatible with the free Stream Vision app, which allows you to stream pictures and video, download and share files, update firmware and more. The budget-friendly KEY model does not offer Wi-Fi, video or pictures, yet still retains every other specification and feature of the other two models.
Alongside its ergonomics, the Axion was designed to be as user-friendly as possible. There are even integrated automatic calibration and pixel repair functions. Constructed of the world’s strongest, but lightest structural metal—magnesium alloy—the Axion’s durability proves itself in the most extreme conditions—operating flawlessly from -13 to 104 Fahrenheit. It is also submersible in 3 feet of water up to 30 minutes.
To enhance functionality and user experience, the Axion incorporates an instant-on feature. This quick start-up helps conserve precious battery life, but if you must switch batteries in the field, the Axion’s mini B-pack battery packs are easily accessible for quick battery changes. B-packs are rechargeable with the included charging station or USB (non-KEY models only.)
Additional features of the Pulsar Axion thermal monocular:
- 320×240 12-micron core – smaller pixel pitch, better image, more compact housing
- Stadiametric rangefinder
- Hot white, hot black, hot red, red monochrome, rainbow, ultramarine, violet, and sepia color modes
- IPX7 waterproof rated
- External power supply adaptable
- 50 Hz frame rate
- 1024×468 pixels AMOLED display
- 16gb built-in memory
- 1024×768 video resolution
- Micro USB port
- 32/30mm lens diameter
- APS 3 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack
- Germanium lens
- 5.8” long, 1.9” wide, 2.7” high
- 1 APS 3 battery pack and charging kit
- USB cable
- Hand strap
- Lens cleaning cloth
- Carrying case