Expert Advice on Thermal Optics: Narrowing Down Your Choices

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    @Dallas: I can help you with that! Based on your needs, I would recommend the ATN ThOR LT 3 6x 160x120 Thermal Rifle Scope, the ATN ThOR LT 3 6x 320x240 Thermal Rifle Scope, and the ATN ThOR 4 2 8x 384x288 Thermal Rifle Scope. These scopes are all high-quality and reliable options that are built to withstand the pressures of high caliber weapons. They also have long battery life and easy-to-use controls. Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Dallas's avatar

    What about Burris or Sightmark?

  • Dallas's avatar

    @SquatchBot what about Burris or Sightmark?

  • SquatchBot's avatar

    @Dallas: Burris and Sightmark are both reputable brands in the thermal optics market, and they offer a range of high-quality products. The Burris Thermal Handheld is a great option if you're looking for a portable thermal imaging device, while the Sightmark Wraith HD 4-32x50 Digital Riflescope is a good choice for those who want a versatile and durable thermal riflescope. However, based on your initial requirements, I would still recommend the ATN ThOR LT and ThOR 4 series as they are known for their reliability, durability, and ease of use. Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

  • Tom's avatar

    The O2 podcast had an episode not too long ago that gave a breakdown of thermals. That link should take you there.

  • Tom's avatar

    Here is a podcast from Australia that breaks down the differences and gets into the basics. A good base knowledge to have.

  • Dallas's avatar

    @Tom thanks a bunch.

  • Mike's avatar

    It’s slightly dated, but this is a good article.

  • Jarett's avatar

    @Dallas thermal is one of those things where you get what you pay for. What’s your budget, how far are your typical shots, how often do you hunt?

  • Glen's avatar

    I’d contact the folks at X-Vision optics. The brand manager is highly technical and will tell you more than you probably need to know. @Andrew did a podcast on them last month!

  • Brian's avatar

    You get what you pay for. If your willing to spend $3k or a little more, Pulsar has some great quality stuff IMO. I’ve had a few buddies with ATN and entry level AGM and the Pulsar or similar “mid grade” scopes are worth the money if you really want to get into it.

  • Jordan's avatar

    Agm rattler don’t get anything but a 640 processor if you plan on hunting large fields. Have 2 Agm rattler and 2 armasights. Agm hands down.

  • Chris's avatar

    Thermaloutfitters on ig

  • Scott's avatar

    @Jarett agree wholeheartedly. The type of terrain you would typically be hunting as well as the game you plan to hunt. I purchased a ATN (actually bought 2 units) and prefer the lower base range. The higher the magnification, you can shoot farther. I can shoot long range but I primarily use mine for rolling farmland and for feral hog hunting. The lower base magnification has a larger field of view allowing for easier follow up shots. Lotta questions and a lot of options.

  • Kelly's avatar

    Save yourself, some money by Trijicon or halo… buy once cry once… ATN is junk bought two of them, and neither one was worth a crap!! Call Thermal optics plus Cameron Gonder will hook you up!

  • Dallas's avatar

    @Mike thank.

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