Pulsar discloses new flagship thermal imaging riflescope series: the Thermion 2 XQ/XP

Pulsar introduces the second generation of its flagship thermal imaging riflescope Thermion, renowned for its classic form factor, resembling an elegant, traditional daytime riflescope and sporting an industry-standard 30 mm tube diameter mounting surface. The European manufacturer’s Thermion 2 once more raises the performance bar, featuring several performance and quality improvements compared to the original first-generation Pulsar Thermion. In late 2020, we reported on the launch of a US-only model, the improved Thermion XG50, with a VoX sensor. We speculated the possibility of EU availability, but Pulsar’s Thermion 2 range introduction completely changes the game, setting a new reference standard for its class of Thermal Imaging optics.

The Pulsar Thermion 2 range of thermal imaging riflescopes

The second generation of Pulsar Thermion riflescopes includes two series, XQ and XP, and three models: Thermion 2 XQ38, Thermion 2 XQ50 and Thermion 2 XP50. The two Thermion 2 XQ models can be regarded respectively as the entry level and mid performance in the flagship Thermion optics world: XQ38 and XQ50 feature a 384x288 resolution thermal imaging sensor with 17µm pitch, with high temperature sensitivity (NETD lower than 40 mK) offering excellent detail recognition in the most difficult weather conditions. The top-performing Thermion 2 XP50 features a new state of the art 640x480 / 17µm thermal imaging sensor with ground-breaking temperature sensitivity (NETD lower than 25 mK) which allows to detection of the smallest temperature differences in the observed scene. All the thermal imaging sensors used in the Thermion 2 range of riflescopes are based on proven full frame rate (50hz) Amorphous Silicon uncooled Focal Planar Array microbolometer technology. 

Comparison of the image produced by a first and second generation Pulsar Thermion
A side by side comparison of the image produced by a first-generation Pulsar Thermion XP50 and the new flagship Thermion 2 XP50 thermal imaging riflescope, showcasing the dramatic increase of image detail and quality.

Thermion 2 riflescope also feature completely redesigned fast aperture germanium objective lens optics with F/1.0, sporting better heat energy transmissivity values. The new objective lens optics improves image quality by providing better contrast and reduced noise. In combination with the state-of-the-art sensors used, the new F/1.0 optics allows Thermion 2 users to perceive and see the smallest details of observed objects as well as landscape features and small vegetation in the roughest weather conditions, also thanks to the high quality, full color 1024x768 AMOLED microdisplay used in the eyepiece. Native magnification of the two XQ models is 2.5 and 3.5 respectively, while the XP model is 2X. With digital zoom the maximum magnification goes up to 10, 14 and 16x respectively.

The Thermion 2 models equipped with a 50 mm objective lens (both XQ50 and XP50) offers a thermal detection range of up to 1800 meters, while the XQ38 can detect warm targets up to 1350 meters.

Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50
The Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 form factor resembles a standard daytime riflescope, making it easy to use proprietary mounts for specific rifles. 
Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 thermal imaging hunting riflescope 
As a matter of fact, the appearance of the Thermion 2 is at home with high class guns - such as engraved custom rifles.
Shooting the Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 thermal imaging hunting riflescope 
Shooting the Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 thermal imaging hunting riflescope mounted on a nice Sauer & Sohn 202 Classic hunting rifle.

Shared across the Thermion 2 range is an extensive and rich image processing engine feature set, which includes a high-quality Digital Zoom function with Picture- in-Picture window (3x zoom ratio in XQ and 4x zoom ratio in XP models), proprietary Image Detail Boost technology to enhance image detail and sharpness, a selection of optional color palettes in addition to classic white-hot and black-hot, and enhanced rock, forest and identification viewing modes. 

Specific riflescope functions are offered, such as Multiple zeroing modes (One-shot Zeroing, Zoom Zeroing and Freeze Zeroing), the ability to save different reticle coordinates in separate zeroing profiles, side tilt indication and a wide range of reticle options in several colors. Due to Thermal Imaging technology, the click value of each Thermion 2 model is different: one click at 100 m is 18 mm in the Thermion 2 XQ38, 13 mm in the Thermion 2 XQ50 and 21 mm in the Thermion 2 XP50. All standard features of Pulsar flagship products are included, such as built-in photo and video recorder with 16 Gb of internal memory and Wi-Fi connection to smartphone using Stream Vision mobile application.

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The whole range of new Thermion 2 thermal imaging riflescopes will be available on the market in EU starting in March 2021. Prices are not yet available.

Technical data: Pulsar Thermion 2 thermal imaging rifle scopes

Product name 
Thermion 2 XQ38
Thermion 2 XQ50

Thermion 2 XP50

Pulsar - Yukon Advanced Optics 
Pulsar - Yukon Advanced OpticsPulsar - Yukon Advanced Optics 
Sensor Resolution (pixel):
Thermal Sensitivity (NETD) (mK):
Lens Focus (mm):
2.5 - 10x
Horizontal Field of View (°):
Click Value (1 click at 100m) (mm):
Detection Range (m):
Dimensions (mm):
Weight (g):

Shared specifications for all Thermion 2 models:

Display resolution, pixel1024 x 768
Lens relative apertureF/1.0
Battery life, h7
Recoil shock resistanceJ 6000

Notes: Video & photo recorder, with 16 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi and Stream Vision mobile app support, IPX7 waterproof Protection level, 50hz display Framerate.

For additional information, visit www.pulsar-vision.com

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