Preview: The new Pulsar Proton FXQ30 Thermal riflescope attachment - entry to mainstream class

Thermal Imaging clip-on optics for daytime riflescopes are all the rage and are possibly the trendiest specialized thermal optics today. Pulsar recently introduced its own flagship Krypton high performance clip-on thermal sight (we fully tested it here), however a smaller, more compact and affordable optic was in the works and finally introduced. 

Enter the Pulsar Proton FXQ30: technical specifications

The Pulsar Proton FXQ30 thermal imaging clip-on
The Pulsar Proton FXQ30 thermal imaging clip-on is extremely compact and easy to use. It adds only 380 g to the daytime riflescope and has minimal influence on the rifle balance and handling.

Just like its bigger brother Krypton, the Pulsar Proton is a system, in the sense that it can be used as a handheld thermal monocular using the optional Pulsar 5x30B Monocular eyepiece adapter that gives it a 5x magnification, or as a clip-on thermal imaging converter that can be mounted on daytime riflescopes (or other optics) with an objective bell lens diameter between 40 mm and 56 mm, using the PSP-56 Ring Adapter. The Pulsar Proton FXQ30 features a highly sensitive 384x288 pixel @ 17µ microbolometer thermal sensor with a NETD better than 40 mK, and a HD AMOLED display; the shock proof magnesium alloy body has an IPX7 waterproof rating and can withstand recoil of high power calibers up to .375 H&H, 12-Gauge and 9.3x64. As usual for the best Pulsar thermal optics, it also integrates a photo and video recorder with 16 GB internal memory and WiFi connectivity with StreamVision iOS and Android app compatibility.

"Easy to use and affordable": The two main arguments for the brand new PULSAR Proton thermal sight for hunters

The Pulsar Proton FXQ30 is a very compact and lightweight device, being just 119х58х75 mm with a weight of 380 g. This allows for a reduced influence in the overall balance and weight of the hunting rig (rifle and optics).  The Proton mounts to the daytime riflescope objective bell using Pulsar’s PSP (Precise Screen Positioning) adapter. Once you mounted and adjusted the Proton for the first time, there’s no need to adjust it ever again. 

The adapter allows for extremely quick mounting of Proton on and off the scope, while the precise screen positioning (PSP) mechanism ensures the display with thermal image is ideally centered within the scope’s field of view – without affecting zeroing of the daytime scope. Another new feature is the use of a modern and fast f:1.2, 30mm afocal objective Germanium lens that does not require manual focusing. Everything, both target and background, from 15 m to infinity is already in focus. An optional Bluetooth remote control is also available.

Right side of the Pulsar Proton FXQ30 thermal imaging clip-on optic.
Right side of the Pulsar Proton FXQ30 thermal imaging clip-on optic. The lens is afocal and does not need to be focused from 15 m to infinity.
Left side of the Pulsar Proton FXQ30 thermal imaging clip-on optic. 
Left side of the Pulsar Proton FXQ30 thermal imaging clip-on optic. The user control panel is very simple and uses a rotary encoder and confirm button, plus other two buttons for on/off and function.

Please stand by for a full live fire test and review of the Pulsar Proton FXQ30 thermal imaging clip-on and handheld monocular on!

Pulsar Proton FXQ30 should be available for purchase in Europe by the 2nd half of May or 1st half of June 2021, and the price has been not set yet, although unconfirmed voices claim it will be below 3000 euro, making it an extremely affordable and capable clip-on thermal imaging solution.

Pulsar Proton FXQ30 in video

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