Yukon\Pulsar, brands owned by Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide group, have become synonymous with night and thermal vision in the hunting and shooting world. Since their introduction, the Lithuanian manufacturer's night vision and thermal optics have found thir rightful place in the gear kit of many European hunters, thanks to their performance level and ease of use.
The only complaint moved to these optics was that, despite these thermal devices were incredibly more affordable than the military systems of just a dozen Years prior, their purchase was - and still is, for the most part - always a very important budget decision. Today, Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide finally offers the hunting world a thermal monocular integrating a surprisingly effective reticle-based rangefinder for estimating game distances, at a really affordable price featuring a great performance ratio that is almost unbeatable: the Pulsar Quantum Lite XQV.
Pulsar Quantum Lite XQ23V: technical specs
The Pulsar Quantum Lite XQV thermal monocular is very compact and lightweight: just 200 x 86 x 59 mm and it weighs only 350 grams. The housing is built using a tough glass-filled polymer, that is partially covered with a very grippable rubber armoring.
Like most Pulsar thermal optics, the IR core is based on an uncooled Microbolometer focal planar array sensor with a resolution of 384 x 288 pixels (with 17 micron pixel pitch) and a full 50 Hz frame rate. The image is then displayed on a 640 x 480 resolution AMOLED microdisplay. The image can be enhanced selecting one of 7 available monochrome and color combinations, with both "white-hot" or "white-cold" image inversion.
The calibration procedure is available in three modes: automatic, semi-automatic and manual; The latter allows the user to perform a completely silent calibration. Three brightness, contrast and gain presets are available: "City" (High Contrast), "Forest" (Low Contrast) and "Identification" (more detail) , in which the image is optimized for each specific case.
Technical specifications of the Pulsar Quantum Lite
|Model:||Quantum Lite XQ23V||Quantum Lite XQ30V|
– YUKON Advanced Optics Worldwide||Pulsar
– YUKON Advanced Optics Worldwide|
|Type||Thermal scope||Thermal scope|
|Magnification||1.8x – 7.2x||2.5x – 10x|
|Digital zoom||2x / 4x||2x / 4x|
|Objective lens||18mm / F 1.4||23mm / F 1.6|
|Diopter adjustment, dptr||+/- 5||+/- 5|
Field of view
Horizontal * vertical
|16.5° x 12.4°||12.4° x 9.3°|
Range of detection
Object high*width = 1,7*0,5m
|800 m||800 m|
resolution||384 x 288 pix||384 x 288 pix|
|Frame rate||50 Hz||50 Hz|
|Display resolution||640 x 480 pix||640 x 480 pix|
|Battery type||4 x AA||4 x AA|
|Operating temperature||-25 °C … +50 °C||-25 °C … +50 °C|
|Dimensions||200 x 86 x 59 mm||200 x 86 x 59 mm|
|350 g||350 g|
|Price||1400 €||1500 €|
Two different models of the XQV line
The XQV line includes two models, the Quantum Lite XQ23V and the XQ30V, which differ only in the focal length of the Germanium front objective lens, 18mm for the XQ23V and 23mm in the XQ30V. Both offer a minimum focusing distance of 3 m, a 5mm exit pupil diameter and an eyepiece with a dioptric correction of - 5 to 5 diopters.
The Pulsar Quantum Lite XQ23V offers a native magnification of 1.8 times, while the XQ30V offers a magnification of 2.5 times. Thanks to the 2x or 4x digital zoom, the device can can reach 7x and 10x respectively. The maximum detection distance of an living being with a 170cm height is respectively 800m for XQ23V and 900m for XQ30V.
The stadiametric rangefinding function is based on a digital reticle that measures the apparent size of a known animal presented in the microdisplay, calculating a good approximation of the distance separating the animal from the observer. The reticle is made of two "bars" that are manually moved over the silohuette of the animal to perform the measure.
There are three predefined profiles: "rabbit" height 30cm, "wild boar" height of 70 cm and "deer", height of 1.7 m. The "deer" profile can also be used to estimate a person's distance.
The thermal monocular is operated by using four buttons on the top of the device and an encoder wheel with built-in confirmation button; learning curve is very easy, after just a few minutes anyone can operate the XQ30V. The Pulsar Quantum Lite XQV is powered by four AA type standard batteries inserted into an easy-to-insert cartridge. The device can also be powered by an external rechargeable power pack or from a vehicle lighter socket.
Pricing and kit information for the Pulsar Quantum Lite XQV
The Pulsar Quantum Lite XQV box contains the device, a protective Cordura carry case, six-language instruction manual, video cable, carry strap, spare battery cartridge, lens cleaning cloth, and warranty card.
Prices for the European market are 1400 Euros for Pulsar Quantum Lite XQ23V and 1500 Euro for the Pulsar Quantum Lite XQ30V, small variations can be experienced due to each EU country's different VAT. Given the exceptional price to quality ratio, the Pulsar monocular can potentially become the best-selling thermal device in the hunting market segment.