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Pulsar Quantum XQ38 2.1x - 12.4x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular
Pulsar Quantum XQ38 2.1x - 12.4x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular

Pulsar Quantum XQ38 2.1x - 12.4x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular

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The new Pulsar Quantum XQ38 thermal imager is packed with performance enhancements over the XD38S and indeed XD50S predecessor

The previous XD50S had a max detection range of 1250m....the new XQ38 boasts even more at considerably less cost...with a stunning 1350m detection range with 3.1x to 12.4x magnification.

With a 50hz refresh rate, combined with state of the art new thermal sensors, the new Quantum XQ38S hand held thermal imager outperforms the previous XD50S models in detection range.

Not only will this allow you to detect a heat source substantially further, but will also provide enhanced detail and perceived resolution for identification at extended ranges.

With a new 3.1x optical magnification, the Quantum XQ38 gets you up close and personal with your subject matter, with 2x and 4x zoom, to provide up to 12.4x magnification for long distance id of quarry species.

Combined with full colour thermal imaging, a integrated stadiametric rangefinder and market leading image quality, the new Pulsar Quantum XQ38 and XQ50 will be THE thermal imager of choice of the hunting professional.

Color palettes

Quantum XD/XQ offers a choice of 7 color palettes for captured by objective lens image, monochrome (usual “hot white”, “hot black”) and color highlighting the hottest and coldest areas with different colors.

Rangefinding reticle
Quantum XD/XQ has a stadiametric rangefinder performed in the shape of rangefinding reticle which enables distance measuring to observed objects with known height (deer - 1,7m; boar – 0,7m; hare – 0,3m) with a sufficient precision.

High image frequency
Due to the high image frequency (50 Hz) it is comfortable to use thermal camera dynamically (during rapid moving of observer or object of observation).

Operating modes

The Quantum XD/XQ suggests three operating modes, each designed to deliver best possible image in specific viewing conditions. The modes are as follows: “City” (enhanced contrast), “Forest” (low contrast) and “Identification” (improved rendering of hot objects’ details).

Quick start-up time

The Quantum XQ thermal scopes feature short start-up time (2 seconds) from the push of a button to full operational status. This is one of the best results in its class.    

Display OFF

When it is necessary to temporarily stop observation the user can apply DISPLAY OFF function. It provides the necessary level of camouflage (no light from the eyepiece of the device) between observation sessions as well as the fast restart of observation (when display is turned off, all other systems are working; for normal operation it is enough just to power on the display again).
Power saving mode

Disabling the video output module in the Quantum thermal scopes increases self-contained operating time on a set of batteries or external power supply.

The Quantum suggests three calibration modes of thermal imagers for hunting: silent manual mode (“M”), automatic (“A”) and semiautomatic (“H”). The “A” mode implies calibration without user participation (process initiation (actuation of the shutter) takes place automatically). In the “H” mode the user decides on his own if calibration is required based on the image quality. Button “Cal” is pressed in this mode. Manual calibration (“M”) is carried out by pressing the button when the lens cap is closed. The “M” mode is recommended for hunting due to silent operation.

The body of fiberglass reinforced plastic is able to effectively withstand impact, moisture and dust which allows the units to be used in extreme conditions. The rubber armouring ensures secure grip of the unit.

Wireless remote control

The wireless remote control allows basic operations (On/Off, Calibration, Digital Zoom) to be fulfilled without resorting to standard controls.
Wide range of operating temperatures

Quantum imaging scopes are effective for the use in low temperatures (-25°C) thanks to the frost-resistant OLED display employed in the unit (image remains the same as when viewing at positive environment temperature).

Brightness and contrast control
The control wheel located next to the lens allows the user to setup brightness and contrast most appropriate for specific situation.  

Self-contained power supply
The Quantum is powered with four AA size (rechargeable) batteries. The batteries are stored in a container which is then placed in a battery compartment of the unit.      

Video output
All Quantum models are equipped with an analog video output to enable connection of external recording equipment or transmitting image to the display.

External power supply
Operation time of the unit can be significantly increased thanks to the use of external power supplies (for example, Pulsar EPS3/EPS5) that can be connected with a special jack. When used in frosty weather, the power supply can be stored under the clothes.
User interface

Actual information about the status of the thermal imaging device, depicted in the form of blue icons and numbers, is located on the data panel in the lower portion of the screen, and does not interfere with the image observed. When switching between various functions (digital zoom, colour inversion, brightness/contrast settings), the respective large sized icon appears in the right upper portion of the screen


Main control functions (turning on and off the unit, sensor calibration, colour inversion/digital zoom) are carried out with the buttons on the upper panel. The size and location of the buttons are customised for comfortable use both with a gloved or bare hand. Brightness and contrast are set up with the controller wheel located next to the objective lens.

Electronic components
Frame Rate, Hz 50
Microbolometer resolution, pixels 384x288
Spectral Sencitivity, µm 8 ... 14
Pixel Pitch, µm 17
Display type OLED
Display Resolution, pix. 640x480

Optical characteristics
Magnification, х 3.1 ... 12.4
Digital zoom, x 2x; 3x; 4x
Objective Lens 32
Field of View,°, horizontal * vertical 9.8x7.4
Horizontal Field of view, m @100m 17.2
Exit pupil, mm 8
Eye Relief, mm 20
Optical characteristics
Diopter adjustment, dptr. ± 5
Close-up distance, m 7

Range of Detection, m
Range of detection, m (object (high*width = 1,7*0,5m) 1350

Power Supply
Power Supply, V 4 ÷ 6
Battery type 4xAA
External Power Supply DC 8.4 ÷ 15

Physical & operational characteristics
Start-up time, seconds 2
Remote control wireless
Operating Temperature,°С - 25 … +50
Level of Protection (acc. to IEC 60529) IPX4
Waterproofness yes
Dimensions, mm 207х86х59
Weight (without batteries), kg 0.35

Pulsar Quantum XQ19, XQ38 and XQ50 Thermal Review

The Pulsar XQ19, XQ38 and XQ50 thermal monoculars are new releases from Pulsar that now supersede the HD and XD range. They feature the same body and lense specification, also the unit now features a single combined video/power outlet socket similar to the Apex range, as well as a stand alone button for the stadiametric rangefinder, fitted to the top of the unit body, this now displays all three quarry species, hare, boar and red deer at once in the eye display showing there relative distances, previously the XD model each species had to be selected individually.

Other features in the XQ range are auto power off when the unit is tilted up or down more than 70 degrees, this can be set to turn off after 1, 3 or 5 minutes in this position, also the inclusion of a wireless remote control as used in other pulsar products, very handy if your vehicle mounting the thermal monocular, the unit boasts a much faster 2 second power on time, basically 1..2..ON, a lot quicker than previous boot up times, but the best feature of the Pulsar XQ series is the inclusion on a new sensor, it boasts the same resolution, but utilising a smaller pixel pitch of 17 microns rather than the 25 microns seen in the HD and XD range, what this does is increase magnification using the same lens size and increase image contrast quality. As an example the HD/XD38 model features a 2.1x optical magnification the new XQ38 features a 3.1x optical magnification and the HD/XD50 models have 2.8x optical mag this is now increased with the new sensor to 4.1x optical magnification in the XQ50.

The Pulsar XQ19, XQ38 and XQ50 models offer the best detection and identification ranges to date in there price bracket

So detection ranges have increased man size detection ranges in the XD38 was previously 950 metres the XQ38 now has a 1350 metre detection range.

The XD50 has a man sized detection range of 1250 metres the new XQ50 has a 1800 metre detection range.

What does this do well it allows you to detect heat signatures at far greater ranges and identify more clearly over the previous models, the improved sensor gives greater contrast that helps with identification also.

The Pulsar HD and XD models were already the best thermal monoculars in terms of performance for there respective price range, the new Quantum XQ line makes it a no brainer if your looking for a new handheld thermal monocular, the improvements make them the best thermals for under the £3000 bracket on the market.

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