Pulsar is kicking off the new
year with a dynamic new riflescope that capitalizes on the popularity of
thermal imaging tech used among law enforcement, first responders and
hunters: the Trail Thermal Riflescope.
The Trail Thermal Riflescope from Pulsar features top-of-the-line
aspheric germanium optics, enabling small details like the hair on your
skin to be visible in detail at close range, the press release says. It
also features on-board video recording with 8gb of storage, friendly
remote control operation and WiFi. The scope pairs with smartphones and
tablets to enable use of Pulsar’s Stream Vision app, available on both
Android and IOS, which lets your friends watch your shooting adventures
in real time.
Pulsar’s robust Trail Thermal Riflescope is IPX7 waterproof-rated and
capable of detecting heat signatures up to 2000 yards away. Meanwhile,
Trail XP models will come with an advanced thermal sensor with 640×480
pixel resolution and an AMOLED micro-display at the same resolution.
The TRAIL line comes in a completely new housing that has a smaller footprint than the APEX line. The menu is accessed using buttons on top of the unit and the focus knob has been relocated to the top of the unit near the lens. The TRAIL series has a 8gb on-board DVR, 5500 (IIRC) Mah rechargeable battery with 6+ hour run time (bigger battery available as an accessory), wifi that can stream recorded and live video to an external device (ie, computer, smart phone--ios & android, ipad, etc), and several more features. The sensors will be a 640x480 17 micron unit in the XP line and a 384x288 17 micron like the other XQ APEX models. The DVR will have a recoil operated recording feature with continuous buffer ( not sure on buffer time but 5 seconds was being discussed) so you can get the full shot on video. You still have the ability to save rifle profiles but can now save different bore-sights within each profile. Another change to the TRAIL software is the ability to use variable PIP zooms. The APEX line allowed you to use double the optical mag (2x) in the PIP window. The TRAIL allows you to use 2x,3x,4x for the PIP so for example on the trail XP50 the optical mag is 1.6x so the PIP window can now be set to 3.2x, 6.4x, 12.8x. This makes the already great PIP feature even more user friendly and allows for precise shot placement through the PIP window while keeping an extremely wide FOV at 640x480 res (XP) through the rest of the display.. The TRAIL units still offer the .1 "smooth zoom" increments that the APEX line features on the main screen.