In regards to the image produced by the 50Hz framerate 640x480 Focal
Planar Array microbolometer sensor of the Accolade XP50 binocular, it’s
absolutely excellent. It is very difficult to return to lower resolution
devices once experienced what a true VGA thermal sensor can do. The
OLED full color microdisplay in the eyepiece is also exceptional, with a
crispness and quality that is really on a par with the best
professional devices in the industry. We were really impressed with the
Pulsar Accolade XP50 binocular. The asking price, about 8500 CAD, may
seem steep, but devices with this level of quality and performance only
five years ago were reserved to the military, well over ten grand – and
almost double that when paired with a laser rangefinder. Product Highlights Magnification: 2.5x - 20x Detection range: 1800 m High resolution 640 x 480 px Comfortable for long observation Integrated video & sound recorder
The new Accolade XP50 thermal binoculars have a highly detailed 640x480 sensor that detects heat signatures up to 2,000 yards away in complete darkness, making even the smallest bit of detail appear distinct and clear. Being able to adjust the distance between the dual eyepiece dramatically improves comfort and image quality. Zero in on details without losing your 12.4-degrees field of view by utilizing picture-in-picture (PIP) mode that magnifies the reticle-area image to show close-up details. Relive your greatest moments with the built-in video recorder and even stream video in real-time using the smartphone-compatible integrated WiFi and free Stream Vision App. Eight custom color modes, including “black hot” and “white hot” make sure you view a sharp, well-defined image every time, no matter the conditions.
Features High resolution thermal imaging sensor
The high 640x480 pixel resolution ensures all objects within the field of view have the highest level of detail. High sensor resolution makes the smallest objects, i.e. branches, leaves, body extremities of an animal, appear exceptionally crisp and clear against the background.
Long detection distance
Detecting object at long distances are an important feature for optics users in outdoor environments. Optic quality and the best thermal imaging sensor available make a unique combination designed to deliver the longest detection range possible.
Smooth and incremental digital zoom
Incremental zoom is a perfect solution to quick, on-the-fly zooming. When time is not a limiting factor but slight details are, the device’s smooth zoom is the better option.
Comfortable for long observation
The dual eyepiece configuration reduces eye fatigue during longer viewing and enhances the natural look of objects. The human brain is pre-conditioned to receive visual information from two channels simultaneously. The brain then combines the information into a single image. When one eye is used to observe, the brain only receives information a single input. The increased effort from the brain to override the standard algorithm of visual perception can quickly lead to the observer feeling fatigued and uncomfortable.
Variable interpupillary distance
The ability to adjust the distance between eyepieces allows the user to best position the optic for individual needs. Interpupillary distance differs from person to person. Adjusting for individual fit dramatically improves viewing comfort and quality, and eliminates the potential for double-imaging.
High refresh rate 50 Hz
High Image frequency is important when shooting at moving targets. A high refresh rates ensures motion is fluid and in real-time, allowing more accurate speed assessment and shot placement.
Built-in video recorder
The Built-in video recorder is a great asset when it comes to filming or taking photos of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. One press of the REC button captures footage that can be shared easily with colleagues, friends and family
Built-in Wi-Fi module
Observation devices are no longer just optics. Today’s devices are increasingly designed to meet multi-tasking requirements dictated by a wider array of scenarios. Turning the unit into a hot spot, complete with ability to connect directly to a smartphone or tablet, increases and enhances features, including the ability to control the device remotely.
Wi-Fi video transmission
Broadcasting a video signal directly to a smartphone or tablet makes remote observation significantly easier. When two people are in the field, both can see the image – one on the device’s display, the other on their smartphone or tablet screen. When a situation requires covert operation, the observer does not have to hold the unit by hand. Depending on the situation, viewing from a tablet or smartphone may be safer or more convenient.
Live internet video sharing
Connecting the device with a smartphone or tablet allows a user to access the internet and live-stream video directly to YouTube.
Frost resistant AMOLED display
The device is designed for flawless operation in extreme weather and temperature conditions. Whether the environment is freezing cold or blistering hot, the image retains its contrast and vivid colors without loss of frame rate. The high-contrast, color AMOLED display uses top technology to ensure stable, high-quality imaging in virtually any weather conditions.
The stadiametric rangefinder helps to estimate range to an object based on its size. The device’s advanced, proprietary, rangefinding interface provides important ranging information within seconds.
Quick-change long-life rechargeable battery packs
The device’s innovative battery-release mechanism ensures fast, flawless battery changes. Rechargeable IPS5 battery packs provide up to 8 hours of continuous operation in Wi-Fi mode.
Fully waterproof IPX7
Rain, snow, fog, high waves or waterways, the IPX7 waterproof rating ensures the device won’t fail in even the toughest wet weather conditions. The IPX7 rating means the device has been manufactured and rigorously tested to withstand extreme natural weather conditions, even submersion to a depth of 1 meter for up to 30 minutes.
Picture-in-Picture provides a second, magnified reticle-area image to help the observer see magnified target details without loss of the field of view.
The 8-color palette enhances viewing in varying conditions. While the classic “White Hot” mode is exceptionally versatile, “Hot Black” is often favored for detecting wildlife at night. Red monochrome helps to reduce or prevent bright backlight from exiting the eyepiece. Sepia often improves long-range observation while “Red Hot”, “Rainbow” and “Ultramarine” enhance temperature differences of various object attributes. Violet helps to identify objects faster.
Image optimization should be performed depending on the environmental location and conditions. Mountains, cities and forests have different ambient temperatures. In order to achieve the highest possible image quality, certain settings have been optimized and gathered into profiles. As a result, optimized imaging in various conditions is easier. Identification preset is another optimal-imaging option that makes identifying easier, even at longer distances.
A thermal imaging sensor requires calibration or non-uniformity correction (NUC) from time to time. Calibrating reduces or eliminates remaining redundant signals and improves overall image quality. Accolade offers 3 modes of calibration: AUTOMATIC, SEMI-AUTOMATIC and MANUAL. In AUTOMATIC mode, the shutter closes and calibration is performed automatically within defined time intervals and without user participation. In SEMI_AUTOMATIC mode the shutter closes and calibration is done only when the user presses the calibration button. In MANUAL mode, also called “SILENT”, the shutter remains open but the user has to close the objective cap and press the calibration button.
Manual contrast and brightness adjustment
Contrast and brightness can be adjusted manually to fit individual preferences. The settings are stored in the memory of the unit and can be easily changed when required.
Frame Rate, Hz
Microbolometer resolution, pixels
Pixel Pitch, µm
Display Resolution, pix.
Built-In Video Recorder Availability
Built-In Memory, Gb
Format of video clip
Resolution of video clip
Format of photo files
Resolution of photo files
Integrated Wi-Fi module
Digital zoom, x
2x; 4x; 8x
Exit pupil, mm
Diopter adjustment, dptr.
Close-up distance, m
Range of Detection, m
Range of detection, m (object high*width = 1,7*0,5m)
Power Supply, V
3.0 - 4.2
Battery Life, hour
External Power Supply
5V - USB
Physical & operational characteristics
- 25 … +50
Level of Protection (acc. to IEC 60529)
Weight (without batteries), kg
In the Box Accolade Thermal Imaging Binocular IPS5 Battery Pack Battery charger with mains charger USB cable Carrying case Hand strap Quick start guide Lens cloth Warranty card VIDEO