Imagine being out on a cool night, the thrill of the hunt thrumming in your veins. This is exactly the experience you’ll feel as you join EDGE of the OUTBACK in his exhilarating fox hunt using the Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 Thermal Rifle Scope. He will take you into the quiet stillness of the night at a local, modestly sized property with loosened flats — a place he’s had good luck before. There, armed with an exceptional 6br custom Tikka rifle set up with the Thermion 2 XP50’s 25mm sensor and 50mm f1 lens, he sets out into the night, aiming to test the prowess and performance of this game-changing, thermal rifle scope.
As the video progresses, you’ll get to share in the successes and challenges faced throughout the hunt. From the first fox tumbled at a distance of 111 meters, to an amusing episode involving a hot wire fence, EDGE of the OUTBACK has a lot to share. Even though he emphasizes this isn’t an in-depth review of the Thermion 2 XP50, we get glimpses of its impressive imaging and functionality. This action-packed, adventure-filled night culminates with a satisfying tally of four foxes and two hares. Now, aren’t you feeling the itch for an adrenaline-filled night out in the Aussie wilderness?
Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 Thermal Rifle Scope Overview
In this guide, you will learn about the Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 Thermal Rifle Scope, a piece of equipment that revolutionizes the game animal hunting experience.
Key Technical Features
The key features of this Thermal Rifle Scope are its superior 25-mm Sensor and 50-mm f1 lens. This combination of sensor and lens size adds substantial image enhancement ability to the scope. These features combined with cutting-edge technology make the Thermion 2 XP50 stand out from the crowd.
Sensor and Lens Specifications
Your Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 is equipped with a 25-mm sensor and 50-mm f1 lens. This provides sharp, clear, and cool shots even at long ranges, ensuring accuracy at all times. The lens improves the scope’s image processing, and the sensor heightens sensitivity, capturing even minute details of your target.
Image Quality and Performance
When it comes to image quality and performance, the Thermion 2 XP50 truly excels. The combination of sensor and lens provides high-definition images with great detail. Importantly, you are also provided with the option of digital zoom, maintaining image integrity even at higher magnifications.
Preparing for the Fox Hunt
Before embarking on a fox hunt with your new tool, it’s important to prepare.
Choosing the Hunting Location
Select a location where you usually see or hear fox activity. This could be a local property with loosened flats where foxes tend to gather. Scout out the location during the daytime to become familiar with the terrain and likely fox paths.
Understanding Fox Behavior
To effectively hunt foxes, understanding their behaviors is vital. Pay attention to signs such as tracks and droppings to figure out where they usually feed, rest, and travel. Also, know that foxes rely heavily on their hearing and smell, so you’ll need to be quiet and downwind.
Setting up the Rifle and Scope
Set up your 6BR custom Tikka rifle and mount the Thermion 2 XP50 properly. Make sure the scope is secured properly and zeroed. Familiarize yourself with the adjustments and how to use the thermal feature for better night targeting.
The Start of the Fox Hunt
Initial Impressions of the Scope performance
As you embark on your hunting adventure, you might be amazed by the performance of the Thermion 2 XP50. Expect to see clear, defined images of your prey from over 100 meters away, even in the dead of night.
First Fox Located and Shot
You can count on the accuracy of the first shot thanks to the thermal scope. The scope’s clear visuals and easy targeting will make your first hunt a success. The Thermion 2 XP50 excels not only in its capacity to see the target but also in its range and image quality, making the shooting procedure seamless.
Distance Estimation and Result
The shot is likely to be around 111 meters. And to your surprise, the scope runs well, enabling you to get a clean, humane shot on your first fox.
Continuing the Hunt
Changing the Battery, Breaking down the Procedure
Managing battery life wisely is important when hunting with the Thermion 2 XP50. Check battery levels periodically and always carry spare batteries. The battery change is straightforward – simply unlock it and swap it out for a new one.
Spotting the Second Fox
As foxes are nocturnal and oftentimes elusive, you need to be patient and use your scope effectively. You might spot the second fox with its nose up, sniffing around, undetected because of the wind direction. The image quality of the Thermion 2 XP50 gives you confidence as you notice the fox’s behaviors.
Observing Fox Behavior in Relation to the Wind Direction
Foxes use their excellent sense of smell to detect threats. You might therefore notice foxes becoming uneasy when they are downwind from you. Try to stay upwind to prevent the fox from detecting your scent. You may realize that the fox may not hang around for very long as the wind direction changes.
Noteworthy Fox Encounter
Your hunting experience can become noteworthy with the Thermion 2 XP50 thermal scope, especially on cultivated flats.
Cultivated Flat Exploration
As you cross a cultivated field, although initially, it may seem clear, you might spot a fox trying to escape. This flat might seem unyielding at first, but with the use of this excellent thermal imaging riflescope, you’re provided with the advantage of seeing things you wouldn’t otherwise notice.
Unexpected Fox Encounter
The thermal scope may surprise you by discovering an unseen target even halfway through the flat. You might spot a fox either escaping from the side or having been curled up behind a tussock.
Resulting Shot and Observation
With a clear thermal image, even at such unexpected moments, you attain a successful shot at the fox from a distance. Moreover, the combination of your rifle with a precise, powerful scope ensures the shot’s effectiveness.
Hunting Additional Game
Let’s consider hunting hares with the thermal scope.
Reason for Hunting Hares
Sometimes, landowners might request that you hunt hares too, whether for population control or to use as pet food. Whatever the reason, the Thermion 2 XP50 can prove just as effective for hunting hares as it is with foxes.
Noticing the Distance and Image Quality
With the superior image quality of this thermal riflescope, you might notice hares at a distance of approximately 100 meters. The Thermal scope’s imaging allows you to easily differentiate between a hare and its surrounding environment, thus making the shoot more accurate.
Quantity and Hunting Outcome
You may successfully shoot a couple of hares at the request of the property owner. Rest assured, the superior image quality of the Thermion 2 XP50 assists in increasing the precision and efficiency of your shots.
Reflection on Fox Behavior during the Hunt
Common Patterns and Anomalies
Through the entire hunting process, you can observe various fox behaviors such as their path patterns and peculiarities that might stand out.
Effect of Wind and Environment
You might realize the wind plays a significant role in fox behavior. Foxes rely on smell to identify threats and might become agitated or run off if they detect an unusual smell carried by the wind.
Review of Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 Performance
Performance in Different Scenarios
The Thermion 2 XP50 could reveal its true capabilities in different scenarios. Across open areas or cultivated fields, the thermal scope stands out with impressive image quality and reliable performance.
Battery Life and Durability
One might notice that the gear’s battery life is sturdy and reliable, even though a change might be required during the hunt. The Thermion 2 XP50 is also built to be sturdy and durable, which is must needed for any hunting equipment.
Digital Zoom Functionality
You may play around a little bit with the digital zoom to check image quality. The images, even on small critters, appear to retain the quality which certainly adds to the overall user experience.
Comparison with Other Scopes
Why Patience is Necessary for a Comprehensive Review
While it’s easy to be eager to compare this scope with others, it’s worth being patient and going through multiple hunts for a better understanding. This can give you a better idea of how the Thermion 2 XP50 stacks up against other scopes in terms of performance, ease of use, and durability.
Preemptive Observations prior to the Full Review
The quality and effectiveness of the Thermion 2 XP50 could lead you to conclude that it’s a superior piece of equipment, although a full review would be necessary before making a final judgment.
Summarizing the Fox Hunt Experience
The first hunting experience with the Thermion 2 XP50 might be a success. You successfully take down several foxes and hares, indicating the scope’s excellent performance irrespective of the game. You may find the image quality, digital zoom, and overall performance definitely enhances your hunting experience.
Preliminary Thoughts on the Scope’s Performance
As the hunt concludes, your initial thoughts are likely to be overwhelmingly positive. Not only did the Thermion 2 XP50 successfully aid in locating and taking down several targets, but it also enhanced the overall hunting experience by providing clear, detailed images even at long distances and in the dark.
Anticipation for More Use of Thermion 2 XP50 Scope in Future Hunts
Given the impressive performance of the Pulsar Thermion 2 XP50 in this hunt, you’re most likely excited to use it in future hunts. Going ahead, this thermal scope is likely to be an important element in ensuring successful hunting sessions.