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The Flir Scout and Pulsar Quantum – a technical comparison

The sheer potential of thermal imaging systems continually awes passionate hunters and nighttime observers. By sensing the slightest change in heat and then transposing this as an image on a screen, the thermal devices give you the power to leave nothing unidentified. Forget about those wasted moments when you scanned for minutes on end with your binoculars and still missed your pray.


If you really love the great outdoors, why limit your hunt to only the daylight hours? Thermal imagers allow you to experience nature in vivid detail 24/7. You can either go for the FLIR – SCOUT TS24 PRO 240X180 THERMAL MONOCULAR, if you have both the budget and the commitment to maximize your hunting missions, or for the PULSAR THERMAL IMAGING SCOPE QUANTUM if you’re short on money, don’t need long distance viewing, but you’re as willing as ever to bag that big buck.


Featuring a shuttered eyepiece which keeps light from coming out of the viewfinder and avoids alarming animals or other target subjects, the Flir Scout TS24 is equipped with a 19 mm lens, providing 24° field of view.  It offers an excellent combination of range performance and situational awareness. Deers, for example, can be spotted at about 450 meters away, in total darkness. A 2X extender is available for situations where longer range performance is needed. It spots a deer at approximately 790 metres. For even longer range performance, you’ve got the TS32r. Due to the narrow field of view,  it can be used to spot a deer at about 1,450 meters away. Technically speaking, this means that you can detect any living being up to two kilometers away.

All of these features are available without any compromise on the camera’s tripod mounting capability, due to the included “hot shoe” attachment, which  provides power-in and RCA composite video-out connections.


The Scout TS24 isn’t an everyday, throw it in the kit bag sort of device. It’s a high-performance tool for the dedicated and serious hunter, with the ambition to see through smoke, dust, fog, and complete darkness.


On the other hand, the Pulsar will not allow you to see as far as the Scout.  The Quantum HS19 has the ability to switch between “white hot” and “black hot,” making targets distinctly visible up to nearly 500 meters away. This is its biggest downfall. Except that, it comes equipped with advanced OLED display (640×480) and a high resolution microbolometer sensor (160×120), offering minimal distortion and a crisp contrast.


Featuring cutting-edge technology, the Quantum LS19 successfully penetrates through fog and smoke, while the germanium glass allows for maximum thermal sensory sensitivity. Pulsar Quantum LS19 has very short start-up time (< 10 sec). The image remains stable at all times, without any distortions across the field of view. It can be operated within a wide temperature range from -20°C to +50°C. The monocular has no tunnel vision effect, that’s why  your thermal imaging experience will be  proficient  and high end at all times.

Pulsar Thermal Imaging Scope Quantum

So, depending on your needs, choose the imaging system that gears you up for the big game. The Pulsar also performs great for law enforcement and military use, home defense, as well as for surveillance purposes, whereas the Scout got its fame for delivering excellent hunting results.

Thermal systems are the most advanced night vision devices, so you can’t go wrong, no matter what you need them for. Good luck with your villains, bucks, or even zombies!

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