There are plenty of features and specifications that you’d come to expect from a decent thermal scope. Image quality must be at least clear and additional adjustments should also be possible. The unit should be compact and lightweight and, last but not the least, it should be affordable. ATN has prided themselves as a premier company that aims to offer exceptional thermal imaging systems at reasonable prices. One of these units is the Thor 336 4.5x-18x Thermal Weapon Rifle Scope.
It features a rugged design with a well-built Aircraft Aluminum housing with Class III hard anodized coating, enabling this unit to withstand almost any outdoor environment. With its well-fitted components, it is also waterproof and dustproof. It can be mounted on the rifle using an MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny Quick Release bracket. Its dimensions are 7.9” long, 2.7” wide and 2.8” high and it weighs approximately 1.8 lbs. Battery lifespan is worth noting as well. Three CR123A batteries are used and are capable of powering the unit for up to 8 hours of continuous use.
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The thermal scope is equipped with a color OLE D matrix display. Unlike other systems that offer only black and white images, this scope uses an 800×600 resolution colored background with colored reticles. It also boasts of a VOx micro bolometer with a 336×256 resolution and a frame rate of 60Hz. Thermal sensitivity clocks at <50mK and its spectral response is at 7-14 um. The unit is fitted with an objective Janus lens with diamond-like-carbon coating. The field of view is decent at 9x7 degrees, although it is a bit small in comparison to other thermal scopes. Optical magnification for clearer images can be adjusted up to 3x. Electronic zooming technology is also present in this unit, enabling you to detect targets at a distance. You can zoom in towards a target up to two levels: 6x and 12x. You can also adjust the Diopter range between +2 to -6 degrees for a clearer thermal image. With regard to reticles, there is a variety of types as well as colors that you can choose from. Color options include Black, White, Green, Blue and Red.
Brightness can be adjusted manually according to your preference. However, image sharpness is adjusted automatically. Polarity of your images can also be adjusted to several settings. White Hot (shows the hottest sections of the image in white), Black Hot (displays the warmest areas of the image in black), and a few other color modes. The video-out feature is also available allowing you to see videos in Digital NTSC / PAL format in another device, such as your PC, via an RCA cable.
In a nutshell, despite its affordable price range, it comes fully equipped with special specifications that can easily compete with its much more expensive counterparts. This unit is highly recommended for those who are looking for impressive units without spending a lot of money.
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