Upgrading to Thermal Night Vision…Maybe?

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    Kaeokini
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    Aloha All,

    I was thinking about upgrading to thermal night vision, I have the ATN x-sight 4k and it works really good for what I hunt at night. My dilemma is should I upgrade to thermal to see all of the small things night vision can't see, I was looking at the ATN Thor 4 but I wanted to see if there are any recommendations on other thermal night vision out there that you have or used. Oh yeah, my budget is around $3500.00 but my wife said it doesn't mean I have to use all of it.

    Aloha,

    Keone

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    cmatera
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    Pretty happy with my Pulsar Trail XP38

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    c_m_shooter
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    Seems a little excessive. I use a flashlight with a red filter.  Was less than $100 at a gun show and the guy included a scope clamp.

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    Bitey
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    Avoid ATN at all costs. Terrible products and even worse customer service.

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    Kinetic45
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    I have both IR night vision and thermal and both have good and bad points.

    Thermal's drawback is you are trying to identify a blob sometimes as detail is poor at longer ranges (like 100 yards!) Know of a case where a pet dog was shot instead of the coyote he thought he was shooting because of poor detail

    IR needs a bright light source and most clip ons are just too poor to use at long range. I know guys with two lights on their guns for shooting at 100 yards, another guy sets up a 12v car battery powered 6" IR spotlight to illuminate a 5 acre field.

    Honestly, for what I've got invested in both systems, I could have bought a nice light amplification scopes, sigh.

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