Night Vision Optics

Night vision technologies can be broadly divided into three main categories:- image intensificationactive illumination and thermal imaging.

Image intensifier magnifies the number of received photons from various natural sources such as starlight or moonlight.

Active illumination couples imaging intensification technology with an active source of illumination in the near-infrared (NIR) or shortwave infrared (SWIR) band.

Thermal imaging optics detects the temperature difference between the background and the foreground objects and are excellent tools for night vision. They detect thermal radiation and do not need a source of illumination. They produce an image in the darkest of nights and can see through light fog, rain and smoke (to a certain extent). Thermal imaging makes small temperature differences visible.

FA Anderson offers three brands of night vision optics from Pulsar, Cobra and Yukon. Below is a selection of what we offer but please call us or pop into our shop in East Grinstead for expert advice on night vision optics suitable for your sport.

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Pulsar Night Vision Optics


Pulsar Core FXD50

The Core FXD50 is a thermal front attachment which fits the objective lens of a day scope converting it into a highly sensitive thermal imaging device.

Supplied with an Eyepiece the Core FXD50 can also be used as a hand-held spotter offering 2.8x magnification giving a man size detection range of 1200m. Fitting to the front of a day scope (which requires a Cover Ring Adaptor, available in a choice of 42, 50 & 56mm) means that a rifle does not need to be dedicated to night shooting, the zero isn’t affected and neither is the shooting position.

– 384×288 Sensor
– 25µm Pixel Pitch
– 50Hz Refresh Rate
– 640×480 Green Sapphire OLED Display
– 2x Digital Zoom (Hand-held configuration only)
– IPX7 Rated
– 3 Year Warranty
– Three calibration modes; including a manual silent mode
– Large calibre shockproof
– Operating temperature -25°C – +50°C
– Updatable software
– Economic power consumption
– Powered by 2x CR123A batteries

Pulsar Quantum Lite XQ30V Thermal Imager

The Quantum Lite now offers unparalleled performance at its price point. Operating at a frame rate of 50Hz and using a 384×288 17µm thermal sensor, the Quantum Lite produces a smooth, detailed image.

Power can be provided by either four AA batteries, the Pulsar DNV Battery Pack (PU-79167) or one of Pulsars external power sources – the EPS3i (PU-79113) or EPS5 (PU-79112).


High Frame Rate. At a high refresh rate of 50Hz, the Trail series provides comfortable viewing throughout dynamic, rapid motion.

Stadiametric Rangefinder. Based on estimated heights of observed objects, the stadiametric rangefinding reticle makes determining precise distances fast, easy, reliable and repeatable.

Wide Temperature Range. With a frost-resistant AMOLED display, the Trail thermal imaging sight is designed to deliver flawless performance at an extreme temperature of -25° to +50°C

Display-off Mode. During short periods of inactivity and better concealment, Display Off powers down the display without interrupting other operating functions. Using Display Off means a much faster restart time when you need it most.

Long Detection Range. Depending on model, Trail thermal sights detect big-game-size heat signatures up to 1800 meters away.

Pulsar Quantum XQ50 Thermal Imaging


High frame rate. Due to the high image frequency (50 Hz) it is comfortable to use thermal camera dynamically (during rapid moving of observer or object of observation).

Rangefinding reticle. Quantum XQ features a stadiametric rangefinder which includes a rangefinding reticle enabling the user to measure distance to objects under observation with known height (deer – 1.7m; boar – 0.7m; hare – 0.3m). Distance readings are approximate but rather precise.

Colour palettes. Quantum XQ offers a choice of 6 color palettes for captured by objective lens image, monochrome (usual “hot white”, “hot black”) and color highlighting the hottest and coldest areas with different colors.

Power saving modes.
Automatic power off function. 
When a Quantum XQ is inclined vertically in either direction at more than 70° for 1; 3 or 5 minutes (depending on user settings) the riflescope will automatically turn off. To save batteries when video recording is not conducted, the video output option can be disabled. Both options can be set up in riflescope’s menu.

Display off. 
When it is necessary to temporarily stop observation the user can apply DISPLAY OFF function. It provides the necessary level of camouflage (no light from the eyepiece of the device) between observation sessions as well as the fast restart of observation (when display is turned off, all other systems are working; for normal operation it is enough just to power on the display again).

Compound jack. Thermal imagers Quantum of the XQ series are equipped with a compound jack to connect simultaneously an external power supply and a recording device / signal receiver (video recorder, monitor, TV set). Thread attachment safely secures the cable.

Video output. The Quantum XQ models are equipped with an analog video output to enable connection of external recording equipment or transmitting image to the display.

Calibration. The Quantum XQ offers three calibration modes: silent manual mode (“M”), automatic (“A”) and semiautomatic (“H”). The “A” mode implies calibration without user participation (process initiation (actuation of the shutter) takes place automatically). In the “H” mode the user decides on his own if calibration is required based on the image quality. Button “Cal” is pressed in this mode. Manual calibration (“M”) is carried out by pressing the button when the lens cap is closed.

Wireless remote control. The wireless remote control allows basic operations to be fulfilled without resorting to standard controls.

Yukon Night Vision Optics

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Yukon Photon Night Vision Optic

Yukon Photon XT 6.5×50 S

Yukon Photon XT 6.5×50 is a larger magnification night vision riflescope. Delivering class-leading image resolution and clarity from its 656×492 sensor, the new Photon XT provides crisp clear images out to 150m when teamed with a high power bolt on IR illuminator, which is attached to the weaver accessory rail. As standard, the Photon XT 6.5×50 features a built-in 810nm IR illuminator which provides a max 170m detection range. The new Photon utilises the latest digital reticle technology, which is quickly and easily set up using a menu system.

Photon XT can also be used in daylight, teamed with the new higher resolution sensor, the daytime image is also better.

Now featuring a digital reticle, selectable with six options, each option being switchable between Red, Green and White.

  • 60mm Eye relief 
  • 810nm IR illuminator with 3-step power adjustment
  • Minimum focusing distance of 10m 3.5° Field of View (7.5° at 100m)
  • Display resolution of 640×480 with an LCD display and camera resolution of 656×492
  • Video out for capturing footage
  • Weaver accessory rail for addition of aftermarket IR illuminators such as the Pulsar IR X850
  • New lens cap designed to reduce light transmission should the user wish to set up the scope during daylight
  • Ability to use any standard mounts for daylight sights
  • Extended operating time of up to 5 hours from internal batteries (2x AA)
  • IPX4 IP rating
  • Three-year warranty