How does Thermal Scope Work – Thermal scopes have been a great accessory for hunters as they help spot the prey without any hindrance and only with the object’s radiated heat.
As a result, it became an excellent piece of equipment for night stakeouts. But does that mean that even thermal clip on scope could also be used for daylight?
Wouldn’t that reduce its power since natural light is reflected on the material?As surprising as it sounds, using it in daylight doesn’t pose any problem to your hunting performance. This is because thermal scopes are meant to detect infrared heat and not meant to possess the limitations of night vision.
What are the edge clip-on thermal scopes?
This accessory’s introductory offer is convenience since you wouldn’t have to remove your riflescope if you wanted to switch from regular to thermal optics.
You just have to attach the thermal clip to your rifle to see through dust, bushes, smoke, and others.
Not only that, but this is also versatile enough to be used as a stand-alone monocular and observe your environment. And the best thing about it is that you don’t have to re-zero the riflescope before or after attaching and detaching the thermal clip-on.
Our top picks for clip-on thermal scopes
ATN TICO LT 320 50 mm Thermal Clip-on
Its 320×40 resolution sensor clip-on, along with a 55 mm lens, permits it to detect the target around a 1,700 meters distance at a detection rate of 1.5 pixels, where 2 pixels equates to 1 meter.
On the other hand, recognition stands by the rate of 6 pixels, where every 8 pixels is converted to 1 meter and 12 pixels (or equivalent to 16 pixels per meter) for identification.
The package includes Scope Adapter #1 that is suitable for OD starting at 45.5 to 50. Still, you could buy the Scope Adapter 2 (from 51.6 to 59) or the Scope Adapter 3 in the range of 60-65.
The specifications of this model boast 1280×960 pixels with a battery life of 9 hours, thanks to its stand-alone lithium battery. Moreover, a field of view of 4.5 to 3 degrees is present in the item and is considered water-resistant.
Regarding its ergonomics, the model has a length of 7.7 inches, a 3 inches height, a 2.6 inches width, and a weight of 1.2 pounds.
Trijicon Electro-Optics SNIPE-IR 35mm Clip-On Thermal Imaging Monocular IRCO-35
Even though we’re mentioned the other first, we can’t deny that in our opinion, we still think that this model surpasses its competitors.
The item was crafted from a 6061 aircraft-grade aluminum material and employed a nitrogen-type purging for its waterproof function.
It was optimized to be a 4x day optic device that delivers speed and prioritizes accuracy for tricky situations.
Some key features are its 12 degrees field of view/angle with an operating temperature of -40 to 55 Celcius. The model also promotes a 640-480 pixels resolution, a 35 mm objective lens diameter, and a 30 mm exit pupil.
The inclusion of the hard case accessory is presented upon purchase.
The model was introduced with a 7.4 inches length, 3 inches height, a width of 2.95 inches in weight of 24.6 oz. Plus, two quantities of running CR123 batteries for up to 3 and a half hours.