Axion 2: Our Most Compact Thermal Monocular

The Pulsar Axion 2 might be our most compact thermal imaging monocular, but it is certainly our brightest shining star. Recently updated, it features a significantly improved thermal imaging sensor, resulting in a much better image quality than you’d expect from such a small thermal monocular.

The most important features

So, here the most important features of the Pulsar Axion thermal imaging monocular:

  • it is compact – the device easily fits in your hand or pocket;
  • it weights as little as 300 hundred grams;
  • it stretches just over 15 centimeters at the longest point.

The lightness of this thermal imaging monocular is ensured by a high-quality, reinforced magnesium alloy housing with multiple properties. Being extremely strong, it protects the device from possible damage from dropping it (that being said, we don’t recommend testing it on purpose – the warranty might not cover it!). The device is also fully waterproof and can be safely used under heavy precipitation.

Powerful image processing algorithms

But, of course, image quality remains one of the most important features of a thermal monocular. It depends on quite a few factors, among which is the thermal sensor.

In the case of Axion 2, you can choose between two: XQ or XG. XQ is smaller in size (384×288) but has a bigger pixel pitch (17 µm). XG has a resolution of 640×480 but a 12 µm pixel pitch. Which thermal imaging monocular is better will depend mostly on your needs, but if you aren’t sure about the meanings of these, we highly recommend watching this explainer video.

Axion 2 was also the first thermal monocular to receive a significant update of image processing algorithms and sensitivity amplification. This feature allows you to optimize thermal sensitivity according to your needs and the particular situation – you can choose between three levels of amplification in the menu of the device.

Strong battery life

Another significant improvement of the Axion 2 is its battery life – depending on the model, it can now operate for as long as 11 hours on a single charge. Plus, additional battery packs are available, allowing you to extend the operation time of the thermal imaging monocular even further.

There are a few things worth noting when speaking of the Pulsar Axion 2. If you choose the XG35 model, you will get a detection range of up to 1750 meters – yup, in complete darkness. It is most useful when stalking or assessing animal population size, as you can take a look around a huge area quickly, conveniently, and accurately.

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Finally, for those of you looking for some extra functionality, an Axion 2 LRF might be the right option. With the same premium functionality of Axion 2 XQ35 and Axion 2 XG35, the LRF versions come, as the name suggests, with a built-in laser rangefinder which helps to accurately measure distances up to one kilometer.

The feature is particularly useful for those hunting at night when it is typically harder to estimate distances – with a laser rangefinder, you will never misjudge them, no matter how dark or how new the area is to you.