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Nv Scope Or Thermal Scope

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by polar, Sep 13, 2021.

  1. polar

    polar Posting Addict

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    Having a bit of a dilemma! For a long time I used a f455 add on when rabbiting but then got a 008 and a hik micro thunder. My question is which do people prefer? I get there's going to be a lot of personal preference with this, but I can't make my mind up and I'm hoping some sound advice and arguments from yourselves will help.

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    Well for me I’m using a pard 008p lrf with a pulsar thermal spotter… my reason for this combo is the thermal sees everything living .. you can’t escape it .. but I like the pard because you can actually identify without a doubt what it is your shooting at … for me it works :)
     
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    Thats what I liked about using the f455 then the 008. Spot with thermal and shoot with nv as you can actually pic an aim point instead of a point on the heat source. The problem whee I shoot is the ir tends to bounce back a lot so then I can't see anything, but another place I go ita perfect as there's noting for the ir to bounce off. I like both, but don't want to be swapping them over all the time. Shame there isn't anything in the civi market that does both yet.
     
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    I have a pard008lrf i assume the hik is thermal?
    My take on nv verses thermal scopes is unless you can afford £3000+ get nv as you cannot positively identify static animals lay in the grass with thermal. The high end thermal scopes by Pulsar are the ones to get if you have the funds.
     
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    All the above, thermal find, good nv to shoot, no need to spend more on a 3/4k thermal unit, dna of a Derbyshire farmer, lol. Al
     
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    Hik is thermal. I already have both, but trying to determine which is the best way to go for the .22 for rabbiting. I have a hik thunder on my 243 for foxes and its briliant.
     
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    In a similar situation where I shoot with 008 lrf but have a camera/ nv mounted on the roof of the truck, viewed via a 7” monitor inside.
    Just trying to justify the cost
     
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    I gave up on NV a couple of years ago and now use decent glass for daytime work and a front add-on thermal (Pulsar Krypton) for use in darkness.
    I gave up on NV because I was spotting stuff with a hand held thermal which I then could not find with NV because the contrast between the rabbit and it's background was frequently too poor to make out the rabbit.
    On short grass or hard ground, there is more contrast, but when the rabbits are at or near the edge of longer grass or bushes they become very difficult to see with NV.

    Cheers

    Bruce
     
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    Really? Maybe in mist but the rabbits eyes shine like spotlights, so unsure how you can miss them? If I can see the rabbit with a thermal but not with NV then I won't shoot as not sure what it is and it might get deflected by what ever is in front of it.
     
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    You don't get eyeshine from a rabbit when its arse is towards you - but it still shows up perfectly well with thermal.

    Cheers

    Bruce
     
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    I don't tend to shoot it in the arse. :facepalm:
     
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    For me it's vermin control - a hit anywhere on the body means a dead rabbit - either immediately or very soon after.
    And it's arse is a bigger and easier target to hit than its head.
    None of the rabbits I shoot go into the food chain

    Cheers

    Bruce
     
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    Sure for FAC

    I'm shooting sub 12, so this would only give the rabbit a sore arse and me shame.

    Happy hunting
     
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