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Pard Sa45lrf Thermal Scope -who Fancies An Independent Review?

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by Russ Douglas, Oct 2, 2020.

  1. Russ Douglas

    Russ Douglas YouTube: RussDouglas222

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    Evening all, thanks to the very kind folk at SportsmanGunCentre (SGC) Bruce (@mealiejimmie) and I might soon be reviewing this top-of-the-PARD-Thermal-range -gadgie, the PARD SA45LRF.

    To be honest I'm not expecting to return it to SGC, as Bruce or our buddy Davie might well decide to buy it if it's impressive enough, who knows?

    Rest assured we'll be as honest and thorough as usual/always.
    We'll bring the results (warts and all) to you here plus to my YouTube channel: RussDouglas222
    Any accompanying photos will as usual go in a Flickr album: RussDouglasAGW.

    All the best.
    Cheers. Russ
     
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  2. Spray1Mark

    Spray1Mark I see light at the end of the tunnel!

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    Look forward to it!
     
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    Look forward to it Russ.

    What have you been up to? Not seen you on here much recently
     
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    Cant wait!!!:)
     
  5. Russ Douglas

    Russ Douglas YouTube: RussDouglas222

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    Thank-you all :thumb:, I'm gagging to checkout this kit -just like I was (after first reviewing the PardSA25) with the SaimSCL35 and Pulsar XP50!

    Hi @Jonny86 yep sorry been soooo busy managing a few stressful family issues :oops: and struggling to earn a few pennies.
    Consequently I'm afraid my latest video(s) had been delayed, but I'll get there (hopefully imminently).

    My (replacement for my long-sold FAC AA S510 rifle) new FX rifle should finally be here next week. Can't wait to get that zeroed then in use out on the paddocks!
    Last outing the clear sky and 3/4 full moon meant I couldn't get within 50m of the (many) rabbits, so that's where the new FAC rifle comes in. :cool:
    Naturally I'll film an unboxing video for that, plus a review video.

    Cheers. Russ
     
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    going by the SA25 the SA45 will be a keeper
     
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  7. Russ Douglas

    Russ Douglas YouTube: RussDouglas222

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    I suspect either Bruce or Davie will want it - or they may even both want it. They both shoot a lot of foxes for estate owners, so it'll get a lot of use... R
     
  8. Russ Douglas

    Russ Douglas YouTube: RussDouglas222

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    I'll be rounding-up the filming today with the PardSA45LRF, one of the first two in the UK (kindly on load from Sportsman Gun Centre) that Bruce (@mealiejimmie) and I have been reviewing this last few weeks.
    So (largely thanks to Bruce fixing the DIY comms cable yesterday - he blamed his own "dodgy soldering" for it dying when I tried to record my zeroing at GARC on Wednesday night :D) -I should this afternoon/evening be able to record similar scenes and at similar ranges to those in part three of our SAIM SCL35 review, earlier this year.

    So hopefully you'll soon see how this new scope performs by day and night at various pest control ranges, which you can compare to that previous review.

    I'm not going to make it three or four separate videos, as our four-part PARD SA25 review is >already online on my channel<, namely...
    part #1
    part #2
    part #3
    and...
    part #4 ...with all the basic functions, menu functions etc being unchanged on the SA45LRF.

    So here we're focusing on what's different with the range-topping SA45LRF...
    • Larger lens = larger base mag = increased range and improved range with digital zoom, though with corresponding narrower FOV.
    • Built-in LRF = on-screen rangefinding in yards or metres (which I'm already happy was within 1/2 metre of the usual steel targets out to 50m at GARC on Wednesday night).
    Cheers. Russ
     
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    Russ Douglas YouTube: RussDouglas222

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    Good morning all, > PARD SA45LRF Thermal scope pt.1 < went live at 6pm last night...


    I'm editing part #2 right now, to include more of Bruce's garage-recorded footage, plus the paddock footage I recorded, which includes LRF checks via the Pard 008LRF NV scope and watching rabbits out to 175m+.
    Once that's online today or tomorrow I'll straightaway start working on the SAIM SCT35 & iRay XHolo13 video reviews.

    ...then I'll get back onto all the other editing I have queued-up. :rolleyes:
    Cheers. Russ
     
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    Good watch Russ, I was amazed of the picture quality, looks like thermal has come along way in the last few years. Not sure I could justify 3 and a half grand, I could always ask Santa :D
     
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    Russ Douglas YouTube: RussDouglas222

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    Thanks @Rat reaper, I think you'll like the upcoming paddock footage then.

    TBH the 'bottom' of the range SA18 imagery will look very similar, albeit at shorter ranges due to the smaller lens size.

    You and me both re the cost though! :eek:
    Cheers. Russ
     
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    Looking forward to see some footage of some wildlife at different ranges :thumb:
     
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    Looks a good unit and a handy size in the 008 casing, but HOW MUCH?!?! o_O:eek::eek:
     
  14. Nords

    Nords Schott glass addict

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    Great Russ, I’d love to see a back to back against a Pulsar. Any chance?
     
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    Russ and I got a few people together a couple of weeks ago (all covid safety measure rigorously enforced ;))
    Some people had little or no experience with thermal and others were experienced users of both thermal spotters and thermal scopes.
    We put the PARD SA45 against a Pulsar Thermion XQ50 and had them overlooking the same piece of ground where rabbits and roe deer were present at ranges up to 500 yards
    My impression was that the people who were new to thermal preferred the PARD, and the more experienced folk preferred the Pulsar.
    I think this comes down to the "wow" factor for people who are not experienced with thermal since the relatively high contrast on the PARD makes hot targets really jump out at you, whilst the lower contrast on the Pulsar produces a somewhat flatter image, but with more temperature detail on individual targets
    The more experienced guys no longer get the "wow" factor and are looking instead for in target detail to help them make better decisions about what exactly it is they are looking at.
    Caveat: the PARD was set with the brightness and contrast values recommended in the PARD manual, the in target detail could potentially be improved with different contrast and brightness values, but the PARD had to go back to SGC before I had the chance to try it in the field at different contrast and brightness settings


    Cheers

    Bruce
     
  16. Spray1Mark

    Spray1Mark I see light at the end of the tunnel!

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    Nice review, I had the PARD 35 which was really good and now have a 50 Thermion, looking forward to trying it.
     
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    Thank you for that Bruce, very helpful. I have access to a Pulsar Apex XD75 which I guess is 3 - 4 years old now. Still superb at night although you need one of those handwarmer bags taped to the target to zero in the day. Always interesting to see the effect rain now or in the past few hours makes to the ‘view’, I find this tends to make tree trunks which are obvious against a leaf background normally, blend in a bit. I can still see cows (and recognise their shape) at 1200 yards plus, sheep at 800, I know the shape and size of a hedgehog at 130 yards now and badgers / foxes are obvious to 200 plus. Mice jumping over plough furrows at closer than 100 yards is always a great sight but I can see how owls’ feathers are better than fur. They always appear a less bright heatsource. Anyway, enough of the ramble....

    Do you think comparing specs (ie output pixel count vert by hori) helps, or is it still a case of testing them against each other over a piece of ground you know well at night?
     

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