Night vision equipment is useful and fun. With modern technology, the performance of said night vision is pretty much limitless. One of our favorites is the Pulsar Trail XP50 Thermal Riflescope, which we thoroughly tested at the 2018 Athlon Outdoors Rendezvous. It’s one of our favorites and for good reason.

Get Passed the Price

Now the $5,500 price tag tends to scare people off. It’s also triggers readers to no ends. “How much?!? Who do they think they are?”

If you can’t wrap your head around the price tag, that’s fine. It’s not for you. Move on. There’s no sense in complaining about it because while this might not be for you, that’s not the case for everyone. The Pulsar Trail XP50 is a “pay for what you get” type of optic. Translation: It’s worth every penny. So what exactly do you get?

Pulsar Trail XP50 Features

There’s a laundry list of impressive features with the Pulsar Trail XP50, such as:

  • 17µm pixel pitch 640x480px sensor core
  • Human-sized heat detection up to 2,000 yards
  • “White hot” and “Black hot” modes
  • 13 digital reticle options
  • Variable 1.6-12.8x magnification
  • 50Hz refresh rate
  • Frost-resistant 640×480 AMOLED display; provides users with fluid imaging, customized thermal mapping and a richly contrasted field of view
  • Eight-hour rechargeable battery pack
  • IPX7 waterproof, fogproof and dustproof
  • Temperature safe from -13 F to 122 F
  • Proprietary picture-in-picture (PiP)
  • Built-in accelerometer
  • Stadiametric rangefinding

That’s just a very brief rundown. The list doesn’t stop there.

“Sighting-in thermal scopes used to be a headache, but the Trail offers a one-shot zero function and 3 rifle profiles with 5 zero saves per profile, making both zeroing and switching the scope between firearms a breeze,” Pulsar told us.

But our favorite feature might be the social tech involved. The Trail XP50 has built-in video recording with 8gb of internal memory. It connects to the Stream Vision app via Wi-Fi for remote view and allows for the sharing and downloading of through-device images and videos.

Like we said, you pay for what you get. Watch the video above to see the Pulsar Trail XP50 on the range. For more information, please visit

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