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Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 is the newest release from the Lithuanian brand. It's the first taste of what to expect from the upcoming Pulsar line of thermal binoculars.

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Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Metal Merger & Exceptional Ergonomics

  • magnesium housing & gemanium lens
  • fast aperture F50/1.0 lens 
  • IPX7-rated
  • both-eyes-open use
  • superb ergonomics
    • one-touch function activation
    • hand-fitting form
  • focusing ring 

The binos are made from magnesium alloy, durable yet lightweight. A major step up from the plastic housing of Accolade models. The metal material gives Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 consistency of operation under any condition, which is vital for long-term observations. Like all Pulsar models, this one too is can handle extreme temperatures, hard use, and accidental impacts.

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Thermal binos are intentionally modeled after classic daytime binoculars, making the use more straightforward and less tiring for the eyes. Pulsar had great success with the Accolade series of thermal binos but it was time for an update.

With a complete design overhaul, Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 offers stellar ergonomics. The model fits nicely into your hand and is less front-heavy than previous Pulsar binos.

One-touch activation of the most frequently used functions makes handling easy for beginners and proficient users. The focusing ring has been moved to the objective for more convenient and faster use. The mechanism also feels softer to the touch than on previous Pulsar binos and is more accurate than ever.

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

The top view reveals the biggest design improvement. Six oversized operation buttons all spaced out in the comfort access zone, right at your fingerpads. This is a huge upgrade from the cluttered control board of Accolade models. Merger allows for no-look use. The POWER button is the only one still colored blue.

Faster aperture lens F50/1.0 are another minor improvement from Accolade LRF XP50 PRO (F50/1.2). The objective lens are protected with rubber flip-up lens. If you wear glasses, the winged eyecups can also be flipped back. On a similar note, the diopter setting can be adjusted -5/+5, which is more than classic binoculars can provide.

 

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 is powered by two independent batteries. That is, removable APS3 and a built-in battery. Both are rechargeable and give 10 hours of continuous work. Pulsar changed the external power port and it now supports more ubiquitous USB Type C.

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Improved Resolution & Software

  • 640x480 @ 17 µm sensor
  • 1800m detection range
  • 2.5х-20x magnification ➞ 8x digital zoom
  • 1024x768 AMOLED HD screen
  • 8 color palettes
  • built-in LRF

High-sensitivity <25 mK NETD thermal sensor with 50Hz frame rate captures even the smallest temperature shifts. Detail recognition is aided with 640x480 pixels of sensor resolution.

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

With the combination of the long-distance objective lens, you'll be able to detect objects up to 1800 meters away.

Pulsar Merger's AMOLED HD display impresses with 1024x768 pixel resolution. This makes a world of a difference from the 640x480px Accolade screens.

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Like in all things life, teamwork makes dream work. The optical prowess of Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 is a combination of high-tech sensor, generous display and state-of-the-art software.

Pulsar stays on top of advanced software algorithms that improve image processing in adverse weather conditions (like fog or rain) by reducing noise and boosting contrast.

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 offers 2.5х-20x variable magnification. Better target recognition on larger distances is aided with 8x digital zoom. The user can move through the settings in 2x steps or a smooth glide for a more natural zoom-in effect.

The built-in LRF can give ± 1m accurate measurements from a kilometer away. The rangefinder function can give single-time measurements or work in scanning mode. 

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars (image source: Pulsar)

Technical Specifications

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars
Thermal sensor: 640x480 @ 17 µm (NETD <25 mK)
Field of view (HxV), degrees / m@100m: 12.4x9.3 / 21.8x16.3
Objective lens: F50/1.0
Magnification: 2.5-20x (8x zoom)
Display: 1024x768 AMOLED HD
Warranty:  3 years

Advanced Features

  • 16GB internal storage
  • improved video output ➞ 1024x768 pixels
  • Stream Vision 2 mobile app
  • Pulsar cloud access
  • USB Type C

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 is a multi-functional device, equipped with all the extras like image and video capture, Wifi connectivity, Pulsar cloud storage, and more.

The video recording function was improved from 640x480px (.avi) to 1024x768px clips (.mp4). You'll be able to share and store your media with the Stream Vision 2 app.

Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 | IWA 2022 Report

Optics Trade visited Pulsar’s exhibition booth at 2022 IWA OutdoorClassics. Here’s everything you need to know about Pulsar Merger LRF XP50!

Conclusion

IWA 2022 was a busy event for Pulsar as the company introduced 13 novelties. So it makes sense that the main focus was kept on the brand new riflescopes.

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In terms of optical performance, there have been minor upgrades since the latest Accolade model hit the shelves. The Merger series' key to success lies in stellar ergonomics, improved 1024x768px display, and updated software algorithms.

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