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Author Topic: Leupold Thermal Optic  (Read 1127 times)

Offline BoBallistic

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Leupold Thermal Optic
« on: January 15, 2017, 06:07:04 AM »
New Leupold LTO stands for Leupold Thermal Optic Monocular which was released just before the Shot Show this year looks interesting and it has potential...they said it is good for 600 yards, but I doubt it...that is a long ways especially at night....I do like the price though, compared to the FLIR product line...I have a older Bushnell night vision binoculars that are good to about 75 yards. The are in a binocular back but a monocular front...they work fantastic...but their range in limited.

I will set back up and wait till Leupold comes up with a binocular that is good out to about 200 yards. I don't think I could hold a monocular steady enough to use it in hunting situations....but I can see the advantages of using a Thermal site these days....What are some of your thoughts on this or any other night vision equipment.....

I have attached a link to one of the shot show blogs I read all the time.....

 http://www.bluesheepdog.com/2017/01/14/shot-show-2017-showcase/
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2017, 11:55:29 AM »
Yeah the FLIR stuff is very pricy.  A couple of really attractive things (to me) of thermal vision systems is that you can use them in daytime or nighttime situations, and there's no focusing to deal with like conventional night vision.  I'd love to have one, just too much of a tightwad.  Wonder when Leupold will go beyond monoculars & put this in a rifle scope.
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2017, 02:11:45 PM »
I will be checking out the Seek thermal viewer that you can use with you smart phone . I have picked up the unit and will be using i this spring .
  www.thermal.com/products/compact    this is link to it .
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2017, 05:30:14 PM »
I've always been intrigued, but never gone through with it. I don't do any night hunting at this point. you never know though ()*$%RT
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 05:50:30 AM »
Still have my eye on this...would be nice to help track deer and help finding yotes or predators at night....will keep my eye on it and check it out. When it first came out it was getting average reviews but the reviews are getting better as time goes buy and more folks get these in their hands....

Probably what happen, Leupold had a test market of folks and then let it out to the general public, awaiting comments and suggestions from them...and they (Leupold) are tweaking their product and may come out with a LTO 2 product.....who knows.....

But I can see the benefit in having a product like if you are trying to find a downed deer or at night hunting for yotes, foxes or other predators.....

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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 09:04:51 AM »
i've been looking at these to. i believe it's a line of site tool. the thicker the woods, the less effective they are. that is an issue where i hunt

great idea though. price isn't crazy either
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 12:51:44 PM »
Yeah - my itch for a thermal device of some sort is getting stronger all the time, mainly for chasing yotes & other nighttime vermin.  Would really prefer it as a rifle scope, but starting to think that just a monocular could work for spotting them, then rely on a scope mounted LED to light them up enough for a shot. I just keep hoping someone jumps in with a solid thermal scope at a significantly lower price point to start a little price war among the current players.  Have read up on the topic enough to know that I don't want a conventional night vision scope, not even if I could get a Gen 3 for a good price. 
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2017, 04:34:54 PM »
i've been looking at these to. i believe it's a line of site tool. the thicker the woods, the less effective they are. that is an issue where i hunt

great idea though. price isn't crazy either


i don't know what i was thinking of. i just saw an ad for these at $900. that's a lot more than i was thinking. my bad
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2017, 07:40:23 PM »
Yari - Flir's Scout monocular is in that price range you noted.  They have some more advanced models out there for 2X that price, but seem to currently be the lower end of the price range for a dedicated thermal imaging device
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2017, 07:25:40 PM »
Yari, just got an email from Midway today with a sale on their Leopold stuff.  You were correct, their price on the LTO was $700.  But, it's on sale for $400!!!  Thinking it might be time to snag one
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2017, 10:03:45 PM »
let us know how it works mad
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #11 on: June 20, 2017, 07:01:16 AM »
Was browsing the Leupold Products on Midway USA website and saw a refurbished LTO for a couple of hundreds off....that is a good deal if, if it is as good as they advertise...out to 600 yards for thermal imagery?? I think I will wait till revision 2, 3 or even 4 before I decide on one...may not get one at all...the jury is still out on this product so far.....
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #12 on: June 20, 2017, 04:59:50 PM »
good idea. this is pretty new technology
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Re: Leupold Thermal Optic
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2017, 07:04:39 PM »
Yeah Bo, I had that refurbished one at Midway for 399 in my cart but did a little more research before I hit the checkout button, and ended up backing out.  The main reason is that unlike the FLIR scout, you hold this thing away from your eye to view the display (depending on your focal length, that might be arm's length.  The result is that it lights you up.  Now if you only wanted this for tracking/finding an animal after the shot, I don't see it as a weakness.  However, I am really looking for something to help me locate yotes prior to the shot in darkness, so after learning that I'm looking at this thing as if it was my phone (with a much smaller display) rather than through it as a monocular, I decided it won't do what I need it to.  I'm sure it has potential benefits for a lot of folks, but just not what I'm looking for at the moment.

As for the claimed 600 yard range - most of the reviews indicated it would have to be something relatively large to pick it up, and even then you could only say there was "something" out there, identification of what that something is wouldn't be practical until you get much closer.
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