Pulsar Thermion XG50: Review of The New Thermal Riflescope creating Shockwaves in the Hunting Industry!

Pulsar has released Thermion XG50 thermal rifle scope with just a few months left in the year 2020. It is the latest high-end thermal riflescope of the year and its release has created shockwaves in the thermal hunting industry.

The Pulsar Thermion XG50 3-24x Thermal Riflescope uses the high-end 640×480 12 microns BAE sensor thermal core. This is exactly the same thermal core that Trijicon and N-Vision use in their high-end thermal riflescopes. The new Pulsar Thermion XG50 has succeeded in incorporating a lot of features that other thermal scopes fail to.

The Thermion XG50 3-24x, is the first-ever scope that has combined a BAE sensor, onboard recording, and multiple color palettes. This new high-end thermal riflescope from Pulsar is truly a one of a kind scope that has succeeded in bringing 640×480 microbolometer strength and 12-micron pixel detail together so that the hunters can detect heat signatures of games as far as 2,400 yards.

The Pulsar engineers have incorporated a defective-pixel-repair feature that guarantees long-lasting quality. XG50 has surely created a class of its own. It surpasses every demand of the modern shooter.

This review of the Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope PL76529 will help you understand what this thermal riflescope is truly capable of and why you should buy it.

Pulsar Thermion XG50: Why One Should Buy?

The Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope comes with a 1024×768 AMOLED display and continuous, digital zoom that helps hunters to get crystal clear images up to 2,400-yards so that they can easily locate and bring down big-games, hogs, and varmints. Whether duty or afield, the Pulsar Thermion XG50 3-24x Thermal Riflescope can be used by all and in any environment to own the night. Although, It has been specially designed with a bolt action hunting rifle in mind.

Pulsar Thermion XG50: What’s so Special?

The Pulsar Thermion XG50 has been redesigned from its predecessor, the Pulsar Thermion XP50 Thermal Riflescope. There is a very long list of features upgraded from the old XP50. However, the most important feature is definitely the upgraded BAE 12 micron 640×480 sensor.

The other specialties of the Thermion XG50 3-24×42 Thermal Scope are on-board recording, shuttered NUC, one-shot zero, picture-in-picture, rechargeable batteries, and more. All these features are not only impressive but also work to the advantage of the user.

This latest model in the Thermion series comes with all the Firmware features that are found in the Pulsar Trail, new crisper color reticles (available in black, white, green, or red), new top turret loading battery style, and compatibility with select 30mm scope rings.  The compatibility with 30mm rings are a huge benefit as they will be easier to find compatible mounts of high quality.  Previous to the XG50 this compatibility was rare.  With the price point and modularity of this optic, it has surged in popularity in many shooting circles.

#1 Extremely High Image Resolution & Detailed Target Detection up to 2,400 yards
Pulsar has incorporated a 640×480 uncooled microbolometer(thermal sensor) 640x480px, at 12 µm. It provides you with highly detailed imaging up to 2,400 yards detection range.

#2 Variable Magnification (8x Zoom)
The manufacturer has incorporated a variable magnification of 8x zoom, ranging from 3x to 24x magnification. The 8x digital zoom is available in continuous zoom and 2x/4x/8x stepped zoom, offering you a truly optimum, customized field-of-view.

#3 High Image Frequency for Comfortable Viewing
To ensure comfortable viewing throughout the dynamic and rapid motion, Pulsar has incorporated 50Hz high refresh rate image frequency.

#4 High Shock Resistance
Pulsar Thermion XG50 3-24x Thermal Riflescope has an exceptionally high shock resistance, which can handle high-powered firearm recoil, up to .375-cal. You can use this thermal scope with almost all firearms including smoothbore, airsoft, and 12 gauge shotguns.

#5 Five Zeroing Profiles, 50 Zero Saves
With the new Pulsar Thermion XG50, you can save 5 individual zeroing profiles (firearm/ammunition) with 50 zero saves in the memory. Precise zeroing accuracy can be ensured, thanks to the zoom zeroing support.

#6: 10+ Variable Electronic Reticles
There are 10+ variable electronic reticles, including both scalable and non-scalable reticles.

  • 7 Non-Scalable Reticles
    The values of the non-scalable reticles are correct when the magnification is either set to minimum or “picture-in-picture” is activated. The 7 non-scalable reticles at Thermion XG50 are D50i, C50i, X54i, H50i, X50i, T54i, and M58i.








  • 3 Scalable Reticles
    Reticle parameters of the scalable reticles, on the other hand, apply to all magnifications. Pulsar Thermion XG50 3-24x Thermal Riflescope comes with 3 scalable reticles: X51Fi-300, M56Fi (Mil-Dot), and M57Fi (Mil-Dot).




#7 AMOLED Display, Display Off, & Multiple Viewing Modes
Pulsar has incorporated a 1024×768 AMOLED display, which provides hunters and shooters with enhanced clarity that helps them in identifying  game/targets clearly.

You can power down the display without interrupting other operating functions by short-pressing the power button of Thermion XG.

There are multiple viewing modes available on Thermion XG50 for rocks, forests, and other terrain identification. Pulsar has also incorporated 8 color modes: White Hot, Black Hot, Red Hot, Red Monochrome, Rainbow, Ultramarine, Violet, and Sepia.

#8 Defective-Pixel Repair for Peak Performance all the Time
The defective-pixel repair feature in the Pulsar Thermion XG50 ensures that the shooters always get peak performance.

#9 Picture-in-Picture (PiP) for Magnified Reticle Area Viewing & Improved Accuracy
Thermion XG50 comes with Picture-in-Picture (PiP) which improves the accuracy of the shooters as it provides them with a magnified image of the reticle area at the top of the display. The PiP occupies just 1/10th of the display area, keeping the field-of-view (FoV) virtually unobstructed for viewing both PiP and FOV simultaneously.

#10 Built-in Video Recording, Mobile-Friendliness with Remote & Live Internet Streaming
Shooters can save their favorite moments in the 8GB internal storage of Pulsar Thermion XG50 Riflescope. The new Thermion XG can be connected with smartphones and tablets (both Android and iOS) via WiFi by using Stream Vision mobile application.

Stream Vision technology helps you to stream footage to YouTube in real-time. It also provides you with full remote control capability over the unit with your smartphone. You can now download videos wirelessly to the smart device directly.

#11 Built-in Accelerometer/GyroscopePulsar has incorporated a built-in accelerometer/gyroscope in the Thermion XG50 scope. It helps in improving accuracy through precise identification of cant and angles that are greater than 5°. The direction and degree of lateral tilting are indicated by an arrow. Additional arrows indicate increased angles.

#12 Stadiametric Rangefinder
Shooters can determine precise distances fast and easily in a reliable and repeated manner with Thermion XG50 because it comes with a stadiametric rangefinder, which also estimates the height of observed objects.

#13 IP67 Waterproof-rated Protection
The new Pulsar Thermion can work normally even underwater for up to 30 minutes, thanks to the IP67 waterproof-rated protection. Therefore, you can use it in wet weather, be it rain, snowfall, or foggy weather.

#14 Flawless Performance in Extreme Temperature
Pulsar Thermion XG50 3-24x Thermal Riflescope can deliver flawless performance at almost all types of challenging temperature, right from -25 °C (-13 °F) to +50 °С (122 °F). It comes with a frost-resistant AMOLED display.

#15 User-Friendly Interface
The new Pulsar Thermion comes with a user-friendly interface, which has been designed to make it easy to operate. The interface comes with an easy-to-read, icon-driven, alpha-numeric status bar at the bottom of the display, and internal menu items & options display on a contrasting gradient substrate. Therefore, you can easily check the settings without losing sight of the target.

Other Features: At a Glance

  • External power supply adaptable
  • One-shot zeroing with freeze function
  • Color viewing modes
  • Manual / automatic / semi-automatic calibration modes
  • The defective pixel repair feature
  • 30mm tube size, compatible with 30mm mounts


Model Name Thermion XG50 3-24x Riflescope
Microbolometer Type Uncooled Microbolometer
Microbolometer Resolution 640 x 480 pixels
Spectral Sensitivity 8 - 14 µm
Pixel Pitch 12 µm
Frame Rate 50 Hz
Display AMOLED (1024 x 768 pixels)
Integrated Video Recorder Yes
Magnification 3 - 24 x
Digital Zoom 2x /4x /8x
Lens Diameter 42 mm
Lens Focus 50 mm
Field of View 46.2 ft @ 100 yards / 15.4 m @ 100 m / 8.8 degrees
Eye Relief 2 inches / 50 mm
Range of Detection 2,400 yards / 2,200 m
Elevation/Windage Range of Adjustment 103 MOA
Power Supply 3.0 - 4.2 V
Battery Type B-Pack mini (18650 Li-Ion)
Battery life (with video out off) 7+ hours
Dimension (L x W x H) 16 in x 3.1 in x 3.1 in / 407 mm x 78 mm x 80 mm
Weight 31.75 oz
MPN PL76529

Final Thoughts

If you want to own the night during your duty or field shooting in all environmental conditions, the new Pulsar Thermion XG50 Thermal Riflescope is the right device. This riflescope has been designed just like a standard scope and you can mount it on your rifle with 30mm rings or mounts. Therefore, you can use this thermal scope with a wide range of rifles. The Pulsar Thermion XG50 3-24x Thermal Riflescope is the first ever scope that provides you with a BAE sensor (640×480 microbolometer strength and 12-micron pixel) for heat signature detection up to 2,400 yards (2,200 m) along with onboard recording, and multiple color palettes. If you are looking for a thermal scope that lets you hunt game at long range, then the Pulsar Thermion XG50 is an optimal choice .


#1 What is the Pulsar Thermion XG50?

Pulsar Thermion XG50 is a thermal riflescope that surpasses every demand of the modern shooter. This thermal scope boasts of bringing in the highly-sought BAE sensor (640x480 microbolometer strength with 12-micron pixel detail) with color palettes, 8x digital zoom, Picture-in-Picture feature, built-in 8GB recording with audio, and stunning clarity that enables you to detect targets up to 2,400-yards.

#2 Pulsar Thermion XG50 Price?

Pulsar Thermion XG50 thermal rifle scope comes at an MSRP of US$7,199.96. However, you can buy them at a much affordable price if you buy from a reputed eCommerce site.

#3 Pulsar Thermion XG50 vs XP50 - Which is better?

Both Pulsar XG50 and XP50 Thermion thermal vision scopes are great riflescopes having similar design and objective diameters. Though both have 8x zoom, XG50 provides you with a longer detection range (2,200 m or 2,400 yards) than XP50 (1,800 m or 2,000 yards). While Pulsar XG50 comes with the BAE 12 micron sensor, Pulsar XP50 comes with the ULIS 17 micron 40 mK NETD sensor.

The BAE 12 micron sensor at Pulsar Thermion XG50 is comparatively smaller in size, thereby helping you to get a high-resolution image at a longer range (right from 3x to 24x magnification) but lesser field of view (8.8 degrees). However, the ULIS 17 micron 40 mK NETD sensor at Pulsar XP50 is comparatively larger in size, which essentially provides higher resolution images at shorter distances (2x to 16x) but a larger field of view (12.8 degrees). At the time of buying any one of these thermal riflescopes, you have to trade-off between detection range and FoV. If money is your priority, XP50 will cost you a hundred bucks less than XG50.

#4 Pulsar Thermion vs Trail - Which is Better?

The best thing about Pulsar Thermion XP50 or XG50 Thermal scopes is that they have been designed just like a standard day scope. There is a range of mounting solutions available and therefore you can mount it on any rifle. You’ll not find this range of mounting solutions on Trail 2. 
Thermion XP50 and Trail 2 have the same magnification, display, <40mk sensor, and similar image quality output. However, Trail 2 LRF comes with a built-in Laser Range Finder, which is definitely a pro. Both have their own advantages. Now, you have to decide which one suits your needs more. While XG50 and Trail 2 LRF can be bought at around US$6000, XP50 can be bought at a price of around $5,000.

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