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#3249400 - 08/01/20 10:29 AM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Natron243]
Vance Offline
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Registered: 12/30/03
Posts: 331
Loc: Southern Utah
I jumped in from red lights straight to thermal with a Hogster 35 and I’m happy with that decision. As far as detection at 5-600 yards you mentioned, that will be no problem. I hunt out in the desert south west and can see for miles. I can ID wild horses and cows out to close to a mile. Mostly they look like a blob, but as you watch the movement you can tell what it is.

I feel like a Hogster 25 would be a great addition for me to use just as a scanner too.

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#3249406 - 08/01/20 11:28 AM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Natron243]
Natron243 Offline
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Registered: 07/30/20
Posts: 12
Loc: IL
I made a last minute decision to spend a little more money on a killer deal and scored a Pulsar Helion XP50. I think I'll be very pleased with the that choice for scanning! And I'm sticking by my original plan to use the Wraith 4K for the weapon mounted sight. In the mean time, I will "test" the heck out of that Helion during some day hunts, with my glass optic on the rifle


Edited by Natron243 (08/01/20 11:29 AM)

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#3249407 - 08/01/20 11:34 AM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Natron243]
Kirsch Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 10/13/09
Posts: 1749
Loc: North Dakota
Originally Posted By: Natron243
I made a last minute decision to spend a little more money on a killer deal and scored a Pulsar Helion XP50. I think I'll be very pleased with the that choice for scanning! In the mean time, I will "test" the heck out of that Helion during some day hunts, with my glass optic on the rifle
Congrats on the Helion XP50. Thermals work well during the day as well as night. However, don't point the objective directly towards the sun as it can cause what is called "High Energy Damage" to the lens. I use my thermals during the daytime a lot as well, but just passing along this precaution.
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#3249409 - 08/01/20 11:38 AM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Vance]
Kirsch Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 10/13/09
Posts: 1749
Loc: North Dakota
Originally Posted By: Vance
I feel like a Hogster 25 would be a great addition for me to use just as a scanner too.
The Hogster 25 does make a great scanner. Another option to consider is the Bering Optics Phenom. If you don't need the versatility of having a 2nd scope/scanner combo, this has an amazing image. I recently had one to test and will hopefully have a video to show soon. Night Goggles is planning on carrying the Phenom very soon.
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#3249421 - 08/01/20 12:47 PM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Rookietjx2]
varminter .223 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 2685
Loc: south central Illinois
I wish you could set the hogster p i p magnification to what you wanted as opposed to just double the main screen but it might pixelate too bad.


Edited by varminter .223 (08/01/20 12:51 PM)

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#3249422 - 08/01/20 12:50 PM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: varminter .223]
Kirsch Offline
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Registered: 10/13/09
Posts: 1749
Loc: North Dakota
Originally Posted By: varminter .223
I wish you could set the p i p magnification to what you wanted as opposed to just double the main screen but it might pixelate too bad.
It never hurts to ask Bering, but I doubt this will change.
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#3249439 - 08/01/20 02:18 PM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Natron243]
Bigdwebster Offline
Predator Master

Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 77
Loc: Illinois
There is no comparison between the ls64 and the hogster. Unfortunately I was one of the ones that paid $5,700 for one 6 years ago. Flir replaced mine with the LSXR64 and there is still no comparison. You will love the helion although the hogsters are very nice for the money. I hope your successful but If your hunting southern Illinois be prepared for some IR glow runners. Especially if you have two guys running an ir in your hunting group.
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#3249445 - 08/01/20 03:12 PM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Natron243]
varminter .223 Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 03/01/10
Posts: 2685
Loc: south central Illinois
Don't get a monster torch just get something small. As stated above you will burn some with your ir and they will have none of it. The helion handhelds are great tool for deer hunting as well. I see all kinds of deer that I would have never seen in the timber in the daytime having thermal. I even killed a coyote with my bow last November while deer hunting in a thick logged timber that I would have never seen without thermal. I seen him in some thick brush and I would have never seen him without the thermal. I killed another one a couple hours later that was a heck of a hunt.


Edited by varminter .223 (08/01/20 03:15 PM)

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#3249449 - 08/01/20 04:21 PM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Kirsch]
Natron243 Offline
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Registered: 07/30/20
Posts: 12
Loc: IL
Thanks, Korey, I'll certainly remember that. I've always been careful about that with my little ScoutI guess I'd always assumed such an intense heat source would damage a thermal, but this is the first confirmation.

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#3249451 - 08/01/20 05:00 PM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: varminter .223]
Natron243 Offline
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Registered: 07/30/20
Posts: 12
Loc: IL
Originally Posted By: varminter .223
Don't get a monster torch just get something small. As stated above you will burn some with your ir and they will have none of it. The helion handhelds are great tool for deer hunting as well. I see all kinds of deer that I would have never seen in the timber in the daytime having thermal. I even killed a coyote with my bow last November while deer hunting in a thick logged timber that I would have never seen without thermal. I seen him in some thick brush and I would have never seen him without the thermal. I killed another one a couple hours later that was a heck of a hunt.


Varminter/Bigweb.. I'll just use the one that comes with it this season. But as a replacement next season, I was looking at the 3in1 options from Wicked, so I'd have both 850 and 940 within reach. What is the consensus on the Wicked lights?


Edited by Natron243 (08/01/20 07:52 PM)

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#3249452 - 08/01/20 05:31 PM Re: Night hunts in southern Illinois, scanner help [Re: Bigdwebster]
Natron243 Offline
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Registered: 07/30/20
Posts: 12
Loc: IL
Originally Posted By: Bigdwebster
There is no comparison between the ls64 and the hogster. Unfortunately I was one of the ones that paid $5,700 for one 6 years ago. Flir replaced mine with the LSXR64 and there is still no comparison.


There we go. Thanks for chiming in. I was really hoping to hear from someone who had also experienced the LS64 for some perspective on how it stacked up. Makes me even more excited to be getting something modern

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