I have a Pulsar Apex XQ50 (now discontinued) but uses the same 384 sensor. Was able to pick it up for under $2500. Because of the way Pulsar has done their resolution vs magnification, the cheaper XQ has effectively the same resolution as the more expensive XP, because the base magnification is greater. This means that at 300 yards for example, a coyote will have the same level of detail in both scopes. As a rifle sight, the only thing you are giving up is field of view by going with the XQ.Reviving a thread here on thermal scopes...
My wife and I are looking at getting one.
Before I even read this I was looking at Pulsar.
Now I'm looking at them even closer.
We are trying to decide between the Thermion XP50 and XQ50.
The main differences being the sensor, resolution and zoom.
The XP is $1K more than the XQ...so basically it's better, but how much better?
Most of our shots would be inside of 250 yards.
And most of those will be inside of 100 yards.
But we sometimes have the opportunity to shoot at 300+.
Wondering if the added $1K of the XP is worth it for us.
Lastly is sourcing one from somewhere.
Not a lot of places want to keep $4K in overhead sitting on a shelf.
Any on-line source that someone knows of would be good.
Now as a scanning device, the XP is superior because of it's wider field of view.
I really love the Pulsar, and I don't think you will go wrong with either.
Hope this helps.