WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LYNX AND OWL THERMALS?
The LYNX series is a more smaller/lighter compact thermal, ideally suited for carrying on-person and where size and weight are important considerations. The LYNX PRO models use a 12 micron pixel sensor. The lower the micron number the more efficient the scope is. What that means is that a thermal can have more magnification with the same lens size if it has a lower micron sensor. 12 Microns are newer to the market, and can have more instability, where you may need to use the DPC function more often. LYNX models range between 6mm lens and 25mm lens sizes.
The OWL models while physically larger, are easier and more comfortable for larger hands or unsteady hands. The larger screen size means its easier to look through for longer periods and also help with identification due to a larger display. The OWL range is also available in 25-35mm lens size.
FURTHER ADVANCED TIPS FOR THE THUNDER SCOPE as a Clipon.
When using the 35mm model as a clip on, it is important to note – that you will need to Zero your thermal to your day scope due to the distance from your scope to the thermal screen. You do this using the using the image calibration function on the Thermal (refer user manual). Use the minimum amount of rubber insert required to achieve a good fit trying to align the Thunder 40A adapter best you can to your day scope. Cup sizes are available to suit 40series, 50series and 60series scopes – contact your retailer to make sure you are using the right size clip on cup to begin with. It is advised to clean the inner surface of the cup, and your scope to ensure no debris compromises the fit – even a small amount of debris can lead to poor accuracy. Use a small amount of rubbing alcohol or sanitiser to prepare the machined surface before clamping down the cantilever lock. Recheck after locking. When dismounting, leave the cup attached and release the THUNDER via the 1/4turn locking mech between the cup and the THUNDER. Periodically check your THUNDER attachment cup for accuracy of fit and clean any debris or moisture.
Ensure the screens on your THUNDER and the dayscope are aligned perfectly when using the dayscope reticle/crosshairs to shoot. The THUNDER screen can be adjusted/moved to account for any correction needed. Some users report good grouping, yet a inch or two deviation from zero at distance. Adjust your screen alignment by following the process on the THUNDER manual under 3.10 CALIBRATE IMAGE on page 12: https://www.hikmicrotech.com/…pdf
How much relevance do I place on lens size for my needs?
What is the importance of F rating on the lens and the NETD value?
Can thermals see through bush and scrub?
How does the 35mm THUNDER scope attach to my day scope?
Does the THUNDER scope charge via the USB port?
Should I look at very hot things through my thermal optics? Why not?
No, it is not a good idea to point your thermal at very hot objects such as fireplaces, bonfires, the sun, heat coils etc. The intense heat can damage the sensitivity of the unit and may result in pixilation of the display. There is a restore mode built in that can restore and rebuild the pixels however long term damage to the sensor will be a result of pointing it at very high heat sources while switched on.
Can I order replacement batteries for the handheld models? Other parts also?
The eyepiece end of my thermal has a little fog under the glass after using it, why is this?
We suggest turning off the unit while it is kept in a zip pocket, or a pouch, when not in use. When it is on, and in a warm insulated place, can cause the unit to heat up more than usual and just the tiniest amount of moisture in the unit will present itself. It will also be more likely to occur if the thermal is stored vertically, when the internal warmth has the chance to rise to the eyepiece end of the unit.