Best Thermal Monoculars Reviewed (UK Guide)
Thermal monoculars are an essential piece of equipment for anyone who needs to see clearly in the dark. These innovative devices use advanced thermal imaging technology to provide crystal clear images even in challenging conditions.
But with so many options on the market, it can be difficult to choose the best one. That’s why we’ve put together this guide – to help you find the thermal monocular that meets your needs and budget.
We’ve researched and tested a variety of thermal monoculars from many different manufacturers, taking into account factors such as: image quality, durability, FoV, advanced features and more. We’ve also included a range of price points to cater for different budgets.
So let’s take a look through our list of the best thermal monoculars for 2023!
Top Thermal Monoculars Of 2023
Here’s our top picks for UK Thermal Monoculars in 2023:
The Guide Infrared TrackIR Pro 19 Thermal Monocular offers high-performance imaging with a 640×480 12μm <50mK NETD thermal sensor and image enhancement, as well as a 50Hz refresh rate and 1280x960 HD LCOS display for a smooth and clear viewing experience. These monoculars have a native magnification of 1.1x and a digital zoom of 8x for a total magnification of 8.8x, making them great for long-distance detection of humans at 800m and vehicles at 1850m.
The TrackIR Pro 19 also comes with a built-in stadiametric rangefinder for measuring distances and a picture-in-picture mode that allows you to focus on a specific subject while still seeing the wider field of view. It has an internal Li-Ion battery pack with an average operating time of 4.5 hours and can be charged via a USB cable. The monoculars can also connect to a smartphone via an app, allowing you to operate them remotely and share photos and videos. Other features include the ability to capture photos and videos, hotspot tracking, and various compensation modes.
The TrackIR Pro 19 is water and dust resistant and can withstand drops from 1m. It weighs 490g and measures 192x65x71mm. The package includes the thermal imager, a USB cable, a micro HDMI cable, a lens cover, a wrist strap, a lining package, and a quick start guide.
The InfiRay EYE II is a pocket-sized thermal vision monocular that allows you to explore the outdoors at night or in low light conditions. It features a high performance Vox detector with either a 384×288 or 640×512 resolution, allowing you to get detailed thermal images and detect objects up to 2600m away in complete darkness.
The monocular also has a 12μm ceramic detector that is lightweight, has low power consumption, and lasts longer. It has a 1280×960 high resolution display for crisp, vivid images and a 50Hz refresh rate for capturing every moment. The Picture-in-Picture function provides a 2x magnified image of the reticle area, and there are five colour palettes to choose from.
It also has a stadiametric rangefinder, hot target tracking, and a built-in video recorder with 16GB of storage and WiFi connectivity.
The Guide Infrared TrackIR 50 Thermal Monocular is a thermal imaging monocular with a 400×300 17μm <50mK NETD thermal sensor and image enhancement for improved performance. It has a 50Hz refresh rate and a 1280x960 HD LCOS display for a smooth and clear viewing experience.
The TrackIR 50 has a native magnification of 3.3x and a digital zoom of 4x, resulting in a total magnification of 13.2x, making it ideal for spotting objects at a long distance. It also has a built-in stadiametric rangefinder for measuring the distance of known objects and a mode that adds a zoomed-in display box within the main viewfinder, allowing you to focus on a subject while still maintaining a view of the wider field.
The monocular has an internal Li-Ion battery with an average operating time of 5 hours and can be charged via USB. It can also connect to a smartphone via a dedicated app, allowing for remote operation, sharing of captured photos and videos, and live viewing.
It has various additional features, including photo and video capture, hotspot tracking, compensation modes, image enhancement, and brightness and contrast controls. It is water-resistant and has a drop rating of 1m.
The Range TI 35 LRF is a thermal imaging monocular with advanced features designed for optimal performance. It features a 384×288 17µm <35mK NETD thermal sensor, which allows for clear thermal imaging even in conditions with minimal temperature differences, such as rain, fog, or cold mornings.
The monocular also has a high resolution 1024×768 HD OLED display and a 50Hz frame rate for smooth, crisp viewing. With its 35mm objective lens and 10.88x maximum magnification, the Range TI 35 LRF can detect distances of up to 1750m. It also has a built-in laser rangefinder that can accurately measure distances up to 1000m.
It can capture photos and videos with its on-board recorder and has 32GB of internal memory for storage. It also has a built-in WiFi module and can be used with a dedicated app for wireless data transmission. The monocular has a long operating time of 8 hours, is rated IP67 for waterproofing, and has a wide operating temperature range of -20℃ to 50℃.
It has a number of colour, display, and observation modes, as well as an image enhancement mode and fast start-up. Plus it is ergonomically designed with centralised controls and focusable lenses. It weighs 540g and has dimensions of 155x50x92mm.
The InfiRay FINDER Series FL25R Thermal Monocular is designed to be easy to carry and use with one hand. It has a compact design and is suitable for outdoor investigation. The Finder series features high performance 12 µm pixel pitch detectors and a powerful objective lens, allowing for exceptional detection capabilities at a distance of up to 1,298 m.
The 50 Hz refresh rate ensures that users can capture every moment of interest. The Finder also has a built-in laser rangefinder with a range of up to 600 m and a built-in video recorder and WiFi connection for sharing images and videos.
Another great feature these have is the accelerometer and digital compass for improved accuracy. It is compatible with Android and iOS devices and can be controlled through a dedicated app. The Finder weighs only 320 g and is easy to carry in a pocket.
Thermal Monoculars Buyers Guide
In this section, we’ll walk you through some key factors to consider when choosing a Thermal Monocular to ensure you get the right model for you. Remember: If you have any questions you can always give our team a call and get the information direct!
One of the most important factors to consider when choosing a Thermal Monocular is image quality. The higher the resolution and refresh rate, the clearer and more detailed the images will be.
Look for monoculars with at least 320×240 resolution and a refresh rate of at least 50Hz. If you’re buying from us, you can find all this information on the individual product page. Most of what you need is listed under the “Additional information” tab.
If you plan on using your Thermal Monocular in harsh environments, it’s important to choose one that is durable and resistant to water and dust. Look for monoculars with a high IP rating (such as IP67) and a rugged design to ensure they can withstand rough conditions.
Again, this information can be found under the “Additional information” tab.
Field Of View
The field of view is the area that you can see through the monocular at a given distance. A wider field of view allows you to see more of your surroundings, while a narrower field of view allows for more detailed images of specific objects.
Additional Features (multiple colour modes, adjustable zoom etc.)
Different Thermal Monoculars come with a variety of features such as multiple colour modes, adjustable zoom, and image enhancement algorithms. Consider which features are important to you and choose a monocular that meets your needs.
For example, if you plan on using the monocular in a variety of lighting conditions, a monocular with multiple colour modes may be useful. Or if you need to zoom in on distant objects, an adjustable zoom feature may be important.
Thermal Monoculars can range in price from budget-friendly options to more expensive, high-end models. Determine your budget and look for a monocular that fits within it while still offering good image quality and durability.
Keep in mind that more expensive monoculars may offer better image quality and more features, but they may not always be necessary (depending on your needs).
Consider the range of the monocular and whether it meets your needs. Some monoculars have a longer range than others, allowing you to see objects from farther away.
If you need a monocular for long-distance viewing, make sure to choose one with a good range.
Are You Ready To Take Your Vision To The Next Level?
That’s our pick of the top Thermal Monoculars of 2023, we hope you found this helpful!
If you’d like any further information, you can always give our UK based team a call on 01268 944149
And remember, every Thermal Monocular we sell here at Binocular Base is available with free home delivery in the UK!
Frequently Asked Questions
The most important features to look for when choosing a Thermal Monocular are: image quality, durability, range, field of view, multiple colour modes, adjustable zoom, and image enhancement algorithms.
Thermal Monoculars use advanced thermal imaging technology to detect heat signatures and create an image based on the temperature differences of objects.
Thermal Monoculars are used for seeing in complete darkness and detecting heat signatures from a distance. They are often used by: Hunters, Hikers, Security, Military, Law enforcement, Search and rescue, Outdoor adventurers, photographers, Environmental researchers, Land surveyors, Construction workers, Building inspectors, Firefighters and more.