Pulsar Quantum XD38A 2-8x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular

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Pulsar Quantum XD38A 2-8x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular

This Pulsar Quantum thermal monocular is the best seller of the quantum line.  With an optimal balance of magnification and resolution capabilities vs price point, this thermal is ideal for many personal and professional applications.  With 1000 yards detection range for a human sized target XD38A offer all you need for a search and rescue, hunting and security tasks.

Feature Summary:

• 384x288 resolution, 50hz refresh rate
• 2x magnification with 2x and 4x digital zoom
• 1,000yd detection range (human size target)
• Hot white/ hot black viewing modes
• 7 color palette modes
• Rangefinding reticle for hogs, deer, and rabbit
• Display off function to save battery life
• Manual, automatic, and semi automatic calibration modes
• City, forest, and identification viewing modes
• LCD display
• Brightness and contrast adjustments
• Video output
• Quick start-up
• External power supply adaptable
• Compact and light weight

Pulsar Quantum XD38A 2-8x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular description

Pulsar Quantum XD38A 2-8x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular

Featuring a 50 hertz frame rate – higher than most on the market – and 640x480 LCD display resolution for a crisp, consistent image of fast-moving objects, the Pulsar Quantum XD38A Thermal Imaging Monocular is engineered to track targets quickly and easily. Its thermal core resolution of 384x288 captures maximum thermal energy efficiently for a more detailed image. Successfully penetrating through fog and smoke in day and nighttime operations, its long-distance viewing is made possible by a 2x and 4x digital zoom, which increases the 2x magnification to 8x. It detects “white hot” and “black hot” heat signatures to up to 1,000 yards away. The Pulsar Quantum XD38A’s LCD display and numerous modes, make it the ideal choice for a wide variety of applications including: search and rescue missions, reconnaissance, hunting, and covert law enforcement/military operations. It features three new operating modes and calibration modes, allowing users to customize the monocular to their surrounding environment. Three operating modes (City, Forest and Identification) deliver enhanced contrast, significantly improving rendering of hot object details. Users can choose from the automatic, manual or semi-automatic calibration modes, which calibrates the image in just one to two seconds. The Pulsar Quantum XD38A thermal monocular includes a standard weaver rail and tripod mount, allowing for attachment of external power supplies, as well as video output to record each session.

Thermal Imaging

Please note that most thermal devices are built per order.  It may take 3-5 days or more for your order to ship.  If timely shipping is important to you, please, contact us to verify availability prior to ordering. 

Thermal devices can produce various types of images.  Some are color others are monochrome.  In either case change in shade or color indicates temperature differences.

color thermal image thermal bw image

Here is how thermal imaging devices work...

A special lens focuses the infrared light emitted by all of the objects in view.

The focused light is scanned by a phased array of infrared-detector elements. The detector elements create a very detailed temperature pattern called a thermogram. It only takes about one-thirtieth of a second for the detector array to obtain the temperature information to make the thermogram. This information is obtained from several thousand points in the field of view of the detector array.

The thermogram created by the detector elements is translated into electric impulses.

The impulses are sent to a signal-processing unit, a circuit board with a dedicated chip that translates the information from the elements into data for the display.

The signal-processing unit sends the information to the display, where it appears as various colors depending on the intensity of the infrared emission. The combination of all the impulses from all of the elements creates the image.

There are a few key Manufacturers when it comes to thermal imaging.  

ATN: produce such well knows devies as ThOR-HD thermal scope, BINOX-THD thermal binoculars, and OTS-HD thermal monocular.  

FLIR/Armasight: the largest maker of consumer level thermal products is well knows for their full product line.  Zeus thermal scopes, Q14 and Scout monoculars, Helios and Scout binoculars and many more.

Pulsar: a very popular brand for digital night vision and thermal imaging.  Key products include Pulsar Trail and Apex thermal scopes and Pulsar Helion and Quantum thermal monoculars.

Seek: mobile device mounted thermal cameras are the main products of this brand.

Delivery Time and Manufacturing Process for Pulsar Quantum XD38A 2-8x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular:

Most of our manufacturers do not keep products like Pulsar Quantum XD38A 2-8x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular assembled on the shelf. Night Vision tubes are kept separate from the body of the unit. When the order is placed, the manufacturer starts the order processing and assembly process which includes the following:

  • Order processing - we collect all the necessary information including address and phone numbers. We also make sure that our customer ordered the correct product for their needs and that the product can be exported by US law to the country of destination. In some cases a signed export compliance form is required.
  • QC - in this step the manufacturer will inspect all individual parts which will be used to assemble the night vision device for any defects.
  • Production & Assembly - during production, all the parts are put together. Night Vision tubes in inserted into the body of the unit and all the complex electronics for the device are connected. This process takes place in a special lab called the "clean room" as even a small speckle of dust can cause undesired optical effect.
  • QA - one the night vision device is assembled, it goes through a rigorous testing process to make sure it meets all the expected specifications and all parts function as expected. For this most manufacturers have a special "dark room" designed to allow testing of the units without causing incidental damage to the night vision tube by exposure to bright light.
  • Packaging - this is a key process as well. In most case your night vision device will be shipped to you directly from the manufacturer but sometimes needs to be sent to us first. In either case items need to be packaged securely to avoid any kind of damage during transportation.
  • Shipping - as described above items will most of the time ship from the manufacturer. For most domestic orders (unless shipping to POB or AFB) a premium shipper like FedEx or UPS will be used.

Only by following the above steps can we along with our manufacturers bring you - our customer - night vision products of highest quality, However as you can understand the above process can take several days to complete. For example if your device fails QA, the entire process restarts. Also at QC stage a manufacturer may realize that the tube they have in stock has a defect and a replacement tube needs to be ordered. Due to the complexity of this process, it is prudent to expect 3-4 business days for production and handling of the purchased device. Keep in mind that this process is designed to guarantee your satisfaction with the night vision device of your choice.  It occasionally possible to expedite the process for urgent orders but addional fees or other restrictions may apply.

Technical Specifications

Quantum XD38A 2-8x32 Thermal Imaging Monocular

Frame Rate, Hz
Microbolometer Resolution, pixels
Sensor response
Spectral Sensitivity, µm
7.7 to 13.2
Pixel Pitch, µm
Display Type
LCD display
Display Resolution, pix.
Video Output
Pin Type of Video Input / Output
3.5mm jack
Operating modes
city, forest, identification
Defective Pixel Repair Option
2x - 8x
Digital Zoom
2x; 4x
Lens Diameter, mm
Lens Focus
38 mm
Relative Aperture
1:1.2 D/f'
Field of View, m@100m, horizontal
Field of view (ft@100yd)
Minimum Focusing Distance
7 M
Eye Relief, mm
Exit Pupil Diameter
5 mm
Diopter Adjustment
± 5
Focusing Type of Distance
Range of Detection, yd / m (Object (Human = 1.7*0.5m)
1000 / 920
Battery Type
Battery life (hours)
Power Supply
4 ÷ 6 V
External Power Supply
DC 8.4 ÷ 15
Lens material
Body Material
glass-nylon composite
Tripod Mount
2x 1/4 in
Type of Accessory Mounting Rails
Operating Temperature
- 15 to 50 / 5 to122 °С / F
Degree of Protection (acc. to IEC 60529)
manual automatic semi-automatic
Length (in/mm)
7.9 / 200
Width (in/mm)
3.4 / 86
Height (in/mm)
2.3 / 59
Height (in/mm)
2.3 / 59
Weight (without batteries) oz

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