FLIR has expanded its product line with the ThermoSight Pro Series thermal weapons sights. These sights attach to a MIL-STD/1913 picatinny rail, and would be perfect for hunting feral hogs or predators at night.
- FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 – 19 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 12-degree field-of-view
- FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS533 — 50 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 4.5-degree field-of-view
- FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS733 — 75 mm lens, 4X digital zoom and 3-degree field-of-view
The FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 is currently available for purchase and has an MSRP of $2,199. The ThermoSight Pro PTS533, and the ThermoSight Pro PTS733 will be available towards the end of this year.
At the heart of the ThermoSight Pro Series is FLIR’s Boson™ core. The Boson™ core is a lightweight, 12-micron, uncooled, long wave camera that feeds an image directly to a 1280×960 high-definition display. The FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 has a video refresh rate of 30Hz.
The ThermoSight Pro Series appears to be marketed towards the hunting crowd. The ThermoSight Pro PTS233 weighs 1.44 lbs. and is very compact (8.7×2.7×3.3 in). Two 3-volt lithium CR123 batteries power the ThermoSight Pro PTS233 for a run time of four hours. The ThermoSight Pro can record up to four hours of video, and store up to 1,000 images. End users access video and images via Bluetooth or a USB-C.
I have been following the thermal sight Industry for several years. There seems to be a trend where thermal sights are of higher quality, offer more features to the end user, while being competitively priced.
At its price point of around $2,200, the ThermoSight Pro PTS233 is within the reach of a lot of hunters who need to manage, or just enjoy hunting, feral hogs.
Compared to hunting with Generation 3 Night Vision, thermal sights facilitate greater flexibility and can offer an improved image. Thermal technology also allows a hunter to more easily track a wounded or dead animal. Thermal sights have a longer lifespan than Gen. 3 Night Vision and offer additional capabilities such as recording video or capturing still images.
Lone Star Boars did an awesome video of the ThermoSight Pro PTS233 in action!
Fortunately, we don’t have feral hogs at the family ranch in Central New Mexico, but if we did, I would strongly consider the FLIR ThermoSight Pro series as a preferred tool to control or eradicate the population.
These tough sights are made in the USA. Visit the FLIR website to learn more.