The Pulsar Axion Key XM22 is an affordable alternative to other thermal imaging monoculars currently available on the market. It is technically astute with its 960x720 LCOS display and 320x240 12 ¬µm core.
The Axion Key XM22 has a 2x base magnification which increases to 8x with digital zoom, as well as a 950m detection range. It's instant start-up allows you to preserve battery power whilst still being able to start up the device when the right moment comes. It's Picture in Picture function allows you to zoom in on a specific object on the screen whilst still maintaining your field of view.
The lightweight, ultra compact and rugged magnesium alloy housing makes it easy to carry around in any standard-sized pocket and its ergonomic design means it will fit perfectly in your hand. The IPX7 waterproof rating protects the device from snow, heavy rainfall or other precipitation. It can even survive water submersion up to 1m for 30 minutes.
Ease of use
The Axion Key XM22 is an easy to use, handheld thermal monocular. When you need to use it, it turns on instantly - perfect for wildlife spotting. You can get up to speed and comfortable with its use within seconds.
It's also completely waterproof, so you can use it whatever the weather without any concern.
The XM22 is extremely small and lightweight - weighing about 250grams - so light you barely notice it when not using it, and great for leaving around your neck or in a jacket pocket. It has lens covers attached so you don't need to worry about scratching them, and the body is made from a rugged magnesium alloy.
The B-pack power system uses miniature power elements to provide a good level of operation time and can be quickly replaced. B-pack mini batteries charge quickly either in the unit connected by a USB or via the included charger station.
Warranty: The Axion Key XM22 comes with a three year warranty, the rechargeable battery comes with one year. All handled in house by NatureSpy.
Optical magnification: 2x Digital magnification: 8x (max)
Thermal Sensor: 320x240 pix. @ 12 µm F.O.V.: 10°
The Axion Key XM22 has a 2x base magnification which increases to 8x with digital zoom, as well as a 950m detection range. A powerful objective lens in combination with a 12 µm professional grade thermal imaging sensor provides exceptional detection capabilities. A standard 1.8 m (6 ft) tall object can be detected at a 950m (1000 yds) distance in complete darkness.
Pulsar's 8 user selectable colour palettes will enhance your viewing capabilities;
“White Hot” offers incredible versatility
“Hot Black” is often the best for viewing wildlife
"Red Monochrome" helps to prevent/reduce backlight from exiting the eyepiece
“Sepia” improves long-range observation
“Red Hot”, “Rainbow”, & “Ultramarine” enhance temperature differences of various object attributes
"Violet" helps to identify objects fast
Differences between XM22 and XM30
There are a number of models in the Axion Key Range - the next one up being the XM30. The key differences between the XM22 and XM30 models are:
The XM22 has a wider horizontal field of view 10°, Key XM30 has 7.8° (a wider field of view can make it easier to spot wildlife, though usually the magnification is lower)
The XM22 has a shorter focal length at 22mm as opposed to the 30mm on the Key XM30
The magnification is lower on the XM22 at 2x compared with the 2.5x on the XM30
The XM22 has a fixed focus objective lens
Battery: Li-Ion Battery Pack APS3
Detection range: 950m
Field of view: 10x7.5(HxV), 17.5x13.1 (degrees/m @ 100 m)
Frame rate: 50Hz
IP rating: IPХ7
Magnification: 2x Optical, 8x Digital
Sensor: 320x240 pix. @ 12 µm
Viewfinder: 960x720 LCOS
Pulsar are world-leaders in thermal technology, especially for wildlife-watching. The quality of the products is second-to-none - you can feel this quality as soon as a thermal monocular lands in your hand. They're well-designed, well-built products that last and last.
Once turned on (and they turn on nice and fast) throughout the range the quality of thermal sensors is great. They design and manufacture their thermal sensors in house to high-quality standards, and it shows.
We only stock the products we've tried, tested and use ourselves. The Axion range are the most versatile for wildlife work - great for checking nests, pine marten den boxes or scanning forests and fields, all at a safe distance.
We supply the Pulsar Thermal to members of the public and professional ecologists all the way to Wildlife Trusts, Universities, and large environmental organisations, as thermal surveying becomes a more and more important part of wildlife monitoring.
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