Thermal and night vision optics 

Made in Europe, chosen by professionals. 

Professionals choose Pulsar thermal and ANV Gen3 night vision

When lives and livelihoods are at stake, volunteer, professional and government users rely on our Pulsar and ANV optics.

Our clients include:

  • Coastguard New Zealand
  • LandSAR
  • Royal New Zealand Air Force
  • New Zealand Search and Rescue
  • NZ Police
  • Philips Search and Rescue Trust
  • NZ Police AOS
  • Department of Conservation
  • Wildlife trusts including the QE2 National Trust
  • Local and regional government councils
  • Pest control firms
  • Kiwi Foundation
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • NZ Fish and Game Council
  • Auckland University
  • Auckland International Airport
  • Numerous forestry companies, farmers and landowners.


Coastguard New Zealand Conference 2022

Advanced Optics proudly sponsored Conference Day 2 and 3, and the Air Patrol Special Merit Award. We also donated a set of ANV Gen3 goggles and a Pulsar Lexion XP38 thermal imager by way of raffle. Jo Nicholls of Advanced Optics, gave a speech drew the winning tickets.

Support the volunteers at Coastguard New Zealand. One day you or a loved one may need them:


North Island Wallabies – Pete Peeti

Pete Peeti is a well known author, chef and presenter of Hunting Aotearoa and Kai Time On The Road. Pete also owns Hinaki Pest Control which mainly operates in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Central North Island. This video explores his work eradicating Dama wallabies using our thermal and night vision spotters and riflescopes.

NZ Police invest in Pulsar bi-oculars

Advanced Optics recently supplied New Zealand Police HQ with twenty Pulsar thermal bi-oculars to enable officers to perform their duties with increased safety and efficiency. These devices were previously supplied to the Auckland Police AOS as well as other regional forces.


Pulsar adopt latest Lynred sensors

Based in France, Lynred are global leaders in the design and manufacture of leading edge Infrared sensors for defence, aerospace, avionics, maritime, civil and industrial applications. Their clients include NATO and NASA.

Lynred recently rolled-out a new series of Amorphous Silicon Milspec sensors that are accredited to Thermal Weapon Sight Qualified MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-883 and feature enhanced sensitivity,  improved SWaP dynamics and durability. Pulsar have incorporated these new sensors into their thermal imaging models. Sensors with a proven military standard ensures reliability under extreme conditions.

Invest in a Pulsar optic and benefit from the World’s finest components.


New Zealand Air Force SAR invests in Lexion XP thermal monoculars

In March 2021, Flight Lieutenant Andrew Stewart approached Advanced Optics for the supply of Lexion and Accolade thermals after having used one in the successful rescue of two lost trampers. This is Andrew’s story:

“These devices are for aerial searching from our Helicopters. The helicopters we operate (NH90) don’t have any fixed thermal cameras and as you are aware these are very expensive. 

 In the past I have used a variety of handheld thermal optics on a range or search and rescue tasks ranging from people in the water, missing trampers / hunters and crashed aircraft. Attached is a pic of one of my crew utilising a Pulsar Helion in the search for the two trampers who were missing in the Kahurangi National Park for nearly two weeks before being rescued. This particular unit was loaned to us by local police to assist our search while using night vision googles.

Having a mix of Pulsar optics would enable us to assist the people of New Zealand giving us an extra tool to help us find people to bring them home.”

Rabbit eradication – Timaru

Our thermal optics are used throughout the country by pest control firms, Department of Conservation, Regional Councils, wildlife trusts, farmers and landowners who require a reliable platform that will withstand the rigours of professional use.

The XP range of riflesights and monoculars are the most sought after, due to having a wide-field-of-view and the ability to zoom-in for longer distances. Our products have quick-change rechargeable batteries that ensure that work is completed during intensive control.

High Country Contracting is a ‘super-star’ pest control firm who use our products for their shooting operations. As well as shooting, they also offer a range of control measures that are proven to maintain low pest numbers.

For more information about High Country Contracting, visit their website:

ANV Ultra Gen3+ night vision goggles and accessory lenses now in stock

Our new range of mil spec Generation 3+ NV goggles, monoculars and accessories are ideal for navigation, search and rescue and security.

The ANV Ultra series are highly specified with important features such as high performance P-45 GaAs white phosphor image intensifier tubes, autogating, manual gain control, auto vertical shut-off with override, nitrogen purged fully waterproof housings and in-built IR illuminator.


Two tube resolutions are available in six grades:

68 lpp/mm resolution / >1900 / >2000 / >2100 FoM

64 lpp/mm resolution / >1700 / >1800 / >1900 FoM

Devices are supplied with a headmount, sacrificial window/s and a carrycase. We hold stock for immediate supply.

ANV Gen3 recreational user sales
Though our ANV goggles are intended for professional users, they are also available to recreational users, who are required to sign our EUA when purchasing, stating name, address, purpose and non-export clause.

Due to our international licensing, ANV Gen3 NV optics cannot be exported outside of New Zealand.

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