Pulsar Thermal and Night Vision Optics


The World’s finest range of thermal imagers.

Made in Europe, chosen by professionals.

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Hand-held thermal imagers now allowed on DOC managed land

Hand-held thermal imagers are now allowed on Department of Conservation managed land. This is very welcome news for promoting safety through positive target identification and tracking wounded animals.

Click here to read the DOC press release

Coastguard Nelson receives new thermal imager

May 2024

During the 2022 Coastguard New Zealand National Conference, the Coastguard Nelson unit won an ANV Gen3+ Night Vision Goggle in a prize draw that was sponsored and held by Advanced Optics.

However, after collecting the prize, Coastguard Nelson president Pete Kara generously donated the thermal to Coastguard West Coast who were in more urgent need for this technology. 

In recognition of Coastguard Nelson’s generosity, Advanced Optics donated a new Pulsar Lexion XP38 thermal imager as a replacement for the device that they had donated to Coastguard West Coast.

Coastguard Nelson receive new thermal imager

Left to right- Jo Nichols, Christine Stewart-Corke, Wayne Harrison (Coastguard Nelson President), Johanna Cobb.

Pete Kara donating prize to Coastguard West Coast.


Only buy authorised NZ Pulsar products

See our authorised dealer list to ensure that your Pulsar product is covered by a warranty and for future repair and servicing.

Genuine New Zealand Auhorised Pulsar products


Only products sourced through the authorised New Zealand distributor (Archetype Precision Systems Limited T/a Advanced Optics) are eligible for warranty, servicing and repair. Authorised territorial distributors have access to the Pulsar factory repair facility and spare parts. Serial numbers are checked by the factory before any goods can be sent for repair to ensure that they were supplied through the authorised distributor.

Since 2012, all authorised Pulsar product packaging features a gold Genuine label. Due to our agreement with our supplier, we can only handle and service products with serial numbers matching goods supplied by the Pulsar factory.

If you have been mislead by a grey product vendor into believing that your goods are warrantied, you may need to use the Disputes Tribunal to recover your loss from them if your product requires warranty or accident repair.

Buying second-hand Pulsar products
The warranty is transferable to the new owner of a used authorised Pulsar product. Contact us with the serial number so that we can advise if the product is still under warranty or if the product is a grey import.

Pulsar NZ repairs and servicing now available

At the end of 2022, our repair staff undertook training with Pulsar technicians at the Pulsar factory in Vilnius, as well as ongoing online training and refresher courses that covers both past and current products. This has reduced waiting times for many common issues from an eight to twelve week turn-around to under two weeks in most cases.

As well as staff training, we have invested in specialised equipment such as collimators and a soon to be installed recoil tester, an inventory of spare parts and our dust filtered, climate controlled repair facility.

More complex repairs may still require factory servicing. We will consult with you regarding this and possible costs for out of warranty and damaged goods.

New Pulsar Trail 2 LRF Stream Vision Ballistics update

Pulsar Trail 2 LRF XP50

Pulsar Trail 2 LRF XP50 for precision shot placement

Pulsar Trail 2 LRF  Ballistic Firmware update

Pulsar Trail 2 LRF thermal riflescopes can now benefit from a dynamic, rangefinder linked point-of-impact indicator.

Check your Stream Vision 2 App and update to the latest Firmware release.

To enable ballistic calculations on your Trail riflescope, please follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Download the newest updated version of the Stream Vision Ballistics mobile application to your mobile device.
  2. Create a ballistic profile (or several if you need more than one) following the instructions provided in the mobile application.
  3. Connect your scope to the Stream Vision Ballistics mobile application via Bluetooth.
  4. Using the Stream Vision Ballistics app, upload the ballistic profiles to the riflescope. Now you can disconnect from the app.
  5. Measure the distance with the laser range finder in two short presses. The first press activates the LRF, the second measures the distance and activates ballistic calculations inside your riflescope.
  6. An indication of suggested point of aim will appear on your riflescope’s screen.

For more information about Stream Vision 2 and Stream Vision Ballistics, click the link below.

Stream Vision Apps

New Stream Vision Ballistics update for Thermion 2 LRF models

Pulsar thermal

Firmware update 3.1.001: ballistic calculations for more Thermion 2 LRF users

Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide is pleased to announce the firmware update 3.1.001 for more Pulsar riflescopes, namely Thermion 2 LRF XQ50 Pro and Thermion 2 LRF XG50. Just like the previously released update for the Pulsar flagship riflescope Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro, this update enables you to use the ballistic calculations for accurate long-distance shooting and to pair your devices with the new Stream Vision Ballistics mobile application.

Please make sure you use the newest updated version 1.0.3 of the mobile application to ensure the correct use of ballistic calculations.

Accuracy at longer distances

Both above-mentioned thermal imaging riflescopes feature precise laser rangefinder and higher base magnification, meaning, they are perfect for accurate aiming at longer distances. That’s where ballistic calculations become essential. Knowing your ballistics allows you to quickly assess the bullet drop and instantly react to various occurring hunting scenarios.

Enriched with ballistic calculations

The newest update delivers a ballistic algorithm that allows you to calculate the trajectory of a bullet and displays the suggested point of aim on the screen of your Thermion. This function requires activation in the LRF settings in the main menu of the scope.
To pair your Thermion with the new Steam Vision Ballistics application, you will need to activate the Bluetooth connection on your scope, which you can now find in the main menu bar.

The full-featured new mobile application by Pulsar allows you to create several individual ballistic profiles and upload them to your thermal scope. Once the profiles are successfully uploaded to the riflescope, you can disconnect from the app. The calculations are done by the scope itself.

Optimized workflow of the LRF

The firmware update 3.1.001 will enable additional indications of the measured distance in the centre of the screen next to the reticle. This additional function can be enabled in the main menu of the device.
We have also optimized the use of the laser rangefinder for greater comfort. Two short presses on the LRF button is all you need to get precise distance assessment. The first press activates the LRF, the second measures the distance and activates ballistic calculations if this function is turned on in the main menu.

Flawless use of digital zoom

Moreover, the newest firmware update will make the switch between different zoom levels almost as smooth as if using an optical zoom, making it easier to keep the eye on the target while zooming in.

We have also adjusted the zoom step of precision zoom for more comfortable observation. Now the increment step increases the higher the magnification gets.

The new Stream Vision Ballistics mobile application can now be paired with the following Pulsar riflescopes:

  • Thermion 2 LRF XP50 Pro
  • Thermion 2 LRF XQ50 Pro
  • Thermion 2 LRF XG50

All new Thermion 2 LRF riflescopes have the latest firmware pre-installed.

For more information about Stream Vision 2 and Stream Vision Ballistics, click the link below.

Stream Vision Apps

Pulsar exclusively use Lynred thermal sensors

Global leader Lynred manufactures the widest range of advanced infrared detectors.

Pulsar exclusively use Lynred thermal sensors for performance and reliability.

See the Lynred video to learn more about their vast experience in a wide variety of applications.


Professionals choose Pulsar products

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

See our professional clients

  • Coastguard New Zealand
  • Land Search and Rescue New Zealand
  • New Zealand Search and Rescue
  • Philips Search and Rescue Trust
  • NZAF Search and Rescue
  • New Zealand Police
  • New Zealand Customs
  • Department of Conservation
  • Helicopter culling and meat recovery companies
  • Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Local and regional New Zealand government councils
  • New Zealand wildlife trusts
  • New Zealand pest control companies
  • New Zealand Fish and Game Council
  • Security firms
  • Auckland University
  • Forestry companies
  • Farmers, horticulturists and landowners.

NZ Police invest in Pulsar Mergers

New Zealand Police HQ received their latest consignment of Pulsar Merger LRF XP50 bi-ocular thermal imagers. The 33 devices supplied improves officer safety, offender detection, surveillance and first responder search and rescue. Advanced Optics is proud to help Police keep our communities safe.

Pulsar Merger LRF XQ35 XP50 XL50

High Country Contracting makes national news

Our Pulsar thermal optics are used throughout New Zealand by pest control firms, Department of Conservation, regional councils, wildlife trusts, farmers and landowners.

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.


New Zealand Customs invest in Pulsar thermal monoculars

New Zealand Customs recently invested in Pulsar Axion 2 LRF XG35 thermal monoculars. The Axion range are light, compact and offer reliability, performance and ease of use.

Fine image resolution image and time stamped recording enables spotting and recording of suspicious activity. Its compact size is easy to carry and ideal for surveillance and enforcement 24/7.

Pulsar Axion 2 LRF XQ35 Pro

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.

ANV Ultra Gen3+ night vision goggles. In stock.


Exceptional generation 3+ night vision performance

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, auto-gating, 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 Gen 3 user sales
ANV Gen3 night vision devices are restricted to government and volunteer (Coastguard and SAR) groups only. Contact us for the availability of demonstration models for evaluation.

Due to our international licensing, ANV Gen 3+ NV optics cannot be exported outside of New Zealand.

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.

Coastguard New Zealand

Support the volunteers at Coastguard New Zealand. One day you or a loved one may need them: https://www.coastguard.nz/donate-now/


Advanced Night Vision
Yukon 30 year anniversary