One of Leupold's latest offerings is their new LTO Tracker Thermal Viewer. In essence, it is a monocular optic device that offers the viewer thermal detection. The applications of this product from a hunter's perspective is considerable.
The Leupold LTO-Tracker Viewer was developed for hunters to permit more efficient stalking of game in low light conditions and also follow up on blood tracks in poor light. The device gives an image of a heat source regardless of lighting conditions.
It is marketed as a hand-held thermal observation and game recovery tool. By using thermal imaging to search for the heat signature emitted from the body or blood of an animal, the LTO-Tracker improves the odds of a successful recovery.
With its state-of-the-art thermal imaging engine, the LTO Tracker provides exceptional image quality, fast 30hz frame rates and detection of heat sources out to 600 yards.
"We see thermal as a vital tool in any hunter's kit, just like binoculars or laser rangefinders" said Tim Lesser, vice president of product development for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. "For observation and recovering downed game, the LTO Tracker will help hunters find success in the field."
The hand-held unit features a 20-degree field of view and offers a 6x digital zoom. Five different thermal filters allow the user to choose the view that's most beneficial. With more than 10 hours of continuous use from a single CR123 lithium battery, the LTO Thermal is up to any challenge. A user-controlled reticle allows the user to pinpoint a thermal source.
The LTO features a powerful sensor that's effective from -20Â°C to 60Â°C, and is waterproof to IP67 standards.
The benefits of the Leupold LTO for a hunter is obvious, but the possibilities offered as a security device for a farmer in a remote area is also worth considering. The viewing range offered by the device should make any unwelcome visitors or intruders visible from a far enough distance to allow time for appropriate defensive preparation.
Leupold LTO Tracker Thermal Viewer Night Vision is available from leading firearms dealers nationally. It is currently offered for R13,995 by Safari & Outdoor.
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