Guide TD210 Thermal Scope – good enough for mammalwatching???
Hello Mammal Pals!
We’re going to Australia in October / November, for a combined family reunion & wildlife holiday. I’ve been thinking about getting a thermal scope for nocturnal spotting but having spent all my money on The Big Holiday, the budget is tight…
NHBS (in the UK) have an option that I could afford – Guide TD210 Thermal Imaging Monocular – £599.95
Good points for me are that it connects to a mobile phone or tablet for an external screen – I wear glasses for distance but have to take them off for close vision, and putting them on/off when trying to find beasties is really annoying so using an external screen so I don’t have to do this would really help. It also has a built-in laser for locating sightings, so no taping a laser to the scope. And it uses a 18650 battery, so easy to change in the field and interchangeable with my Fenix torch.
Thermal Sensor: 256×192 12µm <50mK NETD
Field of View: 17.5°×13.1°
400-1000m detection range (400m human or animal, 1000m vehicle)
Display: 1280×960 LCOS Colour
Jurek’s really helpful review https://www.mammalwatching.com/2022/07/19/review-of-pulsar-helion-2-xp50-thermal-monocular/ highlights field of view and viewer resolution as desired qualities – BUT as a novice to this stuff I’m struggling to understand whether these specs are any good for our mammalwatching purposes… Obviously this is a lower-cost bit of kit so I know not to expect top-of-the-range specs. Is this scope good enough for finding for gliders & possums in trees in Oz, or would I be wasting my money?
thanks in advance for any insights!