Night Vision Theon Clip-LR VS ??

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I'm looking to upgrade my Yoter-C this summer with the primary purpose of coyote hunting with a 22 Creed bolt rifle paired with a Radius LRF.
50% of the coyotes I killed this year were within 100yds, 30% were 1-300 and the rest were as far as 450yds. I'm looking for a clip-on that will let me engage one up to 600yds without giving up too much FOV for the closer ones. My priorities, in order are.

1. Once zero'd as a system, the thermal must cause no more than 1/2 moa of additional shift on a day to day basis. I believe a coliminated unit is best suited for that.

1.5 The damn thing has to work. I'm not interested in buying the "hottest" new thermal with all the bells and whistles just to find out that it needs to be sent back immediately for "warranty" work.

2. Image. I'd like a "usable" image of at least 10x. I realize the BEST image will be at a lower zoom, but holdovers are easier to use above 10x. It will be paired with an NX8 2.5-20 or possibly a Razor G3 1-10. I'd like to be able to accurately aim at a coyote at 500+ yds using 10-12x on the day scope. If I need to use an additional 2x digital zoom, that's fine.

3. FOV. I realize the xELR or a Utc-xii is better suited for longer ranges, but I hunt in a 3-4 person group with a partner that uses a hand held scanner while I'm scanning with the rifle. I need to be able to rapidly find the close ones based on others directions.

4. Availability. I'd like to purchase something before August to give me time to work any bugs out and practice with it.

5. Price. I'd like to stay in the $12-14k range. Less is better, I can spend more if I believe I need to or if it will hold it's value better.

Is the Theon Clip-LR (the medium range of the 3) going to be my best compromise? Are there any other units I should be researching before I buy one once they are released?

Thanks!
 

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Well your Yoter C is putting out 1 FPA pixel per 0.795 Sq. Inches at 8.8 by 7.0 degrees in a 640 unit.

A UTC X II puts out 1 FPA pixel per 0.37 Sq. Inches at 6.2 by 4.7 degrees in a 640 unit.

So its a simple deal. Longer range equals smaller FOV to get long range performance.

I've tee'd up on sounders of hogs at 50 to 75 yards with a Flir PTS 736 which is 1 FPA pixel per 0.36 Sq. Inches at 3 by 2.5 degrees in a 320 unit (on a bolt Winchester 270 Win at that) and done quite well. A lot of that depends on how good you are at tracking running helter skelter critters with a narrow FOV scope of any kind.

But if you are really bored and need to spend some money quickly, the girls at the local Kitty Bar are always glad to see bored big spenders. :LOL:
 

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Well your Yoter C is putting out 1 FPA pixel per 0.795 Sq. Inches at 8.8 by 7.0 degrees in a 640 unit.

A UTC X II puts out 1 FPA pixel per 0.37 Sq. Inches at 6.2 by 4.7 degrees in a 640 unit.

So its a simple deal. Longer range equals smaller FOV to get long range performance.
Interesting comparison.

I'm satisfied with the FOV of the Yoter, but the image is lacking just a little at higher mag's and longer ranges. I've got to believe that the Clip-LR will be better in those two categories because of the higher quality, even though the specs on paper are similar, but maybe not.
 
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    There’s little reason to doubt that the new crop of EOTech/Theons will fit exactly what you’re looking for. A 10 year warranty is insane, and .50 cal rated is a good sign.

    DRT has everything under the sun — literally the best cooled MWIR and uncooled LWIR thermals available to anyone anywhere. He’s the one person I’d believe without question as to how good or bad something is.

    Horta wants to be DRT. 😁
     

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    There’s little reason to doubt that the new crop of EOTech/Theons will fit exactly what you’re looking for. A 10 year warranty is insane, and .50 cal rated is a good sign.
    So, LR or xELR for my application?

    Never mind, forgot who I was asking. The only question is how many xELR's I should order😂😂
     
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