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IR Hunter MK III 60mm 4.5X-35X Thermal Rangefinding Weapon Sight

IR Hunter MK III


 



The IR Hunter MK III by IR defense is a direct response to customer requests to enhance the incredibly popular IR Hunter MK II. The IR Hunter MK III features a new stadiametric RangeFinder, more reticle options, and multiple reticle locations with x/y ReadOuts. The MK III also comes standard with the battery extender, a dual-lever LaRue mount and a butler creek flip-up lens cap.
Our Price: $8,995.00 with FREE accessories
Device Technology: Thermal Imaging, BAE MicroIR Core
Resolution: 640x512, 60hz, 12 micron
Lens System: 4.5X, 60mm
FOV H°xV°: 7
Detection Range/Meters: 2500

Quantity In Stock:5

Availability If Out Of Stock: 7-10 Days.
Product Code: IRHM3-640-60-K
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The IR Hunter line of thermal weapon sights are designed and built by an American company comprised of industry experts, shooting enthusiasts, and technicians obsessed with high quality thermal imagery.The IR Hunter MK III by IR defense is a direct response to customer feedback and requests to enhance the incredibly popular IR Hunter MK II. The IR Hunter MK III features a new stadiametric RangeFinder, more reticle options, multiple savable reticle locations with x/y ReadOuts, come standard with the battery extender, a dual-lever LaRue mount and flip-up lens cap. The IR Hunter can be set to 30hz or 60hz, has a built in auto-dimmer, image capture, edge detect mode and more. The BAE 12 micron imagery is truly amazing and produces some of the most crisp thermal images every seen on the commercial market. The MK II also has dynamic reticles so they keep proper ballistic calculations on every zoom level. There's even a subtension reticle for ranging and a clip-on mode so you can use the MK II with compatible day optics! If you are interested in recording thermal video for your IR Hunter we have ruggedized custom made video cables designed just for the MK II. We offer IR Hunter rentals to try before you buy and have a variety of IR Hunter MK II videos for pre-purchase evaluation.


Note: This is a raw unedited image captured with the image capture function on the IR Hunter MK III 60mm.


The MK III uses a 12 MIcron BAE Micro core and a menu level system in conjunction with turrets to make operation intuitive and fast. The IR Hunter can be set to 30hz or 60hz, has a built in auto-dimmer, image capture, edge detect mode and more. The BAE 12 micron imagery is truly amazing and produces some of the most crisp thermal images ever seen on the commercial market. The MK III also has dynamic reticles so they keep proper ballistic calculations on every zoom level. There's even a subtension reticle for ranging and a clip-on mode so you can use the MK III with compatible day optics! If you are interested in recording thermal video for your IR Hunter we have ruggedized custom made video cables designed just for the MK III. We offer IR Hunter rentals to try before you buy and have a variety of IR Hunter MK III videos for pre-purchase evaluation.


Includes:
  • LaRue Dual Level Mount
  • Flip-Up Lens Cap
  • Eyeguard
  • Tactical Soft Case
  • QRG Guide
  • Download Cable/Software
  • Battery Extender
  • 2 - CR123A Batteries


IR Hunter MK III includes all of the features on the MK II plus:

  • Stadiametric Rangefinder
  • 5 Reticle Patterns
  • Reticle Position ReadOuts
  • Multiple Reticle Save Locations
  • Battery Extender
  • Flip-Up Lens Cap
  • Dual Lever LaRue Mount

Stadiametric Rangefinder
The IR Hunter MK III's stadiametric rangefinder uses a system of reticle lines with adjustable angular spacing to quickly and easily dial in on a target's distance. The MK III's stadiametric rangefinding system allows you to select your target's height or width then adjust a set of reticle bars to contain your target's height or width. The MK III will then give you a corresponding distance readout. Stadiametric rangefinding is widely used in long-range military sniping and is faster than laser range-finding techniques. Electronic laser rangefinders can also give away a shooters position, but a stadiametric rangefinding system is completely covert.


Image Capture
The MK III has an image capture function that allows a user to capture a full-frame image from the 12 micron BAE core. When downloaded these images do not include the icons seen through the eye piece of a MK III, but they do give a great representation of the true image quality seen through the eye piece.


Reticle Position ReadOuts
Not only can you save 4 weapon sight reticle locations and 4 clip-on scene locations, but each one of those locations will give you a simple X and Y value for as many locations as you need. This means that you can set up a MK III on as many weapon systems as you want and always maintain a return to zero.




Edge Detect Mode
The IR Hunter MK III has an Edge Detection feature that produces an entirely different new way of viewing your target. Edge Detect mode is also a fraction of the brightness of other modes so your eyes are not as prone to night blindness after coming off the scope.

MAXPOL Polarity - White Hot/Black Hot
Most thermal weapon sights come with only one level of white hot and black hot. Some come with color pallets, but the majority of users find themselves using black hot and white hot exclusively. Rather than giving you color pallets that you will most likely never use, IR Defense designed the IR Hunter with 3 levels of white hot, and 3 levels of black hot. This allows you to choose the perfect level of polarity in the white hot or black hot modes for any situation.

ETR - Enhanced Target Recognition
The IR Hunter features an extremely benefitial technology called Enhanced Target Recognition, or ETR. Most thermal systems auto adjust the image contrast and brightness across the entire display screen. This can lead to washed out image around the crosshair or for a majority of the display area. ETR selects the are on the display to adjust leaving you with a perfectly adjusted image.

DFC - Digital Focus Control
Digital focus control allows you to not only focus your picture to the optimum setting, but it also allows sharpening of the entire picture. This technology will make a 320x240 appear more like a 640x480. For a detailed look at what DFC can do to image quality look at the image below. This image is raw, unedited, and is not a simulation
digital focus control for thermal scope

Edge Detect - Tactical Mode
There are certain tactical situations that require your display to me very dim so as not to be detected, and to reduce night blindness after coming off of your eye piece. The IR Hunter MK III has an advanced feature that has been used on certain high end military thermal sights for years. Edge Detect gives you an entirely different way to view your target, with 90% of the screen black, and only the edges surrounding your target white. This is an extremely useful feature and is not found on any other commercially available thermal weapon sights.



image of hunter using IR Defense scope
IR Hunter Menu Operation
The IR Hunter MK III has 3 turret controls that operate the menu levels and functions. The turret controls operate the menu icons corresponding to their location(top turret operates the top menu icons etc).
The menu levels are numbered from 1-8 and each level has different functions.
Level 1 controls the 6 polarity settings, edge detect and digital zoom.
Level 2 controls contrast and digital focus control(DFC).
Level 3 controls calibration and brightness.
Level 4 controls reticle selection, clip-on mode and adjusts the rangefinder.
Level 5 controls windage and elevation adjustments,
Level 6 controls image capture and Enhanced Target Recognition(ETR)
Level 7 allows you to review captured images.
Level 8 controls the reticle lock, framerate(30hz or 60hz), video output, symbol sleep mode, startup settings, battery settings,display auto dimmer, deleting captured images, reticle location(A.B,C,D) and horizontal and vertical rangefinder units.

Video Output
The IR Hunter features a high end mil-spec Fischer connector. This connector costs much more than connectors on competing scopes, but IR Defense decided to choose a video connection option that will last under harsh environments and years of abuse. Video cables and connector quality is very important both in tactical and hunting/recreational situation. One flaw in a cable can leave you wishing you had your kill shot on video. We have a high quality custom video cable for the IR Hunter MK III that connects the MK III directly to a mini DVR. These cables are rugged and built to last.
IR Hunter Right Angle Cable

Since the launch of the IR Hunter we here at UNV have seen IR Defense deliver every scope with a high level of quality control and customer service. We not only sell the IR Hunter MK III, we use the IR Hunter MK III on a frequent basis educating customers and night hunting.

The IR HUNTER has been designed and built by a team that has been delivering great thermal sights, industry-wide, for 20 years. Not just technicians, the IR HUNTER designers are enthusiastic, American Shooters as well. We passionately demand reliability and precision from our optics when putting rounds down range no matter the weather conditions, nor the time of day. This drive and commitment lead us to make the best possible thermal scope,and, we did it! It was achieved,100% here in the USA, and without compromising quality or reliability. That would typically be enough; but the team went a step further, introducing the IR HUNTER thermal weapon sight to market for a highly competitive price. IR HUNTER contains all the features and ergonomics you have wanted, combined into a sleek system made to securely fit onto your rifle. You should find comfort operating the IR Hunter's Turret Knob controls as they are located where you expect them to be, same as your day optics.





Features
  • 640x480 BAE MicroIR Thermal Core
  • 12 Micron Technology
  • Emagin OLED Display
  • 60hz Fast Frame Rate
  • Clip-On Capability with 1X day optic
  • 40% power savings for longer battery life
  • Stadiametric Rangefinder
  • 5 Reticle Patterns
  • Reticle Position ReadOuts
  • Multiple Reticle Save Locations
  • Battery Extender
  • Flip-Up Lens Cap
  • Dual Lever LaRue Mount
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • Recoil Rated to .308
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IR Hunter MkIII Rental December 19, 2016
Reviewer: ANorman from Texas  
Absolutely stunning scope image. I could see a tiny sparrow at 125 yards fly across a field during the day with ease! Also, easy to use. Killed a turkey at 100 yards without problem. Only dislike is the need to manually nuc the scope.

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Great Product...... December 19, 2016
Reviewer: LF from Dallas  
I am enjoying this scope and look forward to filming a hunt with it.

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IR Hunter MK III May 18, 2016
Reviewer: Ross B from Sioux City, IA United States  
I originally was buying this scope to use as a handheld, to use with my ATN Thor 640 that I had on my rifle.  Tyler told me to be prepared to mount this scope and use the Thor for a handheld.  As usual he was right.  After looking through the MK III, I can hardly use the Thor at all.  

The MK III will easily show me a coyote at 800 yards that the Thor has no idea is there.  The Thor is not a bad scope, I shot more than 30 coyotes with it last season.  It's just that the MK III is so much better.  The sight picture will floor you the first time you look through the scope.  On a clear night with good thermal balance, the comparison between the Thor and the MKIII is like comparing the binoculars that came with your son's toy cowboy outfit to a pair of Leupold 10x50s.  

The clarity is amazing.  The little bit I have tried it, due to this scope's clarity and sight picture sharpness, it can be used as a daytime scope for shots at a couple of  hundred yards. Not a complaint, but the field of view is very tight at 7 degrees. Anything close takes a bit to find, but again not a complaint. I have trouble keeping my hands warm and the 3 turret adjustment system is a God send.  Adjustments are easily made with the heaviest winter gloves on. I found this especially helpful as this scope needs almost constant recalibration.  At least in very cold Iowa weather it does.  Inconvenient, but certainly not a deal breaker.  Some bad points that I have found.  The rerticle you use, unless you use the R1 choice, has to be set every time you turn the scope on.  The reticle is either black or white and you have no control of which the scope uses.  It determines, by sensing the light conditions, which color to be.  I like to think that I am smart enough to choose the color that will  work best in my situation.  The range finder works great on a static target, but try to do the adjusting necessary on a coyote that never stands still for more than a few seconds.  I have never hunted hogs, but if they stand still for more than a few seconds, then this range finder is the thing to have.  When using the set-up screen and setting your vertical height, unless you always want it set to 2 yards, you have to go in and adjust it every time you turn the scope on.  The "manual" that comes with it is lacking some needed info.  It doesn't mention the settings that have to be made each time the scope is turned on: video out must be turned on (if you intend on taking video) and frame rate has to set at 60hz.  As mentioned, the yardage for the range finder goes to default when the unit is shut off, both vertical and horizontal.  It lists ETR as one of the features but doesn't tell you what it is.  I know now, I looked it up.  Minor things but I had to call Tyler and ask why my DVR no longer took videos and told me that there was no input.  Somehow my frame rate had gotten changed to 30hz and that doesn't  work.   If you can afford this unit, then you can afford the external battery kit for it.  It will pay for itself many times over both in dollars and convenience.  The small lithium batteries this scope requires can be purchased in the $25 dollar range for a dozen.  

They will last at most about 2 hours.  I use the external battery and never turn the scope off when I am out.  That avoids making all the changes in the setup screen and the battery is good for better than 16 hours and is rechargeable.   The on-screen battery indicator doesn't work with the external battery but the battery itself has an indicator on it.  All-in-all you couldn't get this scope away from me for any amount.  
I've gone out with this scope when I could barely see the road because of the heavy fog.  You have to look down the gun barrel every so often to make sure you are pointing it in the right direction, but finding targets is not a problem.  It won't "see" as far but I didn't have any problem shooting a fox at 200 yards in heavy.

I was able to detect a ground squirrel at 400 yards and shoot a ground squirrel at 257 yards on clear day.
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The minor complaints stem mostly from the reliance of the  easy technology of the day.  A bad button on the TV remote sends us into a rage.  I can remember when we had to get up and cross the room to change a channel.  And then adjust the vertical hold.  In closing, if you are looking for a thermal weapon sight, look no further than this unit.  I guarantee that you will love it.

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External USB Power Source Adapter Kit January 3, 2016
Reviewer: Odie Hughes from Bogalusa, LA United States  
the 123 batteries(even in lithium) don't seem to power thermal units for very long. Rechargeable batteries are not recommended either. this power source kit from ultimate night vision is the only way to go. it takes a set of 123 batteries just to sight in and fire a few rounds at different yardages playing with the unit (about an hour and a half to two hours). with this set up, the thermal unit can easily be left on while walking back and forth checking target shots all day if you so choose. without this kit, you will need a pile of batteries. oh and good luck fumbling with replacing them in the dark. buying a high quality thermal from ultimate night vision and NOT buying this power source kit would be like buying a ferrari and only getting $10.00 worth of gas to go with it.

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Impressive - goes way beyond NV scopes December 27, 2015
Reviewer: Anonymous Person from Morgantown, WV United States  
Love it as long as it's not misty/hazy.  Incredible leap over anything else for detecting targets.  Easily picked up, and identified a rabbit at 150 yards.

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