If you hunt, particularly if you hunt at night, you know the importance of being able to find your prey after the shot. That’s not always easy. But the advance of lightweight thermal imaging gear has made it much more do-able.
Leupold’s LTO Tracker handheld imagers let you quickly locate game and blood trails no matter what the light conditions. Leupold’s recently updated the two LTO Tracker models and we’ve been playing with one for a few weeks.
The whole thing is just over 5.5 inches long and weighs only 7 ounces, so you can pack it anywhere you need to go. It has digital magnification up to 7X.
It picks critters out of pitch black darkness at 250 yards like it’s broad daylight. It would do the same inside your house if an uninvited two-legged beast lets itself in. And then there are these images taken with the LTO Tracker 2 at 1X.
That’s not a Labrador Retriever. That’s the spot on the carpet where the Lab was laying five minutes before the images were taken with the lights on. That’s how sensitive this thing is. I haven’t tried the HD version, but I’d imagine it’s even more detailed.
Here’s Leupold’s press release . . .
Relentless Recovery: Leupold Upgrades Handheld Thermal Line with Launch of LTO Tracker 2 and LTO Tracker 2 HD
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has upgraded its handheld thermal imager line with the introduction of the LTO Tracker 2 and LTO Tracker 2 HD, which represent the most recent evolution in the company’s award-winning thermal imaging product line.
Designed to be compact and light enough to take on even the farthest backcountry hunt, the original LTO Tracker showed hunters the heat signature of game, blood trails and more. The new LTO Tracker 2 and LTO Tracker 2 HD deliver the same premier performance while providing a friendlier user interface and changing the game entirely with the introduction of the new Beacon Mode.
Designed to extend usability and help consumers track downed game more efficiently than ever before, Beacon mode quickly recalibrates the screen for increased detection in hot environments. When activated in one of three Hi-Bright screen colors, Beacon mode detects the warmest object in the active image and rebalances all the Hi-bright colors back down to grayscale. The result: The screen is a grayscale color under the Beacon threshold until a “warmer” spot is detected and displayed as a Hi-Bright condition. It is featured in both the LTO Tracker 2 and the LTO Tracker 2 HD.
“When we launched the LTO Tracker, we knew it was just the beginning,” said Eric Overstreet, Product Line Manager for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “Beacon mode delivers a feature end users have been asking for by extending the usability of both the LTO Tracker 2 and the LTO Tracker 2 HD into the midday hours.”
The LTO Tracker 2 features a user dimmable display, 204×204 pixel thermal sensor resolution, and 206×156 pixel thermal sensor. It has a 600-yard overall detection distance on thermal targets and a 250-yard typical deer detection distance.
The LTO Tracker 2 HD has a user-dimmable, 390×390 full-circle display. 320×240 thermal sensor delivers twice the resolution over the LTO Tracker 2 and has an overall detection distance of 750 yards with a 300-yard typical deer detection distance. The unit ships with lens covers and a neoprene cover that also helps insulate your hands on cold winter days.
Both units feature six color palettes to match your conditions and are capable of detecting temperatures from -40°F to 572°F and will perform in temperatures from -4°F to 140°F.
The LTO Tracker 2 and the LTO Tracker 2 HD are designed and assembled in the United States.
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Founded in Oregon more than a century ago, Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is a fifth generation, family owned company that designs, machines and assembles its riflescopes, mounting systems and tactical/Gold Ring® spotting scopes in the USA. The product lines include rifle, handgun and spotting scopes; binoculars; rangefinders; mounting systems; and optical tools, accessories and Pro Gear.