Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

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SPECIFICATIONS

SKU 77371 77372
Model Core FXQ35 Core FXQ55
Microbolometer Uncooled Uncooled
Type 384×288 384×288
Resolution, pixels 17 17
Frame rate, Hz 50 50
Optical characteristics
Magnification of monocular / attachment 5x / 1x 5x / 1x
Digital zoom (monocular mode) x2 x2
Objective lens, mm F38/1.2 F50/1.2
Eye relief, mm 16 16
Exit pupil diameter, mm 5 5
Horizontal field of view, degree 9.8 5.6
Field of view, m at 100 m 17.2 13.1
Diopter adjustment, D +5/-5 +5/-5
Max. observation range of an animal 1.7 m high, m/yard, approx 1350 1800
Close-up range, m 5 5
Display
Type AMOLED (Green Sapphire)
Resolution, pixel 640×480 640×480
Operational characteristics
Power supply, V 5-7.2 5-7.2
Battery type 2xCR123 2xCR123
External power supply 5V (USB) / 12V (EPS)
Operating time on a battery set (t=22 °C), hour 4 4
Degree of protection (attachment / monocular), IP code (IEC60529) IPX7 / IPX5 IPX7 / IPX5
Operating temperature -25 °C … +50 °C / -13 °F… 122 °F
Dimensions (of the monocular), mm 300x71x67 310x71x67
inch 11.8×2.8×2.6 12.2×2.8×2.6
Weight (without batteries), kg / oz 0.65 / 22.9 0.65 / 22.9

PACKAGE CONTENTS

  •  Thermal Imaging Scope
  •  Monocular
  •  Carrying case
  •  External power adapter*
  •  USB cable*
  •  Hand strap
  •  Remote control
  •  User manual
  •  Lens cloth
  •  Warranty card

* May not be included for certain orders.

The design and software of this product are subject to change for development purposes. The latest edition of this user manual is available at www.pulsar-nv.com

DESCRIPTION

CORE is a multifunctional thermal imaging device designed for use at night
during the daytime in adverse weather conditions (fog, smog, rain), as well as in the presence of obstacles that might hamper the detection of targets
(branches, tall grass, thick bushes etc.). The monocular allows the user to
observe objects at distances of above 1000 metres. Unlike the image intensifier tube-based night vision devices, CORE thermal imagers do not
require an external light source, nor are they affected by exposure to daylight. Areas of application of CORE devices include observation and orientation in low visibility conditions, hunting, search and rescue.

FEATURES

  •  5x optical magnification (as a monocular)
  •  384×288 pixel sensor size
  •  The device is mountable on a daylight device
  •  Observation range greater than 1800 m
  • High contrast monochrome green AMOLED display (640×480 pixels)
  • Improved object recognition and detection based on IRIS technology
  • (software based on an intellectual dynamic equalization algorhythm)
    Three calibration modes – manual, automatic, semi-automatic
  •  Three operating modes – Rocks, Forest, Identification
  • Wireless remote control
  •  Sustainable operation at temperatures from -25 °C to +50 °C
  •  IPX7 / IPX5 water resistance
  •  Compact size
  •  Lightweight

EXTERNAL VIEW AND CONTROLS

1. Objective lens
2. Lens cover
3. Battery cover
4. Monocular
5. Diopter adjustment wheel
6. Button LEFT
7. Lens focus ring lever
8. Button MODE
9. Button RIGHT
10. Button ON/OFF

Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

First short press Next short press Long press Menu operation
Short press Long press
“ON/OFF” Powering the unit on Unit calibration Powering the unit off Unit calibration, confirmation of defective pixel elimination – in corresponding menu option Powering the unit off
“RIGHT” Increasing brightness and contrast level* Increasing brightness and contrast level* Menu navigation – upwards and rightwards
“LEFT ” Decreasing brightness and contrast level Decreasing brightness and contrast level Color inversion Menu navigation – downwards and leftwards
”MODE” Activating contrast control mode Activating brightness control mode Entering the menu Confirmation and menu option exit Confirmation and menu option exit**, main and auxiliary menu exit.
* depending on the mode selected with MODE. **in selected menu options (clock setup).

MENU / STATUS BAR ICONS:

Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

Operating mode “Rocks”
Operating mode “Forest”
Operating mode “Identification”
Manual calibration mode
Semiautomatic calibration mode
Automatic calibration mode
Clock setup
Brightness setting of menu icons
Defective pixel repair option
Cross for defective pixel repair
Brightness and contrast setup
Image inversion modes: “White hot”/“Black hot”
Return to default defective pixel pattern
Low battery indicator

 

 

 

 

GUIDELINES FOR OPERATION

The unit has been designed for long-term use. To ensure sustainable
performance, please adhere to the following:

  • Before use make sure that you have mounted and adjusted the unit
    according to the instructions of the section marked Operation.
  • Store in the carrying case with the lens cap on.
  • Switch the device off after use.
  • Any attempt to dismantle or repair the device will void the warranty!
  •  The device is designed for use in a wide range of operating temperatures. However, if it has been brought indoors from cold temperatures, do not turn it on for 2 to 3 hours. This will prevent condensation on the external optical surfaces.
  • To ensure reliable performance, regular technical inspections of the device are recommended.

WARNING! Do not point the objective lens of the device at intense light
sources such as the sun. This may cause electronic components in the device
to malfunction. The warranty does not cover damage caused by improper
operation.

BATTERY INSTALLATION

  • Turn the battery compartment knob (3) counter-clockwise
    as far as it will go and remove it.
  • Install two CR123A batteries observing the correct
    polarity as shown on and inside the battery cover.
  • Replace the battery cover and press it until it clicks –
    make sure the cover is closed on both sides.
  • Charge level appears in the status bar ( pulsar core FXQ50 BW 4 ).
  • When the battery is completely discharged, this icon pulsar core FXQ50 BW 3 flashes in the status bar.

Warning: do not use rechargeable batteries since their use causes inaccurate battery level indication and possible disconnection during operation.
Note: do not use batteries of different types or batteries with various levels of charge.

EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY

The supplied external power adapter allows you to use the following as
external power supply:

  • power bank (output voltage 5V, USB plug) or
  • EPS3I or EPS5 Battery Pack (output voltage 12V; 2.1 mm plug).

How to connect:

  • Open and remove the battery compartment cover (see section 7).
  • Install the external power adapter into the monocular’s battery
    compartment (see Fig. 3) and press it firmly from above to make sure
    that the adapter’s latches (C) have snapped on both sides.
  • Secure the cover (6) on the adapter (see Fig. 3).
  • Connect your power bank to the USB port (5V) or your EPS3I/EPS5
    battery Pack to the external power jack (12V).
  • Power the unit on with a short press of the “ON/OFF” (9) button.
    To remove the external power adapter, push the latches on both sides
    and pull it.

Note. When using your own external power supply, central pin of the 12V
power supply that you connect to the “power” jack of the unit, must have
marking “+”.
The power supply or the plug may have markin .

Warning! When the unit operates on external power supply, the low
battery indicator (icon pulsar core FXQ50 BW 4 ) does not show the actual battery charge level.

Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

OPERATION

Start and setup
Turn on the device by pressing the ON button (10). If the battery has no charge, the empty battery icon in the status bar will start blinking.

  • Perform image calibration (see the section entitled Calibration). Calibration enables levelling of the background temperature of the microbolometer and eliminates image flaws.
  • Adjust the sharpness of the icons on the status bar by turning the diopter adjustment wheel (5).
  • To control display brightness, press briefly navigation buttons – LEFT (6) (to decrease) and RIGHT (9) (to increase). The brightness level selected (from 0 to 20) appears next to the icon in the top right corner of the display.
  • To control display contrast, press briefly navigation buttons – LEFT (6)
    (decrease) and RIGHT (9) (increase). Selected contrast level (from 0 to 20) appears next to icon in the top right corner of the display.
  • To switch to contrast control, press briefly the MODE (8) button (the icon appears). Press briefly navigation buttons – LEFT (6) (decrease) and RIGHT (9) (increase) to select contrast level (from 0 to 20). Corresponding contrast level appears next to icon in the top right corner of the display.
  • Point the unit at a warm object located at a certain distance, 100 metres, for example.
  • Rotate the lens focus knob (7) until you achieve optimum image quality.
  • After this adjustment no further diopter adjustment should be required, regardless of distance or other factors. Adjust image quality only with the lens focus knob.

Image calibration

Three calibration modes are available: manual (M), semiautomatic (H) and
automatic (А)

Manual (silent) calibration mode

  • Open the lens cap (2).
  • Press briefly the ON/OFF button (10) to power on the unit and hold down the MODE (8) button for two seconds to enter the menu.
  • Use the navigation buttons LEFT (6) and RIGHT (9) to select item Cal. Select mode M. Press MODE to confirm. To exit the menu, press and hold MODE for two seconds or wait 10 seconds for automatic exit.
  • Close the lens cap. Press the ON/OFF button to calibrate. The image will freeze for 1-2 seconds. Then open the lens cap. Calibration is completed.
  • If you see image flaws (such as frozen image, vertical stripes etc.) recalibrate the unit with the lens cap closed.

Semiautomatic calibration mode

  • Power on the unit, open the lens cap.
  • Hold down the MODE (8) button for two seconds to enter the menu.
  • Use the navigation buttons LEFT (6) and RIGHT (9) to select item Cal.
  • Select mode H. Press MODE to confirm.
  • Press the ON/OFF (10) button to calibrate. The image will freeze for 1-2 seconds and you will hear the sound of the internal shutter. Calibration is completed.

Automatic calibration mode

n automatic calibration mode the thermal imager calibrates by itself according to the software algorithm. The detector (microbolometer) is closed with the shutter automatically. User-assisted calibration using the ON/OFF button is allowed in this mode.

  • Power on the unit and open the lens cap.
  • Hold down the MODE button for two seconds to enter the menu.
  • Use the navigation buttons LEFT(6) and RIGHT(9) to select item Cal.
  • Select mode Awith the navigation buttons. Press MODE to confirm.
    At the moment of the automatic calibration the image will freeze for  1-2 seconds and you will hear the sound of the internal shutter.

Note: time intervals between calibrations depend on the heat of the detector. Calibration may take place more frequently when the device is switched on.

Other functions

  • Press and hold down the LEFT (6) button for two seconds to activate colour inversion (functions White hot and Black hot). When the function White hot is used, warm objects are represented in shades of bright colour; Black hot represents objects in shades of dark colour.
  • Press and hold down ON/OFF (10) for two seconds to switch off the unit.

MENU

The menu includes the following options

  • Operating mode
  • Calibration mode 
  • Brightness setting of menu icons 
  • Clock setup 
  • Remote control activation 
  • Defective pixel repair

Status bar

The status bar shows information as follows:

  • Operating modes (Rocks, Forest, Identification)
  • Calibration mode (manual, semi-automatic, automatic)
  • Color inversion activated
  • Current time
  • Current battery status

Operating modes

The unit features three automatic operating modes: Rocks (enhanced
contrast), Forest (low contrast) and Identification (enhanced detail rendering). Each mode includes optimal combination of parameters (brightness, contrast, gain etc.) to deliver the best possible image for the specific viewing conditions.

  • Press and hold down the MODE (8) button for two seconds to enter the menu, and select mode with buttons LEFT(6) and RIGHT(9).
  • Briefly press MODE to confirm your choice.
  • Icon of the mode selected is shown on the status bar

Calibration modes

See section 9 Operation for details.

Setting the brightness of the menu icons

  • Press and hold down the MODE (8) button for two seconds to enter the menu.
  • Select the icon with buttons LEFT(6) and RIGHT(9). Briefly press MODE.
  • Select brightness level (1 to 10) with the navigation buttons.
  • To exit the main menu, hold down the MODE button for two seconds or wait 10 seconds to exit automatically.

Clock setup

  • Press and hold down the MODE (8) button for two seconds to enter the menu.
  • Press briefly navigation buttons – LEFT (6) and RIGHT (9) to select icon
    Press MODE.
  • Select time format 24 or AM/PM with navigation buttons.
    Press MODE to proceed to hour setup. Set using the navigation buttons.
  • Press MODE again to proceed to minute setup. Set using the navigation buttons.
  • To exit the main menu, hold down the MODE button for two seconds or wait 10 seconds to exit automatically.

Remote control activation

The wireless remote control duplicates the functions of the device, color inversion and image calibration. It has three buttons:

  • Button ON (20) – turning on/off the unit (on – brief press/off – long press (2 sec)).
  • Button (21) – color inversion
  • Button CAL(22) – image calibration. To start using the wireless remote control you will need to activate it:
  • Turn on the device and select menu option RC activation (icon ).
  • Press MODE (8) button. Message “Wait” will appear and a countdown will start within which you need to press and hold for two seconds any RC button.
  • If the activation is successful, message “Complete” will appear next to
    icon The RC is ready for use.
  • If the RC does not work, replace the battery. To do this, undo the screws on the rear panel of the RC, remove the cover, pull out the old battery and insert a new CR2032 battery.

Defective pixel repair

When operating the thermal imager, there is a possibility of defective (dead)
pixels (bright or dark dots with constant brightness) appearing on the detector which are visible on the image.
CORE devices allow you to repair defective pixels on the detector (microbolometer) using a software-based method

  • Press and hold down the MODE (8) button for two seconds to enter the menu.
  • Press briefly navigation buttons – LEFT (6) and RIGHT (9) to select icon
    and press MODE.
  • Select icon in the pop-up submenu and press MODE.
  • A cross appears in the centre of display, coordinates (X; Y) of the cross
    relative to the centre of display appear in the place of pop-up icons,
    icons disappear.
  • Use navigation buttons to align the center of the cross with a defective pixel (defective pixel should go out). Switch direction of the cross from horizontal to vertical by a short press of the MODE (8) button.
  • After the centre of the cross is aligned with a defective pixel, press the
    ON/OFF (10) button to repair the pixel.
  • If successful, a short OK message appears next to the coordinates.
  • Further on, move the cross to repair another defective pixel. When moving the cross to the coordinates area, the latter goes to the lower right portion of the display.
  • To exit the defective pixel repair menu option, press and hold the MODE button for two seconds.

Return to default defective pixel pattern

  • If you wish to return to the default defective pixel pattern (i.e. restore all defective pixels previously repaired), select the icon in the pop-up submenu and press the MODE (8) button.
  • Options Yes and No appear on the right of the icon.
  • Use navigation buttons to select Yes and press the MODE button.
  • If you choose not to return to default pixel pattern, select No and press MODE button.
  • To exit the main menu, press and hold down the MODE button for two
    seconds or wait 10 seconds to exit automatically.

Attention! One or two pixels in the form of bright white or black 1-2 pixels dots are permitted on the display of thermal imager. These pixels cannot be
repaired and are not a defect.

USING CORE WITH OTHER OPTICAL DEVICES

You can use the CORE device not only as a monocular but also as an
attachment for optical devices.
Its original design allows the monocular to be quickly converted into
attachment and vice versa.

Conversion procedure:

  • џ Remove the monocular from the thermal unit by moving the lock (15) of the thermal imager adapter which holds the monocular and turning the monocular counterclockwise.
  • Install the cover ring adapter on your optical device using a metal adapter (bought separately). To do this:
  • Select a cover adapter with an insert of the required diameter (bought
    separately) depending on the outer diameter of the objective lens of the day device.
  • The figures 42 mm, 50 mm, 56 mm in adapter’s model name correspond to the optical diameter of the lens of your day device.
  • Measure the outer diameter of the housing of the lens of your day device and select an insert based on the data in the table below.
  • Example. If the lens diameter of your day device is 42mm, and the
    measured outer diameter of the housing of the lens of your day device is 47.2 mm, you need to use an insert with marking Ø 47.

Compatibility chart of inserts for day devices

Lens diamter of day device, mm Outer diameter of the housing of devices objective lens, mm Inner diameter of the insert, mm
42 45.5 45.5
46 46
46.5 46.5
46.7-47.6 47
47.7-48.6 48
48.7-49.6 49
49.7-50.6 50
50 51.6 51.6
53.4 53.4
54.7-55.6 55
55.7-56.6 56
56.7-57.6 57
57.7-58.6 58
58.7-59.6 59
56 59.7-60.6 60
60.7-61.6 61
61.7-62.6 62
62.7-63.6 63
63.7-64.6 64
64.7-65.6 65
  • Remove the cover (14) from the cover ring adapter by turning it counterclockwise.
  • Install the insert (12) fully into the adapter (13) (Fig.3)
  • Important! The insert must be installed with the tapered part facing
    downwards.
  • Install fully the adapter with the insert onto the objective lens (11) of the day device.
  • Snap the lever (19) from the original OPEN position to the CLOSE position (Fig.4). Check that the adapter fits the objective lens snugly.
Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

Instruction Manual PULSAR Core FXQ

If you see there is a gap please:

  • Loosen the locking screw (18) with the hex-nut wrench (S=2mm).
  • Tighten the screw (17) with hex-nut wrench (S=4mm) with a clamping force necessary to ensure that the adapter fits tightly the objective lens.
  • Tighten the locking screw (17).
    It is recommended that you degrease the objective lens body of your day device and the inner side of the insert before installing the cover adapter.
  • To install the thermal imager on a day device, match the adapter’s pins with the grooves on the thermal imager and turn clockwise, the lock (15) must snap.
  • To reattach the monocular back to the thermal unit, remove the day device, insert the monocular’s pins into the grooves of the thermal unit and rotate clockwise, until the lock snaps.

MAINTENANCE AND STORAGE

  • The unit features degree of protection IPX7/IPX5 (IPX7 – fully waterproof, submersible at 1 metre for 30 minutes; IPX5 – protection against intrusion of water jets).
  • Clean the device’s optical surfaces only if necessary, and use caution.
    Firstly, remove (by blowing with a blower brush or canned air) any dust or sand particles. Then proceed to clean by using camera/lens cleaning
    equipment approved for use with multicoated lenses. Do not pour the
    solution directly onto the lens!
  • Always store the unit in its carrying case in a dry, well-ventilated space. For prolonged storage, remove the batteries.
  • Batteries should not be exposed to excessive heat, such as sunshine, fire or similar sources.

TROUBLESHOOTING

Listed below are some potential problems that may occur when using the
device. Carry out the recommended checks and troubleshooting steps in the
order listed. Please note that the table does not list all of the possible problems. If the problem experienced with the scope is not listed, or if the
suggested action meant to correct it does not resolve the problem, please
contact the manufacturer.

Problem Possible cause Corrective action
The unit will not turn on The batteries have been incorrectly installed. Reinstall the batteries observing polarity.
The battery cover is not tightly closed. Close the battery cover tightly.
Contact points have oxidized in the battery compartment or on the battery cover due to leaking batteries or contact points becoming exposed to a chemically reactive solution. Clean the contacts of the battery compartment or the battery cover.
The batteries are fully Exhausted, or one or several batteries are faulty Install fresh batteries.
The image is blurry, with vertical stripes and uneven background Calibration is required. Perform calibration according to section 8 OPERATION.
Make sure the lenses are not misted or soiled. Clean the lenses with a cloth moistened with alcohol.
The image is too dark. The lowest brightness level is set. Adjust display brightness.
When using the scope at negative temperatures image quality is worse than at positive temperatures? Due to various thermal conductivity, objects (surrounding environment, background) under observation get warm faster at positive temperatures, which allows higher temperature contrast and, thus, quality of the image produced by a thermal imager, will be better. At low operating temperatures objects under observation (background) normally cool down to roughly equal temperatures which leads to lower temperature contrast, and to image quality (precision) degradation. This is normal for thermal imaging devices.
Click on the link to read frequently questions on thermal vision

http://www.pulsar-nv.com/support/faq

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