About the Device
The Leica Calonox Sight SE is a new clip-on device that offers all the features a demanding hunter needs, without compromising on quality, technology, or service. Based on the proven Leica Calonox Sight, it focuses on practicality and is available at an attractive price point.
Mounting and Calibration
One of the main advantages of the Leica Calonox Sight SE is its repeatable and secure mounting on all common riflescopes. The device is intuitive to mount and calibrate; however, there are video tutorials on the Leica website which clearly explain the individual steps. The reticle correction helps when zeroing in, and adapters are available for all common riflescopes. The one-piece design ensures reliability and guarantees a consistently precise, repeatable point of impact. Like many other NV and thermal devices, the Calonox Sight SE uses the Dedal mounting standard (M52x0.75) for mounting purposes. You can learn more about clip-on adapters mounting standards in our article.
Compared to its predecessor, the SE version has a few key differences that set it apart from the Calonox Sight. Firstly, the SE does not come equipped with Bluetooth wireless connectivity, which means that it cannot be connected wirelessly to other devices. Secondly, the scope of delivery for the SE version is reduced compared to the Calonox, which means that it includes fewer components and accessories. In other words, it is a simplified version of the Calonox, thus it can be offered at a more affordable price.
The Calonox Sight SE offers excellent image quality to recognize and identify game. The device is capable of detecting, recognizing, and identifying targets of a defined size of 1.7 x 0.5 meters at varying distances: with detection being possible at 2000 meters, recognition at 700 meters, and precise identification at 350 meters. Users can keep an eye on their surroundings constantly, thanks to the large field of view.
There are four color modes for high-contrast detail recognition available - Red Hot, White Hot, Black Hot, and Rainbow - allowing the user to select the best mode for the situation and identify game with confidence. The image quality is further enhanced by the bright 42-mm lens and high-end vanadium oxide (VOx) 17 μm sensor with 384 x 288 pixels. Additionally, Leica's own image processing (Leica Image Optimization – LIOTM) produces fine color gradations, excellent contrast, and impressive detail, all of which are displayed on the OLED display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
Effortless Operation in All Conditions
The Leica Calonox Sight SE is engineered for optimal ease of use. The device can be attached to a riflescope with the aid of an adapter and controlled with just three buttons, making it easy to navigate. Its cylindrical shape allows for a comfortable grip, which enables the user to operate it quickly and safely even when wearing gloves in cold weather. It is built with durability in mind, ensuring that it can withstand demanding hunting conditions.
The high-performance rechargeable battery has a runtime of 8 to 11 hours and can be connected to a power bank through a USB interface for extended use. The battery is housed securely within a rugged housing that is designed to withstand mechanical impacts, cold temperatures, and harsh weather conditions.
Final Thoughts and Pricing
Customers will be happy to learn that Leica's repair shops are still located in Germany, the birthplace of the company. The device will come with a 2-year warranty and will be available for the price of 2999 €, which is significantly cheaper compared to the Calonox Sight. With its precise and repeatable performance, good imaging quality, and easy and intuitive operation, it presents an excellent choice for hunters looking for a reliable, high-quality thermal imaging device.