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Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide is a Lithuanian company that designs and manufactures outdoor optics, including binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle sights, rangefinders, and a selection of night vision systems. Recently, the company has ventured into the thermal imaging market, with a British made thermal imager, the Pulsar Quantum.
The firm owns factories in Lithuania, Belarus, Scotland, USA, and PRC. Beltex Optics is the Belarusian subsidiary of Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide, (Russian: Белтекс Оптик) who manufactures high quality optics. Other factories are based in Scotland (Polaris Vision Systems), USA (Pulsar Systems USA), Lithuania (UAB Yukon Advanced Optics, and China (OPYU Enterprise China). The company also markets telescopic sights and night vision devices under the brandname PULSAR.
The brand Yukon Advanced Optics is used for products for the medium to upper end of the consumer and professional market, whilst the Pulsar brand is targeted towards the higher end consumer and professional user. Yukon branded products include a range of daylight optics, some of which represent breakthrough technologies, such as incorporating a Catadioptric design in a hand-held consumer spotting scope for example. Yukon Advanced Optics Worldwide is the brand for night vision systems, with technology that includes both IIT and Digital night vision. Pulsar products comprise mainly of night vision and thermal imaging equipment, which employs IIT technology (CF-Supertube, Generation 2+ and Generation 3), and digital night vision technology.
The Pulsar Digisight N550 (which ceased production in September 2012, and has now been replaced by the Pulsar N750 Digisight) had performance comparable to Gen2 and resolution comparable to lower-end Gen3 systems, but at a fraction of the price. The Pulsar Digisight, and recently released Pulsar Forward DFA75 and Pulsar DN55 digital front attachment are further advances
Since 2012, the firm has developed, and continues to develop, a range of cutting edge thermal imagers, notably the Pulsar Quantum hand-held monoculars, and the Pulsar Apex HD/XD range of thermal rifle sights. These products use ULIS resistive amorphous silicon microbolometers, with refresh rates of 30Hz and 50Hz, which firmly puts them at the forefront of uncooled thermal imager performance.