I wanted to power my scope externally vs the limited capability of the internal AA option but I didn't want to spend another $100 doing it. I am powering my IR illuminator with rechargeable RCR134s so I only needed power for the scope. This is what I came up with.
This is an 8000mAh powerpack. It will power the scope for 8-10 hours with everything on(GPS, WIfi, etc), depending on the temperature. I bought a cheap 30mm scope ring mount to attach it with. The balance is good. I don't have to deal with anything attached to the stock (I didn't like that feeling) and my cable is in a better location as well.
The total cost was half of the price of the ATN external battery pack. I can also mount it forward of the scope on my rail if I wanted to have my light back next to the scope. Right now my light is mounted under the barrel.
I did have to get some longer screws (4.0-.7mm x 25mm) for the scope mount as the power pack is not exactly round, it is shaped more like an E-Long race track.
Hi folk, this is my first post here. Using the X-Sight II for 2 years now and the range finder since the first of the year, very happy with it.
This battery mount is similar to my approach, but I 3D printed a set of mounts to attach a 6,000 mAh USB battery to the main rail leaving the illuminator rail free for the illuminator. This gives me something over 6 hours of use. I also printed a cover for the side port that uses O-rings to seal around the cover and the plug. I also found a 6” USB cable on Amazon that made the installation neat.
On one of the photos you can also see the reduced aperture I printed for day time use that pops in and out so that I don’t have to take the range finder off to install/remove the factory supplied aperture. Seems like this would be a good thing for ATN to make.
Let me apologize for the photos being on their side, they are upright on my machine
It has a little less power than some that others are using, but it is round and I attached mine to the scope with a 30 mm QD scope ring. Note, I think I may have actually used used a slightly larger ring, like 32 mm. It's been awhile. I recall it was an odd size. The power pack is actually a tad over 3cm in dia. I have a piece of bicycle inner tube between the battery pack and the rings to keep it from slipping.
I use my Kentili internal batteries more often though, they last for hours.
Hog wild how well does the ABL work on top? The instructions say it’s a side mount. Figured that was for zero adjustments. How far have you gone out with it?
The ABL is working very well like this. I put in on top so that it would not block the illuminator, this was ATNs advice to Optics Planet to pass on to customers. This had the side benefit of letting the rifle go into a hard case. I have ranged cows out to 800 yards, tree lines to near 1000, very solid performance.
At night you can see the ranging laser pulses through the scope, which helps line it up. In fact I lined up the ABL reticle at night when I could see both the reticle and the laser pulse. Far more accurate than using the red aiming laser that is built in.
You can also tell that the laser pulses are stretched out in one direction. In the normal position they would form a vertical line, with it turned the way I have it is a horizontal line, which I think might work better, since most animals body you would range are wider than they are tall (easier to keep all the laser energy on the body).
dougman: I have some older firmwares for the x1 and x2
Nov 11, 2019 13:05:45 GMT -8
dougman: sideload program on atn firmware update sight. Download it for windows 10 and use the usb cord from scope to pc and sideload after installing the program.
Nov 11, 2019 13:36:23 GMT -8
savage308: just found this forum and will be here a lot.
Nov 11, 2019 17:45:41 GMT -8
savage308: I see some users add an ir light . why.
Nov 11, 2019 17:47:50 GMT -8
tp: Hi, I'm looking for informations. Is it necessary to make a control shout if I upload the new firmwares and reset the devices? I note before the update the currently coordinate and after update/reset I give on this coordinate in settings systems. Thanks.
Nov 16, 2019 1:31:21 GMT -8
tp: Sry for my bad English skills, I'll try again. At first I saved the current coordinates (x,y). Afterwards I updated the software and reseted the system. Then I putted the saved coordinates in again. My question is: Am I supposed to make a control shot
Nov 16, 2019 3:38:45 GMT -8
jhaberly: You do not need an ir light for thermal scopes. The X-Sight 4K sees in the ir spectrum and presents it to you as visible on the view screen.
Nov 22, 2019 12:24:15 GMT -8
rcarpen128: I have a thor 4 that has been great but now I can not get it to power on. Is there anyway to reset so will power on?
Nov 22, 2019 12:32:04 GMT -8
jhaberly: I have the 4K PRO and it made a click sound when it powered on and off. Did the Thor 4 do that as well? If so you'll know if it's turning on and off (off by holding Power for 15 seconds or more).
Nov 22, 2019 12:51:13 GMT -8
jhaberly: I downloaded the PC-based application to force a firmware re-load and that fixed it. Somehow it got wedged so it appeared that nothing was working.
Nov 22, 2019 12:51:42 GMT -8
janus: Hi , I have Binox 4k , after replacement from ATN service I have still the same problem , blind screen or does not start up or I can see thru one ocular , I’m gonna again call to ATN support but maybe someone had the same problem , thx
Nov 26, 2019 9:06:55 GMT -8
nick0962: Im trying to up date but I don't know were to go
Nov 27, 2019 18:47:45 GMT -8
tkadja: I am a new owner of a 4k 3-14; hoping to get it set up in the next couple of weeks. Living in SW Florida.
Nov 28, 2019 10:22:21 GMT -8
82andy: I have a Thor LT 3-6X and I’m having the same problem. I fired a zero shot and two more shots to confirm the zero and now I can not get it to turn on. I’ve charged it for 10 hours but to no avail. Does anyone have a remedy
Nov 28, 2019 15:46:18 GMT -8
mla: Have a lot of probems with Thor4, 1,25-5. Blue screen, freezing etc. More worse for every new firmware, now back to 3.3.05.357. Someone know if my scope with Device Serial x-x-b5sF is gen1? Someone who have firmware 3.3,01,196 and or 3.3.03.275? T.I.A//mla
Nov 30, 2019 9:09:05 GMT -8
zmantn: Has anybody been able to get the ThOR 4 app, using bluetooth to pair,to work on an Android phone? If so, what is the version of Android is the phone using?
Dec 5, 2019 18:27:18 GMT -8
sohail: i just bought a 4k 3-14 from dubai ...after using couple od days it went dark..... i can hear the on and off sounds but no visual....i found u ppl can force reset the scope through laptop... i downloaded the blue stacks and installed obsidian on my lappy
Dec 8, 2019 23:46:21 GMT -8
sohail: but cannot connect the scope via usb or reset the scope either...can u put me to right direction?... thanks
Dec 8, 2019 23:47:32 GMT -8
simon1979: done recent update on x-sight 4k, but now it doesn't support my zero profile on my sd card?
Dec 9, 2019 13:57:50 GMT -8