Thermal in your Pocket: Leupold's LTO


Thermal in your Pocket: Leupold’s LTO 

Richard Kilgore

One of the coolest gadgets we got to play with at SHOT was a new thermal imager from Leupold called the LTO-Tracker. This piece was designed for hunters to have more success in the field by better understanding their surroundings and making game easier to recover, as well as spotting game at night or in other conditions that hamper visibility.

Don’t think this is just for Fudds, though. Thermal imagers have other uses; if you hear a noise outside at night and don’t want to give away your position, you can use a thermal imager to see whether it’s a racoon hitting your trash can or a burglar checking to see if you locked your door. Likewise, there is a world of use in these for search and rescue purposes, or even seeing if those dual pane windows are letting too much heat out in the winter time.


Leupold’s LTO-Tracker is a compact thermal imager that’s only 5.6 inches long and weighs between nine and ten ounces. When we first saw them at SHOT, without realizing what they were, we thought Leupold had decided to enter the compact flashlight game!

The LTO-Tracker has a 21 degree field of view, 6x digital zoom, and a thermal detection distance of up to 600 yards. Once we figured out what it was we put it to use scanning the spectators walking around SHOT and started to encourage others to do the same.


There are six optional thermal palettes and a user-controlled reticle for quick target acquisition, so you can go from gray to blue to what Predator sees when he’s stalking Dutch in the jungle. But don’t let the reticle or the 30mm diameter “tube” fool you; this unit is not meant to be weapon-mounted. We’re sure we’ll see that down the road, just not right now. The LTO-Tracker sports Leupold’s distinctive Gold Ring (which has forever been the hallmark of quality in optics) and is designed, machined, and assembled in the United States.



In addition to several new firearms, the Leupold LTO-Tracker is one of this year’s most highly anticipated pieces of gear.

  • Thermal Sensor: 206 x 156
  • Operating Temperature: -4F to 140F
  • Temperature Detection Range: -40F to 572F
  • Fixed Focus With 6X Digital Zoom
  • Display: Direct View 1.22? Round
  • Display Resolution: 240 x 204 px
  • Startup Time: < 3 seconds
  • Detection Distance: 600 Yards
  • Battery: CR123
  • Battery Life: 10 Hours Continuous Use

We can’t wait to get our grubbies on one for a full review.

-Swingin’ Dick

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Richard "Swingin' Dick" Kilgore is half of the most storied celebrity action figure team in the world (and the half that doesn't prefer BBWs). He believes in American Exceptionalism, America, holding the door for any woman (lady or whore) and the idea that you should be held accountable for what comes out of your fucking mouth. Swingin' Dick has been a warrior gyrovague for many years now and is, apparently, impossible to kill -- he once had a complete body transplant after an IED hit the gun truck in which he was riding. True story, one of the Cav guys mailed his head and arm home. Swingin' Dick comes from a long line of soldiers and LEOs (his Great Uncle commanded an Air Cav battalion in Vietnam and his many times removed great grandfather was one of the few original Burt Mossman era Arizona Rangers). Swingin' Dick detests Joy Behar and Chris Matthews almost as much as he enjoys traveling the world to crush crime vice and evil. He believes the opportunity to lead eeeelight team of Breach Bang Clear minions is the most improbably awesome thing an action figure has ever done and he's immensely proud of his perfect hair. Loyalty and respect should start from the top down.

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5 thoughts on “Thermal in your Pocket: Leupold's LTO

  • February 5, 2017 at 4:09 am

    TTAG did a write up on this as well.

    Is it true that Leupold’s standard for “weapons mount” acceptability is retardedly high like a .300 Win Mag or similar? Readers over there suggested that it would be useful and long-lived on a 5.56 rifle.

  • February 3, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Detection at 600 yards means that one of the pixels shows something that has a heat signature, but the user cannot tell what that something is. What is the range for recognition, a.k.a I can tell if it is a person, a hog, dog, or raccoon?

  • February 2, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    some price info would be a big help. $1500 maybe, $15000 no can do.

    • February 3, 2017 at 9:49 am

      $699 retail

  • February 2, 2017 at 9:02 am

    I was disappointed to find out this wasn’t truly a monocular- meaning you don’t apparently hold it up to your eye, but rather away from it. Now I haven’t used it yet, but did you find this to be a issue?


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