CHARON LIGHT ­–small-size automated thermal sighting system, which is realizing functions of sight, red-dot sight, thermal imaging monocular, rangefinder and ballistic calculator, provides a comfortable overview of the area, searching, detection and aimed firing at distances up to 600 meters.

CHARON LIGHT designed for civil or military purposes, can be settled on small arms and opens new capabilities for detecting of camouflaged, partially concealed by landscape of area thermal contrast targets at day or night, in rain, snow, fog, dust storm, heat and other adverse weather conditions. Integrated ballistic calculator will automatically move an aiming reticle considering of the range and elevation angle of target, atmospheric pressure, air temperature and humidity and ballistic data of used ammunition. All that remains to be done by user is to coinside center of the aiming mark with target and pull the trigger.

CHARON LIGHT – is a modern hi-tech element base of the electronic unit and advanced functional capabilities in one compact device. Thermal imaging sensor, Linux OS based computer, ballistic calculator, OLED screen, GPS module, 3-axis gyro sensor, G meter, electronic compass, auxiliary sensors, audio and video recorders, interfaces of remote control, communication and data transfer are integrated into compact high-strength sealed aluminum-magnesium alloy case.

CHARON LIGHT optionally equipped with:

  • Laser rangefinder of IR&D company, which can be mounted up on the sight or the weapon’s foregrip and connects with the ballistic module by wire or telemetric radio channel;
  • IR&D Windmaster meteorological station with ultrasonic sensor of wind speed and direction (without vane and impeller), pressure, air temperature and humidity sensor;
  • Application for target coordinates calculation and its displaying at the electronic map, which is installed to smartphones or tablets (iOS / Android);

Easy to use, versatile and multifunctional CHARON LIGHT is perfect as a standalone thermal sight or observation device.

Optical system
Lens 35 mm f/1.5
Zoom x2, x4, x8, x16
Field of view, 0 8,9 х 6,7
Field of view, m for 100 m / yd for 109 yd 15,5 x 11,7 / 16,9 х 12,8
Minimal click value, mm, for 100 m 2,4
Human detection range, m/yd 1140 / 1247
Human recognition range, m/yd 280 / 306
Human identification range, m/yd 142 / 155
Sight mode/ballistics
Maximal shooting range, m/yd 600 / 656
Data base for 8 types of rifles +
Data base for 3 types of ammunition to a rifle +
Built-in ballistic calculator +
Table ballistic calculator +
Automatic reticle correction for distance, elevation adjustment, atmosphere (temperature, pressure, humidity) +, atmospheric parameters are entered manually or with a weather station
Rifle zeroing with one shot +
Selection of a rifle zeroing distance (10 – 300 m) +
Selection of a reticle type and brightness +
Thermal sensor
Type uncooled microbolometer
Resolution 336×254
Pixel size 17 µm
Spectral range 7.5 – 13.5 µm
Frame rate PAL/NTSC, Hz 8.3/7.5; 25/30; 50/60
NEdT, F1.0 < 50 mK
Monochrome and colour palletes Yes, 12 modes
Sensor calibration Auto, by lens cap
Connection of an external rangefinder (via radio) Yes, option
Resolution 800х600
Eye relief 60 mm
Diopter adjustment ±3 diopters
USB microUSB
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth +
Radio interface, 2.4 GHz +
Additional functions
Internal flash memory Yes, 4 Gb
Audio, video, photo recording +
Data reading of a microSD or internal memory via USB +
Firmware upgrade via USB, microSD +
Streaming video transmission via Wi-Fi +
Setting and control via Wi-Fi +
Connection of additional devices (remote, wind station, etc.) via a radio channel +
Profile settings Yes, 5
Setting via IR&D software +
Quick menu +
Buit-in navigation and mapping +
Self-location and target location on the integrated map +
Picture in picture mode +
Target size measurement +
Video recording modes Per shot, per motion detection, manually
Power saving modes +
Integrated motion detector +
Digital image gyrostabilization +
System settings
Switch-on time Within 15 sec
Battery life > 2 hrs (at 0°С)
Battery type 2x CR123A or 2х 16340
Input for an external power supply +
Range of the external power supply voltage, V 5 ± 0.3
Integrated sensors
Shot sensor +
Rest  sensor +
Free Fall sensor +
Elevation sensor +
Roll angle sensor +
Switch-off timer +
GPS module +
Digital compass +
Gyroscope +
Physical parameters
Operating temperature range -45°C … +65°C
Ingress protection rating (Waterproof) IP66
Housing material Aluminum-magnesium alloy
Dimensions, mm 181 x 63 x 51
Weight (without batteries), g 197



  • IR&D high-selective rangefinder operation modes: through translucent barrier, in fog, dust-storm and in other adverse weather conditions at whole distances range from 6 to 2000 meters (optional);
  • Built-in GPS module and electronic compass;
  • Built-in sensors: shot, rest, tilt and elevation angles, free fall, eye, 3-axis gyro sensor and G meter;
  • Automatic calculation of exterior ballistics of the bullet at the distance up to 600 meters;
  • Shooting by using of the reticle center – auto correction of reticle position considering:
  • Target range;
  • Elevation angle;
  • Atmospheric pressure, air temperature and humidity;
  • Ballistic data of the bullet.
  • Innovation aiming mode , which provides user with ability to fire on moving target from volatile position when image is stabilized;
  • Image stabilization in the observation mode (hand tremor, moving transport);
  • Motion detection – when motion of a thermal contrast target is detected, shooter is notified by the indication on the screen or sound notification to Bluetooth headset and vibration of remote control (wristband) (security alert);
  • Target size measurement function – after target range measurement or range input, provides an opportunity to visually determine linear target dimensions with high accuracy and without mathematical calculations, in any zoom, by using of graphic ruler;
  • Automatic target size measurement function – provides an opportunity to determine linear dimensions of a thermal target through the process of range measuring by the rangefinder; (presence of the rangefinder is required);
  • Front Focus software modeling – reticle scales synchronously with target at zoom changing, which provides by using of the MIL/MOA reticle:
    • make corrections when aim-off at a moving target;
    • determine distance to a target knowing of target’s angular dimensions (without using of the rangefinder);
    • determine target dimension at known distance;
  • Thermal red-dot sight mode for quick shooting in wide field of view;
  • PIP (picture in picture) provide comfort aiming at any zoom and at the same time to control all the field of view at the panoramic view screen (electronic collimator);
  • iOS / Android application for smartphone or tablet for target coordinates calculation and its displaying at the electronic map (option);
  • Automatic calculation of target coordinates (by range, elevation angle, azimuth and device’s coordinates);
  • Navigation service with routing to position of hitting a target;
  • One-shot zeroing mode;
  • Zeroing correction mode – selection of the click value by zoom changing (minimal click value at maximal zoom);
  • Counting of number of shots for each ammunition and rifle;
  • Ballistic data base and zeroing information for three ammunition for each of eight rifles (just select pre-saved profile of rifle and ammunition when reinstalling of sighting system to another rifle);
  • Profiles – joins and saves numerous personal settings. User can quickly select most suitable profile to the firing conditions (time of day, weather, landscape);
  • Own-produced brackets have patented design, provides stable repeatability of installation to a rifle as part of the system and do not requires addition zeroing;
  • Open Red-dot sight attaching point (additional aiming tool);
  • External power unit (optional);
  • Connection of the wireless accessories via telemetric radio channel:
    • IR&D remote control and alert unit (wristband) (optional);
    • IR&D Windmaster meteorological station with ultrasonic wind speed and direction sensors (without free-floating vane or impellor),pressure sensor, air temperature and humidity sensors (optional);
    • Kestrel meteorological station (optional);
    • Bluetooth-headset for voice guidance about operating modes and results of calculation (optional);
    • Helmet-mounted monitors (optional).
  • Target designator (optional);
  • «Friend-or-foe» system (optional);
  • Rangefinders hunting detector (optional);
  • Photo and video recording with telemetric information overlaying; (built-in memory 4 GB);
  • Automatic video recording by event: «shot», «detection by the motion detector» with capability to set recording time frame before and after the event;
  • Automatic photo recording at the shot;
  • Video streaming with telemetric information overlaying via WI-FI to smartphones and tablets (iOS / Android);
  • Matching of a recorded photo and video to the digital terrain map (geotagging);
  • Adjustment and operating of the device by using of IR&D Software application for smartphones and tablets (iOS / Android);
  • Database backup to internal memory of the device;
  • Ability of independent software update from the manufacturer site (developing of new functions and software);
  • Ability to finish writing and creation of a new functionality by technical specifications of the customer;
  • English, German, French and Spanish interface. Ability of any language support by the customer’s request is provided(optional);
  • Online service, advisory support and training, twenty-four-hour support for the customers.