Frequently Asked Questions About Installation of A Thermal Clip-On on Picatinny Rail In Front Of A Daytime Scope

In this blog post, we address some common questions to help you make an informed decision when choosing the Picatinny mount installation of a thermal clip-on unit for your night hunting adventures.

Q: Is the Picatinny mount that screws onto the bottom of the Clip-On reversible? (I have a short Picatinny rail on my rifle and can install the Clip-On mount only in a reversed way).

A: Yes, it is fully reversible. Please choose the LaRue Mount and Light Suppressor Kit, since the LaRue mount is slimmer than the standard mount and it should not interfere with the light suppressor if the mount is used in a reverse way.

Q: What is the Yoter-C’s height when mounted using the Picatinny mount?

A: Approximately 1.7” from the Picatinny rail to the middle axis of the clip-on. Standard “High-Profile” rings of a daytime scope are the best choice if you want to use a Picatinny mount for the clip-on. Please note that 43mm on the picture = 1.7”.

Bering Optics Super Yoter С Clip-On Attachment For Night Hunting Is Shown Installed On A Rifle Picatinny Rail In Front Of A Daytime Scope, And The Size Of The Daytime Scope Installation Rings Is Marked On A Ring Picture

Q: Is it the industry standard 1.5”? (My ring height is 1.5”)

A: 1.5” is one of the industry standards for medium-high profile rings. With that height of the rings, there's going to be some offset between your daytime scope and the clip-on, like in the picture below. It is not optimal, but you will still be able to adjust your zero following the Clip-On Zeroing Procedure, which we discussed in a separate article HERE.

Bering Optics Super Hogster C Thermal ClipOn Unit is shown installed on a rifle in front of daytime scope.


Q: What are the advantages of the LaRue mount over the standard QD mount?

A: The LaRue Mount is more advanced than the Standard Mount. There are two major differences:

  1. The LaRue mount has a sliding lock on the lever. When the lock is engaged, the lever can't be opened, which prevents the release of the Picatinny mount if the lever is accidentally pulled.
  2. The second major difference between these two mounts is that the LaRue mount has more convenient tension control. Both Picatinny mounts have adjustable tension mechanisms to accommodate different Picatinny rails. The LaRue Mount has a sprocket on the bottom. Rotating the sprocket will adjust the tension. You may count clicks. You may also mark the position of the sprocket to remember the tension for each rifle with which you have zeroed your device. It influences the repeatability of zero. The Standard Mount has a nut on the opposite side of the handle. You have to press the spring-loaded handle for the nut to get out of the slot, then you can tighten or loosen the nut, and make sure that the nut goes back into the slot when you release the handle, and the spring will push the handle out. That allows users to make sure that the mount has the proper tension, but it is difficult to remember which position of the nut was for each rifle. Therefore, the rule of thumb should apply: When you close the lever, it should almost freely close up to 45 degrees and then you have to force it to lock.
  • Also, there is an advantage if you have a short Picatinny Rail and want to use the mount in a reverse way on the same Picatinny rail with the daytime scope since the LaRue mount is slimmer than the standard mount and it should not interfere with the light suppressor if the mount is used in a reverse way.
  • With all this said, the only disadvantage of the LaRue Mount is that it will not lock on a non-standard ultra-low-profile Picatinny rail. Some people decided to modify the standard rail to make the scope axis about ¼” lower. This is a very doubtful solution, as it provides a little gain in accuracy and rules out many mounts designed for standard rails. Bering Optics Standard mount will lock on this non-standard ultra-low-profile Picatinny rail.

    Q: How much precision does the rifle maintain with the clip-on installed?

    A: Installing the clip-on on the Picatinny mount is not the only option. In fact, this type of installation typically allows for hunting accuracy at 200-300 yards, which is common for many ARs of all kinds. If you are a long-range shooter, and you want to achieve greater precision, please consider using a custom-made through-lever adapter, at least for your most accurate rifle. Take a look at the Through-Lever Adaptor and browse through the images. This adapter ensures perfect centering of the clip-on with the daytime scope. With such a setup, we hit a target at 1,100 yards when testing the Super-Yoter C clip-on attachment for the manufacturer.

    Q: Is there a better option clip-on at this price point? Say under $7000?

    A: We do not know of any. Please let us know if you find one! For the head-to-head comparison of the clip-ons, please pay attention to the following parameters:

    • It should be a Vanadium Oxide thermal core (left image). Huge difference if it is an amorphous silicon core (right image). US militaries are using VOx cores for a reason. Please look here if you need more technical details: THERMAL SENSORS BACKGROUND FACTS
    Image from Bering Optics Thermal Scope is compared with the thermal image of the same scene produced by a thermal scope made by a competitor
    • Thermal core resolution should not be less than 640 x 480 pixels.
    • The thermal matrix pitch should not be more than 12 microns. It influences the pixilation of the image when you zoom in with your daytime scope.
    • The lens should be 50 mm. It’s gonna be a significantly smaller field of view of your thermal image at Zoom 1x with 35mm or a smaller lens, and you will not be able to zoom in with your daytime scope significantly.
    • The lens material must be high-end germanium to match other parameters and ensure that the thermal image quality is high enough to handle your daytime scope magnification of 16x or more.
    • The refresh rate should be 50Hz or 60Hz. The human eye can’t catch the difference between 50 and 60 (an HD movie shown in a theater is usually filmed at 24 frames per second). But it is good to have 50+ for fast-moving targets.