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The Bering Optics Super Yoter R 3-12x50mm Thermal Weapon Scope uses a 640×480 resolution, 12-micron thermal core with a NETD rating of <40 MK. It has a 3X base magnification that is suitable for all types of night hunting in any terrain. The image is excellent, even at higher magnification levels. It is a very compact, lightweight package and sells for $4595.
The scope is only 8.5″ long x 3.15″ high x 2.36″ wide (195x72x60mm) and weighs only 20 ounces (with mount). It can easily be used as a thermal riflescope or a handheld thermal monocular for scanning.
The scope came with the excellent low-profile Quick-Detach LaRue Tactical® lockable mount that attaches to any firearm or crossbow equipped with a Picatinny rail. A QR mount is essential if you plan to use the scope on multiple firearms or want to use it as a combination scope/scanner. It only has one lever but it worked well and kept the scope secured to the rifle in our testing and hunting. It returned to within one MOA during our range test swapping it between rifles.
The Bering Optics Super Yoter has uses a 12-micron Vanadium Oxide (VOx) thermal core and 50mm Germanium optical lens for outstanding image quality. The 12 Micron processor also makes it possible to raise the base magnification to 3X with a 50mm lens and physically short scope body. The field of view at 100 yards is 40 feet which makes a good choice for any type of night hunting. The combination of the 640X480 Resolution and 12 Micron pixel pitch, make it ideal for coyote hunters who routinely have to make long shots. You get a good image even at higher magnification levels.
Outstanding Image Quality
It has photo capturing and video recording but does not record audio.
The Picture-in-Picture function provides you a 2X multiplied window on the top center of the display.
The Super Yoter has a Stradiametric Rangefinder function to estimate the distance to the targets of known size.
You can save four zero profiles in the Super Yoter. It gives you the capability to set up profiles for different rifles or different loads for the same rifle.
It features manual control of the image sharpness and screen brightness, manual control of the contrast, and manual control of the image background balance of white (Cool or Warm).
Other handy features include an inclinometer to help you keep the scope level, a digital compass, and a battery status indicator on the display screen. If you encounter a bad pixel on the screen, it has a blind pixel repair tool.
The Super Yoter lets you easily change the brightness and contrast for different weather conditions.
It also has 8 different reticle designs and three of those are BDC reticles.
Scroll to the bottom for a complete list of Super Yoter specifications and what comes in the box.
The Super Yoter uses only three control buttons, located on the top of the scope. You have a power button at the front, the menu button in the center, and a record/calibration button in the rear. All the functions and menus are accessed through these three buttons with a series of long and short presses. The power button also controls the zoom with short presses and the rear button lets you video with a long press.
Operating the front adjustable objective lens is very easy with the larger 50mm lens. The adjustment ring has a raised area on the ring to make it easier to turn and locate at night. It turns smoothly and resistance is just enough to keep it set during recoil so it does not move until you physically turn it. The same is true with the ocular lens adjustment. Just set it and it stays put.
The control buttons and focus adjustments have a clean layout and everything you need during the hunt is one push of a button or turn of the focus ring. Zoom, power, power standby, manual NUC and video recording can be done with a push of a button.
Because the Super Yoter only has 3 buttons, they are larger than the buttons on some other compact scopes, making them easier to use while hunting. The controls are equally good for right or left-hand shooters.
The Super Yoter has four color palettes – White Hot, Black Hot, Red Hot & Colored Hot. I am glad they just have the four. Like most people, I will only use two of these while hunting and play around with the other two now and then. I do think the Colored Hot is useful to rest your eyes on long hunts. There is an adjustment in the settings to set the background balance for cooler/warmer conditions for an improved image for different weather conditions.
The scope has 8 reticle patterns including 3 ranging reticles for those long shots at stubborn varmints that hang up at the long-range. The BDC works at any magnification level with the ranging reticles. Each of the reticle patterns has four color options; red, green, black, and white.
You can change reticles on each profile without affecting the zero of the scope.
The location of the single-lever mount makes the Super Yoter bolt action friendly. The mount is located at the front of the scope, so you can mount it far enough back on a bolt action rifle for proper eye relief on most rifles. You may need a raised comb, but the eye relief is adequate.
If you shoot an MSR most of the time and a bolt action occasionally, the Super Yoter should work for you. If your primary rifle is a bolt action or conventional semi-auto, you may want to consider a tube-type thermal scope.
The best things about the new 640 Super Yoter R is the great image and ease of use. You get a super image that can be tweaked with manual adjustments for different weather conditions and climates. You will have to learn how to use those adjustments for the very best image, but it will pay off in bad thermal conditions. It is also easy to operate at night for all shooters.
The Bering Optics Super Yoter is great for hunting coyotes and hogs. It has a great image at base magnification as you can see in the video, and it also has an excellent image when the magnification is zoomed to 2 or 3 times for longer shots.
I like the 3X base power of the Super Yoter. It makes aiming easy and the 40-foot field of view at 100 yards is adequate for my needs. I use a thermal scanner for locating game, so the field of view works for me. Using this scope to scan while mounted on your rifle may be more of a challenge.
Doug really gave the Super Yoter a workout and everything worked just as advertised. It is easy to set up and easy to operate at night when the action heats up. I like the 3-button operation more than I expected. Easy and quick to use when zooming or starting the video recording. Easy to use the menu during setup after you learn what some of the icons mean.
The only thing I did not like is the short battery life. It eats CR123 Lithium batteries like candy. Plan on using rechargeable CR123’s or even better, a 5V DC power bank like an Anker PowerCore 10K. It has a special 3.7-volt setting when not running CR123 Lithium batteries.
The Super Yoter has a standby mode to save power. Push the power and menu button simultaneously and it turns off the screen to save power. A short push on the power button takes it off standby to full image in an instant. A needed feature for this scope.
The Super Yoter is a great choice for any type of night hunting and especially good for coyote hunting. It has a great image and it is very easy to use. The compact size and light weight make it easy to carry on long hunts. The button layout on the top of the scope makes it easy to access so you can zoom and record with a click of a button.
About the only shortcoming of the Yoter is its short battery life, but the Standby feature does help. My suggestion is to not let this issue stop you from selecting the Super Yoter. Just get an inexpensive power bank and don’t worry about it.
I also hope audio recording will be offered in the future.
In the Box:
I am writing this in April of 2022. Right now, the Bering Optics Super Yoter models are in stock but flying off the shelves. If you want a new Super Yoter thermal scope, call Jason at Outdoor Legacy Gear at (877) 350-1818. If the Super Yoter is out of stock you can get on the waiting list or pre-order on the website for $100 deposit. Jason will take the time to help you decide what thermal scope or other night vision optic is best for your hunting needs.
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