Laser-induced fluorescence techniques have been used successfully for quant. two-dimensional measurements of nitric oxide. The commonly applied D-X(0, 1) or A-X(0, 0) schemes are restricted to atm.-pressure flames and engines driven with gaseous fuels because of strong attenuation of the exciting laser beam by combustion intermediates. The properties of a detection scheme for which excitation in the nitric oxide A-X(0, 2) band was used were investigated. We discuss the advantages of the A-X(0, 2) system (excited at 247.95 nm) based on measurements in laminar premixed methane/air flames at 1-40 bars.