New Thermal Scanners from Pulsar – Helion 2 XQ50F


    Looking for a thermal scanner or didn’t know that you needed one? There are many models on the market and if the Pulsar XM30S and Axion XQ38s feel too small and the Accolade 2 LRF XP50 Thermal Binoculars too big, there’s soon a remedy in the form of an updated version of the Pulsar Helion 2 XQ monocular models.

    The body is brand new and made of magnesium. The sensor is high-spec with <40 mK 384х288 @ 17µm with a new fast aperture germanium lens (f1.0) which should allow for great heat signature detection. Whatever the new Helion 2 XQ detects, it will transfer to your eyes via a full-color HD AMOLED display, and you can also record .mp4 videos in 1024×760.

    Two new models are available, the Helion 2 XQ38F with a magnification between 3-12 and the Helion 2 XQ50F with a magnification between 4.5-18.

    Why do you need a thermal scanner? Even a hunter with the best thermal riflescope gets tired of scanning through the sight, so if your budget allows, a hand-held scanner is a welcome device. It’s a great tool to detect what’s around you, even in daylight. The detection range is up to 1800 meters or almost 2000 yards.

    Pulsar Helion 2

    Here is the product announcement from Pulsar.


    Yukon Advanced Optics, the leading developer and manufacturer of night and thermal vision optics for outdoor professionals and hobbyists, is launching HELION 2 XQ38F and HELION 2 XQ50F thermal imaging monoculars. This is an update to the extremely popular Helion XQ series – a practical full-featured thermal imaging monoculars for hunting and other outdoor activities with extended operation time and in a medium price segment.

    Helion 2 XQ comes in a brand new magnesium alloy body that makes already rugged Helion even more shock resistant. However, most important upgrades hide within.

    • Sensitive <40 mK 384х288 @ 17µm sensor in combination with new fast aperture germanium lens (f1.0) allows even greater heat signature detection.
    • Full colour HD AMOLED display will help you see that thermal image even clearer and record the video in .mp4 format in 1024×768
    • 9 hours of non-stop operation with quickly replaceable IPS7 and rechargeable external battery.


    The features that all Pulsar users are already accustomed to are also available in Helion 2 XQ series:

    • Image boost technology
    • Built-in photo and video recorder
    • 16 Gb Internal memory
    • Variable digital zoom
    • Picture-in-Picture mode
    • 8 colour palettes
    • Wi-Fi, integration with iOS and Android devices
    • IPX7 Waterproof Rated

    Key technical specs for both models:

    Model Helion 2 XQ38F Helion 2 XQ50F
    Sensor resolution, pixel 384×288 384×288
    NETD, mK <40 <40
    Pixel Pitch, µm 17 17
    Framerate, fps 50 50
    Lens focus, mm 35 50
    Lens relative aperture f1.0 f1.0
    Display resolution, pixel 1024×768 1024×768
    Magnification, x 3-12 4.5-18
    Horizontal field of view,° 10.7 7.5
    Type of rangefinder Stadiametric Stadiametric
    Video & photo recorder + +
    Internal memory, Gb 16 16
    Detection range, m 1350 1800
    Protection level IPX7 IPX7
    Weight, kg 0.45 0.5

    New Pulsar HELION 2 XQ50F Thermal Imaging Monocular

    Unfortunately, we could not find any information about pricing yet. The Helion 2 is made in Europe.

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    Eric B

    Ex-Arctic Ranger. Competitive practical shooter and hunter with a European focus. Always ready to increase my collection of modern semi-automatics, optics, thermals and suppressors. TCCC Certified. Occasionaly seen in a 6×6 Bug Out Vehicle, always with a big smile.