Pulsar Helion 2

New Zealand’s favourite thermal imager has just received a major performance upgrade!

Proven by professionals, chosen by recreationalists

The Pulsar Helion 2 is the latest version of the highly popular and sought after Helion, first introduced in 2017, it rapidly became a first choice thermal imager of recreational and professional users alike.

The two defining reasons why the Helion 2 is better are performance and looks. A whopping 20% increase in imaging performance over the previous model is due to a new higher sensitivity thermal sensor. This improves image quality in low contrast scenes and greater penetration through foliage, smoke and mist.

The image is presented on a HD AMOLED 1024×768 viewfinder screen for pin sharp clarity for an enhanced target identification.

The new robust and waterproof machined magnesium alloy body feels great and looks fantastic. It also acts as a very effective heat-sink that maintains optimal internal temperature that helps to produce a better, more stable image.

Under the terms of our internationally binding BIS license, military grade sensors are categorised as ‘Dual-use’ and must not be exported outside of New Zealand.

640×480 or 384×288 sensor?

The Pulsar Helion 2 is available with a choice of 384×288 or 640×480 pixel sensor. 640×480 pixel sensor produces an image with a larger field-of-view and the ability to increase the device’s magnification whilst maintaining a more detailed image.

The 384×288 sensor has the same detection and recognition range as the 640×480, but has a narrower field-of-view and a lower cost. The 640×480 model also has interchangeable lenses for a more professional feature set.

See the infomation below for a better understanding of the magnification and field-of-view differences between the two sensor sizes.


384×288 Pulsar Helion XQ50F set at base magnification of 4.1x.
Increasing the magnification of the 640×480 sensor from a base magnification of 2.5x to 5x (2x zoom) provides an image that is comparable to the 384×288 sensor in quality but with a slightly higher magnification. Both models are fitted with a 50mm focal length lens.
At base magnification the image portion in the yellow retangle represents the field-of-view of a 384×288 sensor, while the whole image is representative of the 640×480 sensor.
A Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 with a 640×480 sensor has a wider field-of-view than a Pulsar Helion 2 XQ50F with a 384×288 sensor when both are used at their respective base magnifications. The image in the yellow square represents the field-of-view of a Pulsar Helion XQ50F.

The 640×480 unit has a lower magnification and wider field-of-view than the 384×288 unit, but when the 640×480 unit is zoomed to 2x, the image quality and field-of-view is similar to the 384×288 unit at base magnification. This makes the 640×480 sensor very useful because it offers the same high magnification and resolution capability as the 384×288 unit, but with the option of having a wider field-of-view. This is especially useful for night hunting when targets may be engaged at closer distances, as well as for marine, search and rescue tasks when a large area needs to be scanned.

For most purposes, the Pulsar Helion 2 XQ with its 384×288 is a very competent and cost effective device. Professionals tend to choose the Pulsar Helion 2 XP devices for the reader capability and also for the flexibility of interchangeable lenses.


StreamVision integration with IOS/Android and firmware update

Built in Wi-Fi module provides connectivity of thermal imager with Android or iOS smartphones or tablets. The smartphone and thermal imager combination offers a set of unique features such as direct image streaming, downloading and sharing recorded files, firmware update and many other.



Helion 2 XQ38F

384×288 / 17µ / 50Hz Sensor

NETD <40mK

Objective lens F38/f1.2

3.1x-12.4x Magnification

9.8° Field of view

Detection range 1600m

IPS7 & IPS14 Batteries

Helion 2 XP50

640×480 / 17µ / 50Hz Sensor

NETD <40mK

Objective lens F50/f1.2

2.5x – 20x Magnification

12.4° Field of view

Detection range 1800m

IPS7 & IPS14 Batteries

Optional 28mm and 38mm interchangeable lenses

Helion 2 XQ50F

384×288 / 17µ / 50Hz Sensor

NETD <40mK

Objective lens F50/f1.2

4.1x – 16.4x Magnification

7.5° Field of view

Detection range 1800m

IPS7 & IPS14 Batteries


Helion XP interchangeable lenses

Only fits XP 640×480 models

F28/f1.2 objective lens

Magnification 1.4x-11.2x

Field of view 22˚ (1.4x)

Detection range 1000m


F38/f1.2 objective lens

Magnification 1.9x-15.2x

Field of view 16.3˚ (1.9x)

Detection range 1350m


F50/f1.2 objective lens

Magnification 2.5x-20x

Field of view 12.4˚ (2.5x)

Detection range 1800m