Pulsar Helion 2 XP 50 | Thermal Monocular - Arkayne

Pulsar Helion 2 XP 50 | Thermal Monocular


You are looking at the Helion 2 XP 50 manufactured by Pulsar.

It is very obvious that our team loves thermal. We have said it time and time again: What is camouflaged during daylight hours is often equally or greater camouflaged at night. Even under the best helmet mounted PVS-14’s or Binoculars it is easy to overlook your target. It is also easy to be camouflaged against regular analog nightvision. Thermal changes the game. Whether you hunt coyotes or other predators, or own night vision for defensive purposes, every team should have a handheld thermal monocular on standby. A quality thermal monocular, like the Helion 2 XP 50, allows you to see what would otherwise be camouflaged to you at night. That is pretty rad.

Some quick specs on the Helion 2 XP 50:

  • The XP 50 features a 640×480 core. This equates to a crystal clear image and easy positive identification of what is downrange.
  • 1024×768 display
  • 2.5X Base magnification is suitable for fast scanning with a wider field of view
  • 50mm objective
  • Built in memory, recording audio and video, and connectivity via the stream vision app

For a full rundown of specifications, please check out the specs tab.

Who is this unit designed for? If you are like us and want to be able to always positively identify anything downrange AND you want crisp clarity of a 640 core thermal, this optic might just be for you. It has a fairly steep buy in price, but the performance and features as well as its robust design means it will last you for years and years to come. This thermal is built for those who need a serious optic that is ultra portable.

*Note: These optics are regulated by ITAR and cannot be exported. Prior to checking out you will be asked to fill out the ITAR compliance form. This happens automatically in cart to streamline the process. No need to contact us and wait around. We care about your time!



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The Pulsar Helion 2 XP 50: A compact, 640×480 core powerhouse that is sure to help you scan and detect prey effectively.

The more time our team spends in the woods pursuing pests and predators, the more we have come to value the addition of a thermal monocular in at least one of our hands. Often we will scan with a thermal monocular like this XP50 to gather information and P.I.D. possible targets and then we will use either weapons mounted night vision or weapon mounted thermal for the kill. Whether you are hunting in darkness or want thermal imaging to be able to locate and/or evade humans, the Helion 2 has the core and features that make it a solid choice.

What to look for in a handheld thermal monocular:

When our team is considering a handheld thermal monocular, the first aspect we look at is the resolution. We highly recommend purchasing units with a 640×480 core resolution. Yes, they are more expensive, but the clarity is twice that of cheaper units. We also like having the ability to scan quickly, which means a lower base magnification. 2.5X is really the highest base magnification we like to work with in our area. Pulsar products also feature awesome battery life. When comparing the XP50 to the iRay MH25, the XP has nearly 8X the battery life on a single charge. Now, this is an apples to oranges comparison, but something to consider. The Helion line is meant to get you out and keep you running for hours.

Why should you consider this monocular over others?

This XP50 is a solid balance of magnification, core resolution, portability, durability, and features. If your budget lands you in this price range, you will be well pleased with this unit. If this is a bit out of your price range we recommend checking out our IN STOCK Axion thermal monoculars. While those do not have the core resolution, they are still packed with features that might suit your budget.



  • Handheld Thermal Monocular
  • SKU: 77402
  • 640×480 PIX @ 12UM: sensor capable of detecting a 6′ tall object at as far as 1200m
  • Magnesium alloy housing, rugged, compact, lightweight, strong, elegant.
  • B-Pack Mini Batteries are rechargeable and work with a multitude of pulsar products
  • 8 Color Palette options within the unit
  • Nearly instant unit start up (Thank you new tech!)
  • IPX7 waterproof. No matter the weather, this unit will have your back
  • Weighs around 18 Ounces
  • Objective lens: F50/1.0
  • Magnification: 2.5-20 (8X digital Zoom)
    • One thing to note here: Our team LOVES wide field of view while calling predators. 2.5X is a well balanced handheld base magnification which allows you to see the entire hunting area. Zoom in when you need to PID.
  • Advertised effective detection range: 2000 Yards
  • Built in Photo and Video recorder, 16GB onboard data storage
  • Connect via stream vision application for file transfers
  • 8 hour run time on a single charge.


1.) What is included in the packaging? Included in the packaging is the following: XP50 unit, one battery pack, USB cable, hand strap, lens cleaning cloth, and a carrying case.

2.) Who handles warranty claims? Warranty claims will be handled directly through Pulsar. Be sure to register your unit as soon as it is in hand.

3.) Is 640×480 really that much better than a 384 or 320 core? Yes! It is quite literally double the resolution. This means it is easier to identify anything downrange that has a beating heart and blood pressure.

4.) Do I need a 640×480 core or can I function with less? You can do a ton with a lower core resolution model of thermal imaging monoculars. We have done a lot of work with the Axion Key line of handheld thermals and they have proven to be extremely capable. It really comes down to budget and use. If you are simply scanning and what to know IF something is out there, a lower core resolution model may work well for you. If you need to know that something is out there, AND you want to know exactly what it is, even if it is further away, a 640×480 core will do that and more.

5.) How does the XP50 compare to the MH25 from iRay? These are apples to oranges comparisons. The MH25 should be viewed largely as a micro helmet mountable thermal whereas the XP50 is a handheld powerhouse. Both have 640×480 cores. Both offer insanely crisp imaging. Both have multiple color palettes. If you need helmet mountable and need a 1X base magnification, the MH25 is the right call. If you need an entire night worth of run time, want to record the hunt or kill, and need more color palettes and the stream vision app, the XP50 might be the right call. Or buy both. It’s America and we won’t judge you.


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