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Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review #7816573 04/23/20 04:01 PM
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Hey guys I've been getting a lot of questions and review requests about the brand new Helion 2 XP50 handheld thermal. Hans and I just released our review of it on The Late Night Vision Show and Hans is still gathering footage for his field review video. I'll post that up when he gets it done.

Helion 2 XP50

$3,999
2.5x base magnification
640x480 resolution (new thermal core compared to original Helion)
40mk thermal core (improves detail in image quality)
17 microns
50hz refresh rate
Internal audio/video recording
WiFi streaming app
Picture in Picture

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Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Outdoor Legacy] #7818798 04/25/20 11:27 AM
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Jason, is there much of a market for hand held in that price range?

Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Ramhorn] #7820633 04/27/20 04:42 AM
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Originally Posted by Ramhorn
Jason, is there much of a market for hand held in that price range?


Yes sir there really is. We had several guys who were waiting on our pre-order list since January/February on this particular model. It is definitely a lot of money but there are a lot of hunters using high end thermal riflescopes like Trail or Thermion XP50's, N-Vision, Trijicon etc and they want a handheld that is going to give them image quality in the same ballpark as their scope.

It's a good question and in year's past handhelds in this sort of price range had a limited customer base but with more and more people buying thermal scopes every day, the market for high quality monoculars is greatly increasing as well.

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Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Outdoor Legacy] #7820832 04/27/20 01:52 PM
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Man , now I got the itch to upgrade my handheld to the image quality of my rifle scope.

Please go away, you are a bad influence and I don't like sleeping in the dog house.

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Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Outdoor Legacy] #7820928 04/27/20 03:10 PM
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Haha!! There are a lot of wives and girlfriends who don't like me, I'm sure of that. roflmao

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Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Outdoor Legacy] #7828673 05/04/20 02:30 PM
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A buddy just got one and we got to test it out Friday night..
it is an awesome unit..
He had no experience with them and really wanted my opinion on it..

I was able to CLEARLY positively identify deer out 3-400 yards
I would LOVE to have this optic in a weapon sight

Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: ccoker] #7829723 05/05/20 04:49 AM
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Originally Posted by ccoker
A buddy just got one and we got to test it out Friday night..
it is an awesome unit..
He had no experience with them and really wanted my opinion on it..

I was able to CLEARLY positively identify deer out 3-400 yards
I would LOVE to have this optic in a weapon sight


It really is amazing isn't it? The comparable optic in a weapon sight is the Pulsar Thermion XP50. It will definitely spoil you!

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Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Outdoor Legacy] #7829942 05/05/20 02:00 PM
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yea, I just don't like the form factor of the Thermions

a buddy asked me for a weapon sight recommendation for around 2500
what do you recommend?

Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Outdoor Legacy] #7830937 05/06/20 03:58 AM
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I don't have much in that price range to recommend right now. The Pulsar Core RXQ30V is a great little scope for $1,899. The AGM Secutor TS25 will be out soon in that price range. I've been running a prototype of it for a couple months but I want to see the final updated version before I make any judgement calls on it. I'm hoping for the best on it.

Other than that, I don't have anything that I can personally recommend. The now long discontinued Pulsar Apexes were the best bang for the buck in that price range the thermal market has ever seen but since they were discontinued, there is a huge hole in the market there for good quality scopes from a well known reliable manufacturer.


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Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Outdoor Legacy] #7837385 05/12/20 06:35 PM
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here is a huge hole in the market there for good quality scopes from a well known reliable manufacturer.

agreed

Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: Outdoor Legacy] #7842736 05/17/20 10:19 PM
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Jason,

Wouldn't the comparable thermal rifle scope (in terms of image quality) be the Pulsar Trail 2 LRF XP50?

Regarding the Thermion form factor, I agree with ccoker: I like the dial of the Thermion scopes (to quickly spin through menu items), but I otherwise prefer the railed Pulsar scopes. As an aside, I've been purchasing railed optical (i.e. non-thermal) European rifle scopes for years, and they're much easier to mount - plus, you don't mar the scope tube if taking them out of their mounts.

Mark

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Re: Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Monocular Review [Re: LAairhunter] #7844237 05/19/20 04:18 AM
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Originally Posted by LAairhunter
Jason,

Wouldn't the comparable thermal rifle scope (in terms of image quality) be the Pulsar Trail 2 LRF XP50?


Mark,

In terms of comparable rifle scopes, the Thermion XP50 and the Trail LRF 2 XP50 in theory should have identical image quality. According to Pulsar they will have 100% the same identical specs, internals, magnification, lens etc so they should be the same. And yes the Thermion XP50 has essentially the same image quality as the new Helion 2 XP50. For some reason I think the Thermion XP50 is a touch better than the Helion 2 XP50 but it's splitting hairs.

These new Pulsars with the new image quality update are amazingly good and the XP models are really climbing the ladder to the Trijicon and N-Vision image quality. While not quite there, they are in the ballgame.

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