Pulsar brings you an informative guide to understanding and utilizing the high-performing abilities of their Helion Thermal Scope. With a powerful sensor, varied magnification range, integrated Wi-Fi module, video and sound recorder, and a complex and detailed menu of settings, the Helion Thermal Scope is engineered to provide you with a seamless and efficient experience. Moreover, it’s working temperatures which range from -25 to +50 °C, allows you to explore the unknown in various environmental conditions.
In this guide, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of the Helion Thermal Scope. The guide will walk you through the different components of the scope itself, including its germanium objective lens, rechargeable battery, and the controls located on top of the housing. Furthermore, you will learn how to correctly operate your scope, which includes inserting the battery, focusing the lens, examining different objects, and much more. A grand endeavor of Pulsar Vision, this guide ensures that you can make the most out of your Helion Thermal Scope.
Overview of Helion Thermal Scope from Pulsar
The Helion Thermal Scope from Pulsar is an exceptional piece of optical gear meant primarily for outdoors and hunting aficionados. This advanced thermal-imaging scope boasts impressive features such as a high-resolution sensor, smooth zoom magnification, long-range detection, a variety of color palettes, and an integrated Wi-Fi module. With an operating temperature range of -25 … +50 °C, it is versatile enough to be used in various conditions.
Understanding the specifications
The Helion Thermal Scope comes with a 640×480 @ 17 µm sensor. This ensures a finer detailed image and better identification and recognition. It provides smooth zoom magnification from 2.5 to 20x, providing a wide range for viewing objects either at close range or afar. The detection range is up to 1800 meters which means you can detect prey at significant distances. The thermal scope also offers 8 different color palettes for personalized viewing. The paired integrated Wi-Fi module provides interconnectivity capabilities by enabling live video streaming directly to smartphones.
Parts of Helion Thermal Scope
Key parts of the Helion Thermal Scope include the Germanium objective lens with a focusing ring, a latch for lens change (present only in Helion XP Models), and an observation eyepiece with diopter adjustment ring for individual vision compensation. There’s a rechargeable li-ion IPS 5 battery that can be replaced by an extended IPS 10 battery for prolonged usage. Top mounted controls on the housing include five buttons – power button, menu button, record button, and navigation buttons for easy adjustments. A micro USB port is included for powering and data transfer, and a tripod mounting hole for stabilizing the device during use.
Functioning of the Helion Thermal Scope
The Helion Thermal Scope functions by detecting the heat signatures of objects in the environment. Once detected, these heat signatures are then digitally processed into high-contrast images that are displayed on the screen. This functionality allows users to see clear, detailed thermal imaging even in bad weather or unfavorable light conditions.
Starting and Using Process of the Helion Thermal Scope
Steps to initiate the Helion Scope
To initiate the Helion Scope, insert the battery firmly into the device, push the lever down, and press the power button. In a few seconds, the Pulsar logo will pop up on the screen. This will soon be replaced by the image from the scope. As a further step, use the diopter adjustment ring to adjust the image until you can clearly see the edges of the image and overlay icons on the screen.
Usage of focusing ring
In order to bring the object of your observation into sharp focus, use the focusing ring. Turn the ring to one side or another until your object is seen sharply. When observing a different object, the focusing ring can be adjusted as needed.
Role of diopter Adjustment ring
The diopter adjustment ring plays a crucial role as it allows for individual vision compensation. It helps in adjusting the image sharpness to your preference, ensuring that you can clearly see the images provided by the scope. This procedure is usually done once.
Controls Located on the Housing
Different controls and their functions
The Helion Thermal Scope has five control buttons located on the housing – a power button, navigation up button, menu button, navigation down button, and a record button. These buttons allow you to access and adjust different functions of the device.
Functions of power button
Beyond its main function of switching the device on and off, the power button also performs several other functions. A short press, while the device is activated, initiates the calibration of the sensor. A long press for less than 3 seconds turns off the display, while a longer press for more than 3 seconds turns off the device completely.
Role of navigation buttons
The navigation buttons help in accessing and adjusting the menu settings. The navigation up button can switch between the hot black and color palettes. Holding it down can activate or deactivate the Wi-Fi module. The navigation down button can activate the digital zoom while a long press will activate the picture-in-picture function.
Understanding the Helion Menu and Settings
Functioning of record button
The record button is useful for switching between photo and video recording mode. Pressing it allows you to start recording video or take a photo, depending on the selected mode. When in video recording mode, a short press will pause the recording, while a long press will stop it.
Usage of hot menu and main menu
The menu button provides access to two different menus – the hot menu and the main menu. A short press of the menu button activates the hot menu, and repeatedly pressing the button will allow you to switch between the various settings. On the other hand, a long press will take you to the main menu.
Role of menu button in accessing settings
The menu button is essential to access and adjust various settings of the scope. From activating the hot menu and main menu to calibrating modes, setting the Wi-Fi, changing the date/time and language, setting up the objective lens, formatting the memory card, controlling defective pixel repair, and viewing device information, the menu button proves to be a handy tool.
Wi-Fi Connectivity on the Helion Thermal Scope
How to activate and deactivate Wi-Fi on the unit
You can easily activate or deactivate the Wi-Fi module on your Helion Thermal Scope. To do this, bring up the main menu with the long press of the menu button, move to the Wi-Fi settings, and use the navigation buttons to activate or deactivate the Wi-Fi.
Changes undergone within the Wi-Fi icon
When the Wi-Fi module is activated, the Wi-Fi icon located under the screen on your device will change, indicating that you are connected to a network.
Digital Zoom and Picture-in-Picture Function
Activation of digital zoom
Activate the digital zoom with a single short press of the navigation down button. It scales the image in steps progressively until the maximum zoom factor is reached and then returns to the original zoom level.
How picture in picture function works
Press and hold the navigation down button to activate the picture-in-picture function. This displays a second small image magnification on your screen, providing you an opportunity to view an enlarged section of your image while still maintaining overall context.
Sides of Calibrations Modes
Understanding automatic calibration mode
The automatic calibration mode initiates a short calibration process in response to changes in the environmental temperature or at the command of the user. The image briefly freezes during this process and a clicking sound might be heard.
How semi-automatic calibration mode works
In the semi-automatic calibration mode, the calibration is initiated only by the user’s command. It gives the user complete control over when to start the calibration process.
Functioning of manual calibration mode
In the manual calibration mode, calibration is performed by briefly covering the objective lens with the lens cap, and then removing it after 1-2 seconds.
Objective Lens and Objective Lens Setup
Removing the objective lens
It’s crucial to power off the unit before starting the procedure to avoid any harm to the sensor. Pull the lens change latch in the direction of the eyepiece to release the objective lens, turn the lens counterclockwise until it stops and pull it out of the unit’s housing.
Procedure to insert another objective lens
The process to insert another objective lens is simple. Insert the new lens into the housing and turn it clockwise until it stops. This ensures that the lens is securely fitted into the housing.
Objective lens setup menu
The objective lens setup menu is used to select the appropriate lens for correct magnification values and range values in the rangefinder. Access this setting via the main menu and adjust as per the installed objective lens.
Stream Vision Mobile Application
Activating Wi-Fi in the unit to start working with Stream Vision Application
Stream Vision Application provides several benefits if used along with Helion Thermal Scope. To start working with it, activate the Wi-Fi module in the unit by pressing and holding the navigation up button until the Wi-Fi icon turns active.
How to connect to a network using a smartphone
On your smartphone, enter Wi-Fi settings and select the network named ‘Helion’. The last four numbers of the network match your connected unit’s serial number. The default password for the Wi-Fi network is ‘12345’, but this can be changed in the unit’s settings if needed.
Understanding the main screen of Stream Vision application
The Stream Vision application’s main screen shows the connected device’s name below the Stream Vision sign. It has five icons at the bottom: my devices, files, viewfinder, stream, and settings, which help you to check unit information, access files, control the imager’s functions, stream live to YouTube, and adjust mobile application settings.
Brief summary of the Helion Thermal Scope
The Helion Thermal Scope from Pulsar is a high-performance, feature-rich, modern thermal scope. It delivers superior functionality with its high-resolution sensor, smooth zoom magnification, range detection capability, color palettes versatility, Wi-Fi connectivity, and interchangeable lens setup.
Scope’s efficiency and usability
With user-friendly controls, simple initiation process, easily accessible menu settings, unique features like Stream Vision App and picture-in-picture functions, as well as convenient Wi-Fi and calibration modes, the scope is highly efficient and handy for different applications. Equipped to perform well under varying environmental conditions, the Pulsar Helion Thermal Scope stands as a reliable and robust companion for travelers, hunters, and outdoor enthusiasts.