Who Makes the Sharper Image Monocular? – In-Depth Guide

People often ask, who makes the sharper image monocular?

Let’s find out!

Who Makes the Sharper Image Monocular?

Sharper Image monoculars are made by Sharper Image. The Sharper Image is a brand that has been around for quite some time. It is known as one of the best brands in the world when it comes to high-end products, and they have been making quality items since its inception.

They are also known for having an amazing customer service department, which makes them even more popular than ever before. The company was founded by David Sharpe back in 1980, and he still owns the company today.

Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Thermal Monocular Review

With its new highly sensitive thermal imaging sensor, the Helion ‘2’ is even better than the sensor in the previous version of the Helion XP50. And it has a new super AMOLED display screen, which makes it easier to see images in low light conditions. Also, it has an extended battery capacity.

A thermal camera doesn’t use light that is visible or invisible to your eyes; instead, it uses heat emitted by objects.

The camera uses a thermal imaging system to create images based on the temperature of objects in its field of vision. The hotter something is, the brighter it appears in the resulting picture.

For instance, the temperature of an individual in an open field is often warmer than the ground and vegetation surrounding him/her.

The image displayed on your computer monitor will be similar to a black and gray film. The hotter something appears on the monitor, the brighter it will seem.

Because of this, an object in a relatively cool environment will appear brighter than its surroundings, making it easier for us to see.

The Pulsar HELION 2 series of thermal optics isn’t a rifle scope, but rather an optical device designed for handheld use. It’s only used for observing, detecting targets, and identifying them.

A thermal imaging device is essentially a very rugged thermal imager used for hunting, search, and rescue operations, and by security officers. Hunters use it for locating wild animals at night, security officers use it for surveillance, and rescue crews use it for searching for missing persons.

The Pulsar Helion XP series Thermal Monocular is recognized industry-wide as one of the best thermal monoculars on the market.

Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Features

The heart of the HELION 2 XP50 is its new 640×480 resolution Micro Bolometer (MB) array, which has been developed specifically for high-resolution thermal imaging applications.

The new thermal cores’ noise-equivalent temperature difference (NETD) < 40 MK rating is about 10 percent better than last year’s models.

It has a lower net D value which means it has better thermal separation between all the objects viewed for a sharper picture.

What comes with a new thermal sensor?

It comes with a new thermal sensor, which helps improve its performance in cold temperatures. It also features a new high-resolution Super AMOLED display. These two elements combined help improve its performance in all kinds of weather conditions.

The Helion 2 has an IPX7 rating for use in all weather in temps ranging from -13 to 120°F.

The static range finders make distance determination possible but they don’t include laser range finders as there are on the pricier Pulsar Accolades 2 XP50 LRFs.

It has three white hot and black hot imaging modes plus three additional color palettes.

Each of the red monochrome filters is specifically made for a certain purpose. It reduces glare when used with an eyepiece with a bright backlight.

Red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, indigo, and violet colors improve our ability to see things at different distances.

Violet makes object identification easier by making it faster and easier to transition between different color palettes. It also has a quick and easy way to switch back to white hot when needed.

With Helion’s built-in digital cameras and video recorders, capturing still images and videos is just as simple as pressing a single push-to-shoot/record-video-now-or-later-and-share-it-with

Images and videos are stored internally (16 GB) and can easily be transferred from the camera to your computer or laptop using a wired connection or wireless transfer to your mobile device with the Stream Vision app for iPhone and iPad.

What are the file formats supported?

The Helion 2 camera supports both the AVI file format for videos and the JPEG file format for photos.

The Helion 2 XPA50 has variable magnification from 1.25-10 power and is powered by a new Pulsar IPS 7 rechargeable battery which can power the device for up to 12-14 hrs on one charge.

It has a very nice soft case so you don’t need to worry about scratching it when you’re carrying it around. You can read the full specs below.

The controls for the menus and recording are very well placed on the top of the Scope in the same pattern as Pulsar Trail riflescopes. With some training, you can use most of them with one arm in the dark.

One thing we really like is switching back and forth between two different colors and observing them in different ways without having to open up the menu.

You can save one color palette and switch between it and the default White Hot palette by clicking the up-down arrows. You can also switch among the four observation mode options by clicking the up-and-down arrows.

You can switch between images, videos, and photos by clicking once for each type.

So, how can you switch?

Pressing the Menu key brings up the main screen where you can adjust the brightness and contrast, view the static distance finder, or zoom in.5x. The distance finder uses two lines (one red, one green) to bracket the target to estimate the distance to a target.

The ocular and objecti­ve focus rings work smoothly and allow you to focus in as close as ten feet or hundreds of feet away. Together they will enable you to capture an accurate picture even if your eyes are slightly older than yours.

Pulsar Helion Specifications

  • 640×480 Resolution
  • 50 Hz Refresh Rate
  • 17 µm Pixel Pitch
  • Updated Thermal Core w/ <40 Milli Kelvin temperature sensitivity
  • Greater temperature sensitivity than previous units
  • 1800 Meter Detection Range
  • Field of View of 72 feet @ 100 meters
  • 2.5-20x Magnification
  • 15mm Eye Relief
  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • 10-12 Hours Continuous Operation Time (Rechargeable)
  • Helion 2 can also be powered externally from a USB power source
  • Stadiametric Rangefinder
  • Firmware updates at home through the Pulsar Stream Vision App
  • 3 Year Factory Warranty


  • Pulsar Helion 2 XP50 Thermal Monocular
  • Soft Tactical Carrying Case
  • IPS7 Rechargeable Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Charging / Data Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
who makes the sharper image monocular

Who Makes the Sharper Image Monocular?

Hunting With the Helion 2 XP50

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how sharp images are when you first look through the new Helicon camera. The details of the picture are so clear that you can even see the hair on an animal.

It’s especially obvious in white-hot colors. We think the new <40MK thermal cores separate objects’ temperatures so well that the “hottest” ones actually look brighter in some mode settings than they do on the old Helion models.

With some thermal imaging cameras, you can get better results by highlighting the animal and flattening the cooler background, so you don’t lose the three-dimensional effects.

There are four observation mode options for Helion 2. They’re designed to provide the best settings for the current natural environment of your hunting area.


There are four modes available: Forest, Rock, Identification, and Personal User. Each one has its own set of features designed for forests, rocks, identification, and personal use.

When Pulsar released their new Helion XP50 rifle scope, they did so by setting the magnification at 2.5x. Regardless of whether the optic has a 640 or 388 thermal lens, or what type of game you’re hunting, 2.5x is just right. But don’t go overboard!

You want to be able to scan as much of your target area as possible without having to move and pan too much.

The XP50 has a wide 72° field of view at 100 m (328 ft) and the clarity of its 640×480 high-resolution thermal core is powerful enough for coyote identification up to 500 yds.


We hope that this guide has been useful. If you have any questions please let us know in the comments section below!


  • John Moses

    John is the Editor in Chief here at The Outdoor Stores. His area of expertise ensures that there is no one better to suggest which rifles are most suitable for your hunting experience. He is also available for you to contact him personally to discuss the types of animals you want to hunt and the terrain you will be hunting on. Feel free to read his posts for expert opinion on Rifles, Scopes, Rangefinders, Bonoculars and Monoculars.

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