Pulsar Axion XM30S Thermal Imaging Monocular
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|Frame refresh rate (Hz)||50|
|Pixel size (microns)||12|
|Optical magnification (x)||4.5|
|Smooth digital zoom (x)||4.5-18|
|Digital zoom (x)||2/4|
|Relative aperture (D/f)||1.2|
|Minimum focusing Distance (m/y)||3|
|Exit pupil diameter (mm/inch)||3.5|
|Angle of field of view (HxV), degrees||7.3x5.5|
|Angle of field of view, metres at 100m||12.8|
|Focusing range of eyepiece (dioptres)||±5|
|Detection distance (m/y) *||1300/1420|
|External power voltage||3 – 4.3 V|
|Battery type||Li-Ion Battery Pack АPS3|
|Rated Output Voltage||DC 3.7 V|
|External power supply||5 V (USB)|
|Battery charge life in hours (at 22°C)||4|
|IP code (IEC60529) degree of protection||IPХ7|
|Stream Vision compatibility||Yes|
|Operating temperature range||-25°С ... +40°С/-13F ... +104F|
|Weight without batteries (kg/oz)||0.25/8.82|
|Video/photo resolution (pixels)||1024х768|
|Video / photo format||.mp4/.jpg|
|Amount of built-in memory||16 GB|
|Reception range in direct line of sight (m)||15|
* For animal object, such as a deer.
Improvements may be made to the design and software of this product to enhance its user features. The detailed user manual is available at www.pulsar-vision.com
- AXION Thermal Imager
- APS3 rechargeable battery
- APS Battery Charger with power adapter
- USB cable
- Hand strap
- Quick start guide
- Cloth for cleaning optics
- Warranty card
AXION IR-matrix (microbolometer) based thermal imaging monoculars are represented by a number of models that differ in magnification and lens diameter. These devices are designed for use both at night-time and during the day in difficult weather conditions (fog, smog, rain), as well as where obstacles are present that impede the detection of a target (branches, tall grass, dense shrubs etc.). Unlike night-vision devices that are based on electron-optical converters, thermal vision monoculars do not require an external light source and are resistant to the effects of bright light.
AXION monoculars can be used for night-time hunting, observation and terrain orientation, and carrying out rescue operations.
- Microbolometer pixel size of 12 microns
- High-resolution AMOLED display
- Lightweight and compact
- Functional and ergonomic design
- Convenient user interface
- Observation in eight colour modes
- Three calibration modes (manual, semi-automatic and automatic)
- Long detection distance
- High magnification
- Three observation modes (forest, rocks and identification)
- Stadiametric rangefinder
- Display off function
- Pixel correction function
- Upgradeable software
- Wide operating temperature range (-25 °С – +40°С)
- Fully watertight (IPX7 protection class)
- Built-in video recorder
- Integration with iOS and Android devices
- Wi-Fi Smartphone remote control and surveillance
- YouTube Live broadcasting and direct recording on the Internet via a smartphone and the Stream Vision app.
- Quick-change APS3 Li-ion battery pack
- USB charging option
COMPONENTS AND CONTROLS
- Eyepiece dioptre adjustment ring
- Down/Rec button
- Menu button
- Up/Zoom button
- On/Calibration ON button
- Lens focus ring
- Lens cap
- MicroUSB connector
- Battery release button
LED indicator displaying current status of the device
|LED Indicator||Operating Mode|
|Device is powered on|
|Device on / video recording|
|Device on / battery charge <10%|
|Device on / video recording / battery charge <10%|
For a better viewing experience, we recommend that glass wearers fold back the edge of the elastic eyeshade.
|Device status / current
device operating mode
|First short press||Next short press||Long press|
||Device is powered off||Power on the device||Device calibration||Power on the device|
|Display off||Turn on display||Device calibration||Power off the device|
|Device turned on, quick
menu, main menu
|Device calibration||Display off / device powered off|
|Up/Zoom button||Device is powered on||Operating modes||Change magnification (zoom)|
|Quick menu||Increase parameter||Increase parameter|
|Main menu||Navigation up, right||Navigation up, right|
||Device is powered on||Open quick menu||Open main menu|
|Quick menu||Navigation up||Exit quick menu|
|Main menu||Confirm value, enter menu options||Exit menu options, exit main
Down / Rec button
|Device on / video mode||Start video recording||Pause||Toggle video / photo mode|
|Device on / video mode/ recording on||Pause||Start video recording||Stop video recording|
|Device on / photo mode||Photographing||Toggle video / photo mode|
|Quick menu||Reduce parameter||Reduce parameter|
|Main menu||Navigation down, left||Navigation down, left|
USING THE RECHARGEABLE BATTERY
AXION thermal imagers are supplied with a rechargeable APS3 Lithium-ion Battery Pack. The battery should be charged before first use.
Charging the battery
- Install the battery (10) into its slot on the instrument case (14) by aligning the icons to form a 'dot' on the device and the battery.
- Attach a USB cable (15) to the microUSB connector (8) on the device.
- Connect the other end of the USB cable (15) to the mains charger (16) or to a USB socket connected to another power source with rated output of 5V or less.
- Connect the mains charger (16) to the mains power supply.
Note: The PB8I Power Bank may be used as a charger
- Insert the rechargeable battery (10) supplied with your device, or purchased separately, fully along the guide rail into the APS charger slot (11).
- Point A on the battery and Point B on the charger should be aligned.
- Two batteries can be charged at the same time – a second slot is provided for this.
- Attach the microUSB plug of the USB cable (15) to the socket (12) of the battery charger (11).
- Attach the second plug of the USB cable (15) to the USB port on the mains adapter (16). Plug the device into a 100 – 240 V socket (17).
- The LED indicator (13) will light up the battery charge status (see table).
Battery charge status (see table).
|LED Indicator *||Battery charge status|
|Battery charge from 0% to 10%. Charger not connected to the mains power supply.|
|Battery charge from 0% to 10%. Charger connected to the mains power supply.|
|Battery defective. Battery should not be used.|
|Battery charge from 10% to 20%.|
|Battery charge from 20% to 60%.|
|Battery charge from 60% to 95%.|
|Battery completely charged. Can be disconnected from the charger.|
* The LED indicator displays the current level of charge of the battery for 30 seconds when the APS charger is not plugged in. When the power is connected, the display shows the current status of the battery constantly, the LEDs additionally flickering to indicate the battery charging process.
- Insert the battery (10) into the assigned slot on the device casing (14), aligning the images on the instrument and the battery.
- When properly installed, the battery is locked into the slot with a special clip.
- To remove the battery, press the Battery Release button (9).
- When charging, always use the charger supplied with your optical device. The use of a different charger may cause irreparable damage to the battery or the charger and may cause the battery to ignite.
- After being stored for a long time, the battery should be partially charged – it should not be fully charged or completely discharged.
- Do not charge the battery immediately after bringing it from the cold into a warm atmosphere. Wait 30–40 minutes for the battery to warm up.
- Do not leave the battery unattended during charging.
- Do not use the charger if it has been modified or damaged.
- The battery should be charged at a temperature of between 0° C and +45° C, otherwise the battery life will be significantly reduced.
- Do not leave a charger with a battery connected to the mains for more than 24 hours after full charge.
- Do not expose the battery to high temperatures or naked flame.
- The battery is not intended to be immersed in water.
- The connecting of third-party devices with an energy consumption greater than permissible is not recommended.
- The battery is equipped with a short circuit protection system. However, situations that may lead to short circuiting should be avoided.
- Do not dismantle or deform the battery.
- Do not subject the battery to shocks or falls.
- Where the battery is used in below-zero temperatures, capacity will decrease. This is normal and does not indicate a defect.
- Do not use the battery in temperatures that exceed those shown in the table – this may shorten battery life.
Store the battery out of the reach of children.
EXTERNAL POWER SUPPLY
External power is supplied from an external source, such as a 5V Power Bank.
- Attach the external power source to the device's USB connector (8).
- The device will switch to operation from the external power source, while the APS3 battery will be gradually recharged.
- An icon of a battery will appear on the display showing its charge as a percentage.
- If the device is operated from an external power source and the APS3 battery is not connected, an icon is displayed.
- When the external power supply is disconnected, the device switches to the internal power supply without the device powering off.
ATTENTION! The lens of the device must not be pointed at any sources of intense energy, such as laser-emitting devices or the sun. This may damage the electronic components in the device. Damage caused by failure to comply with the operating guidelines is not covered under warranty.
Switching on and adjusting the image
- Remove the lens cover (7). Secure the cover to the strap using the magnet built into the cover.
- Power up the device by pressing the ON button (5).
- Adjust the resolution of the icons on the display by rotating the dioptre adjustment ring on the eyepiece (1). In future, it will not be necessary to rotate the eyepiece dioptre adjustment ring, regardless of distance and other conditions.
- To focus on the object being observed, rotate the lens focus ring (6).
- Adjustment of brightness and contract in the display, as well as turning on the smooth digital zoom, are described in the QUICK ACCESS MENU FUNCTIONS section.
- Turn the device off after use with a long press of the ON button (5).
CALIBRATING THE SENSOR
Calibration enables the microbolometer temperature background to be equalised and defects in the image (such as vertical lines, phantom images etc.) to be eliminated.
There are three calibration modes: manual (M), semi-automatic (SA) and automatic (A).
Select the required mode in the CALIBRATION section of the menu .
- M mode (manual). Secure the lens cap and briefly press the ON button (5). After completing the calibration process, remove the lens cap.
- SA mode (semi-automatic). Calibration is engaged by a brief press of the ON button (5). The lens cap does not need to be secured (the sensor is closed by an internal shutter).
- A mode (automatic). The device is calibrated autonomously, in accordance with the software algorithm. The lens cap does not need to be secured (the sensor is closed by an internal shutter). In this mode, the device may be calibrated by the user using the ON button (5).
DISCRETE DIGITAL ZOOM
The device's functionality offers the possibility of quickly increasing its base multiplicity (see the table of technical properties in the Digital Zoom line) by a factor of 2 or 4. Adjust the digital zoom accordingly by pressing the DOWN button (2).
QUICK ACCESS MENU FUNCTIONS
The basic settings (brightness and contrast adjustment, use of the smooth digital zoom function and the stadiametric rangefinder) are changed via the Quick Access Menu.
- Enter the menu with a short press of the Menu button (3).
- A short press of the Menu button (3) enables you to switch between functions
Brightness – by pressing the UP (4) / DOWN (2) buttons and changing the display brightness value from 00 to 20.
Contrast – by pressing the UP (4) / DOWN (2) buttons and changing the display contrast value from 00 to 20.
Smooth digital zoom – by pressing the UP (4) / DOWN (2) buttons and changing the digital zoom value from 1.0 to 4.0. The increment size of the digital zoom is 0.1.
To exit the menu, press and hold down the Menu button (3), or wait 10 seconds for automatic selection.
The initial smooth digital zoom factor displayed is equal to x1.0 if the discrete zoom is inactive, x2.0 if is 2x, and x4.0 if 4x.
Note. Current magnification is calculated as the product of the base magnification and the smooth digital zoom ratio. Example: where the basic device magnification is 3.0x and the smooth digital zoom ratio is x1.7, the actual magnification is 5.1х (3.0*1.7). The next time the device is turned on, the image is projected onto the display with the brightness and contrast settings saved from the previous power off.
Stadiametric rangefinder – press the UP (4) / DOWN (2) buttons to change the position of the markings for determining the distance of the object being observed (see Section 16 for further information on the rangefinder).
MAIN MENU FUNCTIONS
- Enter the menu with a long press of the Menu button (3).
- Press the UP (4) / DOWN (2) buttons to move through the menu functions.
- Menu navigation is be means of scrolling. When the last item on the first tab is reached, navigation moves to the first item of the second tab.
- One short press of the Menu button (3) opens a menu item.
- To exit the menu, press and hold down the Menu button (3).
- Automatic exit from the menu occurs after 10 seconds of inactivity.
- When exiting the menu, the cursor location ( ) is remembered only for the duration of the one working session (i.e. until the device is powered off). The next time the device is powered on and the menu is accessed, the cursor will be at the first item on the menu.
General view of the menu
Composition and description of the menu
||Selection of observation mode. The thermal imager has three automatic operating modes. Each of these modes includes an optimum combination of parameters (brightness, contrast, intensity etc.) for ensuring the best image quality under any given observation conditions.
Mountains/Rocks – High Contrast Mode This is the optimum mode for observing wildlife against a background of rocks, and soil in an upland situation.
|Colour Palettes||Colour Palette Selection The principal display mode for an observed image is ‘White Hot’. The ‘Colour Palettes’ menu item allows you to select an alternative palette:
White Hot. A black and white palette (cold temperature corresponds to black, and hot temperature to white).
|Calibration Mode||Selection of calibration mode There are three calibration modes: manual, semi-automatic and automatic.
||Turning on/off the microphone
This item allows you to enable (or disable) the microphone for recording sound during video recording.
A short press of the Menu button (3) switches Microphone on/off.
||Selection of the Picture in Picture Mode
|Icon brightness||Adjusting icon brightness
|General Settings||This menu item allows you to program the following settings|
||Setting the Date
||Setting the Time
|Units of measure||Selecting a unit of measure
|Default Settings||Restore Factory Settings
Note: When resetting to factory settings the date/time settings and the user pixel map are saved.
|Formatting the Memory Card
||This function enables the device's Flash Card (memory card) to be formatted (all files to be deleted from its memory).
||This option enables you to configure the device to operate on a Wi-Fi network.
Turn on/off Wi-Fi
|Setting a password||This function enables you to set a password to access the device from an external device. This password is used when linking an external device (e.g. a smartphone) to the device.
|This sub-function enables you to configure the appropriate level of access to your device made available to the Stream Vision app.
Owner level. A Stream Vision user has full access to all the device's functions.
Guest level. A Stream Vision user is able to view video footage from the device only in real time.
|When using the device, defective (broken) pixels may appear on the sensor: i.e. bright or dark points of constant brightness that are visible on the image. AXION thermal imagers offer the possibility of removing any defective pixels on the sensor programmatically, as well as to cancel any deletion.
|Return to factory
|Return all defective pixels previously disabled by the user to their original state:
Attention! One or two pixels on the imager display in the form of black, bright white or coloured (blue or red) dots may appear. These are not a defect.
The status bar is located at the bottom of the display and displays information relating to the operational status of the device, including:
- Observation mode
- Calibration mode (when in automatic calibration mode with 3 seconds remaining until automatic calibration, a countdown timer will appear in place of the calibration icon).
- Current full magnification
- Wi-Fi connection
- USB connection (if the device is connected)
- Colour palette (displayed only when the Hot Black palette is installed)
- Current time
- Battery discharge level (when the device is powered by the rechargeable battery)
- External power supply indicator (when the device is powered from an external supply)
Note: when calibration is in progress, the display image freezes for the duration of the calibration
VIDEO RECORDING AND PHOTOGRAPHING AN OBSERVED IMAGE
AXION thermal imagers are equipped with a function for video recording and photographing an observed image onto the built-in memory card. It is recommended that the date and time be set before using the video recording and photographing function (see the corresponding menu items).
The built-in recording device operates in two modes:
VIDEO mode . Video recording of an image:
- The device is in VIDEO mode as soon as it is turned on.
- An icon is displayed in the upper left corner with the remaining recording time (in hh:mm format), for example, 5:12.
- Start video recording with a short press of the Down/REC button (2).
- Once video recording has begun, the icon will disappear, with a REC icon appearing in its place and the record timer showing in MM:SS (minutes:seconds) format.
- Pause the video recording and resume recording with a short press of the Down/REC button (2).
- Stop the video recording by pressing and holding down the Down/REC button (2).
- Video files are stored in the built-in memory card after video recording has been turned off.
- To toggle between Video and Photo modes press and hold down the Down/REC button (2).
PHOTO mode . Photographing an image
- Switch to PHOTO mode with a long press of the Down/REC button (2).
- Take a photograph with a short press of the Down/REC button (2). The image freezes for 0.5 seconds and the image file is saved to the build-in memory card.
Notes: You can enter and work on the menu during video recording. Recorded videos and photographs are saved to the device’s built-in memory card in the format: img_xxx.jpg (for photos); video_xxx.mp4 (for video). xxx - three-digit common file counter (for photos and video). The counter used in the naming of multimedia files is NOT reset.
Attention: The maximum duration of a video recording file is seven minutes. After this time, the video will be recorded onto a new file. The number of files is limited by the capacity of the device’s built-in memory. Regularly monitor the amount of free memory in the built-in memory card, transferring footage and photographs to other media to free up space on the memory card.
The device is equipped with wireless communication with external devices (computer, smartphone) via Wi-Fi.
- Turn on the wireless connection module in the menu. Wireless operation is displayed in the status bar in the following way:
- The device is recognised by an external device under the label ‘AXION_XXXX’, where XXXX are the four last digits of the serial number.
- After entering the password on an external device (for more detailed information of setting passwords, see the subsection entitled ‘Wi-Fi setting’ in the section ‘Main Menu Functions’ of the Instructions) and establishing a connection, the icon in the status bar changes to .
Thermal imagers are fitted with a stadiametric rangefinder that enables the distance to an object to be defined where its size is known.
- The stadiametric rangefinder function is accessed by a short press of the Menu button (3) and selecting the icon .
- Bars will appear on the display to determine the distance, icons of three objects and digits of the estimated distance of these three objects.
There are three pre-set values for objects:
Hare – height 0.3 m
Boar – height 0.7 m
Deer – height 1.7 m
- Place the lower fixed cursor beneath the object and, with the UP (4) / DOWN (2) navigation buttons, move the upper horizontal cursor relative to the lower horizontal fixed cursor so that the object is positioned between the cursors. An automatic recalculation of the distance to the target occurs simultaneously with this movement.
- If the distance is not determined within 10 seconds, the information disappears from the display.
- Go to the relevant item on the menu to select a unit of measurement (metres or yards).
- A distance value is rounded up or down before appearing on the display to 5 metres for longer distance readings and 1 metre for shorter distance readings.
DISPLAY OFF FUNCTION
This function disables the transfer of images to the display, reducing the intensity of its illumination to a minimum. This helps prevent inadvertent unmasking. The device will continue to function.
- When this function is in use, the device switches to standby mode, which allows it to be quickly turned off, if necessary.
- When the device is switched on, press and hold the ON button (5). The display will disappear and the message 'Display off.' will appear.
- To switch on the display, press the ON button (5) briefly.
- When the ON button (5) is held, the display will show 'Display off.' and a countdown.
Then the device will turn off.
PiP (Picture in Picture) enables you to view a magnified digital zoom image in a separate 'window' simultaneously with the main image.
Enabling/disabling the PiP function:
- Press and hold the Menu button (3) to enter the main menu.
- Select the 'PiP Mode' option.
- A short press of the Menu button (3) switches the mode on/off.
- Press and hold the Menu button (3) to exit the main menu.
- The enlarged image is displayed in a separate window using the full optical zoom value.
- To alter the zoom ratio in the PiP window, briefly press the UP button (4).
- The remaining image is displayed with the optical zoom value which corresponds to the value of the x1.0 coefficient.
- When the PiP is turned on, you can control the discrete and smooth zooms. In this instance, the full optical magnification value will appear only in the separate window.
- When PiP is turned off, the image is displayed with the optical zoom value set for the PiP mode.
AXION thermal imagers support Stream Vision technology, which enables the transmission of an image in real time from the thermal imager to your smartphone or tablet via Wi-Fi.
Detailed instructions on the operation of Stream Vision technology can be found in a separate booklet or on the www.pulsar-vision.com website.
Note: the device's design includes the possibility of updating software. Updating is possible via the Stream Vision app.
Scan the QR codes to download the Stream Vision app:
- Connect one end of the USB cable to the device's microUSB connector (8) and the other end to the port on your computer.
- Switch the device on by pressing the ON button (5) (the computer will not detect the device if it is turned off).
- The device is detected automatically by the computer and no installation of drivers is required.
- Two connection options will appear on the display:
Use as power
Use as memory card
- Select the connection option with the UP (4) / DOWN (2) buttons.
- A short press of the Menu button (3) confirms the selection.
Use as power
- When this option is selected, the computer is used by the device as an external power source. An icon will appear in the status bar . The device will continue to function, and all functions are available.
- The battery installed in the device will not be charged.
- When the USB is disconnected from the device when in Power mode, the device will continue to function on battery power, where present and sufficiently charged.
Use as memory card
- When this option is selected, the device will be recognised by the computer as a flash card. This option is designed for working with files that are stored in the device's memory; the device's functions are not accessible, and the device turns itself off.
- If a video was being recorded at the time of connection, the recording will cease and be saved.
A technical inspection of the device is recommended before each use. Check:
- The external appearance of the device (there should be no cracks in the casing).
- The condition of the lens and eyepiece (there should be no cracks, greasy spots, dirt or other deposits).
- The condition of the rechargeable battery (this should be charged) and the electrical contracts (there should be no presence of salts or oxidation).
- The controls should be in working order.
- Maintenance should be carried out at least twice a year and consist of the following actions.
- Wipe the external surfaces of metal and plastic parts free of dust and dirt with a cotton cloth. Silicone grease may be used for this.
- Clean the electrical contacts of the battery and battery slot on the unit using a non-greasy organic solvent.
- Check the glass surfaces of the eyepiece and the lens. If necessary, remove dust and sand from the lenses (preferably using a non-contact method). Cleaning of the external surfaces of the optics should be done with substances designed specially for this purpose
This table lists all the problems that may arise when operating the device. Carry out the recommended checks and repairs in the order shown in the table. If a defect should occur that is not listed in the table, or if it is impossible to repair the defect yourself, the device should be returned for repair.
|Thermal imager does not power up.||Battery completely discharged.||Charge the battery.|
|Does not operate from external power source.||USB cable damaged.||Replace USB cable.|
|External power source discharged.||Charge external power source (if necessary).|
|Image is unclear, with vertical lines and uneven background.||Calibration required.||Perform image calibration according to Section 8 'Operation' of the Instructions.|
|Image is too dark.||Low brightness or contrast level set.||Adjust brightness or contrast.|
|Coloured lines appeared on display or image has disappeared.||The device was exposed to static electricity during operation.||After exposure to static electricity, the device may either reboot automatically, or require turning off and on again.|
|Poor image quality / reduced detection distances.||These problems may occur during observation in difficult weather conditions (snow, rain, fog etc.).|
|Smartphone or tablet cannot be connected to the device.||Device password has been changed.||Delete the network and reconnect using the device password.|
|The device is in an area with a large number of Wi-Fi networks that may cause interference.||To ensure stable Wi-Fi operation, relocate the device to an area with fewer Wi-Fi networks, or into an area with none.|
|Wi-Fi signal nonexistent or interrupted.||Smartphone or tablet is out of range of a strong Wi-Fi signal. There are obstacles between the device and the receiver (e.g. concrete walls).||Relocate smartphone or tablet into direct line of sight of the Wi-Fi signal.|
|When used in low temperature conditions, image quality of the
surroundings is worse than in positive temperature conditions.
|In positive temperature conditions, objects being observed (surroundings and background) heat up differently because of thermal conductivity, thereby generating a high temperature contrast. Accordingly, image quality produced by the device will be higher.
In low-temperature conditions, objects being observed (background) do, as a rule, cool down to roughly the same temperature, because of which temperature contrast is substantially reduced and image quality (detail) is poorer. This is a feature of thermal imaging devices.
By following the link below you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about thermal imaging https://www.pulsar-nv.com/glo/support/faq/79
Environment protection first!
Your appliance contains valuable material which can be recovered or recycled.
Leave it at a local civic waste collection point
Attention! AXION thermal imagers require a licence when exported outside your country.
This product complies with the requirements of European standard EN 55032: 2015, Class A.
Caution: Operating this product in a residential area may cause radio interference.