Helios LightWing HR ED 42mm Binoculars

Helios LightWing HR ED 42mm Binoculars

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About this product

Model:  hel_lightwing_8x42_ed_30138
Part Number:  30138

Helios LightWing HR ED roof prism binoculars routinely impress, even when compared to more expensive models!  

An excellent choice for birdwatching & general observing.

Features include fully multicoated ED optics with glass elements and high-index BaK-4 prisms that are both Phase and Silver Di-Electric coated. 

Views are crisp and sharp, with excellent resolution, contrast, brightness and depth of field, with natural levels of colour.

The field of view is generously wide with good edge definition.

Near focus capability of both models is a respectable 2M.

The body is constructed from lightweight but robust magnesium alloy and is covered in green protective rubber armour.

Waterproof (30 mins at 1m depth) and nitrogen filled for clear, fog-free operation.

Twist-up, 3–position eyecups with metal sub-structure.

Suitable for spectacle wearers. Knurled metal, easy-grip focusing knob with about 1.5 turns from closest focus distance to infinity. Integral tripod bush.

Supplied with quality neck strap, eyepiece rainguard, objective lens caps and soft case. 

The Helios Mistral WP6 range is covered by a 5-Year Limited Warranty.


  • ED glass lens elements
  • High-index, Phase and Silver Di-Electric coated BaK-4 prisms
  • Fully broadband multi-coated optics with premium extra high-transmission coatings
  • >90% Light Transmission
  • Suitable for spectacle wearers
  • Knurled metal, easy-grip 1.5-turn focusing knob
  • Integral tripod bush
  • Twist-up, 3-position eyecups
  • Waterproof (30 mins at 1m depth) and Nitrogen purged
  • Near focus on all models of 2m or less
  • Stylish green protective rubber armouring
  • Supplied in soft storage/carrying case with neck strap, eyepiece rainguard and objective lens caps

What's in the box

  • LightWing HR Binoculars
  • Soft Storage/Carrying Case
  • Neck Strap
  • Lens Caps
  • Rainguard
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • User Guide & Guarantee


Specification 8x42 8x42ED 10x42 10x42ED
Magnification 8x 8x 10x 10x
Object Lens Diameter 42mm 42mm 42mm 42mm
Field of view 8.1 degrees 8.1 degrees 6.5 degrees 6.5 degrees
Actual Field of View 141m @ 1000m 141m @ 1000m 114m @ 1000m 114m @ 1000m
Nearest Focus Distance 2m 2m 2m 2m
Eye Relief 17.2mm 17.2mm 15.2mm 15.2mm
Weight 710g 710g 692g 692g
Product Code 30137 30138 30139 30140

Customer reviews

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Helios LightWing HR 8 X 42mm ED Binoculars
Saturday, 16 March 2019  | 

These binoculars are outstanding value for money considering the advance features that you normally only find in binoculars ten times the price. I compared them against my much more expensive Vortex 8 x 42 binoculars that I normally use when I bird watch (purchased the Helios as a spare pair to keep in the car). Although the Helios was not as good (and I wouldn’t expect it to be) I was pleasingly surprised by how well they competed and held up against my more expensive pair.

When you look through the binoculars and examine them very critically, the sweet spot that stays very sharp is approximately 60% of the view. There is a noticeable softening of sharpness on the outer 10% of the field of view (fov) but given the fact that the fov is a wide 141 metres @ 1000 metres, this is excellent in a relatively low cost binocular.

The focusing wheel is refined and although there is a little play on the pair I have, this is minor; more importantly the focusing wheel is smooth and fast.

I can’t think of what possibly more you could have and expect in a pair of binoculars at this price. I am extremely pleased and impressed and in my view you will have to pay a lot more to obtain significantly better.

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LightWing 42mm ED HR
Thursday, 24 May 2018  | 

I find these remarkable value for money - very sharp and contrasty across approximately 90% of the field of view. No stray light issues, and great build quality. The sharpness is such that you can see stars at the edge of visibility popping through behind the brighter stars giving plenty of depth to the observing experience. I also really like the captive lens caps. I know you can buy binoculars costing many times more than these, but I can't imagine they would be a significant improvement. I won't be replacing mine, these are all the 8x42's I need


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Q1. How much do these binoculars weigh?

The LightWing HR 8x42mm / 8x42mm ED binoculars weigh 710g / 25.4oz and the 10x42mm / 10x42mm ED binoculars weigh 692g / 24.4oz.