KAHLES Binoculars

Kahles Helia Binoculars

About Kahles Optics
One of the lesser known optical Brands is KAHLES, yet this small Austrian company is proud to be the world's oldest riflescope manufacturer and a real pioneer in this field.

Kahles began life in 1898 when Karl Robert Kahles merged the Simon Plossl Company and the Opto-Mechanical Workshop of Karl Fritsch in Vienna to found the KAHLES Company.

By 1900 Kahles introduced the legendary Telorar riflescope which was highly respected by hunters at the time also around the same time, KAHLES binoculars were first produced as well as astro telescopes.

Kahles no longer produce telescopes, but they do still make a small selection of high end binoculars, rifle scopes and accessories.

A fact that Kahles Optics can be proud of is that they are one of a select group of premium optical brands that still creates most of their products inhouse in Austria. This is in stark contrast to the many brands that now outsource most production to factories in countries where labour is cheaper.

The Kahles Binocular Range

Whilst KAHLES binoculars are designed with hunting in mind, their attributes also mean that they make excellent birding, safari and general use binoculars and I would urge anyone interested in a high end European optic, that is a little different from the norm to consider these.

I have been asked why the Kahles binocular range is so small. This is because their only focus is on the high end market and so do not offer any models with anything other than their best components. Currently they only have a couple of 8x42 and a 10x42 models and have just released a series of laser rangefinder binoculars.

All of which are produced from the highest grade materials to the industries tightest tolerances.

Kahles Helia Binoculars

Kahles Helia Binoculars

Kahles Helia BinocularsDesigned and I believe made in Austria, although I have heard some rumors that some parts are made in Japan. Either way, the Helia series from Kahles is their latest offering and currently consists of three high quality roof prism models.

Kahles focuses their marketing of the Helia series towards hunters and those in the hunting industry. However if you take a look at their specifications and top notch components, there is no reason why these would not make the perfect general use, wildlife observation, birding binocular as well:

Models
As I mentioned, there are currently three models, an 8x42 and 10x42 and a Helia 8x56. All use BaK4 Schmidt-Pechan roof prisms.

Read the Kahles Helia 8x42 Binoculars Review

Highlights
Kahles Helia binoculars feature an open bridge body design with a fully sealed chassis that is filled with nitrogen gas to prevent internal lens fogging.

The exterior rubber coating comes in a rather unique brown color, that certainly stands out from the crowd, but at the same time is perfectly camouflaged, which is important for hunting.

Kahles Helia Binoculars with neckstrap and protective coverTheir twist-up eyecups have 4 click-stop settings to make attaining the perfect eye-relief for your face shape easier, with or without glasses.

Exterior lens surfaces feature an "oil-phobic" layer of coatings that ensure the lenses remain cleaner for longer and require less pressure to be applied when cleaning, thus helping to ensure you do not mark them in anyway.

One of the standout features of the Helia series is their collaboration with the renowned Waldkauz® company in making the neckstrap and fairly unique protective cover.

Hand made from leather, felt and natural wools, these not only look great, but are durable and are "noiseless" according to Kahles. This is especially true when you compare them to cases that have Velcro or Zip enclosures that can make quite a lot of noise when opening. Once again for the hunter, wildlife observer and some birders this is an important feature.

Main Specifications

Model: Kahles Helia 8x42 Binoculars Kahles Helia 10x42 Binoculars
Field of View (@1000m): 126m 114m
Angle of View: 7.2° 6.5°
Eye-relief: 20mm 20mm
Close Focus: 2.1m 2.1m
IPD: 56-73mm 56-73mm
Weight: 750g 770g
Dimensions: 15cm x 12.7cm x 5.1cm 15cm x 12.7cm x 5.1cm

Price & Where to Buy
As you would expect from a premium brand, their high end offering is not cheap, but if you are looking for an "alpha" type binocular that is something a little different from what most others will have then these will most certainly fit the bill.

You can check the current prices in the US, UK, rest of Europe as well as other countries by following the links below:

Kahles Helia RF Binoculars

Kahles Helia RF Binoculars

Kahles Helia RF BinocularsIntroduced in 2018 and taking the name from their flagship series above, the series of Kahles Helia rangefinder binoculars is an interesting addition to their small stable and here is why:

Firstly, as a company that is world famous for their rifle scopes and which focuses much of their attention towards hunting, it is somewhat surprising to me that they have taken so long not only to release a rangefinding binocular, but a laser rangefinder.

Whilst still of a high quality the Kahles Helia RF binoculars do not use the same optics as the standard Helia range. This can be seen by the specifications (see table below).

I have also been reliably informed that like so many other rangefinding binoculars, these are manufactured in China, which for a company like Kahles is a big change, but I suppose to remain competitive within the market they have had to outsource the expertise in electronics.

Models
The Helia RF is available in either an 8x42 or 10x42 configuration.

Highlights
The laser rangefinder used within these instruments has an impressive maximum range of 1500 meters, which is further than that of many of their direct competitors.

Kahles Helia RF Binoculars with neckstrap and protective coverThe heads-up display can be altered in brightness without having to go through the menu. This is a small but important detail as it ensures you can quickly get all the information clearly displayed no matter the ambient light conditions. So for instance if you walk out from a dark forested area into bright sunshine.

The ranger has a scan mode that constantly updates the distance display as you pan about, which is ideal for moving targets.

There is also a ballistic mode which takes the angle and distance to the target into account.

Like the non RF versions, these feature twist-up eyecups with 4 click-stops, however you do get slightly less eye-relief. However there should still be enough should you wear glasses.

I also think an impressive feature of the Kahles Helia RF binoculars is their relative low weight and compact size. These really are not far different from a standard pair of bins.

It is also great to see that these come with the same beautifully hand-made neckstrap and protective covers that which you get with the standard Helia series.

Main Specifications

Model: Kahles Helia RF 8x42 Binoculars Kahles Helia RF 10x42 Binoculars
Field of View (@1000m): 125m 107m
Angle of View: 7.1° 6.1°
Eye-relief: 18.5mm 16.5mm
Close Focus: 10m 10m
Weight: 880g 880g
Dimensions: 14.8cm x 13.1cm x 7.1cm 14.8cm x 13.1cm x 7.1cm

Price & Where to Buy
In terms of price, these compare quite favorably against most other mid-to-high end laser rangefinding binoculars currently on the market. For latest prices and where to buy in your country (including Europe, Canada, Australia and India), take a look at the links below:

Archive

The instruments below are no longer in production. I have kept their details on this guide as a reference and for anyone who comes across one for sale, be that new or second hand

Kahles 8x42 BinocularsKahles 42mm Binoculars

Kahles produce two full sized 42mm roof-prism binoculars, one with an 8x and the other a 10x magnification. Designed specifically with hunting in mind, their tough, lightweight body with high end optics also make them ideal as bird watching, general use and full sized safari binoculars.

All KAHLES binoculars are made from the highest grade materials to the optics industries tightest tolerances and feature shock and noise dampening armor made from natural rubber materials and colored in Austrian Loden green.

The side palm swells and non-slip grooves provide a sure grip under any conditions and both Kahles binoculars are fully waterproof and submersible. The shell of the body is constructed from a magnesium alloy that is both light as well as strong.

These Kahles hunting binoculars also have Phase correction coatings on the quality Bak-4 prisms and what they call their AMV anti-reflection coatings to help maximise light transmission between 500 and 540 nanometers for superior low light performance.

Sizes & Models Available:

  • Kahles 10x42 Binoculars
  • Kahles 8x42 Binoculars
  • Kahles 8x32 Binoculars

Technical Data

Price Range

Depending on the model, these top of the range binoculars cost between £500 and £800 or $500 and $800 in the US.

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Kahles Scopes

Kahles KX Rifle ScopeAs well as binoculars, Kahles make a small but high quality range of scopes, indeed Kahles rifle scopes are some of the most respected by hunters all around the world. The best known models include:

Kahles Helia KX or KXi rifle scopes are aimed at the American market and have image qualities and low light capabilities combined with precise mechanics, low weight and compact dimensions. The Kahles KX scopes also have a wide field of view as well as excellent edge-to-edge clarity and resolution and safe eye relief.

Kahles Helia CBX Rifle Scope - Have a reticle that is especially dimmable and scatter-free, providing a clear and fine contrast against the body of the game. The illuminated reticles on all HELIA CBX scopes increase in size as magnification is increased hereby providing a confident feel for the shooting distance.

Kahles Competition K Scope: state-of-art mechanics, unique in design and unmatched in accuracy at any distance.


Kahles Optics Contact Details

KAHLES Gesellschaft m.b.H.
Zeillergasse 18-22
A-1170 Wien
Tel: +43 / 1 / 486 33 55-0
Fax: +43 / 1 / 485 45 63
Email: info@kahles.at

UK Distributors of Kahles Riflescopes and Binoculars
RUAG Ammotec UK Ltd.,
Upton Cross Cornwall.
PL 14 Liskeard 5BQ
Phone: +44 362 319 1579
Fax: +44 364 033 1579
Internet www.ruag.co.uk
e-mail phil@ruag.co.uk

US Distributors
US customers are encouraged to contact their main office in Austria (see above)