Binoculars • Monoculars • Telescopes • Accessories Product Guide 13-14 Thank you for considering Opticron as the supplier of your new Binocular or Telescope. We would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little more about us, our philosophy towards you the customer and the products and services we provide. Founded over forty years ago, our aim continues to focus on providing the best mix of product choice, quality and value backed up with a customer service function worth the name. Choice As you will see we offer an extensive array of equipment designed to meet the varied demands of sometimes highly discriminating users. The reason for so many individual models and model variants is to maximise the opportunity for you to purchase the best instrument suited to you. Quality and Value are two factors critical to the success of our business. Both have been developed and are maintained in partnership with a small number of trusted manufacturers. The benefits of these relationships are best seen in the optical performance of the equipment, the guarantees offered and the value for money which we believe is second to none. Customer Service If you are a professional, enthusiast or occasional user of optical equipment, we have the knowledge and expertise to help you make the right choice based on price and application. In addition to our network of stockists, you can speak to us and purchase through our Mail Order Service if you are unable to purchase locally. We have on-site testing facilities for the entire Opticron range and operate a UK based service centre for all our equipment. The Product Guide follows a logical pattern making it easy to compare the products, while comprehensive ‘Chooser Guides’ offer practical information and advice on the equipment illustrated. For up to the minute information on new products please visit our online catalogue at www.opticron.co.uk We hope you find the contents interesting and informative. If you have any comments we would be happy to hear from you. ContentsPage Choosing Your Binocular 3 Binoculars4-23 Marine Binoculars 24 Specialist M-3 / WP Observation 25 Compact Binoculars 26-29 Monoculars30-31 Choosing Your Telescope 32-33 Telescopes34-45 Telephotography46-47 Eyepieces48 UTA / Laser Rangefinder / Bipod 49 Mounts & Monopods 50 Accessories51 2 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Choosing your Binocular The following information aims to give you a basic understanding of how binoculars work, the different specifications available and what they mean, plus some points to help you choose the best instrument suited to you. Specification E.g. 8x42. The number ‘8’ denotes the magnification and means an object appears to be 1/8th of its actual distance away. Using this rule an object 40m distant appears to be only 5m away. ‘42’ is the diameter of the objective lens (the large end) in mm through which light enters the binocular. Eyepiece Eyepiece (provides magnification) Roof Prism Porro Prism (inverts image) Focusing Lens (internal focusing models only) Objective Lens (gathers and directs incoming light onto prism) Objective Lens Higher magnification binoculars also; a.have a shallower depth of focus (distance in focus at any one focus setting), requiring more use of the focus wheel. b.amplify natural hand-shake affecting the stability of the image being viewed. For general observation choose a 7x or 8x magnification. If you want binoculars of 10x or over try them first. What objective lens size? The amount of light entering a binocular is directly related to the surface area of the objective lens (OG). A 50mm OG will admit 2.5x the light of a 30mm OG. The amount of light reaching the eye is known as the exit pupil diameter (EPD) and its size can be found by dividing the OG diameter by the magnification. For example the EPD of an 8x32 = 4mm while the EPD of an 8x56 = 7mm. As a general rule the iris dilates between 2 and 3 mm (bright sunlight) and 6 and 7 mm (twilight) and so a choice should be made on the type of use the binocular is being put to. For general use choose a 7x42 or 8x42 binocular with an EPD of +5mm. The field of view of a binocular is dependent on the optical design and not simply a product of the magnification and objective lens diameter. It is expressed as either the width of panoramic view in metres from a distance of 1000 metres or in degrees where 1˚ is approximately 17.45m. Real field of view (6˚) Z or B stand for porro prism binoculars. The basic optical design of these ‘traditional-shape’ instruments mean they tend to deliver better optical performance for your money compared to roof prism (D) binoculars, which are more compact but also more expensive. The rise in popularity of roof prism binoculars is as a direct result of this system being favoured in the development of instruments with user oriented features. These include; internal focusing for waterproofing, long eyerelief eyepieces that enable the viewer to obtain the full field of view with or without glasses and close focus making them useful for watching butterflies and other insects. B when seen on roof prism binoculars including Opticron BGA = full field of view for spectacle wearers. GA = rubber armouring and W or WA = wide angle vision. CF, (centre focusing) is more popular than IF (individual eyepiece focusing) especially when you need to focus at different distances under 50m. Most ‘IF’ binoculars are 7x magnification and have a large depth of focus which usually eliminates any need for focusing adjustment at distances over 50m. Apparent field of view (48˚) 48˚ 6˚ 8x magnification binocular 50m 400m Wearing glasses Many binoculars provide the full field of view when wearing glasses by either folding down the rubber eyecups or by turning/pushing retractable eyecup assemblies to the ‘down’ position. As a general rule the longer the eyerelief - the distance between the surface of the eyepiece and the point where the pupil is positioned for full field of view - the better the instrument for spectacle wearers. If you think you want to wear glasses while using your binocular, choose one with an eyerelief of 15mm or over. Without glasses What magnification? Within any given range of binoculars the higher the magnification relative to the objective lens diameter, the lower the apparent image quality. Images appear less sharp and have a lower ‘relative’ brightness and poorer colour contrast. Apparent image Eyecup Up position With glasses Spectacle Lens Eyecup Down position Weight For many people, small, lightweight binoculars that can be taken anywhere will be used much more than larger, heavier ones which tend to be left at home or in the car! Naked eye 8x 10x 3 Aurora® BGA Roof Prism 8x42 BGA The Aurora BGA is the definitive example of our maxim “smaller, lighter, brighter, sharper” in practice. Building on the strengths of the original BGA concept and models like the DBA Oasis, both the 8x42 and 10x42 resemble and handle like smaller 8x32/10x32 binoculars but with the performance advantages of a larger 42mm objective lens. Designed and manufactured to be smaller, lighter and sharper with a wider field of view and better close focus compared to any previous BGA model, the Aurora delivers the ultimate balance between size and weight, resolution and field of view currently attainable from this roof prism format. The optical design doesn’t just reduce the overall dimensions and finished weights of the Aurora but delivers 7.2˚ (8x42) / 6.5˚ (10x42) field of view with stunning resolution guaranteed at under 4” for each and every binocular. Close focus is under 2m and the model is fully compatible with the 2.5x UTA. Manufactured using a lightweight magnesium alloy body and protected from heavy use and the elements in a beautifully finished textured rubber covering with patented shock-proof rubber objective lens protection, the Aurora feels very special in the hand, is perfectly balanced and comes with a focusing set-up other binoculars can only aspire to. Long eyerelief eyepieces with 4 stage rotating retractable eyecup assembly 4 Tripod adapter socket 540˚ rotation wide wheel focusing infinity to 1.8m For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 10x42 BGA Other features include: • Fully nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction to a depth of 5m •Internal focusing with 540˚ rotation allowing precise adjustment with sub 2m close focus •The highest quality roof prisms featuring Oasis prism coating and phase correction coatings •Opticron S-type multi-coating that allows both models to achieve the highest possible clarity & colour contrast in the widest range of light conditions from early morning till dusk •Durable alloy 4-stage locking rotating retractable eyecup assembly with ‘click stop’ dioptre adjustment • Finished weights of under 670g • Integral tripod adapter socket Available in 8x42 and 10x42 and a choice of finishes; black, green or black & gunmetal, each Aurora BGA is supplied complete with a comprehensive 30 year guarantee. Oasis is the name given to a 64 layer coating process applied to the reflective surface of each roof prism. Oasis improves light emission to 99% over a broader spectrum at the reflective face when compared to silver or high reflective aluminium coatings used on high quality roof prism binoculars. The result is a measurable increase in light transmission and overall image clarity. 8x42 10x42 30490 30492 30494 126 1.8 20 58~76 140x126 654 30491 30493 30495 113 1.8 19 58~76 140x126 663 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31020 rainguard, neoprene bungee lanyard and rubber objective lens covers Phase Coating Oasis Coating Standard Coating Product Code Bl Product Code Gr Product Code Bl/Gm Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) Phase Coating Specifications PC phase correction coating When light waves are reflected at the opposite faces of a roof prism, phase shift occurs resulting in marginal deterioration in sharpness. Phase corrected coatings are designed to correct this phase shift within the prism increasing overall clarity and definition. 5 DBA® Oasis® S-Coat Mg Roof Prism 8x42 BGA DBA Oasis S-Coat Mg binoculars are among the very best compact roof prism binoculars available on the market, offering sublime performance and comfort in a class leading compact body. Designed for the professional birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, principle features of the DBA Oasis S-Coat Mg include: •Complex multi-element long eyerelief eyepieces with large diameter eye lenses that deliver 7° (8x42) and 6° (10x42) fields of view with complete viewing comfort •The highest quality roof prisms featuring Oasis prism coating and phase correction coating (see page 5) •S-type multi-coating helping both models achieve extremely high levels of clarity & colour contrast in a variety of light conditions •Internal focusing (infinity to 2.2 metres close focus) with 500° rotation allowing precise adjustment 21.6mm Large diameter eyepieces for viewing comfort 6 ‘Click-stop’ dioptre adjustment 500˚ rotation wide wheel focusing infinity to 2.2m For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 10x42 BGA Manufactured to deliver this high level of performance throughout the 30 year warranted lifetime each DBA Oasis S-Coat Mg also benefits from: • A lightweight magnesium alloy body •Fully nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction to a depth of 5m •Lightly textured natural rubber armouring with contoured ribs on the main body and focus wheel to maximise comfort and handling with or without gloves •Durable alloy 4-stage locking rotating retractable eyecup assembly with ‘click stop’ dioptre adjustment • Finished weights of under 660g with perfect balance • Integral tripod adapter socket Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 10x42 30610 122 2.2 18 57~77 152x128 656 30611 105 2.2 18 57~77 152x128 644 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31020 rainguard, neoprene bungee lanyard and rubber objective lens covers Phase Coating Oasis Coating Standard Coating Specifications Phase Coating • 2.5x UTA option (see page 49 for details) Phase corrected roof prisms & Oasis reflective prism coating 7 Verano® BGA HD Roof Prism 8x42 BGA 10x42 BGA Building on the strengths of previous models the Verano BGA HD features a fully revised optical system that delivers outstanding specification elevating the range to a new performance class. Optically the binoculars offer: • Large diameter long eyerelief eyepieces that guarantee an exceptionally comfortable viewing experience with or without glasses •Class leading fields of view 8˚ (8x32), 7˚ (8x42), 6.5˚ (10x42) •‘PGK’ glass prisms with PC phase correction coating and Oasis prism coating (see page 5) •Opticron F-type combination multi-coating devised to optimise colour contrast Oasis Coating Standard Coating Phase Coating Phase Coating Mechanically the binoculars: •Feature an alloy and polycarbonate double hinge body •Are nitrogen gas filled and waterproof to 3 metres •Are internally focused with close focus to 2 metres or under Phase corrected roof prisms & Oasis reflective prism coating 8 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 8x32 BGA • Are covered in a lightly textured natural rubber armouring contoured to deliver a truly positive handling experience with or without gloves •Include 4-stage twist-type retractable eyecup assembly •Feature a smooth action wide wheel focusing system •Provide a connection to a photo/video tripod using 31022 or 31012 binocular mounts Verano BGA HD binoculars are supplied with a 30 year guarantee. The Verano BGA HD 8x42 is recommended by the British Trust for Ornithology Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 8x42 10x42 30600 140 1.5 17 56~74 128x122 609 30601 122 2 22 56~74 152x128 739 30602 113 2 21 56~74 152x128 738 Models supplied in soft leather case with rainguard, neoprene lanyard and rubber objective lens covers Long eyerelief eyepieces with rotating eyecup assembly and right side dioptre adjustment Wide wheel focusing Lightweight ergonomic polycarbonate and alloy body. Tripod adapter socket For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk 9 Imagic® BGA SE Roof Prism The 6th generation Imagic BGA will challenge any preconceptions you may have concerning the quality and performance you can expect when spending £500 on a roof prism binocular. Designed and manufactured to feel as good as they look, these highly durable field binoculars step up the challenge to premium roof prism binoculars offering outstanding performance and value for money. 8.5x50 BGA 10x50 BGA Optically the Imagic BGA SE’s feature: •Eyepiece designs that offer class leading field of view 6˚ (8.5x50), 5.8˚ (10x50) • Large diameter long eyerelief eyepieces that guarantee a really comfortable viewing experience with or without glasses •‘PGK’ glass prisms with PC phase correction coating and Oasis prism coating (see page 5) • O pticron F-type combination multi-coating constructed to maximise colour contrast in poor light so often associated wildlife observation in N. Europe Mechanically the binoculars: •Feature a lightweight magnesium body •Are nitrogen gas filled and waterproof to 3m •Are internally focused with close focus to 3.5m •Are covered in a lightly textured natural rubber armouring contoured to deliver positive handling with or without gloves •Include 4-stage twist-type retractable eyecups •Feature a smooth action wide wheel focusing system with an easy-grip rib pattern Imagic BGA SE binoculars are supplied with a 30 year guarantee. Long eyerelief eyepieces with 4 stage rotating retractable eyecup assembly 10 Moulded thumb grips for optimum handling Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8.5x50 10x50 30481 105 3.5 23 58~74 177x132 795 30482 101 3.5 23 58~74 177x132 790 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31028 rainguard and neoprene lanyard Wide wheel focusing infinity to 3.5m. Tripod adapter socket For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk BGA Classic Roof Prism 7x36 BGA Fifth generation BGA offering superior performance to the enthusiast looking for a compact, well balanced, easy to use wide-angle binocular with large depth of field and 2m close focus. With an optical system designed to deliver comfortable viewing for long periods, specifications include Oasis prism coating (see page 5), PC phase correction for optimum resolution and Opticron N-type multi-coating for superb colour contrast. Delivering a wide-angle 7.2˚ field of view with long eyerelief for full field of view with glasses, the binocular features 3-stage rotating retractable eyecups and click-stop right dioptre adjustment. Focusing is via glide-action wide wheel geared for 540˚ or 1.5 turns from 2 metres to infinity. Mechanically the instrument uses an alloy and polycarbonate main body structure and is nitrogen filled and fully waterproof to a depth of 5 metres. Finished in contoured natural rubber armour shaped to reduce weight wherever possible but ensuring a good level of protection, the BGA Classic 7x36 is supplied with a comprehensive 30 year guarantee. Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 7x36 30208 126 2 19 57~77 138x128 623 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31020 rainguard and neoprene lanyard ‘B’ specification eyepieces for full field with spectacles Rotating retractable eyecups with ‘click stop’ right eyepiece adjustment Moulded thumb grips for optimum handling Wide wheel focusing infinity to 2m. Tripod adapter socket 11 Countryman® BGA HD Roof Prism The Countryman BGA HD series binoculars are designed and built to deliver exceptional viewing performance in a lightweight rugged body. An ideal choice for the wildlife enthusiast searching for superior cross field definition and light transmission coupled with great handling, the fourth generation Countryman BGA offers a mixture of improved field of view, clarity and resolution over previous models. Oasis Coating Standard Coating Phase Coating Phase Coating 8x42 BGA 10x42 BGA Phase corrected roof prisms & Oasis reflective prism coating Rotating retractable eyecup assembly 12 Wide wheel focusing with centrally located locking dioptre adjustment wheel Tripod adapter socket For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 8x32 BGA Specifications and features include: • 100% made in Japan HD optical system •High quality ‘PC’ phase corrected prism units and Oasis prism coating • Long eyerelief eyepieces giving full field of view for glasses wearers • Nitrogen filled construction for waterproofing to a depth of 3 metres •Durable textured ‘natural’ rubber armouring delivering exceptional comfort and grip • Wide wheel glide-action focusing with right side dioptre adjustment •Multi-stage (locking) alloy retractable eyecup assemblies; 3-stage on 8x32, 10x42, 10x50, 12x50, 4-stage on 8x42 • Tripod adapter socket • Comprehensive 30 year guarantee Specifications 10x50 BGA 12x50 BGA Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 8x42 10x42 10x50 12x50 30604 140 2.8 19 56~73 124x122 614 30605 122 2.3 22 56~74 138x126 682 30606 105 2.3 17 56~74 138x126 701 30607 88 4 19 56~74 167x131 797 30608 73 3 18 56~74 167x131 800 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31020 rainguard, wide lanyard and rubber objective lens covers 13 ED-X® Roof Prism 8x42 DWCF.GA 10x42 DWCF.GA The ED-X brings the Opticron ethos “smaller, lighter, brighter, sharper” into a new price category with a bold design and new performance standard for £300. Designed around a compact optical system to minimise overall length, ED-X series 8x42 and 10x42 binoculars stand just 136mm high making them closer in size to many 8/10x32’s available on the market. The micro-bridge™ assembly, wide wheel focusing and textured rubber armour combine to offer greater flexibility for positional grip with easy access for focus adjustment even under single handed operation. Weighing in at 650g the instruments are light in the hand as well as easy on the neck when carried using a traditional lanyard. A CN standard ED objective lens system increases light transmission over standard optical glass objectives in this class, while the wide field eyepieces 7.5° (8x42), 6.2° (10x42) offer a panorama-like visual experience helping successful ‘track and trace’ for all types of wildlife observation. Other features include: • Fully nitrogen gas waterproof (1m) •Compact internal focusing optical system with close focus to under 2m •Multi-stage eyecups (4-stops 8x42, 3-stops 10x42) •Thumb wheel ‘click-stop’ right dioptre adjuster • Soft touch textured rubber armour • 10 year guarantee ‘B’ specification eyepieces for full field with spectacles 14 Micro-bridge assembly. Tripod adapter socket Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 10x42 30625 131 1.9 19 58~77 136x128 650 30626 108 1.9 17 58~77 136x128 644 Models supplied in soft neoprene case with rainguard, padded lanyard and rubber objective lens covers Wide wheel focusing infinity to 2m For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Natura BGA® Roof Prism 8x42 BGA 10x42 BGA Featuring a tried and tested optical system packaged in a brand new double hinge body, the Natura BGA delivers an unbeatable combination of user comfort, performance and value. Positioned squarely at the enthusiast wanting a lightweight yet robust and supremely reliable field glass, the binoculars are 100% Made in Japan and come with the assurance of our 30 year guarantee. Specifications and features include: •Compact fully multi-coated optical system with high quality ‘PC’ phase corrected prism units and Oasis prism coating • High resolution optics with excellent colour correction • Perfect 50:50 balance in the hand •Long eyerelief eyepieces giving full field of view for glasses wearers • Nitrogen waterproof to a depth of 3 metres • D urable textured natural rubber armouring delivering comfort and grip •Wide wheel glide-action focusing with locking central dioptre adjuster • Infinity focus to 3m in under half a turn •Multi-stage rotating eyecups in hard-wearing alloy (4-stage 8x42, 3-stage 10x42) •Threaded socket for connection to a Binocular tripod mount Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 10x42 30629 109 2.9 19 56~74 138x126 660 30630 88 2.7 18 56~74 138x126 668 Models supplied in soft case with 31020 rainguard and wide lanyard Rotating retractable eyecup assembly Wide wheel focusing with centrally located locking dioptre adjustment wheel Tripod adapter socket For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk 15 Traveller® BGA Mg Roof Prism 6x32 BGA 8x32 BGA 10x32 BGA The Traveller BGA Mg exemplifies our commitment to constantly develop and improve our equipment to deliver the highest quality and value in every product category in which we compete. Available in 6x32, 8x32 and 10x32 and measuring just 98x118mm, the Traveller fits easily into a coat pocket, backpack or sling bag and is an excellent solution for the outdoor enthusiast preferring the capability of a larger binocular but wanting the portability of a compact. The magnesium chassis is a featherweight 70g resulting in a final weight of 380g and making the 8x32 on average over a third lighter than many premium 8x32 roof prism binoculars. Being one of the smallest and lightest binoculars available today is only half the story. The Traveller BGA Mg is designed and manufactured in Japan to offer a high quality viewing experience no matter which model you choose. Featuring BAK 4 prism units, PC phase correction and Oasis prism coating, image reproduction is refreshingly neutral with minimal edge distortion. Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 6x32 8x32 10x32 30497 141 1.5 19 57~71.5 98x118 367 30498 111 1.5 19 57~71.5 98x118 380 30499 90 1.5 16 57~71.5 98x118 370 Models supplied in soft case with 31025 rainguard and padded lanyard 98mm Other features include: •Nitrogen gas waterproof to 3 metres •Non-slip rubber covering for comfort •Fully multi-coated optical system •Long eyerelief eyepieces for full field with or without glasses • Push/pull retractable eyecups •Wide wheel focusing with close focus to 1.5m • Hinge lock system to maintain IPD • 30 year guarantee 118mm extended Unique compact design 16 Push/pull retractable eye cup assembly Wide wheel focusing. Close focus to 1.5m For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk HR WP Porro Prism 8x42 10x42 BCF.GA BCF.GA In a market segment dominated by the roof prism binocular, the HR WP re-thinks, re-works and repackages the porro prism binocular for today’s more demanding user. Designed for both the enthusiast and those seeking the very highest optical resolution for their money, the HR WP successfully combines the inherent qualities of both traditional porro prism and modern roof prism formats into a single multi-purpose, user friendly, high performance field glass. Available in 8x42 and 10x42, each optical system uses the enlarged ‘B’ porro prism format in combination with internal focusing and long focal length long eyerelief eyepieces. Glass components are of a very high quality and all air-to-glass surfaces are fully multi-coated to minimise light loss throughout the system. To keep weight at a minimum the chassis is built using a mix of aluminium, magnesium and plastics. Hermetically sealed, the models are fully nitrogen waterproof to a depth of 3m and guaranteed for 30 years against manufacturing defects. For truly high resolution optics in a modern form, look no further than the HR WP. Rotating retractable eyecup assembly Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 10x42 30090 112 3 20 56~73 126x183 715 30091 89 3 17 56~73 126x183 725 Models supplied in soft case with 31025 rainguard and wide lanyard Central dioptre adjustment. Wide wheel focusing Tripod adapter socket For Product Detail and What’s in the Box? videos visit www.opticron.co.uk 17 Explorer® WA Roof Prism 8x42 DWCF.GA 10x42 DWCF.GA The Explorer WA offers a combination of quality, specification and ergonomics that are rare if not unique in this price category. The all-new optical system comprises complex multi-element eyepieces that deliver impressive wide-angle 7.5° (8x42) and 6.5° (10x42) field of view with minimum levels of edge distortion. Fitted in combination with high quality phase corrected prisms and fully multi-coated lenses, the results are seen in crisp clear images with impressive tonal reproduction. The Explorer WA’s compact optical system is fitted into a lightweight magnesium alloy body that provides excellent balance for all hand sizes. Each binocular is clothed in a specially textured soft-touch rubber covering with a tactile finish that enhances comfort and makes the binoculars easy to pick-up, grip and use. Other features include: • N itrogen waterproof construction (internal focusing) •BAK 4, PC phase corrected prisms integrated into a fully multi-coated WA optical system • 3-stage retractable eyecups • Close focus to 2.5m • Tripod adapter socket Explorer WA binoculars are supplied with a comprehensive 10 year guarantee. Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 10x42 30614 131 2 17 55~73 140x126 672 30615 113 2.5 15 55~73 140x126 638 Models supplied in soft case with rainguard, padded lanyard and rubber objective lens covers 18 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Discovery WP PC Roof Prism 8x42 DCF.GA 10x42 DCF.GA Using an ultra-compact optical design the Discovery WP PC series are among the smallest waterproof roof prism binoculars available on the market today. With a host of features including WA eyepieces; 7.5˚ (8x32), 7.5˚ (8x42) 6.0˚ (10x42) plus excellent close focus ability, each Discovery WP PC offers the value conscious customer a stylish user friendly field glass. Features include: • Nitrogen waterproof construction •Lightweight magnesium bodies (8x42, 10x42, 8x50 & 10x50) • Super lightweight ABS plastic body (8x32) • Fully coated optics with PC phase corrected prisms •Long eyerelief for spectacle wearers with twist type eyecups • Click stop right dioptre adjustment • Close focus to under 2m • Tripod adapter socket (8x42 & 10x42 only) • 5 year guarantee 8x32 DWCF.GA Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 8x42 10x42 8x50 10x50 30452 131 1.2 17 52~75* 108x117 391 30458 131 1.5 22 53~75* 133x126 703 30459 105 1.5 17 53~75* 133x126 696 30457 122 1.5 21 57~75 145x133 797 30467 115 1.5 22 57~75 145x133 813 8x50 DCF.GA 10x50 DCF.GA Models supplied in soft case with rainguard and wide lanyard. *2014 models available December 2013 19 Imagic® TGA WP Porro Prism 7x42 ZCF.GA 8x42 ZCF.GA 10x42 ZCF.GA Designed to look and feel exceptional, Imagic TGA WP binoculars offer a host of features normally reserved for higher priced instruments. Fitted with BAK4 prisms and utilising a differential multi-coating system with high refractive index coatings on the eyelenses and objectives, the models deliver excellent clarity and contrast and will match or outperform many roof prism binoculars costing £200 or more. 50mm models are especially suited to star gazing. Other features include nitrogen waterproof construction, rotating retractable eyecup assembly with extension lock, click stop right dioptre adjustment, integral tripod adapter socket and 30 year guarantee. ©Akio Nakanishi 8x32 ZCF.GA 7x50 ZCF.GA 10x50 ZCF.GA Tripod Mount Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 7x42 8x42 10x42 7x50 10x50 30550 122 2.5 21 57~73 114x165 614 30551 126 4 22 57~73 142x180 682 30552 114 2.9 21 57~73 142x180 682 30553 97 2.9 21 57~73 142x180 687 30554 105 4.9 21.5 57~73 173x191 805 30555 93 4.5 19.5 57~73 173x191 834 Models supplied in soft case with rainguard and wide lanyard 20 ©Teruyasu Kitayama 8x32 Milky Way For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk T3 Trailfinder® Roof Prism 8x42 DCF.GA 10x42 DWCF.GA The T3 Trailfinder’s clever combination of wide-angle optics and fast focus system fitted into a compact body clothed in textured rubber armour help create a comfortable, easy to use range of binoculars equally suited to general wildlife observation as well as more specialist pursuits such as hunting, field archery and birdwatching. Available in 8x32, 8x42 and 10x42 in a choice of black or dark green durable textured rubber armour, features of the T3 Trailfinder include: •Fully multi-coated optical system including BAK 4 prisms and PC phase correction coatings • Nitrogen waterproof construction •Long eyerelief, wide angle eyepieces fitted with twist type retractable eyecups • Internal focusing with close focus to 1.5m • 5 year guarantee The T3 Trailfinder 8x42 is recommend for first-time birders by David Lindo, the Urban Birder. Specifications Product Code Bl Product Code Gr Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 8x42 10x42 30078 30079 131 1.5 17 57~75 109x121 527 30080 30082 125 1.5 21 58~77 140x128 742 30081 30083 113 1.5 16 58~77 140x128 731 8x32 DCF.GA Models supplied in soft case with rainguard and padded lanyard 21 Oregon 4 LE WP Roof Prism 8x42 DCF.GA 10x42 DCF.GA Updated for 2014 the entry-level Oregon 4 LE WP nitrogen waterproof series provide the first-time or occasional user with a high standard of optical performance and functionality in a highly desirable well constructed and reliable body. Delivering surprisingly neutral images for their price point, the binoculars are perfect for all types of general wildlife observation and include a compact wide field 8x32 as well as a high performance 10x50. Features include; • BAK 4 glass, fully multi-coated optical system •Long eyerelief and twist type retractable eyecup assembly • Sophisticated twin relief rubber armoured finish •Wide wheel focusing with close focus to 1.8m (8x32), under 3m (8/10x42 and 10x50) • Wide-angle 8x32 with 8° field of view • 5 year guarantee 8x32 DWCF.GA Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 8x42 10x42 10x50 30525 141 1.8 15 58~74 109x116 497 30526 114 2.9 22 57~74 150x125 677 30527 101 2.9 19 57~74 150x125 681 30528 80 2.5 22 61~74 170x130 845 10x50 DCF.GA Models supplied in soft case with rainguard, wide lanyard and rubber objective lens covers 22 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Savanna WP Porro Prism 6x30 ZCF.GA Handy, lightweight, thoroughly modern porro prism binoculars uniquely suited to adults and children. With popular features such as waterproofing, long eyerelief and ergonomic rubber armour, the optical set-up delivers brighter, sharper more three dimensional images compared to similarly priced roof prism binoculars. In addition wide field eyepieces and a large depth of field make for easy focusing and tracking of wildlife. With a minimum IPD of 50mm, the Savanna WP can be enjoyed by children as young as 7 years without fear of eye strain. Weighing under 500g and standing just 115mm high, the binocular fits easily into a backpack or sling bag or can be stored in its lightweight neoprene case. Like their sister compact models, both the 6x30 and 8x30 are engineered to deliver excellent quality and value for money for wildlife watchers of all ages and come with a comprehensive 10 year warranty against manufacturing defects. Specifications 8x30 ZCF.GA Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 6x30 8x30 30045 140 3 21 50~70 116x160 485 30046 131 3 18 50~70 116x160 491 Models supplied in neoprene case with rainguard and wide lanyard 23 Marine Binoculars Porro Prism Marine Series binoculars exemplify our commitment to provide quality, innovation and choice. Whichever model you choose, each instrument has been specifically designed and manufactured to meet the toughest performance criteria demanded by the enthusiast and professional user alike. Available in 7x50 specification, all four models feature enlarged porro prisms and anti-reflective multi-coatings that maximise field of view, cross-field resolution and low light performance. Long eyerelief eyepieces and large depth of field provide the best chances for stable, comfortable viewing under constant motion with or without glasses. Marine Series binoculars are fully nitrogen gas filled waterproof and splash proof and are protected from knocks and bumps with specially mounted prism assemblies, strong single die-cast aluminium bodies and durable thick rubber armouring. Model illus. Pro Series II 7x50 BIF.GA/C Marine-3 7x50 BIF.GA Marine-2 7x50 BIF.GA/IC Marine Binoculars with Compass Pro Series II 7x50 BIF.GA/C and Marine-2 7x50 BIF.GA/ IC binoculars come equipped with integrated compass and distance scale for use in the northern hemisphere marked 1 in the diagram below. Compasses for other world regions can be fitted to order. 1 24 Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) PSII 7x50/C PSII 7x50 M3 7x50 M2 7x50 30129 126 24 58~74 195x205 1265 30128 126 24 58~74 195x205 1241 30056 124 18 56~75 188x205 1095 30334 123 20 57~74 180x200 1072 Pro Series II binoculars are supplied in a semi-rigid multi-purpose case with neoprene lanyard, rainguard & integral objective lens caps. 30 year guarantee. Marine-3 and Marine-2 binoculars are supplied in a soft case with wide lanyard, rainguard & integral objective lens caps. 10 year guarantee. For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Specialist M-3 Porro Prism The M-3 8x30 BIF.GA is designed and manufactured to meet the toughest performance criteria demanded by professionals looking for a compact, wide field 8x binocular for hand held use. Manufactured from die cast aluminium with a specially constructed aluminium alloy hinge assembly and individual eyepiece focus, each binocular is 100% nitrogen waterproof and individually tested to remain sealed after being submersed in 2m of water for 2 hours. This level of integrity ensures the instrument remains waterproof under severe field conditions. Other features include; • Wide-angle 8.2º field of view • Full field of view with glasses or protective eyewear • Individual eyepiece focusing, infinity to 4m • Fully multi-coated optical system •Stringent QC tested components • Durable NBR armouring for protection and comfort • Fold down rubber eyecups • Tripod adapter socket (1/4”) • 10 year guarantee 8x30 BIF.GA Specifications Optional Extras (Available to Special Order) The M-3 8x30 BIF.GA can be supplied with a dual distance/size scale projected into the right hand eyepiece allowing you to measure in metres the distance of a target object if the height is known, or the height of that target object if the distance is known. The model is also available with a Laser Blocking Filter designed to block light within the infra red region making the instrument eyesafe to incoming laser light from rangefinders, night sights and pointers. 50 40 30 20 10 50 40 30 20 10 10 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 20 30 15 20 2M 40 50 Product Code Field (m/1000m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x30 30060 143 19 53~75 130x160 680 Model supplied in semi-rigid waterproof case with neoprene lanyard, rainguard & integral objective lens caps. WP Observation A range of three high quality 80mm objective lens binoculars designed specifically for outdoor use, the WP Observation series are fully nitrogen waterproof and can be used in the rain or left unprotected on a tripod during showers without the worry of water penetration. In addition to waterproofing, the binoculars are protected with durable natural rubber covering and have twist type retractable eyecups, wide wheel focusing and retractable lens hoods to eliminate problems of solar-glare or water falling onto the objective lenses. Featuring a high specification fully multi-coated porro prism optical system, the clarity and field of view derived from the 16x80 makes it an excellent choice for astronomy, while the higher magnification 20x80 and 30x80 are geared toward long range terrestrial observation and specialist outdoor applications such as aircraft observation. All three models deliver full field of view with or without spectacles and are supplied with a 30 year guarantee. Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 16x80 20x80 30x80 30097 75 17 55~72 316x220 2390 30098 61 16 55~72 316x220 2390 30099 40 18 55~72 316x220 2390 Models supplied in hard carry case with lanyard 16x80 BCF.GA 20x80 BCF.GA 30x80 BCF.GA 25 Compact Pocket Binoculars Advances in design and material technology mean modern compact pocket binoculars can offer a serious alternative to larger objective lens instruments. Widely available in either porro prism (Z) or roof prism (D) body types, the size and weight advantages make them a popular choice for general wildlife observation, taking to sporting events or travelling on holiday. DBA® Oasis® Setting the standard for affordable premium pocket binoculars, each DBA Oasis compact provides the discerning user with an unrivalled combination of optical specification and user orientated features. Offering the highest overall performance of any Opticron compact, the design centres on creating a range of instruments that, for their individual specifications are capable of providing a high quality, comfortable and versatile viewing experience in a pocket sized format. In essence, binoculars that can be taken anywhere and used effortlessly in a wide range of different and even demanding field conditions. 8x21 General features and specifications include: • Compact roof prism design. Model 8x21 folds up to just 105mm x 68mm •The successful combination of a wide field of view with long eyerelief. Model 8x21 delivers a class leading 7.5˚ FOV combined with an eyerelief of 17mm allowing comfortable full field vision with or without spectacles •Nitrogen gas waterproof construction to a depth of 3 metres •The latest roof prism technology including PC phase correction, full Opticron N-type multi-coating and Oasis prism coating (For more information about Oasis coating see page 5) •19mm diameter eye lenses to maximise viewing comfort •Fully rubber armoured body (including focus wheel) with ergonomic ‘ribbed’ design to deliver a positive feel with or without gloves •4 stage locking rotating retractable eyecup assembly to provide maximum control in the optimum positioning of the eye with respect to the eye lens 10x25 • Close focus to under 3 metres •Integral lugs providing connection to a specially designed neoprene lanyard or other strap of your choice • Comprehensive 30 year guarantee 105mm 119mm Specifications 106mm extended 68mm folded 26 106mm extended 68mm folded Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x21 10x25 30380 131 1.8 17 37~72 105x106 330 30381 105 2.4 17 37~72 119x106 347 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31021 rainguard and 29010 neoprene lanyard For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk BGA T PC Oasis® 8x24 An excellent alternative to quality conventional sized binoculars, and available in 8x, 10x or 12x magnifications, BGA T PC Oasis roof prism compacts feature high definition optics with PC Phase corrected prisms with Oasis prism coating (see page 5). The lightest binoculars in our range, the instruments are fully rubber covered and nitrogen gas filled waterproof ensuring 100% reliability in the field. The 8x24 is the smallest Opticron roof prism weighing in at 240g and folding down to just 95x67mm. Other features include: •Full B specification eyepieces delivering full field of view with or without spectacles •Twist-type retractable eyecup assemblies • Close focus down to under 4 metres • 30 year guarantee 10x28 106mm 95mm 103mm extended 67mm folded 123mm Specifications 105mm extended 68mm folded 106mm extended 70mm folded Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x24 10x28 12x30 30015 110 2.5 15 36~71 95x103 240 30016 86 3.9 15 36~71 106x105 260 30017 76 4.5 15 36~71 123x106 290 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31000 lanyard 27 Verano® BGA PC Distinctively stylish long eyerelief binoculars, the Verano BGA PC roof prism compacts are manufactured using a single hinge body structure allowing for easy one hand operation. Protected in natural rubber armour and featuring a high-contact aluminium focus wheel, main features include: • Nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction (internal focusing) • PC Phase corrected prisms with full multi-coating to all air/glass surfaces •Twist type retractable eyecups and long eyerelief eyepieces giving full field of view with spectacles • Close focus to under 2m • 30 year guarantee Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 10x25 12x25 30025 110 2 19 55~75 110x106 320 30026 87 2 19 55~75 110x106 322 30027 75 2 19 55~75 110x106 326 8x25 10x25 12x25 Models supplied in soft case with 31000 lanyard Aspheric LE WP The Aspheric LE WP offers benchmark ergonomics and optical quality in a timeless design. Aspheric lens technology, silver coated PC Phase corrected prisms and fully multi-coated optics translate into bright, clear images with impressive colour fidelity that can be enjoyed with or without spectacles. Other features include: • Nitrogen waterproofing to protect against spray, damp or mist • Full body rubber armouring and high contact focus wheel • Integral lanyard • Close focus to 2 metres • 10 year guarantee Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 10x25 30515 91 2 16 32~74 111x104 291 30516 87 2 16 32~74 111x104 292 8x25 10x25 Models supplied in soft neoprene case HR WP Designed and engineered to provide class leading optical clarity and viewing comfort, these single hinge porro prisms feature 5 element long eyerelief eyepieces for viewing comfort and 26mm dia. objective lenses for maximum brightness. Other features include: •Long eyerelief eyepieces with durable alloy twist-type retractable eyecups • Nitrogen waterproof to a depth of 3 metres •Fully multi-coated optical system with Opticron F-type multi-coating to eyepieces and objective lenses • Twin texture natural rubber covering and easy-grip focusing wheel • 10 year guarantee Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x26 10x26 30094 96 3.5 18 58~73 105x123 396 30095 87 3.5 15 58~73 105x123 399 8x26 10x26 Models supplied in soft case with 31000 lanyard 28 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Taiga The Taiga successfully combines a visually sophisticated outer design with excellent ergonomics and class leading optical performance. The benefits of the 25mm objective lens, long eyerelief eyepieces and fully coated porro prism configuration cannot be overstated and the Japanese designed Taiga delivers the best performance to price ratio in its class. Finished in twin textured soft black rubber covering, other features include twist-type eyecup assemblies, good close focus and 10 year guarantee. 8x25 10x25 12x25 Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 10x25 12x25 30382 105 3 16 56~72 112x100 299 30383 91 3 16 56~72 112x100 304 30384 79 3 16 56~72 112x100 304 Models supplied in soft neoprene case with lanyard Savanna The Savanna delivers bright and sharp images in a hand sized body. Long eyerelief eyepieces, fully coated optics and good close focus, they have a minimum IPD setting of 54mm so children as young as 7 years can take advantage of the easy-to-use single hinge design. Clothed in ‘soft touch’ natural protective rubber, each Savanna is supplied with a comprehensive 10 year guarantee. Specifications 8x23 10x23 Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x23 10x23 30373 113 2.5 16 54~72 100x110 295 30374 91 2.5 16 54~72 100x110 297 Models supplied in soft neoprene case with lanyard T3 Trailfinder® T3 Trailfinder compacts offer good all round performance in an easy-to-use single hinge body. Available in black or green finishes, features include: • Multi-coated roof prism optical system with long eyerelief for viewing with or without spectacles • 4-stage twist-type retractable rubber eyecup assemblies • Wide wheel focusing • Close focus to 1.8 metres or under • 5 year guarantee Specifications 8x25 10x25 Product Code Bl Product Code Gr Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 10x25 30070 30072 119 1.5 16 59~73 99x108 295 30071 30073 96 1.8 15 59~73 99x108 297 Models supplied in soft case with lanyard and rubber objective lens covers 29 Monoculars Sometimes perceived as inferior to binoculars, Opticron monoculars often provide a superior viewing alternative to many compact or pocket size binoculars of similar price. Opticron monoculars are designed for specialist applications such as entomology as well as being compact, quality field glasses for the space and weight conscious. They come in a variety of sizes and formats and include some useful accessories dedicated to both the macro study of wildlife and long range high magnification observation. DBA Oasis® S-Coat Simply the best of their type, DBA Oasis S-Coat monoculars are designed for the professional offering the very highest performance and specification in a compact roof prism design. Features include; •7˚ (8x42) and 6˚ (10x42) long eyerelief large diameter eyepieces for viewing comfort •High quality Oasis coated roof prisms with phase correction coating •S-type multi-coating for extremely high clarity & colour contrast in all light conditions from early morning till dusk • Close focus to under 3 metres • Nitrogen gas filled waterproof to 5 metres 8x42 BGA 10x42 BGA Fully armoured with a ribbed focus band, models are supplied in soft leather case with neoprene monocular lanyard and 30 year guarantee. BGA BGA monoculars deliver a viewing experience akin to a pair of average size roof prism binoculars in a pocket size unit measuring only 43x136mm. 100% Made in Japan, features include internally focused fully multi-coated optics, long eyerelief eyepieces for full field of view with or without spectacles, twisttype eyecup, wide band focusing, close focus to under 2 metres, nitrogen waterproofing to a depth of 3 metres and a 30 year guarantee. 8x42 BGA 10x42 BGA Models supplied in soft case with lanyard. Accessories for DBA and BGA Monoculars 2.5x UTA Pocket Telescope Converter A dedicated push fit conversion which increases the magnification of each monocular by a factor of 2.5x creating a pocket telescope for long range observation. Code 30442. Tripod mount for DBA and BGA monoculars A tailor-made sleeve mount providing a secure connection to any photo/video panhead with a 1/4” thread. Mount secures over objective lens housing. Size: 70x70mm, Weight: 67g. Codes; 30444 Tripod Mount DBA, 30443 Tripod Mount BGA. 30 Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 DBA 10x42 DBA 8x42 BGA 10x42 BGA 30445 122 2.5 21 143x52 343 30446 105 2.75 19 143x52 349 30440 110 2 19 136x43 285 30441 89 2 16 136x43 285 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Waterproof These high quality fully multi-coated monoculars feature nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction and thick rubber covering with finger grooves for easy one hand operation making them excellent all-purpose ‘take-anywhere’ field glasses. 100% Made in Japan, 5x30 and 8x32 feature long eyerelief eyepieces delivering the full field of view with glasses. 5x30 and 8x30 have a fold down eyecup while the 8x32 is fitted with a 4-stage twisttype assembly to allow a more precise set-up. Models 5x30 and 8x30 finished in dark green, 8x32 finished in black. Models supplied in soft case with lanyard, integrated objective lens cap and 10 year guarantee. 5x30 8x30 Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 5x30 8x30 8x32 30344 122 4 25 139x49 252 30345 131 5 11 139x49 252 30348 131 5 16 131x49 272 8x32 Gallery Scope Named with the art critic in mind, Opticron Gallery Scopes are an excellent tool for the macro study of wildlife as well as easy to use field monoculars that fit unnoticed into a shirt pocket or backpack. Boasting a high quality Japanese made roof prism optical system, the models deliver crisp clear images with a useful 12.5˚ (4x12) and 6.8˚ (8x20) field of view. Focusing at 15m and over requires only small adjustments in the focusing, but wind the focusing fully out and you will be rewarded with close focus down to 20cm (4x12) and 30cm (8x20) for detailed inspection of all kinds of flora and fauna. 8x20 Other features include: • Fully coated optical system • Fold down rubber eyecup • Anodized gloss black finish • 30 year guarantee Models supplied in soft case with lanyard. 4x12 8x20 Specifications Product Code Field (m/1000m) Close Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 4x12 8x20 30172 219 0.2 14 58x32 49 30165 119 0.3 11 94x34 105 30259 Microstand (3x) with LED illuminator Opticron Gallery Scopes can be converted into compact table top microscopes using the 30259 Microstand with LED illuminator. This useful accessory multiplies basic monocular magnification by a factor of 3. 31 Choosing your Telescope The majority of terrestrial telescopes are prismatic and as such follow the basic design of a large monocular (half a binocular) usually between 50mm and 100mm in diameter, designed for use with a range of different magnification eyepieces. These prismatic telescopes are often called spottingscopes or fieldscopes. Porro Prism (inverts image) Focusing Lens (internal focusing models only) Objective Lens (gathers and directs incoming light onto prism) Mirror Prism (45˚ angled models) Specifications Opticron telescopes are generally supplied in ‘body only’ format e.g. MM3 50, HR 66, ES 80. These models have objective lens diameters of 52mm, 66mm and 80mm respectively, no built-in eyepiece and as such allow the choice of eyepiece to be made separately. Eyepieces are denoted according to their magnification, whether they are wide angle (WW or WA) or variable zoom eg. 20-60x. A 20x eyepiece allows the object being viewed to appear 1/20th of its actual distance away when compared to the naked eye. Using this rule an object 500m distant appears to be only 25m away. A 30x eyepiece makes the object appear 16.7m distant while a zoom eyepiece set at 60x means the same object appears to be just over 8m away. What magnification? Terrestrial telescopes are most commonly used for high magnification viewing over long distances in daylight. Image quality at different magnifications will depend on the optical system, the quality of glass used and the coatings applied to the surfaces of each lens. There are however a few general rules that can be applied in determining the right specification for your needs. Firstly, the relationship between magnification, objective lens dia. and the size of the eye pupil, and secondly the quality of the optics inside the ‘scope. In normal daylight, when the pupil is dilated to between 2 and 3mm, a 66 mm telescope will deliver optimum performance, (the balance between magnification and image brightness) between 22x and 35x magnification i.e. when the exit pupil diameter equals that of the iris. In low light when the pupil becomes larger, dilating to between 5 and 7mm depending on age, optimum performance can only be obtained by using a lower magnification eyepiece or using a larger objective lens telescope such as an 80mm or 100mm. 32 Naked eye 20x 30x For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk The higher the magnification, the greater the image and colour distortion. These effects can be dramatically reduced by using ED or Fluorite combination objective lenses that minimise chromatic aberration, but are expensive. At magnifications of 30x or lower, the benefits of these lenses are smaller in comparison to conventional glass objectives. Field of view is usually expressed as the width in metres of the image when viewing at a distance of 1000m and is directly related to the magnification. Generally the greater the magnification, the smaller the field of view. There are exceptions, namely wide-angle eyepieces which are designed specifically to provide greater fields of view. For more information on Opticron eyepieces see page 48. It is important to note that the objective lens, irrespective of diameter has no influence over the field of view. Light transmission The best way to assess the actual brightness of any telescope and eyepiece combination when choosing for daytime terrestrial use, (assuming equal optical systems) is to calculate the exit pupil diameter in the same way as with a binocular and making a trade-off between image brightness and magnification desired. For general daytime terrestrial observations good compromise magnifications are between 20x and 30x for a 60mm, 25 to 35x for a 66mm and 25 to 40x for an 80mm. Resolution As a general rule a good telescope should be able to resolve two black dots 1.5mm distance apart on a white surface, in bright daylight from a distance of 50m. Eyerelief This is the distance between the eye lens and the point where the pupil is positioned for full field of view and varies from eyepiece to eyepiece. In some cases the eyerelief is shorter than that required by spectacle wearers to obtain the full field of view, especially at higher magnifications. If it is important that you obtain the full field of view with spectacles please choose any of the following eyepieces: SDL, HDF T, HDF, HR; 40930, 40931, 40933, IS; 40916, 40918. Remember, rubber eyecups although fitted to many eyepieces are no guarantee that the full field of view is obtainable when set in the ‘down’ position and used with glasses. Straight-through or 45˚ angled? Common advantages of angled telescopes are that your back, shoulders and neck are in a more relaxed position when viewing and the tripod can be set lower for better stability. Angled scopes allow people of different heights to view simultaneously without having to make any adjustment to the height of the tripod. Straight-through telescopes are easier to use when following fast moving objects, using the instrument from the confined spaces of a hide or vehicle, or when hand-held. Our advice Compare different models side-by-side at the same magnification if possible. Product reports are generally subjective and are no substitute for individual testing. If you are unable to test before you make a purchase, contact us for information and advice on the best model to suit your needs. Lastly, suitable tripods for any given telescope will, on average, be around the same weight as the ‘scope. Therefore if you are thinking of walking any distance with your chosen telescope, pick it up together with the tripod you are intending to support it with and take the combination for a ‘test walk’ to see how far you can comfortably carry it. 33 High Resolution ED Fieldscopes “Smaller, lighter, brighter, sharper” HR ED fieldscopes are designed and manufactured to deliver truly exceptional optical performance combined with sublime handling and complete reliability. Aimed squarely at the serious fieldscope user, the models are built to withstand extremes in temperature, to operate unaffected by rain, cold or humidity and as such can be used anywhere from equatorial rainforests to the poles. The choice of body types, viewing eyepieces and dedicated accessories for observation and photography are unparalleled and combine to create the most versatile and complete range of fieldscopes we have ever produced. HR 66 GA ED/45˚ shown with SDL v2 18-54x The optical systems employed in all four variants deliver the highest resolution of any Opticron telescope and are matched directly to the SDL zoom eyepiece and HDF T wide-angle eyepieces. Both the 66mm and 80mm feature a high definition 5 element apochromat objective lens system with 2 separate ED elements, and the entire system utilises Opticron N-type multi-coating. This combination maximises resolution and colour contrast especially at higher magnifications under a range of different light conditions. Mechanically the HR ED feature a lightweight magnesium body complete with large footprint tripod adapter with +/- 90 degree rotation. Fully nitrogen gas filled waterproof and hermetically sealed against penetration from dust and moisture, the telescopes are protected with a textured and highly durable natural rubber armouring. Other features include a centrally positioned rubber armoured focusing wheel for optimum accessibility plus a new retractable rubber covered lens hood with integrated rubber objective lens cap. HR ED fieldscopes are supplied with a comprehensive 30 year guarantee. The advantages of ‘ED’ By using two ED ‘extra low dispersion’ glass elements in the primary objective system, these fieldscopes provide a higher degree of colour correction compared to conventional glass and standard ED objectives. More apparent at higher magnifications and under certain light conditions (e.g. when looking over water on a bright warm day) the image appears sharper and colours remain truer to life across the magnification range. The ability to bring into clear and sharp focus indistinct objects such as coloured identification rings or shades of plumage in poor light over long distances are the hallmarks of an HR ED fieldscope. This extra optical clarity combined with all the features and exceptional build quality make them the definitive choice for the professional ornithologist. HR 80 GA ED/45˚ shown with SDL v2 24-72x In addition to superior viewing, the benefits of using an HR ED fieldscope for telephotography are clear. The 40215 Telephotoadapter for SLR cameras is designed to meet the demands of the amateur wildlife photographer and when used in conjunction with an HR ED fieldscope ensures the very best definition and colour reproduction. For more information on telephotography see pages 46-47. Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras (see page 46 for details) Telephotography with compact digital cameras/camcorders featuring 40849 UDCA (see page 47 for details) 34 Mallard Chicks. Photo digiscoped with a Panasonic FS10, HR 66 GA ED and HDF T 20xWW. Water resistant multi-layer padded case (see page 51 for details) For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk HR 66 GA ED Weighing just over 1200g and 290mm in length, the HR 66 GA ED really lives up to its reputation delivering arguably the highest resolution of any comparable compact prismatic fieldscope on the market today. HR 66 GA ED shown with SDL v2 18-54x It’s not just the resolution that makes this ‘scope really special. When fitted with the HDF T 20xWW, 28xWW, 38xWW ‘flat field’ or the SDL 18-54x eyepiece, viewing comfort is unparalleled - an essential quality when viewing for long periods or in poor light. HR 80 GA ED With a 570mm focal length objective and outstanding low light performance, the HR 80 GA ED comfortably maintains superb colour contrast even in the poorest field conditions. The long focal objective lens provides the unique opportunity of using long eyerelief, high power, wide angle HDF T 27xWW, 38xWW & 52xWW eyepieces plus the stunning SDL 24-72x for superb long range viewing. HR 80 GA ED shown with SDL v2 24-72x Specifications 66 ED 66 ED/45 80 ED 80 ED/45 Product Code OG Dia (mm) Close Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) 41002 66 5 290 1210 41003 66 5 330 1278 41006 80 8 370 1635 41007 80 8 405 1703 Eyepieces Product Code Magnification HR 66 Magnification HR 80 Field (m/1000m) HR 66 Field (m/1000m) HR 80 • SDLv2 40936 18-54x 24-72x 37/23 30/18 For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 48 • HDF 40810 20xWW 27xWW 52 39 • HR/HR2 40809 28xWW 38xWW 45 33.3 40858 38xWW 52xWW 31 23 40860 70xWA 95xWA 17.5 13 40861 88x 120x 13 7 40862 18-54x 24-72x 30/17 29/13 40930 23xWA 31xWA 49 40 40931 30xWA 41xWA 40 30 40933 20-60x 27-80x 35/17.5 27/15 35 ES v3 Fieldscopes Featuring an upgraded optical system for improved colour contrast and apparent resolution, ES v3 fieldscopes are designed and manufactured to deliver ‘best in class’ optical performance combined with rugged dependability and real user comfort. Available in three variants; 80mm SD, 80mm ED and 100mm ED the instruments excel in the most important area for the majority of users: image quality. The reduction of almost all visible chromatic aberration at 60x magnification with the 80 SD sets the standard for both definition and tonal quality further improved upon with the 80 ED and 100 ED. Main features include: •Tri-element high definition objective lens (SD or ED) with Opticron F-type multicoating that visibly increases both colour contrast and clarity over standard multicoatings •Magnesium, aluminium and polycarbonate body protected in textured rubber armour •Nitrogen waterproofing to eliminate condensation Weight is kept to a minimum and the ‘scopes are well balanced for effective use on a tripod. Other features include a retractable lens hood, integrated rubber objective lens cover, conveniently positioned wide band focusing wheel and rotating tripod sleeve to enable maximum versatility in hides or viewing from a sitting or prone position. Fully compatible with SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces the models offer an exciting array of viewing options of 20x to 100x (80mm) and 30x to 134x (100). ES 80 GA SD/45˚ shown with SDL 20-60x For even greater magnification a 2.5x Tele-adapter is available for SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces (see page 49 for details). ES models can be converted for use with SLR cameras for telephotography and are supplied complete with a 30 year guarantee. ES 80 GA SD/45˚ The suffix SD for standard belies the quality of this tri-element 500mm viewing platform. Utilising Opticron F-type high refractive index multi-coating, the ES 80 GA SD/45˚ demands serious consideration for anybody interested in an 80mm fieldscope. Image texture is slightly softer than sister ED model but the instrument deals competently with a range of interspersed colours in varying light conditions up to 60x magnification, combined with accurate focusing and a welcome lack of colour distortion. ES 80 GA ED/45˚ ES 80 GA ED/45˚ The latest optical upgrades, superior RI F-type multi-coating system and ED objective lens that virtually eliminates the distorting effects of chromatic aberration over 35x magnification all combine to further enhance the performance of this our most popular 80mm model. Images are vibrant and ‘true to life’ and what’s more - reproduced consistently across the magnification range. Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras (see page 46 for details) Telephotography with compact digital cameras/camcorders featuring 40849 UDCA shown with SDL 20-60x Pied Wagtail. Photo digiscoped with a Panasonic FS16, ES 80 GA ED and HDF T 23xWW. Water resistant multi-layer padded case (see page 51 for details) (see page 47 for details) 36 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk ES 100 GA ED/45˚ The advantages of a 100mm diameter objective lens become clear when viewing at magnifications over 50x. Having a surface area 1.5x that of an 80mm OG fieldscope, the ES 100 is easily able to out perform similarly specified 80mm (ED and Fluorite models) delivering brighter images with a higher resolving power. For terrestrial use, better definition and higher colour contrast mean more accurate and more enjoyable observation. Preferred eyepieces include the HDF 42xWW, 2780x and SDLv2 27-80x. For Astronomy the ES 100’s versatility as a compact 650mm 4” refractor with erected image viewing should also be considered. Magnification options for this application include HDF 6mm and 5mm long eyerelief eyepieces delivering 107x and 134x respectively. ES 100 GA ED/45˚ shown with SDL 27-80x Specifications Product Code OG Dia (mm) Close Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) 80 SD/45 80 ED/45 100 ED/45 40895 80 6 390 1484 40890 80 6 390 1591 40893 100 10 497 2800 Eyepieces Product Code Magnification ES 80 Magnification ES100 Field (m/1000m) ES 80 Field (m/1000m) ES 100 • SDLv2 40936E 20-60x 27-80x 33/20 26/16 For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 48 • HDF 40810E 23xWW 30xWW 45 33 • HR/HR2 40809E 32xWW 42xWW 36 27 40858E 44xWW 58xWW 28 20 40860E 80xWA 107xWA 16 12 40861E 100x 134x 10 7 40862E 20-60x 27-80x 35/16 29/12 40930E 27xWA 36xWA 41 32 40931E 34xWA 46xWA 33 25 40933E 23-69x 30-90x 29/15 23/11 37 GS Fieldscopes GS series fieldscopes set the standard for people wanting lightweight, high quality affordable fieldscopes for birdwatching or pursuing general wildlife observation. Designed and engineered in Japan they deliver class leading performance with superior functionality and ease of use. Features include: •Superior light transmission derived from Ø52mm & Ø66.5mm objective lenses •High quality ED optical systems with the option of standard glass on GS 665 •Lightweight nitrogen gas filled construction for 100% waterproofing •Full body rubber armouring with integrated objective lens cap •Centrally positioned rubber covered focusing wheel to allow easy access for both right and left handed users • 9:1 ratio fine focus adjustment for greater focusing accuracy at higher magnification settings •Large footprint tripod sleeve with -/+ 90° rotation • Retractable lens hood (665) •Full compatibility with SDL, HDF & HR (eyepieces & photoadapters) • 30 year guarantee GS 52 GA ED Setting the standard for light transmission and resolution, the GS 52 GA ED offers a practical and versatile alternative to larger heavier telescopes in situations where size and weight are an issue. Fitted with the HDF T 12-36x eyepiece set between 12x and 18x, images are exceptionally bright with a large depth of field - perfect for either hand held or tripod mounted observation at close range. Unlike most other telescopes of similar size, the full size prism units allow the instrument to retain its performance right up to 36x, delivering superior colour fidelity for longer range viewing even in comparatively low light. Images are not just brighter they are sharper too and the GS 52 GA ED compares well with the GS 665 GA for resolution at magnifications up to 30x. For garden birdwatching and photography close focus is just 2.5m. GS 52 GA ED/45˚ shown with HDF T 12-36x GS 52 GA ED shown with HDF T 12-36x Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras (see page 46 for details) 38 Mediterranean Gull and Mallard. Photos digiscoped with Panasonic FS10, GS 665 GA ED and HDF T 18xWW. Water resistant multi-layer padded case (see page 51 for details) For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk GS 665 GA The GS 665 GA is designed for people who desire the optimum balance between size/weight and optical performance. With finished weights around 1000g they are light by any standard, but the larger objective lens compared to an ordinary 65mm ‘scope means images are comparatively brighter and sharper. Relatively low focal length to aperture ratios mean the GS 665 GA are an excellent choice for digi-scoping too. Recommended eyepieces are the HDF T 18xWW, 25xWW or 16-48x zoom. GS 665 GA/45˚ shown with HR2 18-54x GS 665 GA shown with HDF T 25xWW GS 665 GA ED The GS 665 GA ED offers higher resolution and contrast compared to the standard model at magnifications over 30x, resolving finer detail on both high contrast and subtly shaded targets. GS 665 GA ED/45˚ shown with HR2 18-54x GS 665 GA ED shown with HDF T 25xWW Specifications 52 ED 52 ED/45 665 665/45 665 ED 665 ED/45 Product Code OG Dia (mm) Close Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) 40956 52 2.5 200 754 40957 52 2.5 200 759 40960 66.5 3.8 326 976 40961 66.5 3.8 326 980 40962 66.5 3.8 326 1049 40963 66.5 3.8 326 1053 Eyepieces Product Code Magnification GS 52 Magnification GS 665 Field (m/1000m) GS 52 Field (m/1000m) GS 665 1 • SDLv2 40936G 12-36x 16-48x 60/36 41/25 For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 48 • HDF 40810G 13xWW 18xWW 75 50 • HR/HR2 40809G 18xWW 25xWW 66 47 40858G 24xWW 35xWW 49 35 40860G 45xWA 60xWA 30 19.5 40861G 57x 80x 20 12.5 40862G 12-36x 16-48x 62/29 42/20 40930G 15xWA 21xWA 74 49 40931G 20xWA 27xWA 59 39 40933G1 13-39x 18-54x 52/30 38/20 40934 eyepiece adapter required 39 MM3 50 ED Travelscopes Available from January 2014 the MM3 series is the latest evolution of the Travelscope concept pioneered by Opticron nearly 20 years ago with the original Mighty Midget 20x50. Taking all the things that made the MM2 great: size, weight, performance and connectivity, the MM3 makes further improvements with a brand new body and high performance fully multi-coated optical system incorporating a brand new 50mm ED objective. Fitted with any HDF or SDL eyepiece, the field of view is wider compared to the MM2 with higher colour contrast across the magnification range. The centrally positioned dual focuser features an easy-to-use 8:1 wheel to aid accurate focusing at top-end magnifications when depth of focus is reduced. MM3 50 ED shown with HDF T 12-36x MM3 50 ED shown with HDF T 12-36x Constructed from polycarbonate and lightweight alloys, the optical system is compact enough to create a body only 205mm (8”) long. Weighing 600g (21oz) without eyepiece, 690-875g (24.3-31oz) fitted with an HDF or SDL eyepiece, an MM3 50 ED weighs about as much as pair of standard 42mm binoculars and can be used without a support for crystal clear flat field observation at magnification between 12-15x. If like many users your viewing usually requires the stability of tripod or clamp, the models connect via a universal ¼” thread at the base of the tripod sleeve. Fully rain and dust proof and protected against knocks and bumps with full-body rubber covering, the MM3 50 ED is available in straight-through and 45° angled bodies to suit different applications. Compatible with the full range of HR, HDF and SDL eyepieces also means Opticron fieldscope owners can use their existing eyepieces with a new MM3 50 ED body1. Features and specifications at a glance: •50mm ED objective & fully multi-coated optical system • High contrast FMC optical system • Accurate 8:1 dual focusing system •Close focus to 2.5 metres - perfect for high magnification detailed observation at close range • Fully armoured body •Tripod adapter with +/- 90 degree rotation •Removable rubber objective lens cover (supplied) • Telephotoadapter option • 30 year guarantee The M3 50 ED is compatible with all metric threaded HR, HR2, HDF, HDF T and SDL eyepieces 1 MM3 50 ED/45˚ shown with HDF T 12-36x MM3 50 ED/45˚ shown with HDF T 12-36x 40 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Telephotography with compact digital cameras (see page 47 for details) Water resistant multi-layer padded case (see page 51 for details) Compact, lightweight and versatile the MM3 50 ED is the perfect choice for: Travelling Stalking or hunting Target sports Specifications 50 ED 50 ED/45 Product Code OG Dia (mm) Close Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) 41150 50 2.5 210 595 41151 50 2.5 205 605 Eyepieces Product Code Magnification Field (m/1000m) • SDLv2 40936M 12-36x 60/36 For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 48 • HDF 40810M 13xWW 75 • HR/HR2 40809M 18xWW 66 40858M 24xWW 49 40860M 45xWA 30 40861M 57x 20 40862M 12-36x 62/29 40930M 15xWA 74 40931M 20xWA 59 40933M 13-39x 52/30 41 IS WP Fieldscopes IS WP fieldscopes are designed for the first-time user, frequent traveller and those on a budget. Available in 60mm and 60mm ED objectives with the option of straight-through and 45° angled viewing, these interchangeable eyepiece spottingscopes deliver excellent value for money offering high levels of performance and versatility in a compact, lightweight body. Features and options include; nitrogen waterproof construction, 4 element fully multi-coated optical system with internal focusing, rotating tripod sleeve for use with photo/video tripods and bipods, retractable lens hood to protect against glare, accessories for SLR telephotography plus a comprehensive 10 year guarantee. IS 60/45˚ shown with HR2 16-48x IS 60 WP An excellent all-rounder delivering good resolution and depth of field, the IS 60 WP is easy to use and transport either on a lightweight tripod or bipod. Matched to one of the dedicated IS long eyerelief eyepieces, (40916S 25xWA or 40918S 18-54x), the model is the perfect choice for the first-time birdwatcher moving up from ‘binocular-only’ bird watching as well as the shooter or archer looking for accuracy at distances around 100m. IS 60 shown with HR2 16-48x Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras (see page 46 for details) Water resistant multi-layer padded case (see page 51 for details) IS WP Fieldscopes for Target Archery & Shooting The IS 60 WP delivers sharper, brighter images in a smaller, lighter body compared to a traditional 22x60 spottingscope and is the perfect choice for accurate target observation up to 100m. Fitted with either of the IS zoom eyepieces or 40933 HR2 16-48x for even higher resolution, the ‘scope connects to the 40314 bipod via the tripod sleeve and can be rotated round its central axis for precise positioning. For even greater positional flexibility the 40316 ball and socket panhead is available as an optional extra (See page 49). 42 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk IS 60 ED WP The IS 60 ED WP offers the opportunity to upgrade to significantly brighter and sharper images while retaining the core features of the IS 60 WP. Featuring a heavily modified optical system with new components and a more rigorous Quality Control procedure, this mini-60mm ED fieldscope is optically matched to the HR2 16-48x zoom eyepiece for premium performance in a very portable package. IS 60 ED/45˚ shown with HR2 16-48x IS 60 ED shown with HR2 16-48x dditional recommended eyepieces A include IS 25xWA, HDF T 23xWW1 and HDF T 15-45x1. 1 Eyepiece adapters required. See Table. Specifications 60 60/45 60 ED 60 ED/45 Product Code OG Dia (mm) Close Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) 40982 60 7 250 689 40983 60 8 265 705 40986 60 7 250 750 40987 60 7 265 789 Eyepieces • SDLv2 Product Code Magnification Adapter required Field (m/1000m) 40936S 15-45x 40927S 44/27 Eyepieces Product Code Magnification Field (m/1000m) • IS 40916S 25xWA 46 For more information on SDL, HDF, HR and IS eyepieces see page 48 • HDF 40810S 17xWW 40925S 64 40918S 18-54x 30/13 • HR/HR2 40809S 23xWW 40925S 52 40858S 32xWW 40925S 38 40860S 58xWA 40925S 20 40861S 72x 40925S 14 40862 15-45x 40927S 46/21 40930 20xWA 40925S 58 40931 25xWA 40925S 47 40933 16-48x 40928S 45/23 43 IS 70 R Fieldscopes The IS 70 R offers a great mix of style, performance and adaptability and is an ideal choice for anyone wanting a high spec. entry level spottingscope for target shooting, birdwatching or plane spotting. Featuring a 400mm, 4-element objective lens with a surface area 35% greater than the IS 60 WP, images are brighter and the scopes offer higher top-end magnification. IS 70 R fieldscopes benefit from a re-engineered optical system to improve light transmission and resolution and deliver bright, crisp images with good colour contrast. IS 70 R shown with HR2 18-54x IS 70 R shown with HR2 18-54x In line with our commitment to offer the best choice of eyepieces to suit your budget and application, the ‘scopes are fully compatible with IS, HR2, HDF and SDL eyepieces. For general use we recommend either of the IS eyepieces or the 40933S HR2 18-54x The lightweight ABS polycarbonate body is 100% nitrogen waterproof and covered in a protective rubber armour for a reassuring feeling of quality as well as giving extra protection against and knocks and bumps. The models feature a +/- 90 rotating tripod sleeve for maximum positional flexibility when attached to a tripod or bipod, retractable sunshade to reduce glare and are supplied with a comprehensive 10 year guarantee. IS 70 R/45˚ shown with HR2 18-54x IS 70 R/45˚ shown with HR2 18-54x 44 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras (see page 46 for details) Water resistant multi-layer padded case (see page 51 for details) In addition to nature observation the IS 70 R is a great choice for: Aircraft spotting Long range terrestrial viewing Target sports Specifications 70 70/45 Eyepieces Product Code OG Dia (mm) Close Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) 40996 70 10 295 1096 40997 70 9 300 1123 Product Code Magnification Field (m/1000m) Eyepieces • SDLv2 Product Code Magnification Adapter required Field (m/1000m) 40936S 16-48x 40927S 39/25 • IS 40916S 28xWA 41 40918S 20-60x 28/12 For more information on SDL, HDF, HR and IS eyepieces see page 48 • HDF 40810S 18xWW 40925S 45 • HR/HR2 40809S 25xWW 40925S 42 40858S 35xWW 40925S 33 40860S 60xWA 40925S 19 40861S 80x 40925S 11 40862 16-48x 40927S 41/19 40930 21xWA 40925S 45 40931 27xWA 40925S 41 40933 18-54x 40928S 40/11 45 Telephotography with Opticron Telescopes 40215 TELEPHOTO ADAPTER Telephotography or digi-scoping is easier than ever to enjoy using Opticron telescopes in combination with either SLR cameras (digital or film), or digital compact cameras and camcorders. In addition to wildlife observation, images can be taken, edited, printed and stored with relative ease, enabling the creation of a unique personal library to be shared in print or electronically. The two main options open to the prospective telephotographer are to a. combine a telescope with an SLR or system camera b. use a telescope together with a compact digital camera or camcorder. 40215 Telephotoadapter For use with HR, ES, GS, IS WP & MM2 41111 PHOTO ADAPTER PUSH FIT 44 41111 PHOTO ADAPTER PUSH FIT 44 41111 Photoadapter Push Fit 44 Telephotography with SLR, D-SLR and System Cameras For use with 40810 HDF T and 40933 HR2 zoom eyepiece. T-mount 40933 HR2 zoom eyepiece Telescope 40862 HDF T zoom eyepiece 41112 Photoadapter Push Fit 49.5 41114 PHOTO ADAPTER SDL For use with 40862 HDF T zoom eyepiece 41115 SLR • EP ADAPTER SLR Camera Body Also available as 41111S for use with selected HR2, HR & IS eyepieces 41112 PHOTO ADAPTER PUSH FIT 49.5 In this system the camera lens is substituted for the telescope and coupled directly to the camera body using either a telephotoadapter or an eyepiece+photoadapter combination. T-mounts, available for nearly all makes of these cameras are needed to connect the scope assembly to the camera body. The chart opposite shows the current range of telephotoadapters and photoadapters available to enable you to convert your Opticron telescope into a long focal length telephoto lens. 40810 HDF T eyepiece Recommended combination for viewing and telephotography SDL zoom eyepiece 41114 Photoadapter Push Fit SDL + 41115 SLR.EP Adapter For use with SDL zoom eyepieces 50mm 50 1 to to 000 0mm mm telepho telepho T-Mounts Needed to connect telephoto & photoadapters to camera bodies 40601 Olympus OM 40602 P entax / Praktica 42mm screw 40603 Pentax K - bayonet fitting 40604 Minolta MD - manual focus 40605 M inolta AF / Sony α auto focus 40606 Canon FD - manual focus 40607 Canon EOS - auto focus 40608 Nikon 40609 Four Thirds 40610 Micro Four Thirds 40611 Sony NEX 40612 Nikon 1 40613 Canon EOS M 40215 Telephotoadapter Equivalent focal lengths(1) HR 66 800mm/f.12 HR 80 900mm/f.11.3 ES 80 950mm/f.11.9 ES 100 1250mm/f.12.5 GS 665 750mm/f.11.3 GS 52/MM3 50 530mm/f.10 IS 60 WP 700mm/f.11.7(2) IS 70 R 750mm/f.10.7(2) (2) Optional 40927S close focus adapter 46 41111 Photoadapter Push Fit 44 Equivalent focal lengths with HR, ES, GS & MM3 scopes fitted with either HDF T 40810 eyepiece or HR2 40933 eyepiece at lowest magnification setting and using a 35mm SLR camera(1) HR 66 1000mm/f.15 HR 80 1350mm/f.16.8 ES 80 1150mm/f.14.4 ES 100 1500mm/f.15 GS 52/MM3 50 650mm/f.12.5 GS 665 900mm/f.13.5 Photoadapter also accepts HDF T 40809 eyepiece. Compatibility with other Eyepieces The 41111 can be used with smaller dia. eyepieces by replacing the inner sleeve supplied with one of the following reducer sleeves; a. 41117 reducer 44~40 for connection to IS 40918S eyepiece. b. 41118 reducer 44~37 for connection to fold down rubber eyecup versions of HDF 40810 and 40809 eyepieces. Note. Fold down rubber eyecup must be removed when using these eyepieces. These are approximate figures based on 35mm SLR cameras. D-SLR/system cameras use different size image sensors compared to 35mm and so an equivalent conversion figure must be calculated separately. (1) 41111S Photoadapter Push Fit Short The 41111S can be used with various eyepieces by replacing the 44mm inner sleeve supplied with one of the following reducer sleeves; a. 4 1117 reducer 44~40 for connection to HR 40930, 40931 and IS 40916S eyepieces. b. 4 1119 reducer 44~33 for connection to HR 40812, 40813 and 40815 eyepieces. 41114 Photoadapter Push Fit SDL + 41115 SLR.EP Adapter (Magnification factor 1.37x) Equivalent focal lengths with HR, ES, GS & MM3 scopes fitted with SDL zoom eyepiece at lowest magnification setting and using a 35mm SLR camera(1) HR 66 1230mm/f.13.7 HR 80 1640mm/f.15 ES 80 1370mm/f.12.5 ES 100 1850mm/f.13.5 GS 52/MM3 50 820mm/f.15.8 GS 665 1100mm/f.12 41112 Photoadapter Push Fit 49.5 Equivalent focal lengths with ES, GS, MM3 & IS scopes fitted with HDF T 40862 zoom eyepiece at lowest magnification setting and using a 35mm SLR camera(1) ES 80 1000mm/f.12.5 ES 100 1350mm/f.13.5 GS 52/MM3 50 600mm/f.11.5 GS 665 800mm/f.12 IS 60 WP 750mm/f.12.5 IS 70 R 800mm/f.11.4 Notes. Focusing is facilitated on the telescope. Camera may need to be operated in manual mode with shutter locks disengaged where necessary. Note. Fold down rubber eyecup must be removed when using any of the eyepieces listed. The high magnification to aperture ratios result in slower shutter speeds compared with conventional telephoto lenses so choose an ISO setting of 400. For 35mm SLRs 400 ASA film is recommended. If possible use a cable release or remote control to reduce camera shake when operating the shutter. For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Digi-scoping with Compact Digital Cameras and Camcorders The nature of image capture with digital compact cameras and camcorders means Opticron telescopes can be used as high magnification telephoto lenses for wildlife photography and filming. There are some limitations to these applications mainly due to the high magnifications involved and the fact that telescope eyepieces are not designed (mechanically or optically) to transmit light into the camera/camcorder lenses. The vast majority of compact prismatic telescopes are designed for use with viewing eyepieces ranging in magnification from 20x to 60x. Using a telescope fitted with a 20x eyepiece in combination with a camera/camcorder with an optical zoom of between 0.6x and 20x, it is possible to take some very high magnification images of wildlife, but the small effective apertures, fields of view and depth of focus put a limit on the quality of the final image and one’s ability to successfully frame a shot. In addition it is often difficult for the viewing eyepiece to project a large enough diameter path of light into the camera lens and onto the sensor inside. This condition, a circular image within the available rectangular image frame, is known as Common Tern photographed using a vignetting. Vignetting can be Panasonic FS16 with HR 66 GA ED reduced by increasing the zoom and 40809 HDF T 28xWW setting on the camera or by cropping out using photo editing software. To get the best results Choose a low magnification wide angle eyepiece for your telescope when using it for digiscoping. As a general rule, the following eyepieces provide the best overall images with a wide range of different compact digital cameras. To help they have been graded according to particular requirement. 1. Overall image quality: 40810 HDF T 2.Flexibility across the widest range of different magnifications: 40936 SDLv2 or 40862 HDF T zoom Choose a camera/camcorder with a zoom of 5x or less and a small lens diameter. The smaller the lens diameter the more of its’ surface area will be covered by light exiting from the telescope eyepiece. Commonly camera lenses of diameter less than 20mm give best results and camera lenses over 30mm in diameter will require at least 3x optical zoom to attain a ‘full frame’ image. Use the optical zoom on the camera/camcorder to reduce the aperture of the lens to ‘match up’ with light exiting from the Pied Wagtail photographed using a eyepiece. Remember the higher Panasonic FS16 with ES 80 GA ED the optical zoom setting, the and 40810 HDF T 23xWW higher the magnification of the final image. E.g. 20x eyepiece plus 3x optical zoom = 60x (assuming the default magnification on the camera = 1x.) Important note. In addition to eyepiece magnification and camera lens diameter, variables such as eyepiece eyerelief and field of view plus individual camera zoom lens mechanisms all play an important role in achieving the best overall ‘set-up’ for this type of telephotography. There is therefore no substitute for individual testing. 50065 Digital Compact Camera Adapter The 50065 DCC adapter comprises an aluminium tube and locking ring that can be fitted with a number of split ring inserts of different diameters. Camera side, the adapter features a 28mm screw thread connection to the lens mount supporting the camera. Eyepiece side, the DCC adapter push-fits over specific HDF T, HDF and HR eyepieces and twist locks. Inserts are available in a choice of internal diameters; 50066 Ø51mm, 50067 Ø45.5mm, 50068 Ø41.5mm (1), 50069 Ø33mm(2) 50068 insert fits in combination with 50067 insert. (2) 50069 insert fits in combination with 50068 and 50067 inserts. (1) 41111, 41112 & 41114 Photoadapters for Digi-scoping All of the above are supplied with 42mm T-mount and 28mm screw thread step rings to allow switching between a T-mount and SLR camera or a compatible compact camera. 40849 Universal Digital Camera Adapter The Universal Digital Camera Adapter is designed to allow you take high magnification photographs using Opticron telescopes and eyepieces in conjunction with most digital compact cameras and some digital camcorders using eyepiece projection. Many digital compact cameras do not have screw threads on the lens housing to allow for direct coupling, so the UDCA is designed as a three-way adjustable balance plate that fixes directly to the telescope eyepiece. The camera is fixed onto the UDCA and can be adjusted on three planes to enable correct positioning with respect to the eyepiece. The vertical position of the balance plate can be ‘fixed’ using the Vertical Locking Ring (VLR) accessory. This enables the camera + balance plate to be swung in and out of position allowing you to alternate between taking pictures and viewing through the eyepiece in the normal way. Note. Mounting the UDCA requires an eyepiece dia. less than or equal to 56mm and fixed (non rotating) eyepiece tube length of 15mm. For more information on camera kits, DCC adapters, photoadapters and the UDCA please telephone us or visit www.opticron.co.uk and look for TELEPHOTOGRAPHY. Mediterranean Gull photographed using a Panasonic FS10 with GS 665 GA ED and 40862 HDF T 16-48x 47 Eyepieces A wide range of eyepieces are available for use with Opticron HR, GS, ES, IS and MM2 fieldscopes. Choosing the best eyepiece is often confusing but making the right choice will depend on price and application. It is important to remember that the eyepiece is an integral part of the whole set up and opting for a lower quality lens will affect overall image quality. Eyepieces are listed with their generic code. For magnification with individual telescope bodies please refer to the tables on each telescope page. SDL v2 Eyepiece 5-group 8-element ‘super’ zoom, the SDLv2 eyepiece maximises the performance gains inherent in Opticron ED objective lens fieldscopes at higher powers while maintaining superior cross-field definition coupled with exceptional viewing comfort. Mechanically the eyepiece is waterproof and features a rotating eyecup that can be positioned to match individual needs. Model supplied in soft padded case. 10 year guarantee. 40936 Eyerelief (mm)20-18 Eyelens dia (mm) 26 Length (mm) 77 Weight (g) 270 HDF Eyepieces The preferred choice for image quality, HDF eyepieces have large diameter eye lenses and offer ‘walk-in’ field of vision. The eyepieces are long eyerelief to enable the full field of view to be obtained with or without spectacles and fixed magnification models are wide angle. Four of the eyepieces also feature a twist type retractable eyecup assembly that enables individual eye to eyepiece distance adjustment. 10 year guarantee. 40810 Eyerelief (mm) 22 Eyelens dia (mm) 25 Length (mm) 40 Weight (g) 151 40809 Eyerelief (mm) 18 Eyelens dia (mm) 23 Length (mm) 51 Weight (g) 173 40858 Eyerelief (mm) 17 Eyelens dia (mm) 23 Length (mm) 61 Weight (g) 212 40860 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 15 18 61 87 40861 Eyerelief (mm) 16 Eyelens dia (mm)17 Length (mm) 66 Weight (g) 84 40862 Eyerelief (mm)22-17 Eyelens dia (mm) 24 Length (mm) 76 Weight (g) 206 HR Eyepieces IS Eyepieces A good choice as either a supplementary eyepiece in combination with HDF or single eyepiece for the more value conscious user requiring long eyerelief for use with glasses. 40933 HR2 zoom features a twist type eyecup. 5 year guarantee. Dedicated long eyerelief eyepieces and a good choice as a first eyepiece on non ED models. 5 year guarantee. 40930 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 48 18 21 38 83 40931 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 17 21 39 92 40933 Eyerelief (mm)18-14 Eyelens dia (mm) 18 Length (mm) 55 Weight (g) 149 40916S Eyerelief (mm) 17 Eyelens dia (mm) 21 Length (mm) 48 Weight (g) 102 40918S Eyerelief (mm)34-18 Eyelens dia (mm) 20 Length (mm) 67 Weight (g) 147 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Universal Tele-Adapter (UTA) 2.5x for Binoculars & Telescopes The Opticron Universal Tele-Adapter enables you to increase the magnification of your Opticron binocular or telescope+eyepiece combination by a factor of 2.5x. Easily fitted to a binocular, the UTA converts one half of the instrument into a higher powered long eyerelief monocular. The UTA also connects to Opticron SDL, HDF, HR and IS eyepieces. Featuring a long eyerelief eyepiece for use with or without spectacles and fitted with a twist type retractable eyecup, the UTA can be used with a wide range of binoculars with different eyepiece diameters as it is supplied as two separate components: i. 2.5x adapter complete with optical assembly ii. connection ring to fit over the eyepiece 8x Binocular Naked eye 8x Binocular with 2.5x Tele-Adapter giving 20x magnification See Table below for connectivity within the Opticron range. UTA fitted with 40947 connector: Height 76mm. Diameter 46mm. Weight 110g (varies slightly for other connection rings) Code Internal dia. (mm) Connection rings to fit 40940 UTA to Opticron Binoculars, Monoculars and Telescope eyepieces 40941 42.5~41.3 40942 42~41.3 40943 44.3 40944 40 Aurora BGA DBA Oasis BGA Classic Oregon 4 LE WP Savanna WP Observation1 C/Man BGA HD Natura BGA Imagic TGA WP Mono 8x30 Mono 8x32 Imagic BGA SE Verano BGA HD ED-X Explorer WA T3 Trailfinder HDF T 40809 HDF T 40858 HDF T 40810 HR2 40933 HR WP Traveller BGA Mg IS 40916S IS 40918S HR2 40930 HR2 40931 40945 34.6 40947P Push Fit 40948 50~49.5 SR.GA (40940+40947 coded as 30442) DBA Mono BGA Mono HDF T 40862 (Fixed magnification) 40946 33.3 HDF 40860 HDF 40861 40949 52.5~51.26 SDLv2 40936 1. POST 2002 MODELS ONLY For information on suitable connection rings for other Opticron binoculars and telescope eyepieces please contact us on 01582 726522. Tracker 670 Laser Rangefinder The Tracker 670 is a compact easy to use laser rangefinder designed for a range of outdoor activities such as golf, hunting, site surveying, walking and rambling. Doubling as a 6x23 monocular with a 7˚ field of view, the Tracker 670 provides accurate measurements of targets up to a range of 400 metres. It can also simultaneously measure the angular distance to and height of a target being observed. Designed for easy one hand operation, the lightweight body (185g) is shaped to fit comfortably into the palm and is covered in a protective gloss black finish. Model supplied in a soft carry case with neck & shoulder strap, CR2 Lithium battery, lens cloth and 2 year limited warranty. Bipod Rigid aluminium Bipod finished in matt black. Connects to telescope tripod mounting or independent tripod sleeve using 1/4” threaded bolt. Supplied complete with 270mm extension pole for use on a bench or table creating a usable height range from 265mm to 730mm. Additional poles available. Folds up for easy storage. Weight c/w extension pole 1502g. Models available; 40314 Bipod, 40315 Bipod with Ball & Socket Panhead. 40316 Ball & Socket Panhead For use with 40314 bipod and spottingscopes without rotating tripod sleeves. Height 72mm Weight 107g 49 Mounts, Monopods & Accessories BC-2 Clamping System 42605 BC-2 Hide Clamp Lightweight & rigid bench clamp support specially designed for use with fieldscopes, photo & video equipment. Features include: •42800 3-way magnesium panhead with 360˚ panning and +90˚ to -60˚ tilt plus 90˚ side tilt for use with telescopes not fitted with rotating tripod sleeves •Integral QR plate with 1/4” thread and removable locating pin •QR plate side locking screw for extra rigidity • 500mm, 21mm dia. sliding centre column • Maximum jaw width 45mm • Maximum height extended 510mm (20”)1 •Minimum height retracted 90mm (3.5”)1 • Weight 960g • 5 year guarantee 42610 BC-2 Clamp & 500mm Centre Column As 42605 but supplied without panhead. Connects via 1/4” thread to 42800 and other compatible panheads to convert to a hide clamp. Weight 436g. 42611 BC-2 Clamp Fits directly onto a tripod centre column to create a hide clamp. Supplied complete with ø21/22mm, ø23/24mm and ø25/26mm sleeves. Weight 267g Monopods & Mounts 4 section Monopods incl. twisting lock system, hand grip & wrist strap. 42100 Birdwatcher’s (left) • Height extended 1470mm (58”) • Height retracted 470mm (18.5”) •Integral 1/4” thread p/head connection • Metal foot • Weight 695g • 5 year guarantee 42623 Traveller Carbon Fibre (right) • Height extended 1580mm (62”) • Height retracted 525mm (20.7”) •3/8” & 1/4” reversible p/head connection • Rubber/spiked foot • Weight 426g • 5 year guarantee 43106 6-Section Compact Monopod 6 section leg with clip-type lock system, hand grip & wrist strap. 5 year guarantee. • Height extended 1535mm (60.5”) • Height retracted 410mm (16”) •3/8” & 1/4” reversible p/head connection • Rubber/spiked foot • Weight 650g • 5 year guarantee Quick Release Plate & Shoe 42606 Quick Release Plate & Shoe Screws directly onto panhead. 1/4” thread. Weight 177g 42608 Quick Release Plate only Weight 79g 50 40503 Universal II Hide Mount Lightweight bench clamp with 400mm extension pole. •2-way one lever operated panhead with integral 1/4” thread •Maximum panning height 450mm • Maximum jaw width 45mm •Optional quick release plate & shoe • Dimensions 450x60x95mm • Weight 845g • 5 year guarantee 40501 Universal Mount Designed to clamp horizontally or vertically onto a wide range of objects. •2-way one lever operated panhead with integral 1/4” thread • Maximum panning height 80mm • Maximum jaw width 45mm •Optional quick release plate & shoe • Dimensions 210x60x70mm • Weight 597g • 5 year guarantee 40502 Car Window Mount •2-way one lever operated panhead with integral 1/4” thread •Maximum panning height 80mm • Protective rubber jaw pads •Optional quick release plate & shoe • Dimensions 205x60x85mm • Weight 555g • 5 year guarantee For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Accessories Binocular Rainguards Binoculars Plastic 31025 Int ø to 37mm 31020 Int ø to 43mm 31028 Int ø to 45.5mm Binocular Objective Lens Covers Flexible rubber caps with integrated loops that fit over objective lens barrels 31031 3 2mm fits outer dias. 40~42.5mm 31047 32mm XL fits outer dias. 47~48mm 31023 42mm fits outer dias. 48~52mm 31037 42mm L fits outer dias. 52~53mm 31042 4 2mm XL fits outer dias. 53~55mm 31024 50mm fits outer dias. 56~60mm Compact Binoculars Plastic 31021 Int ø to 34mm Binocular Tripod Mounts A B C D L Mounts A31026 Compacts to 30mm OG B31004 Small Porro 32~50mm OG C31022 Roof Prism 32~50mm OG D 31005 Large Porro +50mm OG Binocular Harnesses 31048 25mm Elastic Bungee c/w quick release 31049 QR Connector Set 31048 31018 25mm Nylon c/w quick release 31038 QR Connector Set 31018 31012 Roof Prism 32~50mm OG Binocular & Monocular Lanyards Cleaning Cloth Fully adjustable with loop fasteners. Models from top down: 31000 16mm nylon (compacts) 29009 14mm neoprene (monoculars) 29010 16mm neoprene (compacts) 31001 30mm nylon (binoculars) 29023 30mm neoprene with quick release (binoculars) 29025 40mm neoprene bungee with quick release (binoculars) 29022 Spare Connector Set for 29023/25/26 29026 50mm flotation with quick release (binoculars) Tripod Harness & Tripod Straps 30277 20cm2 Micro fibre suitable for cleaning external lenses. Supplied in protective pouch. Telescope Cases 40505 40mm nylon with 25mm nylon loop fasteners 40507 A simple and effective carrying solution manufactured from lightweight nylon webbing, the tripod harness fixes around 3 points (canopy and two legs) to enable a tripod to be carried on your back. Fully adjustable, the harness can also be used as an over the shoulder carry strap. Stay-on-the-Scope Waterproof in Black Water resistant multi-layer padded cases individually designed to fit each model. Protects instrument while fitted to a tripod and in use. Includes removable end caps and adjustable carry strap. Available for ES 80, GS, IS WP and MM3. 40506 55mm neoprene with 25mm nylon loop fasteners Stay-on-the-Scope Waterproof in Green As Black models but supplied with a fully adjustable neoprene carry strap for extra comfort. Available for HR ED, ES, GS* and MM3* (*angled models only). 51 Postal Address: PO Box 370, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8YR, UK Office Address: Unit 21, Titan Court, Laporte Way, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8EF, UK Telephone: +44 (0)1582 726522 • Facsimile: +44 (0)1582 723559 Email: [email protected] • Website: www.opticron.co.uk © OPTICRON 2013. First published 1996. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without prior permission. 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