BINOCULARS • MONOCULARS • TELESCOPES • ACCESSORIES PRODUCT GUIDE 10/11 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 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 Japan’s elite optical 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 Opticron stockists, you can contact us directly 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. Contents Choosing Your Binocular Binoculars Marine Binoculars Observation Binoculars Compact Binoculars Monoculars Choosing Your Telescope Telescopes Telephotography Eyepieces UTA / Laser Rangefinder / CMOS Telecam Tripods & Mounts Accessories 2 Page 3 4-23 24 25 26-29 30-31 32-33 34-43 44-45 46 47 48-50 51 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. 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. Real field of view (6˚) Apparent image Apparent field of view (48˚) 48˚ 6˚ 8x magnification binocular 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. 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. 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 4 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk The advantages are perfectly clear 5 Aurora® BGA Roof Prism 8x42 BGA The Aurora BGA is the latest example of putting our maxim “smaller, lighter, sharper” into 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. The Aurora BGA is available in a choice of colour combinations: 1. Black & Gunmetal - see pages 4-5 2. Black - main 3. Green - left See table on opposite page for product codes and specifications. 6 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 coating traditionally used on many high quality roof prism binoculars. The result is a measurable increase in light transmission and overall image clarity. 10x42 30491 30493 30495 113 1.8 19 58~76 140x126 663 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31020 rainguard, neoprene bungee lanyard and removable integral objective lens caps PHASE COATING OASIS COATING STANDARD COATING 8x42 30490 30492 30494 126 1.8 20 58~76 140x126 654 PHASE COATING Specifications Product Code Bl Product Code Gr Product Code Bl/Gm Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 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. 7 DBA® Oasis® S-Coat Roof Prism 8x42 BGA Recently updated with a brand new multi-coating, DBA Oasis S-Coat binoculars are among the very best compact roof prism binoculars available to today’s birdwatcher, 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 include: • Complex multi-element long eyerelief eyepieces with large diameter eye lenses that provide 7˚ (8x42) and 6˚ (10x42) fields of view with complete viewing comfort • The highest quality roof prisms featuring phase correction coating and Oasis prism coating (see page 7) • S-type multi-coating helping both models achieve extremely high levels of clarity & colour contrast in a variety of light conditions • Glide-action wide wheel focusing (infinity to 2.2 metres close focus) with 500˚ rotation allowing precise adjustment 21.6mm Opticron 'S-type' combination multi-coating on all air/glass surfaces 8 Large diameter eyepieces for viewing comfort ‘Click-stop’ dioptre adjustment 500˚ rotation wide wheel focusing infinity to 2.2m 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 also benefits from: • Fully nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction to a depth of 5m • Natural rubber armouring with contoured ribs on the main body and focus wheel to maximise comfort and handling with or without gloves • Durable alloy 3 stage locking rotating retractable eyecup assembly with ‘click stop’ dioptre adjustment • Finished weights of under 25oz with perfect balance 3 stage locking rotating retractable eyecup assembly • Integral tripod adapter socket • 2.5x UTA option (see page 47 for details) 8x42 30307 122 2.2 18 57~77 152x128 691 10x42 30308 105 2.2 18 57~77 152x128 707 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31020 rainguard, neoprene bungee lanyard and removable integral objective lens caps PHASE COATING OASIS COATING STANDARD COATING Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) PHASE COATING DBA Oasis with phase corrected roof prisms and Oasis reflective prism coating 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 £400 on a roof prism binocular. Remaining true to the original design concept; a range of compact, lightweight and ergonomically sound instruments packed with the latest features, the Imagic BGA SE steps-up the challenge to premium roof prism binoculars offering outstanding performance and value for money. 7x42 8x42 10x42 BGA BGA BGA Designed and manufactured to feel as good as they look, these highly durable field binoculars come in six specifications including; • A compact 8x32 with an 8.0˚ FOV and extreme close focus • A 7x42 and 8.5x50 delivering large depth of focus and superior low light performance • The popular 8x42 and 10x42 general birdwatching models • A 10x50 that offers the highest combination of magnification and brightness OASIS COATING Long eyerelief eyepieces with 4 stage rotating retractable eyecup assembly 10 Moulded thumb grips for optimum handling STANDARD COATING PHASE COATING PHASE COATING Imagic BGA SE with phase corrected roof prisms and Oasis reflective prism coating Wide wheel focusing infinity to 2m Tripod adapter socket Optional Extra: 2.5x UTA (see page 47 for details) For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 8x32 BGA Optically the Imagic BGA SE’s feature: • All new eyepiece designs that offer class leading fields of view 8˚ (8x32), 7˚ (7/8x42), 6.5˚ (10x42), 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 7) • Opticron 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 new lightweight magnesium body • Are nitrogen gas filled and waterproof to 3 metres • Are internally focused with close focus to 2 metres (8x32, 7x42, 8x42, 10x42) • Are covered in a revised and lightly textured natural rubber armouring contoured to deliver a truly positive handling experience with or without gloves • Include 3 stage twist type retractable eyecup assembly • Feature a wide wheel focusing with an easy-grip rib pattern • Provide a connection to a photo/video tripod using 31022 or 31012 binocular mounts Each Imagic BGA SE is supplied with a 30 year guarantee. 8.5x50 10x50 BGA BGA Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 30477 140 1.5 17 58~74 133x121 657 7x42 30478 122 2 24 58~74 152x124 669 8x42 30479 122 2 22 58~74 152x124 698 10x42 30480 113 2 21 58~74 152x124 706 8.5x50 30481 105 3.5 23 58~74 177x132 795 10x50 30482 101 3.5 23 58~74 177x132 790 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31028 rainguard and neoprene lanyard 11 Verano® BGA PC Oasis® Roof Prism 8x42 10x42 BGA BGA Named after the Spanish word for summer, the latest Verano BGA PC Oasis builds on the strengths of previous models offering unbeatable performance and value in a brand new super lightweight polycarbonate and alloy body. The design is both elegant and simple and delivers a range of Opticron BGA models with finished weights between 524g and 654g. Fitting neatly between the Imagic BGA SE and Countryman BGA T PC in terms of overall optical performance and specification, the three models; 8x32, 8x42 and 10x42 utilise a fully multi-coated, internally focused roof prism optical system which has been 'balanced-out' to deliver optimum colour contrast across a wide range of different light conditions. The combination of high quality PC phase corrected prisms and Oasis high reflection prism coatings maximise light transmission and resolution while the complex multi-element eyepiece designs ensure comfortable vision for spectacle wearers with minimal edge distortion. OASIS COATING 12 STANDARD COATING PHASE COATING PHASE COATING Verano BGA PC Oasis with phase corrected roof prisms and Oasis reflective prism coating For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 8x32 BGA Mechanically the Verano benefits from: • Internal focusing with close focus to 1.8 metres or under • Nitrogen waterproof construction to a depth of 3 metres • Highly durable textured rubber covering for comfort and grip • Revised Opticron ‘house style’ wide wheel focusing • 4-stage smooth action aluminium twist type eyecup assemblies Verano BGA PC Oasis models offer full compatibility with the Opticron 2.5x UTA (see page 47 for details) and benefit from a comprehensive 30 year guarantee. The Verano BGA PC Oasis 8x42 is recommended by the British Trust for Ornithology Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 30500 131 1.5 18 56~74 120x122 524 8x42 30501 109 1.8 21 56~74 142x125 654 10x42 30502 105 1.8 19 56~74 142x125 653 Models supplied in soft neoprene case with rainguard and neoprene lanyard Long eyerelief eyepieces with rotating eyecup assembly and right side dioptre adjustment Wide wheel focusing Lightweight ergonomic polycarbonate and alloy body Tripod adapter socket 13 HR WP Porro Prism 8x42 BCF.GA In a market segment dominated by the roof prism binocular, the HR WP re-thinks, re-works and re-packages 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. Each glass component is of a very high quality and all air-to-glass surfaces are fully multi-coated to minimise light loss throughout the system. Rotating retractable eyecup assembly 14 Centrally located locking dioptre adjustment wheel Ergonomic shoulder design with high contact rubber covering Wide wheel focusing Tripod adapter socket For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 10x42 BCF.GA To keep weight at a minimum while maintaining rigidity, the chassis is built using a mix of aluminium, magnesium and plastics. Hermetically sealed, each instrument is fully nitrogen waterproof to a depth of 3m and is guaranteed for 30 years against manufacturing defects. The bold and innovative design is finished in a smooth natural rubber covering with a high contact surface pattern for extra grip. The models also feature Opticron house-style focusing wheel covering, twist type retractable eyecups and left side dioptre adjustment controlled on the centre focus wheel. For truly high resolution optics in a modern form, look no further than the HR WP. Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 30090 112 3 20 56~73 126x183 715 10x42 30091 89 3 17 56~73 126x183 725 Models supplied in soft case with 31025 rainguard and wide lanyard 15 Countryman® BGA T PC Oasis® Roof Prism 8x42 10x42 BGA BGA The new Countryman BGA T PC Oasis binoculars are a range of rugged, lightweight roof prism binoculars offering all the advantages of internal focusing so popular with today’s wildlife observer. Upgraded in 2010 with a brand new soft touch textured rubber finish for extra grip and featuring a revised 3-stage retractable eyecup assembly, these Japanese made models punch above their weight for resolution, light transmission and colour contrast. Specifications and features include: • Fully multi-coated optical system, including 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 OASIS COATING 16 STANDARD COATING PHASE COATING PHASE COATING Countryman BGA T PC with phase corrected roof prisms and Oasis reflective prism coating For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 10x50 12x50 BGA BGA • Durable textured ‘natural’ rubber armouring delivering comfort and grip • Wide wheel glide-action focusing with right hand side dioptre adjustment • 3-stage alloy retractable eyecup assemblies • Tripod adapter socket • Comprehensive 10 year guarantee Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 30505 109 2.9 19 56~74 138x126 654 10x42 30506 88 2.7 18 56~74 138x126 664 10x50 30507 88 4 19 56~74 167x131 797 12x50 30508 74 3 18 56~74 167x131 800 Models supplied in soft case with 31020 rainguard and wide lanyard Fully multi-coated optics (all air/glass surfaces) Rotating retractable eye cup assembly Wide wheel focusing with centrally located locking dioptre adjustment wheel Tripod adapter socket 17 BGA Classic 7x36 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 7), PC phase correction for optimum resolution and Opticron Ntype 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 turn 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. ‘B’ specification eyepieces for full field with spectacles 18 Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 7x36 30208 126 2 19 57~77 138x128 623 Model supplied in soft leather case with 31020 rainguard and neoprene lanyard Rotating retractable eyecups with ‘click stop’ right eyepiece adjustment Moulded thumb grips for optimum handling Wide wheel focusing infinity to 2m Tripod adapter socket For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Traveller® BGA Roof Prism 6x32 8x32 10x32 BGA BGA BGA Each Traveller BGA is a small, lightweight ‘take anywhere’ binocular encompassing all the features of traditional roof prism instruments, wrapped up in a body weighing under 460g (17oz) and standing only 10cm (4”) off the table. An excellent compromise for the wildlife enthusiast preferring the capability of a 40/42mm OG instrument but wanting the portability of a compact pocket binocular, the Traveller uses an internally focused roof prism design and is fully nitrogen gas waterproof to a depth of 3 metres. Other specifications include: • Fully multi-coated optical system with BAK4 PC phase corrected roof prisms with HLT coatings • Long eyerelief eyepieces for full field with or without glasses • Push/pull retractable eyecups • Close focus to under 2 metres • Wide wheel focusing (positioned at the base of the focusing shaft) • Main body rubber cover for comfort and grip • Hinge lock system to maintain IPD while in use Traveller BGA binoculars are supplied with a comprehensive 30 year guarantee. 6x32 30397 141 1.5 19 57~71.5 98x118 450 8x32 30398 111 1.5 19 57~71.5 98x118 460 10x32 30399 90 1.5 16 57~71.5 98x118 445 98mm Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) Models supplied in soft case with 31025 rainguard and padded lanyard Push/pull retractable eye cup assembly Hinge lock to maintain a constant IPD 118mm extended Wide wheel focusing Rubber covering for comfort and grip 19 SR.GA® Porro Prism An up-rated version of the original Opticron HR, the SR.GA offers the highest standards of optical performance and manufacturing quality in a traditional porro prism format. Simplicity of design coupled with high-grade glass components mean that all three models deliver stunning resolution – matching any roof prism binocular costing twice the price. In addition the instruments benefit from a combination multi-coating meaning different coating types are applied individually to different components within the optical system. More costly than a universally applied single multi-coating, the process has an appreciable effect, improving colour contrast in bright sunlight at midday or low light at dawn and dusk. 8x32 ZWCF.GA Finished in contoured natural rubber for positive handling with or without gloves, the 8x32 features wide-angle eyepieces, the 8.5x50 and 10x50 long eyerelief. SR.GA binoculars are supplied with a comprehensive 30 year guarantee. Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 30320 144 4 13 58~72 101x160 546 8.5x50 30324 91 7.5 23 58~72 174x175 820 8.5x50 10x50 ZCF.GA ZCF.GA 10x50 30325 87 7.5 19 58~72 174x175 820 Models supplied in soft leather case with rainguard and wide lanyard Imagic® TGA WP Porro Prism Designed to look and feel exceptional, Imagic TGA Waterproof binoculars are guaranteed to outperform similarly priced roof prism models delivering class winning clarity and definition. Lightweight, well balanced and nitrogen gas filled to protect against problems of misting up in wet weather, each body is covered in a natural rubber armouring specially designed with unique mouldings that maximise grip and comfort in the hand. Features include: • BAK4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics • Long eyerelief for spectacle wearers with rotating retractable eyecup assembly with extension lock & click stop • Integral tripod adapter socket • 30 year guarantee Specifications 8x32 7x42 8x42 10x42 7x50 10x50 Product Code 30550 30551 30552 30553 30554 30555 Field (m) 122 126 114 97 105 93 Min Focus (m) 2.5 4 2.9 2.9 4.9 4.5 Eyerelief (mm) 21 22 21 21 21.5 19.5 IPD (mm) 57~73 57~73 57~73 57~73 57~73 57~73 HxW (mm) 114x165 142x180 142x180 142x180 173x191 173x191 Weight (g) 614 682 682 687 805 834 Models supplied in soft case with rainguard and wide lanyard 20 7x42 8x42 10x42 8x32 ZCF.GA ZCF.GA ZCF.GA ZCF.GA 7x50 10x50 ZCF.GA ZCF.GA For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Explorer® BGA Roof Prism Designed to meet and exceed the demands of today’s wildlife watcher looking for a quality field binocular for around £200, the Explorer BGA delivers class leading figures for resolution and brightness combined with better than average colour contrast. The long eyerelief eyepieces offer 6.7˚ 8x42 and 6.1˚ 10x42 fields of view with a refreshing lack of edge distortion - both left to right & top to bottom. The wide wheel swift-focus system brings infinity focus to 2m in half a turn with close focus rated at just 1.5m. 8x42 10x42 DCF.GA DCF.GA Other features include: • Nitrogen waterproof construction • PC phase corrected prisms integrated into a fully multi-coated optical system • Multi-stage retractable eyecups • 10 year guarantee Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 30020 117 1.5 25 55~76 155x132 757 10x42 30021 106 1.5 16 55~76 155x132 743 Models supplied in soft case with rainguard and wide padded lanyard Discovery WP PC Roof Prism 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) • Super lightweight 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 • 5 year guarantee 8x42 10x42 Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x32 DWCF.GA 8x50 DCF.GA DCF.GA DCF.GA 8x32 30452 131 1.2 17 57~75 108x117 391 8x42 30458 131 1.5 22 56~74 133x126 703 10x42 30459 105 1.5 17 58~75 133x126 696 8x50 30457 122 1.5 21 58~75 145x133 797 Models supplied in soft case with rainguard and wide lanyard 21 Trailfinder® II Roof Prism With superior specification and optical quality over the Oregon LE WP, the Trailfinder II’s combination of 7.2˚ 8x42 and 6.5˚ 10x42 fields of view, lightweight magnesium alloy body and positive focus system combine to create a range of entry level field glasses that are both comfortable and easy to use. 8x42 DCF.GA 10x42 DWCF.GA Features include; • Fully multi-coated optical system including BAK prisms and PC phase correction coatings • Nitrogen waterproof construction • Long eyerelief, wide angle1 eyepieces fitted with twist type retractable eyecups • Internal focusing with close focus to 1.5m • Choice of black or dark green durable textured rubber) • 5 year guarantee 10x42 1 The Trailfinder II 8x42 carries an endorsement from David Lindo ‘The Urban Birder’ Specifications Product Code Bl Product Code Gr Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 30035 30036 125 1.5 21 58~77 140x128 748 10x42 30037 30038 113 1.5 16 58~77 140x128 737 Models supplied in soft case with rainguard and padded lanyard Oregon LE WP Roof Prism Budget nitrogen waterproof series delivering solid performance and good value for money for people wanting the advantages of roof prism design. Recently updated with high-contact focus wheel, textured eyecups and dioptre adjustment ring, features include: • BAK 4 - fully multi-coated optical system • Long eyerelief and twist type retractable eyecup assembly • ‘Sandblast’ rubber armoured finish • Wide wheel focusing • Wide-angle 8x32 with 8º field of view • Close focus to 1.8m (8x32), under 4m (8/10x42) • 5 year guarantee 8x32 Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) DWCF.GA 8x32 30447 141 1.8 15 58~73 109x118 515 8x42 30448 114 4 22 56~74 150x125 730 10x42 30449 101 4 19 56~74 150x125 730 8x42 10x42 DCF.GA DCF.GA Models supplied in soft case with rainguard and wide lanyard 22 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Aspheric WA Porro Prism An excellent ‘starter’ binocular for birdwatching and general wildlife observation, the Aspheric WA has been awarded Best Buy in both Birdwatching and BBC Wildlife magazines. Features include: • Super wide angle 8.2˚ FOV • Good eyerelief for some spectacle wearers • BAK4 prisms plus fully multi-coated optical system (all air/glass surfaces) • Twist type eyecups • Rubber armoured body • Wide band focusing • Close focus to under 3m 8x40 ZWCF.GA • 2.5x UTA option (see page 47 for details) • 5 year guarantee Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x40 30343 143 2.9 14 59~71 145x172 700 Model supplied in soft case with wide lanyard Vega II Porro Prism 100% made in Japan and featuring fully coated optics and wide wheel focusing choosing a VEGA II guarantees you good all round performance and value from the compact 8x30 to the highly competent 8x56 astronomical model. Each model delivers excellent image quality for its price, while the extensive choice on offer means you won’t be compromised in yours whether for holidays, sports or general wildlife observation. Features and options include integral tripod adapter socket, 2.5x UTA (see page 47 for details) and 5 year guarantee. 8x30 ZWCF.GA 7x50 10x50 8x56 ZCF.GA ZCF.GA ZCF.GA 8x40 ZWCF.GA 10x40 ZCF.GA Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x30 30138 149 4.2 11 60~72 110x170 550 8x40 30137 149 4.6 12 60~72 134x180 630 10x40 30136 123 4.8 11 60~72 134x180 630 7x50 30135 123 5.7 21 60~72 170x184 740 10x50 30134 123 7 12 60~72 170x184 750 8x56 30214 113 5 17 60~72 170x184 800 Models supplied in hard case with 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. All three models have 7x50 specification, enlarged porro prisms and anti-reflective coatings. They are all fully waterproof & nitrogen gas filled to eliminate ‘misting’ – have long eye relief eyepieces, large depth of focus and are protected with thick rubber armouring. Pro Series II 7x50 BIF.GA Pro Series II 7x50 BIF.GA/C Marine-3 7x50 BIF.GA Marine Binoculars with Compass Pro Series II 7x50 BIF.GA/C comes 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 Specifications Product Code Field (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) PSII 7x50 BIF.GA/C 30129 126 24 58~74 195x205 1265 PSII 7x50 BIF.GA 30128 126 24 58~74 195x205 1241 M3 7x50 BIF.GA 30056 124 18 56~75 188x205 1095 Pro Series II 7x50 BIF.GA and 7x50 BIF.GA/C are supplied in semi-rigid multi-purpose case with neoprene lanyard, rainguard & integral objective lens caps. 30 year guarantee. Marine-3 7x50 BIF.GA are supplied in soft case with wide lanyard, rainguard & integral objective lens caps. 10 year guarantee. 24 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk 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 more 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) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 16x80 30097 75 17 55~72 316x220 2390 20x80 30098 61 16 55~72 316x220 2390 30x80 30099 40 18 55~72 316x220 2390 16x80 20x80 30x80 BCF.GA BCF.GA BCF.GA Models supplied in hard carrying case with lanyard Observation Available in 11x80 or 20x80 specification, the Observation series offer high quality, high magnification stereo viewing, delivering some of the best images of any 80mm binoculars available on the market today. 100% Made in Japan, superior clarity, light gathering and field of view make the 11x80 a popular choice for astronomy while the higher magnification 20x80 is the preferred choice for tripod mounted terrestrial observation. Both models are fully rubber armoured and feature an integral tripod adapter socket positioned at the base of the focusing shaft. The 11x80 offers full field of view with spectacles and both models feature multi-coated optics. Observation binoculars are guaranteed for 30 years. Specifications Product Code Field (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 11x80 30196 73 21 59~72 286x233 2450 20x80 30184 47 11 59~72 286x233 2450 11x80 20x80 BCF.GA BCF.GA Models supplied in hard carrying case For suitable large ‘L’ mount adapter see p51 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. 8x21 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. 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 7) • 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 105mm 119mm • Comprehensive 30 year guarantee 106mm extended 26 106mm extended Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x21 30380 131 1.8 17 37~72 105x106 330 10x25 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® The definitive pocket binocular available in 8x, 10x or 12x magnifications, BGA T PC Oasis roof prism compacts feature high definition optics with PC phase correction and Oasis prism coating (see page 7). 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, folding down to just 95x67mm. All three models feature full ‘B’ specification eyepieces, rotating retractable eyecup assemblies, offer close focus to under 4 metres and come complete with a comprehensive 30 year guarantee. 8x24 12x30 10x28 Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x24 30015 110 2.5 15 36~71 95x103 240 10x28 30016 86 3.9 15 36~71 106x105 260 12x30 30017 76 4.5 15 36~71 123x106 290 Models supplied in soft leather case with 31000 lanyard 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 eyecup assembly and long eyerelief eyepieces giving full field of view with spectacles • Close focus to under 2m • 30 year guarantee 8x25 10x25 12x25 Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 30025 110 2 19 55~75 110x106 320 10x25 30026 87 2 19 55~75 110x106 322 12x25 30027 75 2 19 55~75 110x106 326 Models supplied in soft case with 31000 lanyard 27 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. 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) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x26 30094 96 3.5 18 58~73 105x123 396 10x26 30095 87 3.5 15 58~73 105x123 399 8x26 10x26 Models supplied in soft case with 31000 lanyard Aspheric LE WP A classically designed range of roof prism compacts featuring Aspheric lens technology combined with long eyerelief eyepieces for spectacle wearers’, twist-type eyecup assembly & PC Phase corrected coatings for maximum clarity. Other features include: • Silver coated roof prisms to maximise light transmission through the prism • Nitrogen waterproofing to protect against spray, damp or mist • Full body rubber armouring • Integral lanyard • Close focus to 2 metres • 10 year guarantee Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 30358 91 2 16 32~74 111x104 291 10x25 30359 87 2 16 32~74 111x104 292 8x25 10x25 Models supplied in soft case Taiga The Taiga successfully combines a visually sophisticated outer design with excellent ergonomics and classing 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 twisttype eyecup assemblies, good close focus and 10 year guarantee. Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 30382 105 3 16 56~72 112x100 299 10x25 30383 91 3 16 56~72 112x100 304 12x25 30384 79 3 16 56~72 112x100 304 8x25 10x25 12x25 Models supplied in neoprene case with lanyard 28 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Savanna ‘54 A highly competent porro prism compact, the Savanna delivers bright and sharp images with a good depth of field in a lightweight and very compact body. The binoculars feature long eyerelief eyepieces, fully coated optics and good close focus. Current models feature a specially reduced IPD (interpupillary distance) of just 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 armouring with additional objective lens protection to guard against knocks and bumps, each Savanna is supplied with comprehensive 10 year guarantee. 8x23 10x23 Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x23 30373 113 2.5 16 54~72 100x110 295 10x23 30374 91 2.5 16 54~72 100x110 297 Models supplied in neoprene case with lanyard Imia The Imia offers distinctive design in a lightweight roof prism body. Features include: • Fully multi-coated internal optical assemblies with good eyerelief for viewing with or without spectacles • ABS plastic body with rubberised paint finish • Wide wheel focusing • Close focus to under 2.5 metres (8x25) • Twist-type retractable rubber eyecup assemblies • 5 year guarantee 8x25 10x25 Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 30408 143 2.5 12 36~74 103x106 300 10x25 30409 114 3.5 12 36~74 103x106 300 Models supplied in soft case with lanyard Vega The compact Vega is an excellent choice if you are looking for an affordable, easy to use rubber armoured compact binocular with long eyerelief for viewing with glasses. Great for all general applications and including a high magnification 12x25, they feature fully multi-coated lenses, good close focus and twist-type large diameter rubber eyecups for viewing comfort. 8x25 10x25 12x25 Supplied complete with 5 year guarantee. The Vega 8x25 carries an endorsement from David Lindo ‘The Urban Birder’ Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) IPD (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x25 30001 110 2.2 17 62~76 100x110 328 10x25 30002 91 2.2 17 62~76 100x110 330 12x25 30003 70 2.7 17 62~76 100x110 327 Models supplied in soft case with lanyard 29 Monoculars Sometimes perceived as inferior to binoculars, monoculars can 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 monoculars of their type, DBA Oasis are designed for the professional wildlife enthusiast, offering the very highest performance and specification in a compact roof prism design. Unique features include: • Complex multi-element long eyerelief eyepieces with large diameter eye lenses that provide 7˚ (8x42) and 6˚ (10x42) FOV with total viewing comfort • The highest quality phase corrected roof prisms with Oasis prism coating (see page 7) • Unique S-type multi-coating designed specifically to the strengths of the optical system allowing both models to achieve extremely high clarity & colour contrast in all light conditions from early morning till dusk • Internal focusing with close focus to under 3 metres • Fully nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction to a depth of 5 metres • Natural rubber armouring with contoured ribs on the main body focus wheel to maximise comfort and handling with or without gloves • 3 stage locking rotating retractable eyecup assembly for spectacle wearers 8x42 10x42 BGA BGA DBA Oasis monoculars are supplied complete in soft leather case with neoprene monocular lanyard and 30 year guarantee. BGA Choosing a BGA monocular guarantees you one of the best field monoculars available on the market today. The combination of a large objective lens, high quality Morita roof prism plus a long eyerelief eyepiece means that unlike smaller monoculars, a BGA monocular delivers a viewing experience akin to a pair of average size roof prism binoculars in a pocket size instrument measuring only 43mm x 136mm. Produced in 8x42 and 10x42 formats with fully specified multi-coated internally focused optics and the added assurance of nitrogen waterproof construction to a depth of 3 metres, model features include: • ‘B’ specification long eyerelief eyepieces for full field of view with or without spectacles • Twist type retractable eyecup assembly • Wide band focusing • Close focus to around 2 metres • 30 year guarantee 8x42 10x42 BGA BGA Models supplied in soft case with lanyard. Pocket telescope conversion for DBA and BGA monoculars A dedicated push fit conversion (product code 30442) which increases the magnification of each monocular by a factor of 2.5x creating a pocket telescope for long range observation. For more information on the 2.5x UTA and connectivity within the Opticron range see page 47. Tripod mount for DBA and BGA monoculars A bespoke 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 Product codes: 30444 Tripod mount DBA, 30443 Tripod Mount BGA 30 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Waterproof Fully multi-coated compact models offering nitrogen gas filled waterproof construction and thick rubber covering with finger grooves for easy one hand operation, these are excellent all-purpose ‘take-anywhere’ field glasses. Models 5x30 and 8x32 LE feature a long eyerelief eyepiece giving full field of view with spectacles. Models 5x30 and 8x30 finished in dark green. Model 8x32 LE finished in black. All three models supplied in soft case with lanyard, integrated objective lens cover and 10 year guarantee. 8x32 LE 5x30 8x30 Gallery Scope (Mis) named with the art enthusiast in mind, each Gallery scope is an excellent tool for macro study of wildlife as well as a quality field monocular that fits unnoticed into a shirt pocket. Available in a range of different Mag/FOV specifications to suit different applications with close focus ranging from 30cm (8x20) to 20cm (4x12), each instrument has the option of conversion to a microscope using the 30259 Microstand with LED illuminator. This conversion increases basic monocular magnification by a factor of 3. 4x12 6x16 8x20 Other features include: • Quality Japanese-made assembly with fully coated roof prism optical system • Fold down rubber eyecup • Anodised gloss black finish • 30 year guarantee 8x20 Models supplied in soft case with lanyard. 30259 3x Microstand with LED illuminator Base area 62x55mm. Height 88mm. Weight 68g Choosing the right Gallery scope for you Chart showing field of view at different focusing distances with and without Microstand Model 30172 4x12 30173 6x16 30165 8x20 Field Close focus Field at 1.0m Field at 0.3m Field at 0.23m Field at 0.2m Max Field with 30259/65 Optimum Field with 30259/65 12.5˚ 9.3˚ 6.8˚ 0.2m 0.23m 0.3m 21.9cm 16.3cm 11.9cm 6.6cm 4.9cm 3.5cm 5cm 3.7cm n/a 4.4cm n/a n/a 16.5mm (12x) 13mm (18x) 10mm (24x) 80~90% 70~80% 50~60% Specifications Product Code Field (m) Min Focus (m) Eyerelief (mm) HxW (mm) Weight (g) 8x42 DBA 10x42 DBA 8x42BGA 30445 30446 30440 122 105 110 2.5 2.75 2 21 19 19 143x52 143x52 136x43 343 349 285 10x42BGA 30441 89 2 16 136x43 285 5x30 WP 30344 122 4 25 139x49 252 8x30WP 30345 131 5 11 139x49 252 8x32LE WP 30348 131 5 16 139x49 274 4x12G 30172 219 0.2 14 58x32 49 6x16G 30173 163 0.23 11 70x32 56 8x20G 30165 119 0.3 11 94x34 105 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. MM2 52, 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. Naked eye 32 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 objective lenses are hardly noticeable when compared 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 46. 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; 40812, 40930, 40931, 40932, 40933, IS; 40916, 40918, 40919, HR.MM2; 40909. 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 an angled telescope are that: i) the back, shoulders and neck are in a more relaxed position when looking through the ‘scope, ii) the tripod can be set at a lower position making it easier for people of different heights to use and the equipment more stable in outdoor conditions. 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 and sharper the latest HR ED fieldscopes offer a host of improvements over preceding models and have been re-designed without compromise 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 18-54x The reconfigured optical systems deliver the highest resolution of any Opticron telescope and are matched directly to the SDL zoom eyepiece for constant focus across the magnification range 18-54x (66)/24-72x (80). 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 new 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 models 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. HR 80 GA ED/45˚ shown with SDL 24-72x 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. In addition to improved viewing capability at higher magnifications, the benefits of using an HR ED fieldscope for telephotography with either compact digital or SLR cameras cannot be overstated. The 40215 Telephoto conversion 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 44-45. Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras (see page 44 for details) Telephotography with compact digital cameras/camcorders featuring 40849 UDCA (see page 45 for details) 34 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk HR 66 GA ED 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. shown with SDL 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 eyepieces, viewing comfort is unparalleled - an quality when essential 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 Specifications Product Code OG Dia (mm) Min Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) EYEPIECES Product Code Magnification Magnification Field/1000m Field/1000m 66ED 66ED/45 80ED 41002 41003 41006 66 66 80 5 5 8 290 330 370 1210 1278 1635 HR 66 HR 80 HR 66 HR 80 80ED/45 41007 80 8 405 1703 shown with SDL 24-72x For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 46 • SDL/SDLv2 • HDF 40935 40936 40810 40809 40858 40859 18-54x 18-54x 20xWW 28xWW 38xWW 44xWA 24-72x 24-72x 27xWW 38xWW 52xWW 60xWA 36/20 37/23 52 45 31 26 29/16 30/18 39 33.3 23 20 40860 70xWA 95xWA 17.5 13 40861 88x 120x 13 7 40862 18-54x 24-72x 30/17 29/13 • HR/HR2 40812 40930 20x 23xWA 27x 31xWA 43 49 31 40 40931 30xWA 41xWA 40 30 40932 42x 57x 20 12 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, current 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 multi-coating that visibly increases both colour contrast and clarity over standard multi-coatings • Magnesium, aluminium and polycarbonate body protected in textured rubber armour • Nitrogen waterproofing to eliminate condensation ES 80 GA SD/45˚ shown with SDL 20-60x 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). For even greater magnification a 2.5x Tele-adapter is available for SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces (see page 47 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 trielement F500 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˚ 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. ES 80 GA ED/45˚ shown with SDL 20-60x Telephotography with ES Stonechat photographed using Opticron-Samsung i6 with ES 80 GA ED and 40810E HDF T 23xWW. Distance c. 20m (image has been cropped) Camera magnification 1x Combined magnification 23x 36 Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras (see page 44 for details) Telephotography with compact digital cameras/camcorders featuring 40849 UDCA (see page 45 for details) 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 long range viewing. Preferred eyepieces include the HDF 42xWW, 27-80x and SDL 27-80x. For Astronomy the ES 100’s versatility as a compact F650mm 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) Min Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) EYEPIECES Product Code Magnification Magnification Field/1000m Field/1000m 80 SD/45 80 ED/45 100 ED/45 40895 40890 40893 80 80 100 6 6 10 390 390 497 1484 1591 2800 For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 46 • SDL/DSLv2 • HDF 40935E 40936E 40810E 40809E 40858E 40859E 40860E 40861E ES 80 20-60x 20-60x 23xWW 32xWW 44xWW 50xWA 80xWA 100x ES 100 27-80x 27-80x 30xWW 42xWW 58xWW 67xWA 107xWA 134x ES 80 32/18 33/20 45 36 28 23 16 10 ES 100 25/14 26/16 33 27 20 16 12 7 40862E 20-60x 27-80x 35/16 29/12 • HR/HR2 40812E 40930E 23x 27xWA 30x 36xWA 38 41 28 32 40931E 34xWA 46xWA 33 25 40932E 50x 65x 18 10 40933E 23-69x 30-90x 29/15 23/11 37 GS Fieldscopes Introduced in response to increasing demand for quality lightweight telescopes of all sizes, GS series fieldscopes set the standard for users wanting to takeout and walkabout with their equipment - whether for birdwatching or general wildlife observation. Designed to deliver class leading performance combined with superior functionality and ease of use, features include: • Superior light transmission derived from Ø52mm, Ø66.5mm and Ø81.5mm objectives • High quality fully multi-coated optical systems with the option of standard1 or ED ‘extra low dispersion glass’ element objective lenses • Lightweight construction: GS 665 from 976g, GS 815 from 1280g • Nitrogen gas filled construction for 100% waterproofing • Full body natural rubber armouring with integrated rubber 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° each-way rotation and 45° incremental ‘stops’ • Retractable lens hood (665 and 815 only) • Full compatibility with Opticron SDL, HDF & HR Eyepieces and Telephotoadapters • 30 year guarantee 1 665 & 815 only GS 52 GA ED Setting new standards for light transmission, resolution and colour contrast, 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 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. Field of view is also enhanced with certain eyepieces; +30% against the smaller MM2 52 ED with the HDF T 13xWW, and +20% with the HDF T 18xWW. 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 Telephotography with GS Cormorant and Mute Swan photographed using GS 665 GA ED and 41110 HDF telephotoadapter connected to a Nikon D200 body. Distance c. 15m (images have been cropped). Combined magnification 27x (1350mm) 38 Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras (see page 44 for details) For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk GS 665 GA & GS 665 GA ED GS 665 GA/45˚ GS 665 GA ED/45˚ shown with HR2 18-54x 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 digiscoping too. Recommended eyepieces are the HDF T 18xWW, 25xWW or 16-48x zoom. 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 GS 665 GA ED shown with HR2 18-54x GS 815 GA ED The preferred option for maximum light transmission between 30x and 60x, the GS 815 GA ED offers the size and weight conscious user extra light-gathering and definition for a modest increase in size and weight over the 665 ED. Delivering the brightest and sharpest images at the highest magnifications and distances, the GS 815 GA ED is the perfect proposition for the anyone wanting those ‘extra few minutes’ viewing at the end of the day. GS 815 GA ED/45˚ shown with HR2 23-69x GS 815 GA ED shown with HR2 23-69x Specifications Product Code OG Dia (mm) Min Focus (m) Length (mm) Weight (g) EYEPIECES Product Code Magnification Magnification Magnification Field/1000m Field/1000m Field/1000m 52ED 52ED/45 665 40956 40957 40960 52 52 66.5 2.5 2.5 3.8 200 200 326 754 759 976 GS 52 GS 665 GS 815 GS 52 GS 665 GS 815 665/45 40961 66.5 3.8 326 980 • SDL/SDLv2 • HDF 40935G1 40936G1 40810G 12-36x 12-36x 13xWW 16-48x 16-48x 18xWW 20-60x 20-60x 23xWW 58/32 60/36 75 40/22 41/25 50 32/18 33/20 43 665ED 665ED/45 815ED 815ED/45 40962 40963 40967 40968 66.5 66.5 81.5 81.5 3.8 3.8 5.8 5.8 326 326 362 362 1049 1053 1349 1353 40809G 18xWW 25xWW 32xWW 66 47 36 40858G 24xWW 35xWW 44xWW 49 35 26 40859G 28xWA 40xWA 50xWA 43 29 24 For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 46 • HR/HR2 40860G 40861G 40862G 40812G 40930G 45xWA 57x 12-36x 13x 15xWA 60xWA 80x 16-48x 18x 21xWA 80xWA 100x 20-60x 23x 27xWA 30 20 62/29 n/a 74 19.5 12.5 42/20 46 49 16 8 35/17 38 39 40931G 40932G 40933G1 20xWA 28x 13-39x 27xWA 38x 18-54x 34xWA 50x 23-69x 59 29 52/30 39 18 38/20 33 15 30/15 40934 eyepiece adapter required 1 39 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 three dedicated IS long eyerelief eyepieces, (40916S 25xWA, 40918S 18-54x and 40919S IS Pro 15-45x), the model is an excellent 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 44 for details) Telephotography with compact digital cameras/camcorders featuring 40849 UDCA (see page 45 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 50). 40 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 QC system, 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 Additional recommended eyepieces include IS 25xWA, HDF T 23xWW1 and HDF T 15-45x1 and IS 16-48x1. Eyepiece adapters required. See Table 1 Specifications Product Code OG Dia (mm) Min Focus (m)2 Length (mm) Weight (g) 60 40982 60 7 250 689 60/45 40983 60 8 265 705 60ED 60ED/45 40986 40987 60 60 7 7 250 265 750 789 EYEPIECES Product Code Magnification Field/1000m • IS 40916S 25xWA 46 40918S 18-54x 31/15 40919S 15-45x 41/26 For more information on SDL, HDF, HR and IS eyepieces see page 46 40916S eyepiece 2 EYEPIECES Product Code Magnification Adapter required Field/1000m • SDL/SDLv2 • HDF 40935S 40936S 40810S 40809S 40858S 40859S 15-45x 15-45x 17xWW 23xWW 32xWW 36xWA 40927S 40927S 40925S 40925S 40925S 40925S 43/24 44/27 64 52 38 32 40860S 58xWA 40925S 20 40861S 72x 40925S 14 40862S 15-45x 40927S 46/21 • HR/HR2 40812S 40930S 17x 20xWA 40925S 40925S 52 58 40931S 25xWA 40925S 47 40932S 35x 40925S 20 40933S 16-48x 40928S 45/23 41 MM2 v2 Mighty Midget Travelscopes A revolutionary spottingscope created to optimise the balance between optical performance and size, the MM2 Mighty Midget is an ideal choice for the space and weight conscious user. Designated a ‘Travelscope’, and available in either standard glass or high performance ED glass formats, the design utilises an extendable objective lens system that allows the unit to be retracted to just under 18cm1 for optimum portability. Fully extended the body measures just under 22cm.1 excluding eyepiece 1 Available in straight-through and 45˚ angled bodies, construction is a mix of tough plastics, alloys and rubber, creating finished weights under 480g - lighter than many 32mm binoculars. MM2 52/45˚ Extended shown with HR MM2 13-39x MM2 52 Extended shown with HR MM2 13-39x Close focus is an impressive 3.5 metres - perfect for high magnification detailed observation at close range. Eyepiece options include the MM2 25x and HR MM2 13-39x. The models also accept the full range of HR, HDF and SDL eyepieces allowing Opticron fieldscope owners to use their existing eyepieces with a new MM2 body. 105mm Current v2 models incorporate a ‘click-stop’ on the draw tube for easier use with the impressive 40862M HDF 12-36x zoom, one of the recommended eyepieces when choosing an ED model. 177mm Travelscope for existing Opticron users. Model shown 52/45 with 40909M zoom 42 Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras Water resistant multi-layer padded case Model 52 with 40906 Grippa Strap (see page 44 for details) For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Other features and options include: • 52mm objective & fully multi-coated optical system • Eyepiece cavity store for MM2 eyepiece (rear) not illustrated • Retractable lens hood • 1/4” thread connection to photo/video tripod, clamp or monopod • 10 year guarantee • Telephotoadapter option • Choice of protective water resistant cases or grippa strap MM2 52 ED/45˚ Extended shown with HDF T 12-36x MM2 52 ED Extended shown with HDF T 12-36x Specifications Product Code OG Dia (mm) Min Focus (m)1 Length (mm) OPEN CLOSED Weight (g) 52 40900 52 3.5 217 177 460 52/45 40901 52 3.5 217 177 450 52 ED 40907 52 3 217 177 478 52 ED/45 40908 52 3.5 217 177 468 EYEPIECES Product Code Magnification Field/1000m •HR MM2 • MM2 40909M 13-39x 49/30 40902M 25x 38 For more information on SDL, HDF, HR and MM2 eyepieces see page 46 MM2 25x eyepiece 1 EYEPIECES Product Code Magnification Field/1000m • SDL/SDLv2 • HDF • HR/HR2 40935M2 40936M2 40810M 40809M 40858M 40859M 40860M 40861M 40862M 40812M 40930M 40931M 40932M 40933M2 12-36x 12-36x 13xWW 18xWW 24xWW 28xWA 45xWA 57x 12-36x 13x 15xWA 20xWA 28x 13-39x 58/32 60/36 60 60 49 43 30 20 60/29 58 60 58 29 49/30 40934 eyepiece adapter required 2 43 with Opticron Telescopes 40215 TELEPHOTO ADAPTER Telephotography or digi-scoping is easier than ever to enjoy using Opticron telescopes in conjunction 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 D-SLR 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 40810 HDF T eyepiece 41111 Photoadapter Push Fit 44 & 40810 HDF T eyepiece Recommended combination for viewing and photography T mount 40933 HR2 zoom eyepiece For use with selected HDF T, HDF, HR2 & IS eyepieces 40862 HDF T zoom eyepiece 41112 Photoadapter Push Fit 49.5 For use with 40862 HDF T zoom eyepiece 41115 SLR • EP ADAPTER SLR Camera Body 41111 Photoadapter Push Fit 44 41112 PHOTO ADAPTER PUSH FIT 49.5 In this system the camera lens is substituted for the telescope and coupled directly to the SLR camera body using either a telephotoadapter or an eyepiece+photoadapter combination. T mounts, available for nearly all makes of SLR cameras are also 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. 41111 PHOTO ADAPTER PUSH FIT 44 Telephotography with SLR and D-SLR Cameras 41114 PHOTO ADAPTER SDL Telephotography 40935/6 SDL zoom eyepiece 41114 Photoadapter Push Fit SDL + 41115 SLR.EP Adapter For use with 40935/6 SDL zoom eyepiece 50mm 50 0mm to t elep ho 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 52 530mm/f.10 GS 665 750mm/f.11.3 GS 815 950mm/f.11.7 IS 60 WP 700mm/f.11.7(2) MM2 52 530mm/f.10 (2) Optional 40927S close focus adapter These are approximate figures based on 35mm SLR cameras. D-SLR cameras use different size image sensors compared to 35mm and so an equivalent conversion figure must be calculated separately. (1) 44 10 00m o m teleph to 41111 PHOTOADAPTER PUSH FIT 44 Equivalent focal lengths with HR, ES & GS 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 650mm/f.12.5 GS 665 900mm/f.13.5 GS 815 1150mm/f.14.1 Fitting smaller dia. eyepieces The 41111 Photoadapter push fit 44 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 enabling connection to HR2 40930, 40931 & IS 40916S, 40918S eyepieces. b. 41118 reducer 44~37 enabling connection to fold down rubber eyecup versions of HDF eyepieces 40810 and 40809. Using smaller dia. HR (MK1) eyepieces For customers wishing to use HR 40812, 40813 and 40815 eyepieces we offer the 41111 Photoadapter push fit 44 short with 41119 reducer 44~33. Please email or phone for further information. 41112 PHOTOADAPTER PUSH FIT 49.5 Equivalent focal lengths with HR, ES & GS scopes fitted with HDF T 40862 zoom eyepiece at lowest magnification setting and using a 35mm SLR camera(1) HR 66 900mm/f.13.7 HR 80 1200mm/f.15 ES 80 1000mm/f.12.5 ES 100 1350mm/f.13.5 GS 52 600mm/f.11.5 GS 665 800mm/f.12 GS 815 1000mm/f.12.3 41114 PHOTOADAPTER PUSH FIT SDL + 41115 SLR.EP ADAPTER (Magnification factor 1.37x) Equivalent focal lengths with HR, ES & GS 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 820mm/f.15.8 GS 665 1100mm/f.12 GS 815 1370mm/f.12.3 T MOUNTS Needed to connect telephoto & photoadapters to SLR camera bodies 40601 Olympus OM 40602 Pentax / Praktica 42mm screw 40603 Pentax K - bayonet fitting 40604 Minolta MD - manual focus 40605 Minolta AF / Sony α auto focus 40606 Canon FD - manual focus 40607 Canon EOS - auto focus 40608 Nikon 40609 Four Thirds 40610 Micro Four Thirds Notes. Focusing is facilitated on the telescope. Camera may need to be operated in manual mode with shutter locks disengaged where necessary. The high magnification to aperture ratios result in slower shutter speeds compared with conventional telephoto lenses so ISO 400+ settings are suggested when using D-SLRs. For 35mm SLRs 400/800 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 Telephotography with Digital Compact Cameras and Camcorders The nature of image capture with digital cameras allows Opticron telescopes to be used as long focal length telephoto lenses for wildlife photography. There are some limitations to this application however as viewing eyepieces are not designed for taking photographs with digital cameras. As a result it is often difficult for a viewing eyepiece to project a large enough diameter path of light into the camera lens and onto the CCD within. This results in a partial image being created in the camera and a condition known as vignetting or circular image within the available rectangular image frame. Vignetting can be ‘cropped out’ of the final image using photo editing software, but the resulting image will be equivalent to using a very narrow field eyepiece. To get the best results: 1. Choose a camera with a small lens diameter. The smaller the lens diameter the more of its surface area will be covered by light exiting from the eyepiece. Commonly camera lenses of diameter less than 20mm give best results and camera lenses over 30mm in diameter will require you to use the optical zoom to attain anything close to a ‘full frame’ image. 2. Use the optical zoom function on the camera/camcorder to effectively reduce the aperture of the lens to ‘match up’ with light exiting from the eyepiece. Remember the higher the optical zoom setting, the higher the magnification of the final image. E.g. 20x eyepiece plus 3x optical zoom = 60x* magnification *assuming 1x setting on camera = 1x magnification. 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: HDF T 40810 or HR 40812 2. Flexibility across the widest range of different magnifications: SDL 40935 zoom or HDF T 40862 zoom 3. Taking pictures at lower magnifications: HDF T 40937 or DTL 40929 Note. In addition to eyepiece magnification and camera lens diameter, variables such as eyepiece eyerelief and field of view together with 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. Taking pictures at lower magnifications: HDF T 40937 or DTL 40929 These eyepieces are designed to maximise the diameter of the path of light exiting the telescope and being projected into the camera lens. As such they allow full frame photographs to be taken on more types of cameras at their lowest zoom setting. The eyepieces screw directly onto HR, GS and ES bodies. MODEL HR 66 HR 80 GS 665 GS 815 ES 80 ES 100 40937 16x 22x 15x 19x 19x 25x 40929 10.5x 14x 9.5x 12.5x 12.5x 16.25x Digital Compact Camera Adapters (50065 DCC adapter & 50064 SDL DCC adapter) The DCC adapter is designed to provide a secure connection between selected Opticron eyepieces and digital compact cameras that feature screw threads normally associated with fitting teleconverters or lens hoods. Each DCC adapter is a 2 piece aluminium assembly fitted with a flexible delrin insert or set of inserts that pushes over and locks down onto the eyepiece. Connection to any given camera is via a 28mm external thread, a suitable tube for which should be sourced separately. 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 current camera kits, DCC adapters and the UDCA please contact us by telephone or visit www.opticron.co.uk and look for TELEPHOTOGRAPHY. 45 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 Eyepieces F24 - F8, 5-group 8-element ‘super’ zooms, SDL eyepieces maximise the performance gains inherent in Opticron ED objective lens fieldscopes at higher powers while maintaining superior cross-field definition at all magnifications coupled with exceptional viewing comfort. With an unrivalled combination of resolution and field of view, the 40936 delivers the highest resolution of any Opticron zoom eyepiece while the 40935 offers exceptional eyerelief. Mechanically the eyepieces are waterproof and feature a rotating eyecup that can be positioned to match individual needs. Models supplied in soft padded case. 40935 40936 Eyerelief (mm) 27-22 Eyelens dia (mm) 26 Length (mm) 68 246 Weight (g) Eyerelief (mm) 20-18 Eyelens dia (mm) 26 Length (mm) 77 270 Weight (g) 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 seven eyepieces also feature a twist type retractable eyecup assembly that enables individual eye to eyepiece distance adjustment. 40810 40809 40858 40859 Eyerelief (mm) 22 Eyelens dia (mm) 25 Length (mm) 40 Weight (g) 151 Eyerelief (mm) 18 Eyelens dia (mm) 23 Length (mm) 51 Weight (g) 173 Eyerelief (mm) 17 Eyelens dia (mm) 23 Length (mm) 61 Weight (g) 212 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 40860 15 21 49 77 40861 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 15 18 61 87 40862 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 16 17 66 84 Eyerelief (mm) 22-17 Eyelens dia (mm) 24 Length (mm) 76 Weight (g) 206 HR Eyepieces Low Magnification 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. Optional low magnification lenses for digital telephotography using compact cameras/camcorders. Best suited for use with HR, GS and ES models. 40812 HDF 40937 DTL 40929 Eyerelief (mm) 25 Eyelens dia (mm) 28 Length (mm) 45 Weight (g) 115 Eyerelief (mm) 38 Eyelens dia (mm) 31 Length (mm) 45 Weight (g) 122 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 40930 18 19 45 61 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 40931 18 21 38 83 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 17 21 39 92 40932 40933 Eyerelief (mm) 20 Eyelens dia (mm) 24 Length (mm) 61 Weight (g) 158 Eyerelief (mm) 18-14 Eyelens dia (mm) 18 Length (mm) 55 Weight (g) 149 MM2 • HR MM2 Eyepieces IS Eyepieces Dedicated eyepieces for MM2 bodies and the most popular choice as a first eyepiece. Dedicated long eyerelief eyepieces for IS WP models and best overall choice as a first eyepiece. 40902M 40909M 40916S 40918S 40919S Eyerelief (mm) 18-14 Eyelens dia (mm) 18 Length (mm) 65 Weight (g) 148 Eyerelief (mm) 18 Eyelens dia (mm) 21 Length (mm) 48 Weight (g) 102 Eyerelief (mm) 34-18 Eyelens dia (mm) 20 Length (mm) 75 Weight (g) 143 Eyerelief (mm) 27-16 Eyelens dia (mm) 20 Length (mm) 82 Weight (g) 241 Eyerelief (mm) Eyelens dia (mm) Length (mm) Weight (g) 46 10 14 23 34 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, IS and MM2 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 Naked eye 8x Binocular 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 cont. 44.3 40944 40 Aurora BGA DBA Oasis BGA Classic Oregon LE WP Observation1 C/Man BGA T PC Imagic TGA WP Mono 8x30 Mono 8x32LE Oregon 15x70 Verano BGA PC Oasis Discovery WP PC (42mm) Trailfinder II Aspheric WA HDF T 40809 HDF T 40858 HDF T 40810 HR2 40933 HR WP Traveller Vega II Oregon 20x802 Oregon LER3 IS 40916S IS 40918S HR2 40930 HR2 40931 HR2 40932 40943 44.3 Imagic BGA SE Explorer BGA 40945 34.6 40947P Push Fit 40948 50~49.5 SR.GA (40940+40947 coded as 30442) DBA Mono BGA Mono HDF T 40862 IS 40919S+ R/E 40862T (Fixed magnification) 40946 33.3 HDF 40859 HDF 40860 HDF 40861 HR 40812 MM 40903M 40949 52.5~51.26 SDL 40935 1. POST 2002 MODELS ONLY 2. PHONE FOR DETAILS 3. USE WITH EYECUP IN FOLD DOWN POSITION For information on suitable connection rings for other Opticron binoculars and telescope eyepieces please contact us on 01582 726522. Tracker 660 The Tracker 660 is a high quality, easy-to-use eye safe Laser Rangefinder designed for a range of outdoor activities such as golf, hunting, site surveying, walking and rambling. A precision instrument it provides accurate measurements of speed and distance up to a range of 700 metres. The unit also doubles as a 6x23 monocular with a 7˚ field of view. Ready Range 110 m Quality >>>> 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. CMOS Wireless Telecam Fitted directly to the telescope in place of a conventional viewing eyepiece, the CMOS Wireless Telecam transmits high magnification real-time images from HR, ES & GS ‘scopes directly to a TV or PC Notebook fitted with an analogue TV card. As such it provides the opportunity to show real-time footage to groups in public spaces as well as offering the visually impaired an easier way of viewing through a telescope. The unit features cable or wireless connection for flexibility in the positioning of the telescope in a hide or viewing area. Images relayed to a TV can be recorded directly to video while images relayed to a PC can be recorded if the TV card supports this option. Please contact us for more information. 47 Tripods & Accessories 42625 Traveller Carbon Fibre v3 Compact and lightweight carbon fibre tripod designed for use with fieldscopes to 80mm OG, photo and video equipment. Model comes complete with lightweight 42800 magnesium panhead and 42607 tripod strap connector. Main features include: • 3 section carbon fibre tubular legs giving a usable height without raising centre column of 1365mm (53 3/4”)1 for maximum panning stability • 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. Panhead also features QR plate side locking screw for extra rigidity • Integral quick release plate (1/4” thread) with locating pin • 300mm sliding c/column with collar lock • Twist-type leg locks and rubber/spiked feet • Level indicator on canopy • Leg angles: 25˚, 60˚, 85˚ • Height extended: 1665mm (65 1/2”)1 • Height retracted: 25˚ - 640mm (25 1/4”)1, 60˚ - 520mm (20 1/2”)1, 85˚ - 405mm 42607 Tripod Strap (16”)1 Connector (included) • Weight: 1834g designed for use with 40505 • 5 year guarantee & 40506 Tripod Straps 1 42800 Magnesium Panhead (inc)2 A C D E B A Locking screw for 90º side tilt B Vertical movement locking handle C Integral quick release plate (1/4”) with locating pin (removable) D QR plate side locking screw E Locking screw for horizontal panning F Centre column locking screw G 300mm sliding centre column F H Foam hand grip 2 This panhead is also available separately H G inch conversions are approximate 42636 Traveller Carbon Fibre Pro v3 As 42625 but fitted with 42637 Manfrotto 701HDV 2-way composite fluid panhead. Recommended for use with ES 80/100 and HR 80 telescopes. 42637 701HDV Composite Panhead (inc)2 D B E Specifications and features include: • Maximum load rating 4kg • +15mm to -15mm sliding top plate for accurate balancing of equipment • Integral quick release plate (1/4” & 3/8” fittings) included • Usable height without raising centre column 1375mm (54”) • Height extended: 1675mm (66”)1 • Height retracted: 25˚ - 650mm (25 1/2”)1, 60˚ - 530mm (21”)1, 85˚ - 415mm (16 1/2”)1 • Weight: 2142g • 5 year guarantee 1 A C F A B C D E F G H inch conversions are approximate I Panhandle Sliding QR plate locking screw Vertical movement locking screw Sliding QR plate (1/4”, 3/8”) with locating pin (removable) QR plate release button Horizontal panning locking screw Centre column locking screw G 300mm sliding centre column Foam hand grip H 2 1 48 93mm 580mm I Tripod Harness 42626 Traveller Carbon Fibre v3 (Canopy, legs and centre column only) As 42625 but w/o panhead • Height extended: 1580mm (62 1/4”)1 • Height retracted: 25˚ - 555mm (21 3/4”)1 60˚ - 435mm (17”)1 85˚ - 320mm (12 1/2”)1 • Weight: 1310g This panhead is also available separately 40507 Simple design in nylon and leather c/w 3 loop fasteners and belt clip. Doubles as a standard carry strap. inch conversions are approximate For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Tripods & Accessories 42804 Birdwatcher’s Lightweight, rigid tripod designed for use with fieldscopes, photo & video equipment. Model comes with sliding removable centre column for simple conversion to a hide mount using 42611 clamp (see page 50). Supplied with 42800 magnesium panhead and 42607 tripod strap connector. Main features include: • Extended 3 section tubular legs giving a usable height without raising centre column of 1410mm (55 1/2”)1 for panning stability at high magnifications • 42800 3-way magnesium panhead with 360º panning and +90º to -60º tilt plus 90º side tilt for use with telescopes not fitted with rotating tripod sleeves. Panhead also features QR plate side locking screw for extra rigidity • Integral quick release plate (1/4” thread) with locating pin • 300mm centre column • Clip-type leg locks and rubber feet • Height extended: 1710mm (67 1/4”)1 • Height retracted: 650mm (25 1/2”)1 • Weight: 2180g 42607 Tripod Strap • 5 year guarantee 1 inch conversions are approximate 42800 Magnesium Panhead (inc)2 C B D E A A Vertical movement locking handle B Locking screw for 90º side tilt C Integral quick release plate (1/4”) with locating pin (removable) D QR plate side locking screw E Locking screw for horizontal panning F Centre column collar lock G 300mm sliding F centre column with stability ring H Foam hand grip G 2 Connector (included) This panhead is also available separately designed for use with 40505 & 40506 Tripod Straps H 42831 Birdwatcher’s Pro 42637 701HDV Composite Panhead (inc)2 As 42804 but fitted with 42637 Manfrotto 701HDV 2-way composite fluid panhead. Recommended for use with ES 80/100 and HR 80 telescopes. D B C Specifications and features include: • Maximum load rating 4kg • +15mm to -15mm sliding top plate for accurate balancing of equipment • Integral quick release plate (1/4” & 3/8” fittings) included • Usable height without raising centre column 1420mm (56”) • Height extended: 1720mm (67 3/4”)1 • Height retracted: 660mm (26”)1 • Weight: 2488g 1 E A A B C D E F G inch conversions are approximate H I F Panhandle Sliding QR plate locking screw Vertical movement locking screw Sliding QR plate (1/4”, 3/8”) with locating pin (removable) QR plate release button Horizontal panning locking screw Centre column G collar lock 300mm sliding centre column H with stability ring Foam hand grip I 2 This panhead is also available separately 42604L Birdwatcher’s Tripod Straps (Canopy, legs and centre column only) 40505 40mm nylon with loop fasteners 40506 55mm neoprene with loop fasteners and 25mm webbing As 42804 but w/o panhead • Height extended 1625mm (64”)1 • Height retracted 565mm (22 1/4”)1 • Weight 1656g 1 inch conversions are approximate 49 Bipod, Monopods & Mounts BC-2 Clamping System 5 year guarantee 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 360º panning and +90º to -60º tilt plus 90º side tilt for use with telescopes not fitted with rotating tripod sleeves • Integral QR plate with 1/4” thread and removable locking pin • QR plate side locking screw for extra rigidity • 500mm sliding centre column adjustment • Maximum jaw width 45mm • Maximum height extended 510mm (20”)1 • Minimum height retracted 90mm (3 1/2”)1 • Weight 960g 1 42610 BC-2 Clamp & 500mm centre column (as 42605 but w/o panhead) Combines with 42800 panhead to convert to a hide clamp. Weight 436g 42611 BC-2 Clamp Fits directly onto tripod centre column to convert to a hide clamp. Supplied complete with ø21/22mm, 23/24mm and ø25/26mm reducer sleeves. Weight 267g inch conversions are approximate Monopods & Mounts Monopods For use with lightweight fieldscopes, photo & video equipment. 4-section legs with twisting lock system, hand grip & wrist strap. 42100 Monopod (left) • Height extended 1470mm (58”) • Height retracted 470mm (18 1/2”) • Integral 1/4” thread p/head connection • Metal foot • Weight 695g 42623 Traveller Carbon Fibre Monopod (right) • Height extended 1580mm (62”) • Height retracted 525mm (20 1/2”) • 3/8” & 1/4” reversible p/head connection • Rubber/spiked foot • Weight 426g 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 • Dim (mm) 205x60x85 • Weight 555g 5 year guarantee 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 • Dim (mm) 450x60x95 • Weight 845g 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 • Dim (mm) 210x60x70 • Weight 597g 42606 Quick release plate & shoe Screws directly onto panhead. 1/4” thread. Weight 177g 42608 Quick release plate only Weight 79g 40314 Bipod & Carry Ball 5 year guarantee Lightweight rigid bipod manufactured in aluminium and finished in matt black. 40316 Ball & Socket Panhead For use with 40314 bipod and spottingscopes without rotating tripod sleeves. Height 76mm Weight 107g Main assembly folds out rigid without any need for locking to a height of 225mm (8 3/4”) and collapses back quickly and easily. Centre column allows for height adjustments between ground level and 470mm (18 1/2”). 1/4” screw thread connection to either a telescope tripod mount, cradle or ball and socket panhead. With a footprint 30cmx30cmx43cm, the bipod is equally at home on a table or bench where the 270mm extension pole extends maximum height to 740mm (29”). Additional extension poles available. Weight c/w extension pole 1502g 50 Model shown without extension pole Note. 40314 Bipod & Carry ball + 40316 Ball & socket head are available as a kit. Product code 40315 For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk Accessories Binocular Rainguards Binocular Objective Lens Covers Manufactured from natural rubber and available in the following sizes: 31031 32mm OG fits outer dias. 40mm~42.5mm (Please note these covers do not fit Imagic BGA SE 8x32, Verano BGA 8x32 or Oregon LE WP 8x32) Binoculars Plastic 31025 Int ø to 37mm 31020 Int ø to 43mm 31028 Int ø to 45.5mm 31023 42mm OG fits outer dias. 48mm~52mm 31042 42mm XL OG fits outer dias. 53mm~55mm 31024 50mm OG fits outer dias. 56mm~62mm Compact Binoculars Plastic 31021 Int ø to 34mm Binocular Tripod Mounts A B C D L Mounts A 31026 Compacts to 30mm OG B 31004 Small Porro 32~50mm OG C 31022 Roof Prism 32~50mm OG D 31005 Large Porro +50mm OG 31012 Roof Prism 32~50mm OG Binocular Cases Cleaning Cloth Soft leather in various sizes to fit most binoculars. Quote model when ordering 30277 20cm2 Micro fibre suitable for cleaning external lenses. Supplied in protective pouch. Binocular & Monocular Lanyards Binocular Harness Fully adjustable with loop fasteners. Models from top down: 31000 16mm nylon (compacts) 29009 14mm neoprene (monoculars) 29010 16mm neoprene (compacts) 31001 30mm acrylic (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) 31018 Leather and nylon c/w quick release 31038 Spare Connector Set Telescope Cases Stay-on-the-Scope Waterproof in Black Water resistant multi-layer padded cases individually designed to fit and protect each model whilst connected to a tripod/clamp and in use. All models include removable end caps and adjustable padded carry strap. Available for: ES 80, GS, IS WP and MM2 models. Stay-on-the-Scope Waterproof in Khaki Green As Black models but featuring a zippered prism housing section providing easier access when changing eyepieces, focus flap retention stud allowing better access to the focus wheel plus deluxe neoprene carry strap for extra comfort. Available for HR ED, ES and GS angled models. Traveller Semi rigid padded case manufactured from water resistant material with central zip fastener, adjustable straps and loop attachments to carry a tripod. Two sizes; 40847 60-70mm OG. Int. dim: 420x150~100x60mm 40848 75-80mm OG. Int. dim: 470x190~110x80mm 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 2010. 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. OPTICRON® AURORA® DBA® OASIS® IMAGIC® VERANO® COUNTRYMAN® EXPLORER® TRAILFINDER® MIGHTY MIDGET® SR.GA® are Registered Trade Marks. Background photographs supplied by Dale Cherry, David Featherbe, Chris Galvin, Robert Laughton, David Malin Images, Steve Magennis, Rebecca Nason, Mike Read, Patrick Roach Agency, Juan Martin Simon, Tore Wuttudal and Steve Young. All equipment and specifications listed are subject to change without prior notification. The paper used in the production of this Product Guide is manufactured using ECF (Elemental chlorine free) woodpulp sourced from sustainable forests.
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