choosing your telescope

choosing your telescope
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
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20x
30x
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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 45. 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 (all models), HR;
40812, 40930, 40931, 40932 and 40933, IS; 40916 and 40918.
Remember, rubber eyecups although fitted to many eyepieces
are no guarantee that the full field of view is obtainable when set
in the ‘down’ position and used with glasses.
Straight-through or 45˚ angled Common advantages of 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.
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HIGH RESOLUTION ED
FIELDSCOPES
Designed and manufactured to deliver unbeatable optical performance and
reliability, the High Resolution series represents the definitive choice for anyone
serious about fieldscopes. Built to withstand extremes in temperature, to operate
unaffected by rain or humidity the models can be used almost anywhere from
the Sahara to Antarctica. The selection of body types, eyepieces and accessories
are the result of understanding the needs of the professional, and as such are
unparalleled in providing exactly what you want – when you need it.
All models feature a high definition 5 element ED objective lens system, BK 7
prisms and unique Opticron N-type multi-coating. This combination maximises
colour contrast, clarity and definition especially at higher magnifications under
a range of different light conditions.
HR 66 GA ED/45˚
The fieldscopes are fully nitrogen gas filled waterproof and
are protected with a durable natural rubber armour.
Other features include: retractable rubber covered
lens hood, rotating tripod sleeve on all 45˚ angled
models, easy-to-use rubber covered focusing wheel,
sighting bar and the assurance of a comprehensive 30
year guarantee.
The advantages of ‘ED’
By using an ED or ‘extra low dispersion’ glass element in the primary
objective system, these fieldscopes provide a higher degree of colour correction
when compared to conventional glass 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 41110 Telephoto
HDF conversion for SLR (1000mm - HR66 /
1350mm - HR80) is designed to meet the demands
of the amateur wildlife photographer and when used
in conjunction with an HR ED fieldscope ensures the
very best definition and colour reproduction. For more
information on telephotography see pages 46-47.
Optional Extra:
2.5x UTA
(see page 48 for details)
SDL 40935 eyepiece
Recommended for use with
HR ED (see page 45 for details)
HR 80 GA ED/45˚
Telephoto lens conversion for
SLR cameras (see page 46 for details)
Telephotography with compact
digital cameras/camcorders
featuring 40849 UDCA
(see page 47 for details)
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HR 66 GA ED
Receiving the highest praise from
independent surveys and industry alike,
the HR 66 GA ED is firmly established as
the preferred choice among fieldscope
users everywhere. When used with the
HDF T 20xWW, 28xWW and 38xWW
‘flat field’ eyepieces, plus SDL 18-54x
image quality is both outstanding and very
comfortable – essential when viewing for
long periods.
HR 66 GA ED
HR 80 GA ED
With 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 for superb long range viewing,
plus the option of 3 zoom eyepieces in the
HR2 27-80x, HDF T 24-72x and SDL
24-72x.
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
40869
40870
40867
66
66
80
4.5
4.5
7.5
290
315
360
1200
1290
1800
HR 66
HR 80
HR 66
HR 80
80ED/45
40868
80
7.5
395
1900
For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 45
• SDL
• HDF
40935
40810
40872
40809
40858
40859
18-54x 20xWW 22xWW 28xWW 38xWW 44xWA
24-72x 27xWW 30xWW 38xWW 52xWW 60xWA
36/20
52
52
45
31
26
29/16
39
38
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
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GS FIELDSCOPES
Introduced in response to growing demand for quality lightweight nitrogen
waterproof telescopes and developed around a new optical system featuring
objective lens sizes of 66.5mm and 81.5mm, GS fieldscopes set the standard for
customers wanting to ‘take-out’ and ‘walk-about’ with their equipment whether
pursuing birdwatching or general wildlife observation.
All six models are designed and manufactured to meet the three main
requirements demanded by today’s active fieldscope user; ‘high end’ optical
performance and value, usability and reliability.
‘High end’ optical performance and value
The GS series takes the two size model range concept on a stage by increasing
the 65mm OG model to a 66.5mm and the 80mm OG model to an 81.5mm
without any noticeable gain in size or weight.
GS 665 GA/45˚
GS 665 GA ED/45˚
As a direct result, the GS 815 GA gains 4% surface area over a standard 80mm
OG and GS 665 GA 5% over a 65mm OG. The increase in
the amount of light entering the instruments coupled with
the new optical configuration, new prism units and
revised multi-coating results in significantly higher levels
of optical clarity over preceding models. Images are
extremely bright whilst retaining excellent colour
saturation so important for accurate identification.
For optimum size & weight to performance ratios, the GS 665
GA warrants serious consideration for users choosing either zoom
or fixed magnification eyepiece options. The GS 815 GA models are
the preferred choice for those wishing to maximise light transmission
at magnifications between 35x and 60x with either one of the three zoom
eyepiece options available.
The GS 665 GA ED affords the size and weight conscious user extra light
gathering capability, improved definition at magnifications over 35x when
compared to the standard model, plus higher colour fidelity especially
noticeable in extreme light conditions. A natural choice for those wanting to
experience the 40935 SDL zoom eyepiece, the GS 665 GA ED will perform
against the very best.
Usability
‘Ease of use’ and ‘functionality’ are all important when using an instrument in the
field and the GS series is designed to provide class winning
optical performance seamlessly in an array of different
outdoor conditions.
GS 815 GA/45˚
As telescopes need to be used with a solid tripod for
image stability, any weight saving is crucially important.
Constructed using lightweight materials where at all
possible, the GS 665 weighs under 1100g, and the GS 815
under 1300g, even though the models are still protected by ‘full
body’ natural rubber armour. The centrally positioned focusing
wheel allows easy access for both right and left handed users and
is rubber covered - delivering a positive touch with or without gloves.
Twin focus wheel including
9:1 ratio accurate focusing
adjustment
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Tripod adapter sleeve (footprint
19cm2) with +/- 90˚ click-stop
rotation
Fully multi-coated optical
system
Telephoto lens conversion for
SLR cameras (see page 46 for details)
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GS 665 GA
GS 665 GA ED
The focusing system is designed to allow
adjustment from infinity to 50 metres in
just a 270˚ rotation. Housed within the
same mechanism is a 9:1 ratio accurate
focus adjuster for use when viewing at
high magnification.
Having access to a full range of different
magnification eyepieces is also important.
As with many Opticron fieldscopes, the
GS series are fully compatible with
existing Opticron eyepieces including the
40862G HDF T zoom, 40809G HDF T
25xWW (665), 32xWW (815) and
40935G SDL zoom.
Designed to enable rotation around
the main axis of the instrument
for use on a bipod or in a
hide with a high window,
GS fieldscopes feature a
solid die-cast tripod sleeve
with -/+ 90 degrees eachway
action
with
45˚
incremental ‘stops.’
To avoid the problem of reflected
light on the objective lens in bright
sunlight all models are fitted with a
retractable lens hood extending 28mm
(665) and 40mm (815).
Reliability
Extensively tested for continuous trouble
free use in varying temperatures, the
models are fully nitrogen gas filled
waterproof and come with the assurance
of a 30 year guarantee.
GS 815 GA
Specifications
Product Code
OG Dia (mm)
Min Focus (m)
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
EYEPIECES
Product Code
Magnification
Magnification
Field/1000m
Field/1000m
665
40960
66.5
3.8
326
976
GS 665
GS 815
GS 665
GS 815
665/45
40961
66.5
3.8
326
980
665ED 665ED/45 815
40962
40963
40965
66.5
66.5
81.5
3.8
3.8
5.8
326
326
362
1049
1053
1280
815/45
40966
81.5
5.8
362
1280
For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 45
• SDL
• HDF
• HR/HR2
40935G1 40810G 40872G 40809G 40858G 40859G 40860G 40861G 40862G 40812G 40930G 40931G 40932G 40933G1
16-48x 18xWW 20xWW 25xWW 35xWW 40xWA 60xWA
80x
16-48x
18x
21xWA 27xWA
38x
18-54x
20-60x 23xWW 25xWW 32xWW 44xWW 50xWA 80xWA
100x
20-60x
23x
27xWA 34xWA
50x
23-69x
40/22
50
49
47
35
29
19.5
12.5
42/20
46
49
39
18
38/20
32/18
43
42
36
26
24
16
8
35/17
38
39
33
15
30/15
40934 eyepiece adapter required
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ES
FIELDSCOPES
Designed and manufactured to deliver ‘best in class’ optical performance
combined with rugged dependability and real user comfort, the ES 80 SD and
high performance ED models set new standards in quality and value.
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
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.
Weight is kept to a minimum and the ‘scopes are well balanced for effective use
on a tripod. Other features include a retractable lens hood, integrated rubber
objective lens cover, conveniently positioned wide band focusing wheel and
rotating tripod sleeve to enable maximum versatility in hides or viewing from a
sitting or prone position. Fully compatible with SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces the
models offer an exciting array of
viewing options of 20x to 100x
(80mm) and 30x to 134x (100).
ES 100 GA ED/45°
For even greater magnification a
2.5x Tele-adapter is available for
SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces (see
page 45 for details).
ES models can be converted for use with
SLR cameras for telephotography and are
supplied complete with a 30 year guarantee.
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 80 GA ED/45°
ES 80 GA ED/45°
The ES 80 GA ED/45° advances the tradition of quality and value begun with the
MKI ED with a new multi-coating system integrated into an all-new magnesium
polycarbonate and aluminium body. Now 100% nitrogen waterproof, the fully
rubber armoured body houses a high-grade ED (extra low dispersion glass)
element within the objective lens system that virtually eliminates the distorting
effects of chromatic aberration at magnifications over 35x. As a result, images are
vibrant and ‘true to life’ and what’s more - reproduced consistently across the
magnification range.
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Telephotography with ES
Stonechat
Kit: 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
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ES 80 GA SD/45°
ES 80 GA SD/45°
The suffix SD for standard belies the
quality of this tri-element F500 viewing
platform. Utilising Opticron F-type high
refractive index multi-coating complete
with BK 7 prisms 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.
Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras
(see page 46 for details)
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
Telephotography with compact digital
cameras/camcorders featuring 40849
UDCA (see page 47 for details)
For more information on SDL, HDF and HR eyepieces see page 45
• SDL
• HDF
40935E 40810E 40872E 40809E 40858E 40859E 40860E 40861E
ES 80
20-60x 23xWW 25xWW 32xWW 44xWW 50xWA 80xWA
100x
ES 100
27-80x 30xWW 33xWW 42xWW 58xWW 67xWA 107xWA 134x
ES 80
32/18
45
41
36
28
23
16
10
ES 100
25/14
33
29
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
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IS
FIELDSCOPES
IS series fieldscopes are designed to provide high levels of performance &
versatility in extremely compact & lightweight bodies. Available in three
objective sizes; 50mm, 60mm and 70mm with the option of straight-through and
45˚ angled viewing, these modern interchangeable eyepiece fieldscopes are
produced using lightweight compound materials and all six models feature high
performance 4 element fully multi-coated objective lenses, BK7 fully multicoated prisms and internal focusing.
Other features and options include a rotating tripod sleeve for use with standard
photo/video tripods and bipods with 1/4” thread connection, retractable lens
hood to protect against glare, telephotoadapter option and comprehensive 10
year guarantee.
IS 50 T-SCOPE
At just 20cm long and weighing 528g1, the IS50 re-defines
the ‘compact telescope’. Designed and engineered to be
both a competent fieldscope in its own right as well as a
brilliant travelscope for the space conscious birdwatcher,
shooter or archer, the quality of both optical and mechanical
components ensures the IS50 will outperform many of today’s
current crop of 60mm spottingscopes of similar price.
IS 50/45˚
IS50S
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IS 50
IS 60 F-SCOPE
Specifically designed to offer improved levels
of optical resolution compared to preceding
Opticron 60mm models in a smaller, lighter
chassis, the IS 60 is a highly competent
spottingscope that is both 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 new
40919S IS Pro 15-45x), the model is an excellent choice
for the first-time birdwatcher moving up from ‘binocularsonly’ bird watching as well as the shooter or archer looking for
accuracy at distances around 100m.
IS 60/45˚
IS 60
4 element multi-coated objective lens
Retractable lens hood
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Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras
(see page 46 for details)
Telephotography with compact digital
cameras/camcorders featuring 40849
UDCA (see page 47 for details)
For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk
IS 70 F-SCOPE
This Japanese designed IS 70 weighs in at
just under 950g and offers remarkable
performance for its sub £200 price tag.
Featuring an F400mm, 4 element
objective with a surface area 35% greater
than the IS 60, both straightthrough and 45˚ angled
viewing models deliver
remarkably bright and
sharp images with
good colour contrast
across a wide range of
magnifications.
IS 70/45˚
IS 70
Recommended eyepieces include 40916S
26xWA, 40919S 16-48x and the models
are fully compatible with HR22 and HDF 2
eyepieces.
2
Eyepiece adapters required. See Table
IS Pro zoom eyepiece
A 7-element long eyerelief zoom eyepiece
with twist-type eyecup assembly. Edge to
edge definition is superior to the standard
IS zoom eyepiece and in combination
with any of the IS model guarantees class
winning performance whatever the
application.
For more information on SDL, HDF, HR
and IS eyepieces see page 45
Specifications
Product Code
OG Dia (mm)
Min Focus (m)3
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
50
40910
50
8.5
200
528
50/45
40911
50
6.9
205
534
60
40912
60
8.9
245
627
60/45
40913
60
7.9
250
633
70
40914
70
9.5
293
933
EYEPIECES
Product Code
Magnification
Magnification
Magnification
Field/1000m
Field/1000m
Field/1000m
70/45
40915
70
9.5
298
941
IS 50
IS 60
IS 70
IS 50
IS 60
IS 70
IS
40916S
20xWA
25xWA
28xWA
58
46
41
40918S
15-45x
18-54x
20-60x
37/17
31/15
28/13
40919S
12-36x
15-45x
16-48x
49/31
41/26
36/23
40930S
16xWA
20xWA
21xWA
40925S
67
58
45
40931S
21xWA
25xWA
27xWA
40925S
55
47
41
40932S
29x
35x
38x
40925S
27
20
19
40933S
14-42x
16-48x
18-54x
40928S
49/28
45/23
40/11
3
40916S eyepiece
EYEPIECES
Product Code
Magnification IS 50
Magnification IS 60
Magnification IS 70
Adapter required
Field/1000m
IS 50
Field/1000m
IS 60
Field/1000m
IS 70
• SDL
• HDF
40935S 40810S
12-36x 14xWW
15-45x 17xWW
16-48x 18xWW
40927S 40925S
54/30
77
43/24
64
38/22
45
40872S
15xWW
18xWW
20xWW
40927S
73
58
42
40809S
20xWW
23xWW
25xWW
40925S
64
52
42
40858S
26xWW
32xWW
35xWW
40925S
47
38
33
40859S
30xWA
36xWA
40xWA
40925S
38
32
27
40860S
48xWA
58xWA
60xWA
40925S
26
20
19
40861S
60x
72x
80x
40925S
15
14
11
40862S
12-36x
15-45x
16-48x
40927S
58/26
46/21
41/19
• HR/HR2
40812S
14x
17x
18x
40925S
64
52
44
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MM2 V2 MIGHTY MIDGET
TRAVELSCOPE
MM2 52 ED/45˚
EXTENDED
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.
(shown with 40862M eyepiece)
Designated a ‘Travelscope’, and available in
either standard glasss 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
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excluding eyepiece
Available in straight-through and 45 degree bodies, construction is a mix of
tough plastics, alloys and rubber, creating finished weights of under 480g lighter than almost any 32mm binocular.
Close focus is an impressive 3.5 metres perfect for high magnification detailed
observation at close range.
Eyepiece options include two dedicated
MM2 eyepieces; a 25x and 15-40x zoom.
For users requiring long eyerelief to obtain full
field of view wearing spectacles, all MM2
bodies connect to the full range of Opticron SDL,
HDF and HR eyepieces. This level of adaptability
also allows current Opticron Fieldscope owners to
use their existing eyepieces with a new MM2 body.
Latest V2 models incorporate a ‘click-stop’ on the
draw tube for easier use with the impressive 40862M
HDF 12-36x zoom, the recommended eyepiece when
choosing an ED model.
MM2 52/45˚
EXTENDED
105mm
(shown with 40903M eyepiece)
177mm
Twin zip padded case
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Travelscope for existing Opticron users
Model shown 52A with 40903M zoom
Model 52S with 40906 Grippa Strap
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
eyepieces [rear] not illustrated
• Retractable lens hood
• 1/4” thread connection to photo/video
tripod, clamp or monopod
• 10 year guarantee
• Telephotoadapter option
• Choice of padded ‘twin zip’ or grippa
strap cases
MM2 52
EXTENDED
(shown with 40902M eyepiece)
Telephoto lens conversion for SLR cameras
(see page 35 for details)
Telephotography with compact digital
cameras/camcorders featuring 40849
UDCA (see page 35 for details)
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 ED
40907
52
3
217
177
478
52/45
40901
52
3.5
217
177
450
52 ED/45
40908
52
3.5
217
177
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EYEPIECES
Product Code
Magnification
Field/1000m
MM2
40902M 40903M
25x
38
V2 model* * V2 bodies will only
accept V2 versions
15-40x
of the 40903M
40/24
zoom eyepiece
For more information on SDL, HDF, HR and MM2 eyepieces see page 47
MM2 25x eyepiece
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EYEPIECES
Product Code
Magnification
Field/1000m
• SDL
• HDF
• HR/HR2
40935M 40810M 40872M 40809M 40858M 40859M 40860M 40861M 40862M 40812M 40930M 40931M 40932M 40933M
12-36x2 13xWW 14xWW 18xWW 24xWW 28xWA 45xWA
57x
12-36x
13x
15xWA 20xWA
28x
13-39x2
58/32
60
60
60
49
43
30
20
60/29
58
60
58
29
49/30
40934 eyepiece adapter required
2
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SPOTTINGSCOPE 22x60/45˚
An ever popular model for full and small bore rifle
competition and target archery, this traditional eyepiece
focus spottingscope combines high quality optics with a
long eyerelief 22x eyepiece for accurate and comfortable
observation.
The 45˚ eyepiece configuration combined with
the option of a tripod adapter sleeve
maximises ease of use on the range.
Guaranteed for 30 years.
BIPOD
(see page 50 for details)
Specifications
Code
OG Dia (mm)
Min Focus (m)
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
22x60
40302
60
10
420
780
ADDITIONAL EYEPIECES
Product Code
40303 40304
Magnification
22x
30x
Field/1000m
36
28
Eyerelief (mm)
17
11
40305
40x
18
9
40313
60x
12
6
OREGON 12-36x50/45˚
COMPACT SPOTTINGSCOPE KIT
The Oregon Compact is a lightweight porro prism spottingscope, giving good all round
performance and full field of view with spectacles.
The 12-36x magnification range and fully multi-coated optics allow for pin sharp
wide field observation at lower magnifications with above average ‘up close’
viewing at distances - ideal for target archery and target shooting.
The model is fully rubber armoured and fitted with a rotating tripod sleeve to
enable the viewing position to be adjusted when using on a tripod or hide clamp.
Supplied complete with padded case, table tripod and 5 year guarantee.
Table Tripod (not illustrated)
Height: 222mm Weight: 366g
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Specifications
Product Code
OG Dia (mm)
Min Focus (m)
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
Field / 1000m
Eyerelief (mm)
12-36x50 / 45
40144
50
7
295
819
44 / 21
34-19
For latest information visit: www.opticron.co.uk
EYEPIECES
A wide range of eyepieces are available for use with Opticron HR, GS, ES, MM2 and IS 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 make a difference to the overall image quality derived from
the instrument. Eyepieces are listed with their generic code. For magnification with individual telescope bodies please refer to the
tables on each telescope page.
SDL Eyepiece
An F24 - F8, 5-group 8-element ‘super’ zoom, the 40935 SDL is designed to maximise the performance gains inherent
in Opticron ED objective lens fieldscopes at higher magnifications. Offering an optimum ratio between field of view
and resolution, the main viewing characteristics of the eyepiece are superior cross-field definition at all magnifications
coupled with exceptional viewing comfort. Mechanically the eyepiece is waterproof, uses the M41.5 collar thread
attachment, features a 90˚ rotation between high and low magnification settings plus a rotating eyecup that can be
positioned to match individual needs. Supplied in soft padded case.
40935 Eyerelief (mm) 27-22 Eyelens dia (mm) 26 Length (mm) 68 Weight (g) 246
HDF Eyepieces
The preferred choice for image quality, HDF eyepieces have large diameter eye lenses and offer ‘walk-in’ field of vision. The eyepieces
feature long eyerelief to enable the full field of view to be obtained with or without spectacles and fixed magnification models are
wide angle. Five of the eight eyepieces also feature a twist type retractable eyecup assembly that enables individual eye to eyepiece
distance adjustment.
40810
40872
40809
40858
40859
Eyerelief (mm)
22
Eyelens dia (mm) 25
Length (mm)
40
Weight (g)
151
Eyerelief (mm)
19
Eyelens dia (mm) 24
Length (mm)
48
Weight (g)
138
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
Eyerelief (mm)
Eyelens dia (mm)
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
40862
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 requiring long eyerelief.
Optional low magnification lenses
for digital telephotography using
compact cameras/camcorders.
Best suited for use with HR, GS
and ES models.
HR eyepiece 40812 can be used as both a viewing lens as well as being an option in providing the
eyepiece part of the 41109 Photoadapter+eyepiece combination option for SLR telephotography.
40812
40930
Eyerelief (mm)
Eyelens dia (mm)
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
18
19
45
61
40931
Eyerelief (mm)
Eyelens dia (mm)
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
18
21
38
83
Eyerelief (mm)
Eyelens dia (mm)
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
17
21
39
92
40932
40933
HDF 40937
DTL 40929
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
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
MM2 Eyepieces
IS Eyepieces
Dedicated eyepieces for MM2 bodies and the most Dedicated long eyerelief eyepieces for IS 50, 60 and 70mm bodies and best
popular choice as a first eyepiece unless long overall choice as a first eyepiece.
eyerelief for use with spectacles is required.
40902M
Eyerelief (mm)
Eyelens dia (mm)
Length (mm)
Weight (g)
10
14
23
34
40903M
40916S
40918S
40919S
Eyerelief (mm) 13-11
Eyelens dia (mm) 16
Length (mm)
51
Weight (g)
80
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
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TELEPHOTOGRAPHY WITH OPTICRON TELESCOPES
Telephotography (taking high magnification photographs) is now 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 via
a PC. 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.
Telephotography with SLR and D-SLR Cameras
40215 TELEPHOTO ADAPTER
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 below shows the current range of telephotoadapters and photoadapters
available to enable you to convert your Opticron telescope into a long focal length telephoto lens.
TELEPHOTOADAPTERS
(REPLACE VIEWING
EYEPIECE)
40215 TELEPHOTOADAPTER
RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH
IMAGIC, IS & MM2
41110 TELEPHOTOADAPTER
RECOMMENDED FOR USE WITH
HR, ES & GS
PHOTO ADAPTER
41112
PHOTO ADAPTER
PUSH FIT 49.5
PHOTOADAPTERS
(USED TOGETHER
WITH A VIEWING
EYEPIECE)
41111
PHOTO ADAPTER
PUSH FIT 44
SLR
T MOUNT
CAMERA
BODY
41113
PHOTO ADAPTER
PUSH FIT 51.5
40215 TELEPHOTOADAPTER
Equivalent focal lengths(1)
IMAGIC 65
IS 50
780mm/f.12
585mm/f.11.7(2)
IMAGIC 80
IS 60
985mm/f.12.3
700mm/f.11.7(2)
MM2 52
IS 70
530mm/f.10
780mm/f.11.1(2)
(2)
Optional 40927S close focus adapter
41110 TELEPHOTOADAPTER
Equivalent focal lengths(1)
HR 66
ES 100
1000mm/f.15
1500mm/f.15
HR 80
GS 665
1350mm/f.16.8
900mm/f.13.5
ES 80
GS 815
1150mm/f.14.4
1150mm/f.14.1
41109 PHOTOADAPTER HDF
Equivalent focal lengths with HR, ES &
GS scopes fitted with either HDF
40810(F) or HR 40812 eyepieces and
using a 35mm SLR camera(1)
HR66
ES100
1000mm/f.15
1500mm/f.15
HR 80
GS 665
1350mm/f.16.8
900mm/f.13.5
ES 80
GS 815
1150mm/f.14.4
1150mm/f.14.1
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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
ES 100
1000mm/f.15
1500mm/f.15
HR 80
GS 665
1350mm/f.16.8
900mm/f.13.5
ES 80
GS 815
1150mm/f.14.4
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.
41109 PHOTOADAPTER HDF
DESIGNED FOR USE WITH
SELECTED HDF & HR EYEPIECES
41111 PHOTOADAPTER PUSH FIT 44
DESIGNED FOR USE WITH A RANGE
OF HDF T, HDF, HR2 & IS EYEPIECES
41112 PHOTOADAPTER PUSH FIT 49.5
DESIGNED FOR USE WITH HDF T
40862 ZOOM EYEPIECE
41113 PHOTOADAPTER PUSH FIT 51.5
DESIGNED FOR USE WITH SDL 40935
ZOOM EYEPIECE
41112 PHOTOADAPTER
PUSH FIT 49.5
Equivalent focal lengths with HR, ES &
GS scopes fitted with HDF T 40862
zoom eyepiece and using a 35mm
SLR camera(1)
HR66
ES100
900mm/f.13.7
1350mm/f.13.5
HR 80
GS 665
1200mm/f.15
800mm/f.12
ES 80
GS 815
1000mm/f.12.5
1000mm/f.12.3
41113 PHOTOADAPTER
PUSH FIT 51.5
Equivalent focal lengths with HR, ES &
GS scopes fitted with SDL 40935
zoom eyepiece and using a 35mm
SLR camera(1)
HR 66
ES 100
900mm/f.13.7
1350mm/f.13.5
HR 80
GS 665
1200mm/f.15
800mm/f.12
ES 80
GS 815
1000mm/f.12.5
1000mm/f.12.3
This is an approximate figure 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.
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
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.
(1)
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 (Eyepiece Projection)
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 dia. 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.
Samsung NV3 camera kit fitted to an ES 80
GA ED + 40810 HDF T 23xWW eyepiece
using 50065 DCC Adapter + 50067 insert.
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.
Note. In addition to eyepiece magnification and camera lens diameter, variables such as eyepiece eyerelief and F.O.V 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.
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 40810 or HR 40812
2. Flexibility across the widest range of different magnifications: SDL 40935 zoom or HDF 40862 zoom
3. Taking pictures at lower magnifications: HDF 40937 or DTL 40929
Taking pictures at lower magnifications: HDF 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 into HR, GS and ES
bodies.
MODEL
HR 66/60
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 an aluminium 2 piece locking ring 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 (not illustrated). 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 the 40849 UDCA, DCC adapters and current camera kits please contact us by telephone or visit
www.opticron.co.uk and look for TELEPHOTOGRAPHY.
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TRIPODS
Traveller Carbon Fibre 42625
Compact and lightweight carbon fibre tripod
designed for use with fieldscopes to 80mm
OG, photo and video equipment. Model
comes complete with 42700Q panhead and
42607 tripod strap connector.
Main features include;
• 3 section carbon fibre tubular legs giving a
useable height without raising centre
column of 1360mm (53 1/2”)1 for
maximum panning stability
• 42700Q 3-way 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
• 210mm sliding c/column with collar lock
• Twist-type leg locks and rubber feet
• Compass and level indicator on canopy
• Leg angles; 25˚, 60˚, 85˚
• Height extended: 1570mm (61 3/4”)1
• Height retracted: 25˚ - 620mm (24 1/2”)1,
60˚ - 410mm (16 1/4”)1
• Weight 2058g
• 5 year guarantee
42700Q Panhead (included)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
D QR plate side locking screw
E Locking screw for horizontal panning
F Centre column vertical movement
locking ring
F
G Winding handle
(Model 42703)
H Centre column
stability ring
I Foam hand grip
42607 Tripod Strap
Connector (included)
designed for use with 40505
& 40506 Tripod Straps
2
1
G
H
This panhead is also
available separately
I
inch conversions are approximate
Birdwatchers’ 42703 and 42704
Lightweight, rigid tripods designed for use
with fieldscopes, photo & video equipment.
Model 42703 comes with winding centre
column for accurate vertical adjustment.
Model 42704 comes with sliding removable
centre column for simple conversion to a hide
mount using 42611 clamp (see page 50).
Features include:
• Extended 3 section tubular legs giving a
usable height without raising centre
column of 1410mm (55”)1 for panning
stability at high magnifications
• 42700Q 3-way 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, retracted
650mm (26”)1
• Weight 2340g
• 5 year guarantee
1
Model Illustrated
42700Q Panhead (included)2
42704
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
D QR plate side locking screw
E Locking screw for horizontal panning
F Centre column vertical movement
locking ring
F
G Winding handle
(Model 42703)
42607 Tripod Strap
Connector (included)
designed for use with 40505
& 40506 Tripod Straps
H Centre column
stability ring
I Foam hand grip
2
This panhead is also
available separately
G
H
I
inch conversions are approximate
Tripod Straps
QR Plate & Shoe
40505
40mm nylon
with loop
fasteners
40506
55mm neoprene
with loop fasteners
and 25mm
webbing
42606
Quick Release Plate & Shoe
Screws directly onto
panhead. 1/4” thread
Weight 177g
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MOUNTS
BC-2 Clamping System
42605 BC-2 Clamp complete
Lightweight & rigid bench clamp support specially designed
for use with fieldscopes, photo & video equipment.
Features include:
• 42700 3-way 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 (3.5”)1
• Weight 1120g
• 5 year guarantee
1
42610 BC-2 Clamp &
500mm centre column
(as 42605 but w/o panhead)
Combines with 42700
panhead to convert to a
hide clamp.
Weight 436g
5 year guarantee
42611 BC-2 Clamp
Fits directly onto centre
column to convert to a
hide clamp.
Supplied complete with
ø21/22mm, 23/24mm
and ø25/26mm reducer
sleeves. Weight 267g
5 year guarantee
inch conversions are approximate
Mounts
42100 Monopod
All purpose monopod support for use with
lightweight fieldscopes, photo & video equipment.
4 section extendable with leg lock system
• Height extended: 1470mm (58”)
• Height retracted: 470mm (18 1/2”)
• Integral 1/4” thread allowing connection to
42700 panhead or a panhead of your choice
• Durable foam hand grip
• Rubber foot
• Weight: 695g
• 5 year guarantee
40503 Universal II - Hide Mount
Lightweight bench clamp with 400mm
extension pole.
• 2 way one lever operated panhead
• Integral 1/4” thread
• Maximum panning height: 450mm
• Maximum jaw width: 45mm
• Optional quick release plate & shoe
• Dim (mm): 450x60x95
• Weight: 845g
• 5 year guarantee
40502 Car Window Mount
• 2 way one lever operated panhead
• 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
40501 Universal Mount
Designed to clamp horizontally or
vertically onto a wide range of objects.
• 2 way one lever operated panhead
• Integral 1/4” thread
• Maximum panning height: 80mm
• Maximum jaw width: 45mm
• Optional quick release plate & shoe
• Dim (mm): 210x60x70
• Weight: 597g
• 5 year guarantee
40314 Bipod & Carry ball
Lightweight rigid bipod manufactured from aluminium and
finished in matt black.
40316 Ball & socket panhead
Designed for use with
40314 bipod and
spottingscopes without
rotating tripod sleeves.
Height 76mm
Weight 107g
Main frame 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”)
with 1/4” screw thread connection to either a telescope
tripod mount, cradle or ball and socket panhead.
With a footprint measuring just 30cmx30cmx43cm, the
bipod is equally at home on a table or bench where the
270mm extension pole extends maximum height to 740mm
(29”). Guarantee 5 years. Weight c/w extension pole 1502g
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model shown without
extension pole
Note. 40314 Bipod & Carry ball +
40316 Ball & socket head are
available as a kit .
Product code 40315.
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