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Zeiss Adds Harpia Videos

Zeiss has added a number of new videos to its Nature channel on YouTube higlighting various features of the Harpia scope range.

The new content, hosted by Simon King, can be found here and we’ve included an example below for you to enjoy!

Opticron MM3 50 Travelscope – Big Scope Features, Small Price!

We’re pleased to announce the latest addition to the Opticron range of travelscopes – the MM3 50 – a small scope that delivers a host of big scope features:

  • Highly effective zoom from wide angle 12x to a properly usable 36x
  • Dual speed focus to pin-point your target bird more easily
  • Comfortable eye placement for spectacle wearers
  • Interchangeable eyepieces including wide angle fixed magnification options
  • Full-body rubber armour covering protects against knocks and bumps
  • Rain and dust proof for piece of mind in any weather
  • Rotating tripod ring for easy scope sharing with your birding partner

The new MM3 50 continues an evolution of the travelscope concept pioneered by Opticron in the early 1990’s with the original Mighty Midget. They are designed and engineered to deliver bright, sharp images with good color contrast and a “large scope” viewing experience.

Constructed from polycarbonate and lightweight alloys, the super-compact optical system creates a body just 20.5cm long and weighing about the same as an 8×32 binocular.

Prices start from just £149.

The MM3 series also includes 60mm models for those that want higher magnification.

Birdfair Ex-demo Equipment For Sale

Following another very successful Birdfair (thanks to all that came and saw us), we are now checking through all the stock boxes and have added some listings for ex-demo items from some of our suppliers.

All instruments carry the full manufacturers warranty.

First come, first served and available to order online only but you can click and collect. Please specify which shop you would like to collect from when placing your order.

Over the coming days we will add more items from both our demo stock and from the trade-ins we did over the weekend.

Bookmark this page for updates.

Opticron MM4 77 ED Scope Now In Stock

We are now taking orders for Opticron’s MM4 77 ED scope with stock available in all seven shops and to order online.

We have added a number of scope and eyepiece kits here but if you don’t see exactly what you want, please call us on 01727 827799 to get a quote and to place your order.

Full details of the specification of the new scopes can be found on Opticron’s website here.

Opticron Kids Binocular Summer Sale!

Specially designed with a minimum IPD (interpupillary distance) of 54mm, the 8×23 Savanna is a great choice for the whole family delivering bright and sharp images with good eye relief and depth of field. SPRING SALE £20 OFF!! 30373 8×23 £89 NOW £69.

Click here to buy

Opticron Previews MM4 77mm Scope

Opticron has released a short teaser video of its new MM4 77 ED spotting scope. The company tells us that it will be the lightest and most compact 80mm class scope on the market.

We had a sneak preview a couple of weeks ago and we were very impressed.

The new scope will be available in angled and straight body formats and is expected to be shipping in April with prices starting at £649 (body only).

We are taking pre-orders now – call us on 01727 827799 for more information and pricing.

GPO Passion HD 10×42 – Binocular of the Year 2019

As awarded by Best Binocular Reviews, the GPO Passion HD 10×42 is their Binocular of the Year 2019. Here’s what the reviewer had to say:

“A relative new player in the premium optics market, German Precision Optics (GPO) has really hit the ground running with their flagship Passion HD Series which are designed in Germany, manufactured in Japan and then 100% quality controlled back at their headquarters in Germany.

I say ‘hit the ground running’ because from my initial research into them, the GPO Passion HD binoculars seem to have all the expertise, important features and components that you expect to find on just about any of the ‘alpha’ level binoculars from the more established premium European brands. Thus if you consider their lower price tag, they certainly do seem to offer both a viable and indeed good value alternative should you be in the market for a premium level instrument.”

The GPO series of binoculars are available to buy in the UK exclusively from In Focus – buy the Passion HD 10×42 here or browse the full range here.

Full details of the review here.

Vortex Optics Now In Stock!

We are now listing a full range of Vortex binoculars and telescopes for purchase via our website with selected products available in store at our WWT London Wetlands Centre, Denby Dale and WWT Martin Mere shops.

Please call for more information on availability – and don’t forget our price match promise!

OP/TECH Tripod Sleeves

OP/TECH USA’s Tripod Sleeves are a convenient way to protect a tripod’s legs from the elements when in rough outdoor conditions. Keeping debris from getting clogged in the internal working mechanisms of your tripod prolongs the life of your tripod and ensures that it continues to operate smoothly. Tripod Sleeves are ideal for use at the beach, on river banks, in the snow, in a muddy swamp or even in desert conditions where blowing sand and grit can damage the delicate mechanisms on a tripod. Why risk missing a great bird because you don’t want to get your tripod in the middle of the action? Tripod Sleeves are compact and easy to store in a pocket or camera bag so there’s no reason to leave them behind.

The Tripod Sleeves can remain on the legs as the tripod’s mechanisms remain visible and operable through the plastic. The sleeves will collapse along with the tripod leg. They’re also great for monopods. When shooting in high-humidity conditions where condensation could possibly enter the sleeves, it’s good to remove them to dry them out once you are finished so they are ready to go for the next outing.

The Tripod Sleeves are made of durable clear plastic and are easy to apply. Their generous size covers up to 46″ (116.8 cm) of the leg’s length and up to 2¾” (7cm) in diameter. Simply pull them over the leg and tighten them snugly with the built-in drawstring and barrel lock. The reinforced bottoms offer added protection when in use among rocks and sand. Be sure to add them to your “must-have” gear when preparing for your birding trip.

  • Each sleeve measures 5″ x 48″
  • Includes 3 sleeves
  • Fits tripod legs up to 2-3/4″ (7 cm) in diameter
  • Covers up to 46″ (116,8 cm) of length


Vanguard Comfort Harness

Now in stock. We think this is probably the most comfortable and practical binocular harness we’ve come across. Here’s what Vanguard has to say about it:

“The longer you spend time out and about bird watching or looking for local flora and fauna, the heavier and more awkward your binoculars can seem to become. A binocular often starts out feeling light, but after considerable time spent hiking it suddenly begins to feel like the neck strap is cutting through the back of your neck. What little weight there is becomes a constant reminder that you have something around your neck. Your chest becomes sore and you are aggravated from the number of times the binocular has bounced off your sternum as you jumped a log, or stood up too quickly from a crouched or low position.

Binoculars with neck straps often bang into a fallen log or bounce off trees as you navigate obstacles.

What you need to eliminate such problems is to try a good Bino-Harness for your trip.  Vanguard offers the PH-1 harness to help make your time more enjoyable and comfortable.

The PH-1 passes over your shoulders in an “x” pattern away from the neck, putting the weight and strain on the bones and muscles of your shoulders and back area providing much better support and ultimately more comfort.

Good harnesses attach to the binos via free sliding fixtures which move up the strap as you raise them to view. With such a system held at eye level, there is no strain at all. The straps are continuous, passing through the fixtures and around your back. This means that the binoculars are held much closer into your chest at all times, no matter what you are doing. This eliminates sternum discomfort and provides a secure, easy way to carry and protect your binoculars.”