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Leeds Birdfair 22nd June

Leeds Birdfair

Celebrate the wildlife and green spaces of Leeds

This year’s Leeds Birdfair will take place on Saturday 22nd June 2019 at Rodley Nature Reserve. As usual there will be lots of events for wildlife lovers of all ages (download a programme) and a wide range of wildlife related stalls. Find out how you can get closer to nature in your area of Leeds.

Dave from our Denby Dale shop will be on hand for a binocular and telescope “try and buy” day. See a full range of wildlife watching and birding optics from Hawke, Nikon, Opticron, Swarovski and Zeiss.

More information 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

Pre-order Opticron’s New MM4 77 ED Scope

With stock expected to arrive in early April, we are now taking pre-orders for Opticron’s MM4 77 ED scope.

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 pre-order.

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

Cashback Offer on Opticron MM4 50 Scopes

Claim £30 Cashback when you purchase a new MM4 50 GA ED Travelscope complete with HDF T or SDLv2 eyepiece on or before 30th April 2019.

To make your claim, print and complete the Claim Form and return it together with a valid sales receipt to Opticron, Unit 21, Titan Court, Laporte Way, Luton, LU4 8EF no later than 15th May 2019. Alternatively please email scanned copies of the receipt and completed form to sales@opticron.co.uk. See claim form for terms and conditions.

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.”

GPO Now At In Focus

We are pleased to announce that we have been able to add German Precision Optics (GPO) binoculars to our online and in-store range.

The Passion ED line includes 8x and 10x models with either 32mm or 42mm objective lens. All use ED glass to minimise colour fringing and the body of each binocular is constructed from magnesium to ensure light weight and durability.

At the top of the GPO range are the Passion HD models which the company has pitched against similarly priced models from Leica and Zeiss. There are 8×42 and 10×42 options in this line.

As always, we recommend that you visit one of our shops to try this new range. Please call ahead to check that the model you are interested in is in stock.