We have secured a small quantity of the Casio Exilim Zoom EX-Z45. This 12.1 megapixel digital compact camera makes an ideal camera with which to do it digiscoping with. Featuring a 4x 28mm to 112mm stabilised zoom lens, it allows plenty of flexibility when shooting through the eyepiece. Framing your shot is simple using the bright 3.0 inch TFT colour display on the back of the camera. The energy saving feature in the EX-Z450 means it’s possible to take up to 550 shots on a single battery charge, so you’ll never run out of power at the wrong moment! The Intelligent Autofocus and the Dynamic Photo Function help ensure your shots are the best they can be, while the ability to record HD video makes the EX-Z450 equally capable as a movie maker. All this functionality comes at a low cost of only £145.00, combine this with a bracket like the Baader micro stage II and you have a combination capable of attaching to most spotting scopes on the market. The camera is supplied in a dark brown finish it also offers outstanding performance as a general-purpose point-and-shoot digital camera.
This is a common question that we tend to get asked from customers looking to either upgrade their binoculars or just purchase a pair for the first time. Which magnification used to be very clearly defined depending on the use. It was always thought that if you were going birdwatching you would be using an 8x binocular and if using it for sports it would be a 10x, though the magnifications have stayed the same the thinking has changed a lot.
Apart from making a distant object larger you also need to be aware what factors will change from the binoculars being higher or lower in magnification. A higher magnification binocular will generally give a narrow field of view allowing you to see less of the width of the view. As you narrow the field of view down it becomes harder to find your object and also will give a dimmer image if comparing binoculars with the same aperture. Binoculars also magnify any movement that you give to the binoculars by the magnification factor. For instance if your hand shakes or you are in a moving vehicle, that movement will be amplified by 10x if looking through say a pair of 10×42 binoculars.
Today probably our most popular selling magnification is 10x as it gives the best compromise between field of view, magnification and shake. If you feel you haven’t got the steadiest of hands my advice would be to go with an 8x.
If you wish to discuss any aspect of purchasing a pair of binoculars in further detail or have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
There has been new pricing implemented on the Acuter pro series of spotting scopes. From today the new prices are £99, £139 & £200 on the Six models available 65mm, 80mm or 100mm objective lens diameter, and Straight or 45° viewing angle. This makes the already popular range even better value for money. Perfect for serious terrestrial observations such as bird-watching. Optical performance is excellent, with all models delivering crisp, bright, sharp, high-resolution images. The objective lenses are multi-coated for maximum light transmission and image contrast. A Zoom eyepiece is included with each model as standard, but other interchangeable fixed magnification eyepieces are available separately. Focusing is ultra-smooth and practically eliminates vibration whilst in use. The tubes are covered with a protective rubberized paint finish to help protect from the elements. All models can be mounted on a standard photographic tripod via a ¼” tripod bush. Supplied with carrying case.
The Promotion currently on Opticron DBA binoculars that we are offering, that allows you to get a free pair of compact DBA’s will soon be coming to an end. All claims must have been made before the 10th July in order to qualify.
The Stealth cam predator was featured on Thursday nights episode of the BBC One show. It was used by IconFilms during the filming of their feature on the Britains most endangered predator, the Scottish wildcat. The Stealth cam predator can be seen in action in both IR mode and Colour mode. To watch the program please follow the link here the feature starts about 23minutes in.
TheCelestron Outland LX 8×32 binoculars have been reviewed in the current BBC Wildlife and were ON TEST WINNER beating the Nikon, Pentax, Opticron, RSPB and Bushnell binoculars to receive a staggering 19/20. Further details and a copy of the review to follow shortly.
The Pentax 80 ED Telescope offers the unrivalled combination of high optical performance & the ability to give maximum flexibility of magnification by adopting the 31.7mm push fitting usually found on astronomical telescopes. For users looking for a portable spotting scope offering high magnifications, using it in combination with the Baader Hyperion eyepieces, easily allows you to achieve magnifications up to 100x with very little loss in optical quality. If your criteria is for a scope that offers the ability to double up as both high quality field scope and as a Richfield ED refractor then the Pentax 80 ED would make for a very good choice.