A customer visited the Northern Optics Optics weekend looking for a good quality set of binoculars. And I would imagine they would also need to be lightweight for travels on his bike.
He looked at a couple of 42mm models in 10x and 8x magnification. But when he tried the Olivon PC-3 8×34 binoculars, they were an instant hit. The customer mentioned they gave a brighter and sharper view than the 2 larger sets tested. Just to prove quality can outperform size when it comes to optics.
The buyer liked the lightweight body , long eye relief (for use with cycling glasses) and the handling. Phase coated BaK-4 prisms and FMC optics give excellent contrast and colours, with an acceptable level of chromatic aberration.
I also pointed out the size (width) of the eyepieces, which I would say are wider than the average in this class. This makes them very user friendly. The Olivon PC3 8×34 come with a soft carry case with strap, and a high quality padded neck strap.
They have one of the smoothest focus wheels in binoculars in this price range.
The Olivon PC-3 8×26 binoculars were the optics of choice when a customer visited the Northern Optics display at their Optics weekend at Barton Upon Humber , Lincolnshire.
Their main requirement was a light weight set that was “grab and go” , so could easily be used if needed in a hurry. After looking at some 32/ 34mm options , they decided the compact size was the best way. The sets tried were in the £79 – £119 range, where one set stood out (in their opinion) from the rest. At only 290g the Olivon PC-3 8×26 binoculars were the lightest. Other factors, apart from the clear optics was the handling, extremely smooth focus wheel, and long eye relief , as the buyer liked to keep glasses on.
The Olivon come with a 10 year warranty , which is 2 years parts and labour, with the remaining 8 years parts only. A soft case , lens caps and a standard nylon neck strap is included. But on this occassion we upgraded to a padded strap, without the customer even asking.
The larger eye pieces compared to many 25mm models makes for easy alignment, with the 124m @ 1000m field of view making tracking of moving targets easy.
We had a good turn out of members and guests for the North Lincolnshire astronomy society meeting on Monday 2nd December 2019.
As it was the last meeting before Christmas, Glenys and Malcolm treated us to some mince pies in addition to the usual teas and snacks. All of which went down well.
Paul Money was the speaker on the night, who gave us as excellent (as always) talk called The Vikings at Barsoom part 2. This was a very entertaining talk about the Viking 1 and 2 missions to Mars. This included some impressive images from the red planet, and lots of facts and figures about the missions. Who would have thought that simple human error ended one of the missions, and how close the two Viking landers were to landing on large rocks, that may of ended the missions before they began to gather information.
It was a very dull and damp day at Northern Optics when a customer visited our Optics weekend at Barton`s Waters` edge visitor centre. So you could say it was perfect conditions for a customer looking for a set of high grade binoculars for observing in low light .
They liked the idea of ED glass and a wide field of view. But was open to options from non ED binoculars and 10x versions. After trying the Hawke Frontier HD X 10×42 , 8×42 and the Hawke Frontier ED X 8×42, it was a very close run thing. But in the customers opinion the EDx 8×42 gave the best results, and made the purchase. Other key factors that impressed the customer was how easy they were to handle, wide field of view, quality case and starp , plus the comprehensive Hawke lifetime warranty. But the other Hawke tested all did the job in the awfull conditions.
As always, our customers get the chance to test binoculars looking across a nature reserve lake, and after an initial introduction to the binoculars are left to see which set suits them with no pressure from us. Imahe top right shows the view from our shop window. Hope to see you there.
It`s always nice when a customer visits our Optics Weekends as a result of a recommendation. In this case the buyer needed a good quailty set of binoculars with 8x magnification. But were open to options with 10x.
It was a difficult choice, as they were impressed with all the choices. After trying the Hawke Endurance ED 8×42 , 10×42, EDx 8×42 and HDx 8×42, it was the later set that gave the best spec for the money. The binoculars they went for were the Hawke Frontier HD X 8×42. Despite not being ED glass, they were happy with the very low levels of chromatic aberration. As I often do, I asked the customer to look at some brightly back lit lamp posts to test for CA.
Handling was also a factor, together with the comphrehensive life time warranty. They also asked about waterproofing, which is standard on all Hawke binoculars from the current range, with the EDx and HDx models giving the best weather protection for use in most conditions. Our buyer was also impressed by the wider field of view conpared to the Endurance ED range
The Olivon premium “T” series are a versatile set of 3 spotting scope sizes with different options, subject to availbilty. The T650 (65mm) , T800 (80mm) and T900 (90mm) offer something for many budgets and uses.
Each model comes as standard multi-coated optics with the high end option also having ED glass for extra clarity, less chromatic aberration and improved low light capability. All have rotating tripod mounts , making them ideal for target practice as well as birdwatching and even wide field astronomy.
Also each variant can have a suitable tripod added as a bundle. Ask your dealer about this.
One major advantage of these spotters is that they accept most 1.25″ telescope eyepieces. This makes them easily upgradable should you need extra magnification or an eyepiece with a much wider field of view. There are also choice of Olivon eyepieces (subject to availability) from a HR and SHR zoom eyepiece to high quality ED glass fixed focal lengths.
Each Olivon spotting scope will also accepts a range of Olivon adapters to fit smart phones, compact and DSLR cameras.
A good turn out of regulars were in attendance for the November 2019 North Lincs astro society meeting at Barton Upon Humber, Far ings visitor centre. After discussing unpluging of washing machines and near mishaps with screw drivers, we were treated to two talks.
Firstly Steve gave an update on the LCO (Las Cumbres observatory), which is a network of 23 (as of now) astronomical observatories run by a non profit private operating foundation, and how as a society we can download and edit images from their telescopes.
Secondly, regular speaker Chris Roche gave a very interesting talk about his visit to the New Scientist Live event in London. This included the different talks he attended, and some very interesting and amusing astro facts.
As always thank you to Glenys and Malcolm for keeping us fed and watered, plus my own doggie bag to take home with me.
The Helios Nitrosport 8×26 were the binoculars of choice when a customer came to visit Northern Optics at their Optics weekend in North Lincolnshire.
Reasons for this easy discission was a number of reasons. At only 266g they are one of the lightest in class. The customer found them easy to handle also. But the biggest plus points were the long eye relief , wider field of view and brightness of image compared to the Nitrosport 10×26 version.
As many of our customers say, the advantage of being not only able to try before you buy, but get the chance by doing so looking over a wildlife lake from the Northern Optics shop window . As the customer said “You don`t get this on-line”
A customer came to the Optics weekend at Northern Optics looking for a lightweight set of binoculars with higher magnification. Firstly they were looking at 25/26mm compacts. But then the Helios Nitrosport 10×34 binoculars were given to them so they could try. At first glance the larger body compared to the compacts put them off. But when they held them, they were surprised, at only 422g at how light they were. This makes them one of the lightest binoculars in this size.
After finding they fitted in a coat pocket, which was another box ticked, they took them outside to try out , looking over the lake full of wildlife. The brightness compared to the Helios Nitrosport 10×26 and 8×26 made it an easy choice.
From our point of view the Helios nitrosport offer amazing value for money with great optics, waterproof body and a 5 year warranty.
A customer who already owned a set of Hawke Nature trek 8×42 binoculars visited Northern Optics at one of the Optics weekends at Barton Upon Humber. They required something offering more magnification without sacrificing image quality. After trying the Nature trek 10×42, Endurance ED 10×25 and 10×42 ED, they were finally introduced to the Hawke Endurance ED 10×50 binoculars.
After testing them, looking over the local nature reserve (you don`t get that on-line), the customer was very impressed by the ED 10×50. Not only did they offer superior brightness and clarity compared to the 25mm and 42mm options, they were surprised how light they felt, and balanced nicely in the hands, to the point they could use and focus single handed.
The Hawke Endurance ED range offer fully multi-coated optics, ED glass, nitrogen waterproofing, long eye relief and a life time warranty. The 32mm and above sizes come with a hard case, with the 25mm coming with a soft case.