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New Smartphone Mount by Celestron: NexYZ

August 28 2018, Stefan Taube

The trend of using smartphone cameras for photography with optical instruments has remained steady. This is, of course, an obvious choice because everyone has this camera with them, ready to send pictures; and these cameras are always improving. The large range of smartphone mounts  has been extended by Celestron, adding a very interesting model.

NexXY

The  Celestron NexYZ is not only particularly robust; it can be adjusted in all three axes using a rotary knob. This means you’ll be able to set the perfect distance between the eyepiece and the adapter. This feature, in combination with the ease, with which the smartphone can be changed, is interesting for public shots at observatories, because all visitors want to take their personal moon photo home with them.

NexYZ-1

The clamp of the NexYZ adapter is also wonderfully suited for use on spotting scopes.

NexYZ-2

With the NexYZ adapter, we are offering you a smartphone holder with the usual clever design by Celestron.

Now a Great Price: Steiner Binoculars Safari UltraSharp 8×30 Adventure Edition

July 6 2018, Betty Lux

Are you looking for an adventurous companion for your next trip?  Would you like to be able to personalize your binos?  Then better check out Steiner Binoculars Safari UltraSharp 8×30 Adventure Edition.  We are now offering them at a great price of 159 Euros, but only as long as supplies last!

Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8x30 Adventure Edition

Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8×30 Adventure Edition

With the included Safari paters, you can make your binoculars truly eye-catching.  The zebra and leopard sticks give the bino a great look.  If that is all to wild for you, no problem.  The classic design with its fine brown tone is also included in the 159 Euro: Steiner Binoculars Safari UltraSharp 8×30.

Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8x30

Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8×30

Get your hands on a pair right now and make it your ideal travel companion at a fantastic price.  Compact, robust and an especially contrast-rich image: with Steiner Safari UltraSharp 8×30 binoculars, you can experience the most wonderful moments of your journey, extremely crisp and close.  Don’t wait!  The binoculars are sure to move quickly.

Observe the night sky with Celestron SkyMaster binoculars!

June 4 2018, Stefan Taube

For many observers is not a telescope, but rather a pair of binoculars that is used as the main optical instrument for exploring the night sky. That is, after all, only logical as real nature lovers are already equipped with binoculars.

Observing the night sky with the binoculars is more than just a compromise – binoculars, with their wide field of view and using both eyes, do have certain advantages over a telescope. And as binoculars are always close at hand in the truest sense of the expression, they follow the golden rule of observing the night sky – the best optical instruments are the ones that are used the most.

The SkyMaster series from the American brand Celestron are extremely popular binoculars often chosen for astronomical observing. These astronautically optimized binoculars offer a generous aperture at a great price.

For successfully getting started observing the night sky with binoculars we recommend the SkyMaster 15×70 SkySurfer set. You get it for the very affordable set price of only 133 Euros!

SkyMaster 15x70 SkySurfer Set

In addition to the binoculars, you also receive a SkySurfer III red-dot finder from Baader, which will help you to orientate yourself in the night sky. The red dot finder projects a red dot onto a transparent window. This lets you see which part of the night sky the binoculars are pointing at and lets you orient yourself using a star chart.

The set also includes is the particularly sturdy Stronghold-Bino tripod adapter from Baader. Unlike the usual adapters made of plastic or aluminium this adapter is made of steel, ensuring that your binoculars are held really firmly and safely on the tripod.

This offer is valid until August 31, 2018. And if you buy the Celestron SkyMaster 15×70 SkySurfer Binoculars set before 27.07.2018, you will be able to observe the lunar eclipse on this date. So make sure you grab yours in time!

Solarquest, the new mount by Skywatcher for observing the sun

April 19 2018, Marcus Schenk

Adjusting your telescope while observing the sun is not as easy as you might at first think. The telescope should, of course, already be oriented towards the sun using a sun filter before setting up. When attempting to orient the telescope towards the sun, you can quickly become careless and peer without eye protection through the telescope at the blazing sun. Help is at hand here with the solar finder or the new Solarquest mount by Skywatcher.

Skywatcher Solarquest

The Solarquest mount has GPS, an automatic level and an electronic solar finder, Heliofind®. You only have to fit the mount. After a short initialisation, the mount moves by itself to the sun. But, of course, the  Solarquest can do more than that: The mount guides the telescope as the sun moves across the sky, so that it is always in line with the eyepiece or camera sensor. This precise tracking can also be done via the built-in Heliofind® finder.

Skywatcher Heliofind

Of course, you can also correct the orientation of the mount by hand, for example, if you are working with greater magnification, and would like to move to a specific place on the solar disc. To do this, there is a slider button on the mount so you can guide the movement yourself.

Solarquest

The azimuthal single arm mount, Solarquest, can hold small optics weighing up to four kilos, making it especially light and quiet. The Solarquest, in combination with a small sun telescope, forms an easy-to-transport system that is quick to set up – that is both particularly comfortable on your balcony at home and ideal for travel or for training purposes.

Skywatcher Vixen

You can also place a small refractor on the Solarquest and fit a sun filter  to it. In combination with a QUARK by DayStar, it is even possible to observe in H-alpha or Calcium-H light. You can even use it for night astronomy without a sun filter using the Solarquest mount. The Solarquest mount becomes a part of your versatile system for night observation.

Special Price: 76/700 AZ-1 Telescope almost 30% Discount

March 16 2018, Marcus Schenk

A photograph cannot beat a real look into the night sky.  With the Newton Telescope 76/700 AZ-1, you can experience the starry night sky live and with your own eyes!  This little beginner telescope can offer kids and adults their first contact with the Moon and planets.

Save almost 30%! Get your hands on the Omegon 76/700 AZ-1 Telescope now for only 69.90 Euros instead of 99 Euros!

 76/700 Set

 

Take a stroll across the Moon with this telescope.  It feels as if you are floating in a spaceship over the surface of the Moon.  How would it be to have a glance a Tycho?  A crate with a diameter of 90 km and a crater wall of almost 5,000 meters high.  Once, the scraps of a massive collision flew about the area, and spread the lunar stone far around the Moonscape.

Experience the lunar Mare (seas) with this telescope, as well as thousands of craters or the lunar Alps.  Throughout the year, you will be able to experience something new on the Moon again and again.  Always excited!  A trip through the Universe for the whole family.

 

The Advantages in a Nutshell:

  • Complete telescope set, including Tube, Mount and Tripod
  • Tripod is adjustable: great for children and adults
  • Simple use: Azimuthal mount with easy navigation through the sky
  • Collects 118 times more light than the naked eye
  • For observing the Moon or bright planets

This telescope is waiting for you to take it out for its first look at the Moon: Order the Telescope now or go for the more comprehensive Beginner Set with Star Chart, Book and Lunar Filter.

The offer is valid until 31.07.2018.

On special offer now: Kowa BD 10×32 DCF binoculars

March 9 2018, Stefan Taube

We’re offering the BD 10×32 DCF binoculars by Kowa at a special price!

You can buy it now for just €299 instead of €429!

Kowa-Fernglas

The compact, ergonomic design of the Kowa BD 10×32 binoculars means you can observe for a long time without getting tired. Thanks to the very low minimum focusing distance of just 1.5 m, this model is perfectly suited for observing plants, insects or other nearby objects – in the garden, for example. The binoculars are made in Japan.

This special offer will only remain while stocks last. Order now!

Improved version of the CL Companion by Swarovski Optik

December 1 2017, Stefan Rieger

Swarovski Optik has revised the CL Companion. The ergonomics in particular have been improved.

The eyepiece cup has been enlarged and, therefore, fits better on the eye. This means that the eye is automatically guided to the image. Handling was improved further by moving the connecting bridge upwards towards the eyepiece. This means that the hand can hold the binoculars better. The focus button is easier to reach. The dioptre compensation has now been integrated into the central wheel. This reduces the risk of unintentional adjustment. The weight has also been reduced further. Compared to its predecessor, the 10×30 has been made 15 grams lighter.

The revised CL now uses the FieldPro carry strap connector. The risk of the carry strap getting twisted has now been considerably reduced. The CL companion now comes in anthracite or green and as a 8×30 or 10×30 version.

Swarovski has recognised the trend towards customisation and now offers a series of binoculars with three different bags and carry straps. The classic dark green bag with black carry strap bears the wording “WILD NATURE”.

For those who want something a little more modern, chose the binoculars in connection with the “URBAN JUNGLE” accessory pack, a light green bag with a grey carry strap.

The “NORTHERN LIGHTS” set has been designed for the tradition conscious. You will receive a grey felt bag with black leather appliqués and a grey felt carry strap.

All versions can be delivered from mid-November. The best thing to do is order your favourite combination now!

ZEISS Victory Harpia: The New Spotting Scope of the Deluxe Range!

November 1 2017, Stefan Rieger

Just a few weeks ago, the company ZEISS presented the new Victory Harpia during the most important orni-tradeshow, the Birdfair. The new premium spotting scope is available in two variants: With a front lens of 85mm or 95mm. The eyepiece has a zoom eyepiece of 22-65x for the 85mm and 23-70x for the 95mm model. Both models are also available in a Set with eyepiece. Since most spotting scopes are purchased with oblique viewing position, ZEISS has omitted the straight view.

ZEISS Victory Harpia 23-70x95 inkl. Okular

This newly developed spotting scope differs considerably from its predecessors of the Victory Diascope series, simply in the way it is operated. The most significant points are the changes that have been made to the zoom adjustment and the focusing. Both control elements are now integrated in the spotting scope body in form of a well palpable ring, allowing for quick magnification changes and immediate sharpness correction. The big focus ring adapts the Dual-Speed-Focus-System from its predecessor. When turning the focus ring slowly, one is in the fine focusing mode at first: After zooming in on an object, one can smoothly readjust the sharpness to the point. Coarse focusing starts when turning further, where you can quickly change the viewing distance from close to far, and then make fine corrections.

Bedienelemente des Victory Harpia 85

The fact that the optical zoom is no longer located in the eyepiece but in the lens is called the lens-zoom concept. This has two advantages. Firstly, this does not cause “tunnel vision” when increasing the magnification. Secondly, it allows a more compact design of the eyepiece, which considerably enhances the comfort, particularly for users with a narrow inter-pupilar distance or a bigger nose. In addition, the eyepiece is secured against loss.

Das Okular ist gegen Verlust gesichert.

The third advantage of this new design is the very high and, most importantly, constant field of view!

This scope provides an apparent field of view of 72° over the entire range of the zoom eyepiece. Combined with the new 3x wide angle zoom, spotting birds is eased considerably after changing from binoculars to the spotting scope. The max. field of view is almost 63.2 metres for the 85mm and 58.8 metres for the 95mm, both over a distance of 1000 metres. This large viewing angle in combination with the short close focus limit of 3.5 or 4.5 metres makes this spotting scope the perfect companion for observations in forests. Moreover, it also allows the observation of insects, fungi or plants over the shortest possible distances. The wide field of view facilitates the important work of nature conservationists when counting sea birds or swarms.

ExoLens Smartphonehalterung, hier am ZEISS Conquest Gavia montiert.

Since Digiscoping is a subject that continuously gains in importance, ZEISS also offers suitable solutions for this subject. For quite some time, ZEISS has offered the ExoLens Bracket Smartphone holders for the Apple iPhone 6 or 6s and the Samsung Galaxy S6/S6 edge. An eyepiece adapter ring for the Harpia will obviously also be available. If you do not want to do without the quality of a digital camera, ZEISS will offer an adapter for the filter thread 49, 52 or 58 mm. This adapter will match DSLR, system or compact cameras with a filter thread. For compact cameras without a filter thread, the Quick-Camera adapter II is still available. A Stay-on-Case will also be available for the Harpia models. Once we have more information, we will also offer these products in our shop.

The new Deluxe Spotting Scope from ZEISS will be available for delivery starting in January 2018. We recommend placing your order already now. We initially expect to receive only small delivery quantities.

P.S.: If you own a product of the previous Diascope Series and are still looking for accessories, act now! Eyepieces and other accessories will no longer be produced!

 

News from LEICA

October 30 2017, Stefan Rieger

LEICA TRINOVID – an Icon Returns!

On the occasion of the forthcoming 60th anniversary of the initial launch of the Trinovid binoculars, Leica decided to launch a “Facelift” of the classic product.

In 1958, the original Trinovid was a sensation in the market of binoculars. This particular Leica model was characterised by not just one, but three distinctive new features, denoting the name “Trinovid”. Tri for three and nov for novelties. These novelties were the ergonomic construction in roof edge design, the real internal focusing, as well as the highest optical power class Leica was able to offer at the time. Even today, one can see Trinovid models from the 60s and 70s hanging around the neck of many nature observers.

Eine Ikone kehrt zurück - Leica Trinovid

Almost 60 years later, these nostalgic binoculars have been revised; the revision can mainly be noticed “on the inside”. State-of-the-art optical glass materials and coatings make this new edition interesting, not only for collectors. Additionally, it is characterized by a large field of view, whereby the 7×35 offers a viewing angle of 150m over a distance of 1000 metres. The binoculars are very light with compact dimensions and are available in 7×35, 8×40 and 10×40, both in a version with rubber armouring and in a leather coated version with silver or black chrome-coated metal housing. They are filled with nitrogen, making them watertight. However, the leather-coated models in particular should not be exposed to strong rainfall. The light weight reveals its advantages especially on long travels, and friends of retro design should fall in love with these binoculars.

Two Spotting Scope Sets for a Special Price!

Furthermore, Leica linked two popular spotting scopes of the APO Televid series with high quality tripods and tilting heads from GITZO. Probably one of the lightest and most stable carbon tripods in the world.

  • Leica APO Televid 65 W “Travel Package”
    This set consists of the popular APO Televid 65 oblique viewing feature with the 25-50x wide-angle vario eyepiece and the Gitzo Traveler tripod GT1545T with single hand GH1720QR fluid tilting head. The tripod unites maximum stability, with its high quality carbon material, and minimum carrying length as a result of the upward-foldable legs. The design allows the central column and tripod head to fold between the tripod legs for practical transport.

Leica APO Televid 25-50x65 W Travel Package

  • Leica APO Televid 82 W “Closer to Nature Package”
    The big brother contains the bigger APO Televid 82 oblique viewing feature and also the 25‑50x eyepiece. A 1.8x extender is included to live up to its name, which gives you a magnification range of 45-90x. For stable alignment, Leica supplements this set with the more stable Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 and the GH2720QR fluid tilting head. This can also be operated one-handed without any problems. Just one screw tightens or loosens both the slewing direction and the tilt, whereas the second hand is free to “travel” smoothly with the object when observing.

Leica APO Televid 25-50x82W "Closer to Nature Package"

Both sets are only available in limited quantity and as long as stock lasts. For the Travel Package you save 685,- € and for the Closer to Nature Package you save 836,‑ €, when compared with the retail price recommended by the manufacturer. Act now!

Price drop at the top – now is the right time to get into the Minox HG class

September 15 2017, Stefan Rieger

Only as long as supplies lasts: Now the fantastic Minox HG-Binoculars are available with a discount of up to 30%. Be quick and get your hands on your own Minox HG.

Hikers, nature lovers and hunters now have the chance to get into a binocular series made in Germany, the series of Minox HG Binoculars, for particularly attractive prices. “HG” stands for “High Grade” and is Minox’s name for binoculars that correspond with the high-resolution products from other manufacturers. What distinguishes this product line? Already at first glance, the “slim waist” is a striking feature. With a pair of these binoculars in your hands, you will experience their good and haptically appealing feel. Minox binoculars are real hand adulators. Another striking feature is their light weight. These binoculars are, throughout the range, lighter than the binoculars from all competitors with identical technical data.

Das Minox HG 10x43 BR

However, the stylish design does by no means adversely affect the performance. The HGs offer brilliant, high-contrast images, at the quality level of considerably more expensive products. This standard is achieved by the use of optics made of high-quality special glass from SCHOTT and annealing of up to 21 applied layers on the glass surface. The result is an excellent light transmission which delivers bright, relatively detailed images. Anybody interested in the hand swinging projection of the Common Tern or the iris colour of the Whitethroat just discovered in the bushes, will be more than pleased.

Moreover, the Minox HG Binoculars convince with interesting details. The eyepieces, which are obviously also suitable for persons wearing glasses, have fixed latching steps. Under cold ambient temperatures the focus can be effortlessly adjusted, even with gloves. The Quick Close Focus mechanics of these binoculars only need one rotation, from short range to infinite. A new and unique feature is the scale for quick distance determination. A quick look at the focusing knob makes the binoculars a reliable range finder. The scale on the focusing wheel of the MINOX HG Binoculars provides information about the distance to the object in view – a highly welcome additional use for hunters.

Das Minox HG 8x43 BR

Binoculars of the HG series are available in various designs. Users who are frequently active outdoors and would like to save as much weight as possible, will most likely be interested in the  Minox HG 8×33 or the Minox HG 8×43. Furthermore, the standard version, the Minox HG 10×43, is also available. Hunters and others, interested in using binoculars at dawn, elect to use the Minox HG 10×52, the large aperture of which lets considerably more light reach the eye, and thus allows longer observing times at dusk and dawn.

All HG binoculars have a tripod connecting thread. With an L-adapter, they can be easily mounted on conventional photo tripods. Additionally, they are also gas filled and therefore waterproof down to a depth of 5 metres. If you are looking for binoculars of excellent workmanship and stable value, you will be well served with this product series, which is adapted to all individual requirements. We wish you interesting observations and exciting experiences in nature!

 

 

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