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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!

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!

New Kowa compact spotting scopes! For all those, for whom a spotting scope had previously been too big and unwieldy.

July 1 2017, Stefan Rieger

Kowa has recently introduced not just one, but four new compact spotting scopes. These convenient and travel friendly “telescopes” are ideal for all those, for whom a spotting scope had always been too big or too heavy. Or for those who already have a spotting scope, but do not use it because it is too impractical.

So klein ist das neue Kowa TSN-501!

Kowa offers two quality classes, both with the choice of straight or oblique view. The inexpensive series TSN-500 offers a 20-40x magnification with a front lens diameter of 50mm. The conically shaped focusing knob gives you the feeling of an almost separately controllable coarse and fine focusing drive. The optics are obviously fully multi-coated. The spotting scope comes with a tripod connection and a sighting aid.

Kowa TSN-502

The model TSN-501 offers you the inclined or angular view, the TSN-502 is a scope with straight view. The recommended retail price of the manufacturer is 299 € incl. VAT.

When looking for maximum quality in combination with small dimensions, you will surely be interested in the TSN-550-Series with Prominar lens!

Kowa TSN-553 Prominar mit Fluoritkristall

This small spotting scope has the same fluorite crystal glass as the bigger sister series TSN-770 and TSN-880. It has a magnification range of 15-45x and is also equipped with a fixed zoom eyepiece. The dual focus allows you to quickly focus roughly, and then point the fine focus to the beak of the bird. The lens shade is extendable and rotatable. The sighting aid is particularly helpful for first-time users of a spotting scope.

The fluorite crystal lens material minimises imaging faults, so that no disturbing colour fringes impair the viewing experience or make the determination of birds a difficult task. However, these high-end optics are not cheap, but they are worth every penny. The recommended retail price is 1799 € incl. VAT. The scope with the oblique view has the model name TSN-553 and when favouring the straight view you should decide on the TSN-554.

Digiscoping geht auch mit diesen Kompaktspektiven!

The smartphone adapters from Kowa are suitable for all 4 models. With their help, you can take pictures of your observations. For the TSN-550er series you need the adapter ring TSN-AR66Z, for the TSN-500 a specific adapter ring will be introduced in the near future.

Hier noch mal die Neuen nebeneinander!

Both model series are available from the 18th of August. Just reserve one of the first models for yourself!

A New Brand in Our Shop: VORTEX OPTICS

June 2 2017, Stefan Rieger

Once again, we would like to introduce you to a new product in our range of goods: VORTEX Optics is an optics specialist from Wisconsin, USA, which has adjusted its product range to the needs of nature observers and hunters. We would like to briefly introduce some of the new products.

 Viper HD Series:

The VORTEX Viper HD binoculars don’t just knock on the door of high-end binoculars, they break into the sector. The optical system provides everything one would expect from other companies way beyond the 1000.- € mark. HD-optics, XR-FMC-coating, dielectric prism coating with phase correction. This all comes with watertight binoculars with robust rubber armouring.

VORTEX Viper HD 10x42

Diamondback Series:

This binocular series has most recently been totally revised and is characterized by an excellent price/performance ratio. Due to the short connecting bridge between the lenses, it rests perfectly in your hand and the large field of view enables relaxed viewing. All air-glass surfaces are multi-coated. The dielectric coating of the prism minimises the loss of light in the prism system. This ensures bright, real colour and sharp images. These binoculars are sealed and filled with Argon gas , ensuring that the glass is water tight.

VORTEX Diamondback 10x42

Crossfire Series

For beginners in the hobby, who are looking for a good price/performance ratio.

Besides the binoculars, we also offer the spotting scopes of the Diamondback series. These are available with 80 or 60 mm lens diameters and with angled or straight . The 20-60×80 with angled viewing position most likely is the most popular one. The 20-60 fold zoom gives you the opportunity to scan the field of view with the smallest magnification and then to zoom to view details, to recognize a bird or to view wild animals. The tripod clamp can be rotated and the lens shade is removable. Especially people who use a spotting scope for the first time will find the sighting aid on the lens shade a very convenient feature. Because finding an object with a 20 times magnification is considerably more difficult than with binoculars with a 8 or 10 fold magnification.

VORTEX Diamondback 20-60x80 Schrägeinblick

In addition to the binoculars and the spotting scopes , we also offer you rifle scopes and mounting rings from VORTEX.

Motic RedLine: for taking the first steps into the world of tiny things

May 15 2017, Claudia Erbelding-Denk

52403_1We proudly present a microscope series which is not available from too many sources: The RedLine from Motic.

With their RedLine series, Motic has concentrated on the essential: the optics.

There is no 1240x magnification of a specimen with a resolution so low that the only thing magnified would be an empty image. Everything is available in a reasonable manner. With the most cost-effective models, a well thought-out offsetting mechanism replaces the cross table. Instead of binocular viewing, which is particularly difficult to adjust for children, the device comes with a monocular with photo tube or, indeed, an integrated camera.

Stereo microscopes, which are offered in the RedLine series with exchange lenses with 10/30x or 20/40x magnification, are particularly popular with children. The specimen stages are equipped with the patented “one touch” system. Both holding arms of the sample clip can be lifted with just one finger.

However, this is just the beginning of microscopy for young scientists. For older pupils there is obviously the binocular and the 100x magnification with immersion lens. Here the “Köhlersche illumination” makes sure that the light is precision-focussed on the specimen. Each microscope in this series is perfectly adapted to young scientists, and there are models available for any age group and application. Even the digitisation, which is indispensable in modern education, plays an important role.

Just look at the 13 models in our shop.

New in our product range: Pentax ZD-series

May 1 2017, Stefan Rieger

From today you can order the high-end models of camera and binocular manufacturer Pentax from us: The ZD-series!

Pentax ZD-Serie

These roof binoculars are made in Japan, and all models feature phase-corrected prisms. Apart from that they are coated with the enhanced light transmission coating developed by Pentax. This ensures maximum transmission, i.e. light permeability.

Moreover, the outer lenses of the objective and eyepiece are coated with a protective lens coating. This nano technology-based coating allows water to trickle down and eases cleaning. Aspheric lens elements reduce imaging faults. All models are obviously filled with nitrogen and thus protected against heavy rain and high humidity.

On the ED-models unwanted colour errors are additionally corrected by using special lens materials. Colour fringing, which may be particularly annoying in bird watching, is thereby reduced. The housings are made of a light magnesium alloy and a protecting rubber armouring. The ZD 10×43 ED for example has a weight of only 730 grams.

Pentax ZD 10x43 ED

6 different models are available:

 

IWA Nürnberg, the start into the new sports optics season!

April 15 2017, Stefan Rieger

Every year the first weekend in March sees the international weapons exhibition and the Outdoor Classics. This trade show, which experts simply refer to as IWA, is the right time for users of binoculars, spotting scopes, rifle scopes, night vision devices, wildlife cameras and range finders to become acquainted with the latest and most important product developments. We obviously attended the trade show as well to have a look at the innovations. Here is a small excerpt of the most interesting products we will see in the near future.

The most important innovation for any nature watcher is most likely the market launch of Swarovski Optik with their binocular BTX system for lens modules. This enables relaxing nature watching with both eyes. The eye relief can be adjusted, and even a difference in the acuity of vision between both eyes can be corrected. The adjustable forehead support stabilises the image even more. The BTX is available individually  or in combination with one of the three lens modules as 30×65, 30×85 or 35×95.

Swarovski Optik BTX-System

If this magnification is not enough, you can even use the new ME 1.7 teleconverter between the lens and eyepiece modules. This also works with eyepiece modules ATX and STX. This increases the magnification by the factor 1.7, i.e. a 30x magnification then becomes a 51x magnification. Apart from that there is also a new PTH tripod head. To nature photographers such a construction is known as a “gimbal head”. Especially with moving targets this tripod head enables a soft resonant movement, e.g. for water birds slowly swimming past or birds of prey circling high in the sky. And a new balance rail, BR referred to in short, will soon be available. It serves the purpose of compensating the weight on a tripod head and enables the displacement of the centre of gravity in the longitudinal axis. This product will be available for delivery from the beginning of May.

Swarovski BTX und der neue Stativkopf PTH

LEICA has been using range-finding technologies in binoculars and monoculars for 25 years. This is the reason for the launch of a special edition of the Geovid HD-B 8×42 and 10×42 and of the Rangemaster CRF 2000-B in 2017. All models are dark green, and the two binoculars come in a loden cloth bag. The special editions are expected to be available from second half of the year. In only a few days the new accessories for binoculars and range finders will be available: For the APO-Televid 82 spotting scope there is now once again a stay-on-case available, which can be ordered in new colour combinations.

Leica Geovid HD-B 42 Edition 2017

ZEISS introduces the successors of the popular Victory Compact-models: the Victory Pockets will be available in the future in 8×25 and 10×25. A bigger front lens diameter on the 8X magnifying model and high-quality FL-glass, which was previously only used in the 32 models, characterise these optical instruments. Apart from that ZEISS has also enlarged the field of view; it now stretches to 130 metres for the 8×25, and the close range was reduced to 1.9 metres. Unfortunately, the carrying case has become considerably bigger and will no longer fit into trouser pockets. However, these products will be available in our shop in a couple of weeks.

Steiner presents a new, light-weight pair of binoculars with range finder: The LRF 1700 in the variants 8×30 or 10×30 is ideal for mountain hunting or on hunting trips. Hunting in this case primarily takes place under sufficient daylight, so that the benefit of the weight overcomes the large aperture. The measuring range reaches up to max. 1700 metres. This is definitely unrealistic under hunting-related aspects, but shows what is technically possible. Apart from that there is also a new pair of roof binoculars from the Safari UltraSharp-series. As a 10×42 it is ideal for stalk hunting or when taking a walk through the woods.

STEINER 10x30 LRF 1700

Starting today, we can also offer you the complete range of FUJINON binoculars. While these are aimed more at astronomers or water sports enthusiasts, one or two products in the FMT-series may also be of interest to hunters. These high-quality Porro-system binoculars with single eyepiece focusing are particularly interesting for a hunting session during the night.  Once they have been adjusted for your personal needs, nothing else needs to be adjusted for distances from approx. 25 metres all the way to infinite. Thanks to the field flattener eyepieces they provide you with an image which is sharp right to the edge. The legendary robustness and leak tightness of these binoculars even meets the stringent requirements of US authorities and, as a result, should withstand any hunting session in the snow or rain without any problems.  For ornithologists, who have to consider the weight, the two KF-models might be of interest. And the Techno-Stabi feature compensates the restlessness of the hand electronically.

FUJINON 7x50 FMTR-SX-2

 

In the field of night vision devices we can introduce some new products, too: The current trend is thermal imaging cameras! In contrast to classical night vision devices, not only is the infrared light amplified, which is invisible to the naked eye, but also the heat radiated by an animal or a human being. The image therefore is not as detailed as when taken with generation 2 cameras or higher, but you can also use the device in case of a light fog. A sweat trail can be followed for a few seconds.

In our shop you will now find some products of this category: The best-known devices will surely be of the FLIR brand. In addition to the beginners model, Scout TK Compact, we also offer the Scout II model. This model is available with a resolution of 240, 320 or 640 pixels. In the near future you will also find device of the Scout III series in our shop.

 

FLIR Scout II Wärmebildkamera

Leupold is now also offering a thermal imaging camera. The design is quite similar to the eyepiece of a rifle scope and, in addition, it is very handy and light. The LTO tracker, however, is not suitable for mounting on weapons, as the very sensitive electronics would not withstand the recoil of a rifle.Leupold LTO Tracker

New to our product range are also the devices offered by Seek Thermal. These are available as an extension module for your Android or Apple smartphone or as a Reveal-series in form of a hand-held device with display screen.

Seek Thermal Compact Pro Fastframe

During the second half of the year we expect further wildlife cameras and rifle scopes from Bushnell and Leupold Tasco also has plans to thoroughly revise their range of binoculars. However, these products will probably only be available in autumn.

Be clever and get your hands on these IWA innovations today!

Fuchsjagd 2017

Digital Microscopy in Schools – a Step out of the Past

April 1 2017, Claudia Erbelding-Denk

PISA (the Programme for International Student Assessment) is a study promoted by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the last of which took place in 2015. For the Pisa Study the tasks in natural science were set up in the following form: Experiments were simulated and students were stimulated to look out for creative, new solutions. The results showed that expert knowledge is the strong point in Germany, for example. Internalizing scientific concepts and methods, while dealing with these concepts in a creative way appears to be more difficult for German pupils, for example, than for Asian children. This lack of creativity correlates with the statement that juveniles find natural sciences, neither particularly significant nor attractive, even if they perform very well in such subjects.

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According to information issued by employers, in October 2016 a significant number of critical STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) jobs will remain unfilled by skilled employees. Making instruction more exciting and scientific can achieve an improvement in STEM vacancies. Schools must therefore approach technical standards and teach the currently valid scientific methods. Juveniles of today have grown up in the digital world. But in the schools they are confronted with analogue scientific equipment from the last century.

On the one hand, this situation leads to demotivation, and on the other hand it gives the pupils a false impression of procedures used in modern science. The intensive development of already existing digital competences would be of utmost importance, because scientific work calls for the linkage of various programs for evaluation, processing and documentation of results. Scientific trials in schools should therefore also comprehensively illustrate this process. Some microscope manufacturers have realized this fact and developed simple, robust digital microscopes. For primary schools there are reasonable, excellent hand microscopes available, which are most suitable for outdoor use.

For the examination of materials, stereo microscopes with an integrated camera are the best choice. Pupils in the upper secondary use high-resolution, digital microscopes for their experiments. In combination with a PC, these microscopes enable a complete trial run with adequate documentation.

All microscopes are delivered with the corresponding software to control photography and further processing of the documented images. Providing a school with modern equipment is a major investment, which, in many cases, cannot be covered by the school budget. Should employers, who are desperately looking for experts in the STEM subjects, pay out of their own pockets?

Upright microscopes Motic RED50X 40x- 400x; DM-5240x-400x; DM-111 40X – 1000X, monokular
Euromex EcoBlue Series: 40x – 400x; 40x – 600x; 40x – 1000, monocular
Euromex BioBlue Series: 40x – 400x; 40x – 600x; 40x – 1000X
Optika B-150: 4x – 400x; DM-5UP : 40x – 400x , monocular
Stereo microscopes Euromex EduBlue: 10x – 40x
Hand microscopes Omegon Omegon DigitalView USB-Hand Microscope
Euromex Q-Scope: 200xSeveral models
Bresser USB-Hand Microscope incl. LED Stand

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