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    • Marine-3 7x50 - Sky at Night September 2020

      Date Added 9/4/2020

      As with all our binoculars, the Marine-3s can be attached to a tripod for extra stability. We found this helped when we were trying to split the double star Albireo, which we could just about do but only with a tripod. The actual field of view is...

    • Natura BGA ED 10x42 - Evie Miller

      Date Added 8/24/2020

      These binoculars are user-friendly making them great for any keen wildlife enthusiast. Not only have I used them to watch bird species but also study hawker dragonflies hovering over large ponds and plenty of other insects and other smaller species...

    • Explorer WA ED-R 8x32 - Tim Sexton

      Date Added 8/8/2020

      Click here to watch a video review by Tim Sexton

    • Traveller BGA ED 10x32 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 7/6/2020

      Although the Travellers are not new on the market, having been around for at least 3 years, they are still competitive, feel good in the hand, have a lovely focus action and perform nicely for the eyes. Don’t overlook them if you are in the...

    • Natura BGA ED 8x42 - Slim Loghmari

      Date Added 6/25/2020

      Upon checking the view through the Natura, I was pleasantly surprised by the light transmission and colour fidelity exhibited across the full RGB spectrum. The eye relief was also very generous which made the Natura ideal for spectacles wearers....

    • Explorer WA ED-R 8x32 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 4/1/2020

      Summing up, Explorer WA ED-R 8x32 is a really nice performer and a bargain at its price. This bino might not make alpha models redundant but as you can tell from my experiences recounted above, anybody could experience enjoyable and informative...

    • Imagic IS 12x30 - Sky at Night March 2020

      Date Added 2/19/2020

      The combination of excellent anti-reflective coatings on the lenses and Opticron's proprietry Oasis phase-coating on the roof prisms helps the binoculars to transmit the full visible spectrum without the colour balance being affected by...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Álvaro de las Heras

      Date Added 1/16/2020

      In my case, I spend lots of hours walking through the mountains with all my gear with me, and coming from a long and heavy scope, I can say this is a life-changer. I strongly recommend this scope for nature guides and travellers who carry all their...

    • DBA VHD+ 10x42 - Álvaro de las Heras

      Date Added 1/16/2020

      Concerning the image, I can say that DBA VHD 10x42 is truly accurate in every situation. Colour reproduction and contrast are very reliable. Through this DBA VHD you can find high contrast images and no colour fringing is perceived. In summary,...

    • Discovery WP PC 7x42 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 11/25/2019

      I seldom take a review set of bins out for a serious days birding but after looking through these I was so surprised by their ease of focus, excellent depth of field and sharpness that I took them for a full days birding in the Peak...

    • Imagic IS 10x30 - Fatbirder

      Date Added 11/25/2019

      Quizzing gulls is something I find hard at the best of times… distinguishing which black, white and grey gull is which is testing. On this day what I could see was that now all the same-size gulls had the same mantle colours so I concentrated...

    • Natura BGA ED 8x42 - Estelle Somers

      Date Added 11/7/2019

      Whether I was studying ornate birds-of-paradise displaying high in the trees, viewing a panorama of hundreds of fruit bats crossing bright blue sky or appreciating a closer look at butterflies only a couple of metres away, the Opticron Natura BGA ED...

    • Imagic IS 10x30 & 12x30 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 10/1/2019

      On the first day of testing I was out on a viewing platform in high winds where the image stabilisation really showed its benefits. Watching distant Starlings on a wire it was virtually impossible to avoid shake even with my personal 8x32’s,...

    • Imagic IS 10x30 & 12x30 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 10/1/2019

      On the first day of testing I was out on a viewing platform in high winds where the image stabilisation really showed its benefits. Watching distant Starlings on a wire it was virtually impossible to avoid shake even with my personal 8x32’s,...

    • USM-2 - University of Glasgow Exploration Society

      Date Added 9/30/2019

      Having a USM-2 on the group meant everyone on the team could get those much-needed distant shots of puffins without having a pro-level bridge camera to hand. The mount worked with all our phones and with a bit of practice was easy to align onto the...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - University of Glasgow Exploration Society

      Date Added 9/30/2019

      One of the stand-out qualities of the MM4 + HDF T zoom eyepiece scope is the image clarity. It was so high we actually got a little addicted to using it! Good enough to see fish’s eyes from puffins’ hard-earned catches, there was little...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Ira Geshelin

      Date Added 9/16/2019

      Another birder with a 600mm lens found the bird and put me onto it. I found it very easily with the scope and then focused onto it. I was spellbound by the clarity, sharpness, and brightness of the scope. Without exaggeration, it was like looking at...

    • Natura BGA ED 8x42 - Tim Sexton

      Date Added 8/21/2019

      The ED glass created a bright, clean image even with dark clouds overhead. When a male gadwall, still in breeding plumage came close to the bank, the vermiculations on its flanks appeared crisp and sharp. Despite trying to be critical, it was hard...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Tim Sexton

      Date Added 8/15/2019

      A video review by Tim Sexton of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Mike Alibone

      Date Added 8/1/2019

      The MM4 77 is unique to Opticron – no other brand has access to its design. Anyone thinking of spending up to £1000 on a mid-range telescope and eyepiece set should certainly consider this as an option. Above is an excerpt from a...

    • WP Mono 8x30 - Isobel Brocklebank

      Date Added 7/31/2019

      The Opticron WP Mono 8x30 is small enough to fit snugly in the palm of my hand or be tucked down the front of my buoyancy aid and is light enough to be taken everywhere. The rubber armouring makes it easy to hold and reassures me that it will be...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 with SDLv2 Eyepiece - Paul Brewster

      Date Added 7/25/2019

      I chose an overcast day in order to test the light gathering quality of this scope in less than ideal conditions. The first test was at 18x magnification, and the image obtained was stunning; bright and sharp with no discernible reduction in quality...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 7/10/2019

      So, how to sum up the MM4 77mm? It is compact and lightweight for a 77mm and handles really nicely, being balanced on the tripod, and having well-engineered fast and slow focus modes. The two eyepieces make excellent companions for each other and...

    • MM4 50 GA ED/45 - Nick Moran

      Date Added 7/1/2019

      Overall, I found this scope intuitive and fun to use, and was pleasantly surprised by its optical performance. It has certainly made me a travel scope convert! Above is an excerpt from a review authored by Nick Moran and published in BTO News...

    • MM4 50 GA ED/45 - Nick Moran

      Date Added 7/1/2019

      Overall, I found this scope intuitive and fun to use, and was pleasantly surprised by its optical performance. It has certainly made me a travel scope convert! Above is an excerpt from a review authored by Nick Moran and published in BTO News...

    • Oregon 4 PC 8x42 - Fatbirder

      Date Added 5/22/2019

      What is my overall opinion? Well, maybe I am biased but knowing the great after-sales response at Opticron I would certainly recommend them to occasional users and newbies. These will see you through your first year of birding and will not begin to...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x32 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 5/10/2019

      So far so competitive, but I would pick out the weight of 391g as a stand-out light weight, and the IPD range extending down to 52mm is to be applauded, it making these compact and super-light binos suitable for folks with smaller IPDs such as...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Simon (Cley Spy)

      Date Added 5/2/2019

      I had a great couple of weeks using the ‘77’ in Mull. Opticron have taken the tried & tested MM4 formula, tweaked it and produced a fabulous, lightweight all-round birding scope. At no point did I regret not having my (considerably...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45, HDF T 15-45x and USM-2 - Josh Hill

      Date Added 3/25/2019

      One of the MM4 60’s main qualities is its weight, at only 619g, I can carry it miles without feeling any strain. The scope is small too - 280mm (10.2”) exactly and means it fits neatly into my backpack. Above is an excerpt from a...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Nick Moran

      Date Added 3/20/2019

      Logic suggests that relatively small binoculars, with modest-sized objective lenses, will be compromised in their light gathering capabilities. In this respect, the Travellers defy logic! Using them in various low-light conditions, I have repeatedly...

    • MM3 60 GA/45 - Mike Alibone

      Date Added 3/16/2019

      So, for anyone considering purchasing a relatively low-cost telescope, which has enough 'muscle' to perform admirably alongside larger models, at a reasonably high magnification, while at the same time is small enough to be classed as easily...

    • ES 80 GA ED v4 with SDLv2 MS - Mike Alibone

      Date Added 3/12/2019

      With so little distortion and a bright, sharp image combined with the natural colours returned by the ES 80, it is undoubtedly a winner in its class and clearly merits serious consideration for anyone considering spending up to £1000 on a new...

    • BGA Monocular 8x42 - BBR Website

      Date Added 2/25/2019

      The Japanese made 8x42 Opticron BGA monocular is ideally suited to observing birds and other wildlife, and its low weight (just 10.1oz) is easy to carry along with other gear. The performance is excellent at this price. Above is an excerpt from a...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Vogelinformatiecentrum

      Date Added 2/22/2019

      Click here to read a review published on vogelinformatiecentrum.nl

    • Oregon 4 PC 8x32 - Aaron Roe

      Date Added 1/25/2019

      We had to double-check the price tag on this lovely little pair. They are aimed at occasional users but still offer excellent performance and come with a five year guarantee. There’s a nice big focusing ring and the armoured body is the...

    • Imagic TGA WP 10x50 - Sky at Night Dec 18

      Date Added 11/20/2018

      They are very well-balanced, which makes them feel even lighter than they actually are. This means you can use them for long periods before aches and strains set in. Above is an excerpt from a review authored by Steve Tonkin and published in Sky...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Mark Cocker

      Date Added 10/3/2018

      Yet what was most impressive was the clarity of the image. It is pin sharp and the light-gathering of the 60mm object lens owes nothing much to the far larger telescopes of the Aigas rangers. Above is an excerpt from a review authored by Mark...

    • Discovery WP PC 7x42 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 6/29/2018

      Summing up, these compact and fine-handling little binos, with a sound optical performance, give you the chance to get a taste of what the 7x-enthusiasts have been talking about on Bird Forum for years and all for less than £200 or...

    • MM3 60 GA/45 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 6/21/2018

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Savanna R PC 8x33 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 6/1/2018

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • MM3 60 GA/45 - Paul Brewster

      Date Added 5/31/2018

      The dull spring of 2018 proved to be an ideal testing ground for this scope. I went into the test with the idea that this would be a good cheap option for a second (especially for travel) telescope, but came out of it thinking that it...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Kevin Mather

      Date Added 4/30/2018

      The optics are excellent. I’ve become used to how good this scope is that I forget how lucky I am - I recently borrowed a friends scope to watch a match since I had already packed and I was shocked at how dark and yellowish the...

    • Savanna R PC 10x33 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 4/27/2018

      Lovely to use particularly the weight, balance and field of view. Probably the only binoculars I have used that can be enjoyed by small children and adults. Extremely good optics for the money with the newly introduced PC...

    • Explorer WA ED Oasis-C+ 8x42 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 4/27/2018

      The view is bright with realistic colours as amply demonstrated on my first day out with them when they captured a Peregrine Falcon coming in off the sea and looking like a bandit with its dark hood and moustaches. The Explorer clearly has...

    • DBA VHD+ 8x42 - Paul Brewster

      Date Added 4/27/2018

      In the field the binoculars were put to the sternest test at the end of a dull winter’s day and performed up to my high expectations in all conditions. The 7° field of view made finding birds easy, even small ones, like the...

    • DBA VHD+ 10x42 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 4/27/2018

      When viewing branches against the sky chromatic aberration was non-existent. I used the binoculars in most lights and found light gathering superb. In spiralling rainy dull conditions the binoculars didn’t let me down either, the images...

    • Explorer WA ED Oasis-C+ 8x42 - Steve Young

      Date Added 3/30/2018

      A dull day awaited me but for a non-expensive pair of binoculars the light gathering from the ED glass objectives and new prism coating was impressive. Overall sharpness, eye-relief, colour rendition and ease of focus were also impressive...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Corey Finger

      Date Added 3/19/2018

      Should you buy a pair of Opticron Travellers? If you are a regular birder with a high-end pair of bins looking for something lightweight to use in situations where you don’t want to lug your usual heavy optics these are a perfect...

    • Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 - BBR Website

      Date Added 1/23/2018

      Winner Best Birdwatching Binoculars 2018. Overall these Opticron Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 binoculars have a great feel to them, nicely balanced and weighted, you know you are holding a quality optical device when they are in your hands.  Above...

    • Traveller BGA ED 10x32 - BBR Website

      Date Added 12/29/2017

      The optical stats are Wow! For a 10x32 binocular they are seriously impressive: You get a really wide FOV, long eye-relief and excellent minimum close focus and their score in this section of 10/10 is well deserved. Above is an excerpt from a...

    • Adventurer II WP 10x42 - Sky at Night Dec 17

      Date Added 12/4/2017

      It is difficult to see how Opticron could deliver a better pair of entry-level, roof prism binoculars at this price: they have a robust feel, yet are lighter and more comfortable to use than equivalent porro prism binoculars, while the nitrogen...

    • MMS 160 - Phil Farndon

      Date Added 7/19/2017

      Opticron have come up with the goods yet again with this truly useful innovation. The MMS 160 could be an invaluable addition to the armoury of any birder. Wildlife photographers who carry large cameras and lenses combinations, that can easily weigh...

    • MMS 160 - Steve Young

      Date Added 7/19/2017

      A quick glance out of the window at the garden birds brought a young Blackbird that was skulking in the shrubbery feeding on apples and pears into focus. The colours were bright and clear and the image was very sharp; as I zoomed through the range...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Mike Alibone

      Date Added 7/17/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Mike Alibone and originally published in Birdwatch Magazine July 2017 

    • Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 – Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 6/26/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Imagic BGA VHD 10x42 – Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 6/26/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Adventurer T WP 10x50 - Stephen Tonkin

      Date Added 5/22/2017

       If there is a better 10x50 for less than £125, I don’t know of it. If you want a decent general-purpose binocular primarily to use for astronomy and your budget is around £100, this could well be it. Above is an...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Joe Fairburn

      Date Added 4/28/2017

      As an archer I need to see the end of my arrows which are less than half a centimetre wide on a target face at between 60 & 70 metres distant in all weathers and this little scope did not disappoint. The clarity of the lenses coupled...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 4/18/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Traveller BGA ED 10x32 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 4/18/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 3/31/2017

      Optically I was really impressed with the central sweet spot quality and how easy it was to locate distant flying birds through them. Images were impressively sharp and colour saturation was excellent.  Above is an excerpt from a review...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Frank Dickman

      Date Added 3/8/2017

      In closing I want to say that this could very well be the ideal binocular for many individuals. It certainly has an excellent combination of size, ergonomics and optical performance. Two big thumbs up from me on this model. Above is an excerpt...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Steve Young

      Date Added 2/28/2017

      Quality hasn’t been sacrificed at all in this model so whether you choose to buy a pair as your main binocular or as a second pair to save weight when on that plane, the Traveller doesn’t look as though they will let you down...

    • Traveller BGA ED 10x32 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 2/28/2017

      I wasn’t expecting the overall quality standard these binoculars produced - in particular the size of the sweet spot. I really had to look hard just to find where the image started to fall off. It was very close to the edge and...

    • Imagic BGA VHD 10x42 - Fatbirder

      Date Added 2/28/2017

      Optically these are very good value for money indeed when compared with the market leaders. I use two of the top brands and they compare well with brands that cost, literally, more than twice as much. In variable lights, they seem colour true and...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Iordan Hristov

      Date Added 2/28/2017

      In the dark tropical forest the MM4 coped with exceptional performance. Although birds were sitting high up in the dark canopy I was able to find them quickly and zoom in. The zoom eyepiece was very effective in this environment...

    • Natura BGA ED 8x42 (pre 2019 model) - Steve Young

      Date Added 11/30/2016

      With the comfortable strap fitted it was time for a proper test and at just 648 grams I didn’t find them heavy around my neck. I was immediately impressed with the true colours; everything was spot on, whether it was my garden Robin...

    • UTA 2x - Paul Brewster

      Date Added 11/25/2016

      I am so impressed with the UTA it will be in my pocket now every time I am out birding, and others who have tried it and seen me using it seem equally enthused and I can see this being part of the birding tool-kit of many of them in the...

    • Natura BGA ED 10x42 (pre 2019 model) - Dave Gibson

      Date Added 10/31/2016

      Now to the important bit - how do they perform optically? The specifications say that they are phased coated, use Opticron’s Oasis prism coating and ED glass so look very promising on paper. Looking through them for the first time...

    • Imagic TGA WP 7x50 & 10x50 - Dr Lee Sproats

      Date Added 10/28/2016

      I found that the views through both sets of binocular were identical in terms of optical quality. Looking through the binoculars on a wide of daylight terrestrial subjects (landscapes, street views etc.) showed that they gave very bright...

    • Imagic TGA WP 7x50 & 10x50 - Dr Lee Sproats

      Date Added 10/28/2016

      I found that the views through both sets of binocular were identical in terms of optical quality. Looking through the binoculars on a wide of daylight terrestrial subjects (landscapes, street views etc.) showed that they gave very bright...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x42 - Birdwatcher's Digest Magazine

      Date Added 8/31/2016

      The Opticron Discovery focuses closer than any other binocular in our survey: 4.9 feet. Wouldn't that be great for watching hummingbirds up close? Along with very good resolution and a good field of view (393 feet), that helped the...

    • Savanna WP 6x30 - Tom Dunkerton

      Date Added 8/26/2016

      Now let’s get to the glass. This is an incredibly bright optical instrument. Certainly you can expect that it should be with a 6x magnification, considering the 30mm objective lens makes this a “whoa” factor for sure. The 8°...

    • Savanna WP 8x30 - Tim Schreckengost

      Date Added 8/26/2016

      Both models weigh in at just over a pound and have a close focus of 10 ft, making them a terrific all-around binocular. Give kids a pair of binoculars and let them see the world! My nieces tried out the 8x30 and thoroughly enjoyed looking through...

    • Savanna WP 8x30 - Jono Leadley

      Date Added 7/29/2016

      Both kids told me that they were comfortable to hold (with their small hands) and that once I had helped them set the dioptre adjustment – which took a little bit of explaining, they found them easy to focus, even on moving...

    • Imagic TGA WP 10x50 - Dave Gibson

      Date Added 7/29/2016

      I would recommend these binoculars for astronomy and general purpose use and I would also recommend these as a specialist type of binoculars for birders who do a lot of long range work like estuary watching and raptor watching where a...

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Dan Rouse

      Date Added 7/29/2016

      One of the best features of this particular model is the ED glass that Opticron have chosen. It really sets it aside making the images you see seem almost perfect. There’s no blurring around the outside, no distortion or...

    • Savanna WP 6x30 - Liam Creedon

      Date Added 6/30/2016

      The binoculars felt reassuringly chunky in the hand despite their small size and the large focussing wheel proved precise yet not overly sensitive. The light weight of the optics made following the frenetic dashes of Lulworth Skippers and a...

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Al Batt

      Date Added 6/24/2016

      One of the vultures wasn’t a vulture. The tail told the tale. I got great looks. Not all optics can pull off that look, but the binoculars never blinked. As I watched a zone-tailed hawk fly far above me in Arizona, I fell...

    • Discovery WP PC 10x50 - Joe Fairburn

      Date Added 4/29/2016

      The lenses and magnification are excellent. Field archery by its nature is set in woodland with differing and mixed lighting throughout the course. The need to be able to see clearly, at distance, from light to dark and dark to light is...

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 3/15/2016

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Frank Dickman

      Date Added 1/8/2016

      So the question that most of you should be thinking, at least in my opinion, is “So just how good optically is Opticron’s flagship model?” It is good. Very good as a matter of fact. On axis performance is as good as any...

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 11/27/2015

      The optical quality was a big surprise and on my first view through the binoculars I asked myself if I would be able to tell them apart from other top of the range binoculars it was so good, the image was extremely sharp...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x32 - BBR Website

      Date Added 11/25/2015

      Winner Best Compact Binocular 2015. The wide FOV is impressive, but the fact that they also have such an extremely close focus is awesome. This means that you can at one moment be birding and the very next observing a beautiful butterfly in all...

    • M-3 8x30 - Paolo Monti

      Date Added 4/23/2015

      Click here to read a review authored by Paolo Monti and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Savanna WP 8x30 - Fatbirder

      Date Added 4/20/2015

      The light weight is a real plus too. Watching the birds at my feeders and then scanning the skies did not cause a strain and even one-handed they remain amongst the lightest I’ve come across.The image seems sharp and colour true and is as...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x32 - Pete Morris

      Date Added 12/19/2014

      The first thing that strikes you is that the image quality is surprisingly good for such a compact pair of binoculars. It is impressively bright, with a good field of view (when compared to much more expensive models). The colours seem to...

    • Discovery WP PC 10x50 - Federico Buldrini

      Date Added 12/19/2014

      To my eyes the image is almost edge to edge sharp, with about 90% of sweet spot. The wide FOV is paired by a decent depth of field when looking to the distance and by a quite short one in close observations, compensated by the...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x42 - BBC Wildlife Magazine

      Date Added 4/18/2014

      Gear Review Sub £200 Binoculars - 'Our Choice' award. Click here to read a review published in BBC Wildlife Magazine April 2014

    • Savanna WP 8x30 - Frank Dickman

      Date Added 3/14/2013

      I find that using the Savanna is an enjoyable experience. Its ergonomics and overall image quality make it very comforting and easy to use. Overall image quality is very good for a relatively simple optical design. I have no reservations in saying...

    • Marine-3 7x50 - Sky at Night September 2020

      Date Added 9/4/2020

      As with all our binoculars, the Marine-3s can be attached to a tripod for extra stability. We found this helped when we were trying to split the double star Albireo, which we could just about do but only with a tripod. The actual field of view is...

    • Natura BGA ED 10x42 - Evie Miller

      Date Added 8/24/2020

      These binoculars are user-friendly making them great for any keen wildlife enthusiast. Not only have I used them to watch bird species but also study hawker dragonflies hovering over large ponds and plenty of other insects and other smaller species...

    • Explorer WA ED-R 8x32 - Tim Sexton

      Date Added 8/8/2020

      Click here to watch a video review by Tim Sexton

    • Traveller BGA ED 10x32 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 7/6/2020

      Although the Travellers are not new on the market, having been around for at least 3 years, they are still competitive, feel good in the hand, have a lovely focus action and perform nicely for the eyes. Don’t overlook them if you are in the...

    • Natura BGA ED 8x42 - Slim Loghmari

      Date Added 6/25/2020

      Upon checking the view through the Natura, I was pleasantly surprised by the light transmission and colour fidelity exhibited across the full RGB spectrum. The eye relief was also very generous which made the Natura ideal for spectacles wearers....

    • Explorer WA ED-R 8x32 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 4/1/2020

      Summing up, Explorer WA ED-R 8x32 is a really nice performer and a bargain at its price. This bino might not make alpha models redundant but as you can tell from my experiences recounted above, anybody could experience enjoyable and informative...

    • Imagic IS 12x30 - Sky at Night March 2020

      Date Added 2/19/2020

      The combination of excellent anti-reflective coatings on the lenses and Opticron's proprietry Oasis phase-coating on the roof prisms helps the binoculars to transmit the full visible spectrum without the colour balance being affected by...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Álvaro de las Heras

      Date Added 1/16/2020

      In my case, I spend lots of hours walking through the mountains with all my gear with me, and coming from a long and heavy scope, I can say this is a life-changer. I strongly recommend this scope for nature guides and travellers who carry all their...

    • DBA VHD+ 10x42 - Álvaro de las Heras

      Date Added 1/16/2020

      Concerning the image, I can say that DBA VHD 10x42 is truly accurate in every situation. Colour reproduction and contrast are very reliable. Through this DBA VHD you can find high contrast images and no colour fringing is perceived. In summary,...

    • Discovery WP PC 7x42 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 11/25/2019

      I seldom take a review set of bins out for a serious days birding but after looking through these I was so surprised by their ease of focus, excellent depth of field and sharpness that I took them for a full days birding in the Peak...

    • Imagic IS 10x30 - Fatbirder

      Date Added 11/25/2019

      Quizzing gulls is something I find hard at the best of times… distinguishing which black, white and grey gull is which is testing. On this day what I could see was that now all the same-size gulls had the same mantle colours so I concentrated...

    • Natura BGA ED 8x42 - Estelle Somers

      Date Added 11/7/2019

      Whether I was studying ornate birds-of-paradise displaying high in the trees, viewing a panorama of hundreds of fruit bats crossing bright blue sky or appreciating a closer look at butterflies only a couple of metres away, the Opticron Natura BGA ED...

    • Imagic IS 10x30 & 12x30 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 10/1/2019

      On the first day of testing I was out on a viewing platform in high winds where the image stabilisation really showed its benefits. Watching distant Starlings on a wire it was virtually impossible to avoid shake even with my personal 8x32’s,...

    • Imagic IS 10x30 & 12x30 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 10/1/2019

      On the first day of testing I was out on a viewing platform in high winds where the image stabilisation really showed its benefits. Watching distant Starlings on a wire it was virtually impossible to avoid shake even with my personal 8x32’s,...

    • USM-2 - University of Glasgow Exploration Society

      Date Added 9/30/2019

      Having a USM-2 on the group meant everyone on the team could get those much-needed distant shots of puffins without having a pro-level bridge camera to hand. The mount worked with all our phones and with a bit of practice was easy to align onto the...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - University of Glasgow Exploration Society

      Date Added 9/30/2019

      One of the stand-out qualities of the MM4 + HDF T zoom eyepiece scope is the image clarity. It was so high we actually got a little addicted to using it! Good enough to see fish’s eyes from puffins’ hard-earned catches, there was little...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Ira Geshelin

      Date Added 9/16/2019

      Another birder with a 600mm lens found the bird and put me onto it. I found it very easily with the scope and then focused onto it. I was spellbound by the clarity, sharpness, and brightness of the scope. Without exaggeration, it was like looking at...

    • Natura BGA ED 8x42 - Tim Sexton

      Date Added 8/21/2019

      The ED glass created a bright, clean image even with dark clouds overhead. When a male gadwall, still in breeding plumage came close to the bank, the vermiculations on its flanks appeared crisp and sharp. Despite trying to be critical, it was hard...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Tim Sexton

      Date Added 8/15/2019

      A video review by Tim Sexton of Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust.

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Mike Alibone

      Date Added 8/1/2019

      The MM4 77 is unique to Opticron – no other brand has access to its design. Anyone thinking of spending up to £1000 on a mid-range telescope and eyepiece set should certainly consider this as an option. Above is an excerpt from a...

    • WP Mono 8x30 - Isobel Brocklebank

      Date Added 7/31/2019

      The Opticron WP Mono 8x30 is small enough to fit snugly in the palm of my hand or be tucked down the front of my buoyancy aid and is light enough to be taken everywhere. The rubber armouring makes it easy to hold and reassures me that it will be...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 with SDLv2 Eyepiece - Paul Brewster

      Date Added 7/25/2019

      I chose an overcast day in order to test the light gathering quality of this scope in less than ideal conditions. The first test was at 18x magnification, and the image obtained was stunning; bright and sharp with no discernible reduction in quality...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 7/10/2019

      So, how to sum up the MM4 77mm? It is compact and lightweight for a 77mm and handles really nicely, being balanced on the tripod, and having well-engineered fast and slow focus modes. The two eyepieces make excellent companions for each other and...

    • MM4 50 GA ED/45 - Nick Moran

      Date Added 7/1/2019

      Overall, I found this scope intuitive and fun to use, and was pleasantly surprised by its optical performance. It has certainly made me a travel scope convert! Above is an excerpt from a review authored by Nick Moran and published in BTO News...

    • MM4 50 GA ED/45 - Nick Moran

      Date Added 7/1/2019

      Overall, I found this scope intuitive and fun to use, and was pleasantly surprised by its optical performance. It has certainly made me a travel scope convert! Above is an excerpt from a review authored by Nick Moran and published in BTO News...

    • Oregon 4 PC 8x42 - Fatbirder

      Date Added 5/22/2019

      What is my overall opinion? Well, maybe I am biased but knowing the great after-sales response at Opticron I would certainly recommend them to occasional users and newbies. These will see you through your first year of birding and will not begin to...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x32 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 5/10/2019

      So far so competitive, but I would pick out the weight of 391g as a stand-out light weight, and the IPD range extending down to 52mm is to be applauded, it making these compact and super-light binos suitable for folks with smaller IPDs such as...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Simon (Cley Spy)

      Date Added 5/2/2019

      I had a great couple of weeks using the ‘77’ in Mull. Opticron have taken the tried & tested MM4 formula, tweaked it and produced a fabulous, lightweight all-round birding scope. At no point did I regret not having my (considerably...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45, HDF T 15-45x and USM-2 - Josh Hill

      Date Added 3/25/2019

      One of the MM4 60’s main qualities is its weight, at only 619g, I can carry it miles without feeling any strain. The scope is small too - 280mm (10.2”) exactly and means it fits neatly into my backpack. Above is an excerpt from a...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Nick Moran

      Date Added 3/20/2019

      Logic suggests that relatively small binoculars, with modest-sized objective lenses, will be compromised in their light gathering capabilities. In this respect, the Travellers defy logic! Using them in various low-light conditions, I have repeatedly...

    • MM3 60 GA/45 - Mike Alibone

      Date Added 3/16/2019

      So, for anyone considering purchasing a relatively low-cost telescope, which has enough 'muscle' to perform admirably alongside larger models, at a reasonably high magnification, while at the same time is small enough to be classed as easily...

    • ES 80 GA ED v4 with SDLv2 MS - Mike Alibone

      Date Added 3/12/2019

      With so little distortion and a bright, sharp image combined with the natural colours returned by the ES 80, it is undoubtedly a winner in its class and clearly merits serious consideration for anyone considering spending up to £1000 on a new...

    • BGA Monocular 8x42 - BBR Website

      Date Added 2/25/2019

      The Japanese made 8x42 Opticron BGA monocular is ideally suited to observing birds and other wildlife, and its low weight (just 10.1oz) is easy to carry along with other gear. The performance is excellent at this price. Above is an excerpt from a...

    • MM4 77 GA ED/45 - Vogelinformatiecentrum

      Date Added 2/22/2019

      Click here to read a review published on vogelinformatiecentrum.nl

    • Oregon 4 PC 8x32 - Aaron Roe

      Date Added 1/25/2019

      We had to double-check the price tag on this lovely little pair. They are aimed at occasional users but still offer excellent performance and come with a five year guarantee. There’s a nice big focusing ring and the armoured body is the...

    • Imagic TGA WP 10x50 - Sky at Night Dec 18

      Date Added 11/20/2018

      They are very well-balanced, which makes them feel even lighter than they actually are. This means you can use them for long periods before aches and strains set in. Above is an excerpt from a review authored by Steve Tonkin and published in Sky...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Mark Cocker

      Date Added 10/3/2018

      Yet what was most impressive was the clarity of the image. It is pin sharp and the light-gathering of the 60mm object lens owes nothing much to the far larger telescopes of the Aigas rangers. Above is an excerpt from a review authored by Mark...

    • Discovery WP PC 7x42 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 6/29/2018

      Summing up, these compact and fine-handling little binos, with a sound optical performance, give you the chance to get a taste of what the 7x-enthusiasts have been talking about on Bird Forum for years and all for less than £200 or...

    • MM3 60 GA/45 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 6/21/2018

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Savanna R PC 8x33 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 6/1/2018

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • MM3 60 GA/45 - Paul Brewster

      Date Added 5/31/2018

      The dull spring of 2018 proved to be an ideal testing ground for this scope. I went into the test with the idea that this would be a good cheap option for a second (especially for travel) telescope, but came out of it thinking that it...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Kevin Mather

      Date Added 4/30/2018

      The optics are excellent. I’ve become used to how good this scope is that I forget how lucky I am - I recently borrowed a friends scope to watch a match since I had already packed and I was shocked at how dark and yellowish the...

    • Savanna R PC 10x33 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 4/27/2018

      Lovely to use particularly the weight, balance and field of view. Probably the only binoculars I have used that can be enjoyed by small children and adults. Extremely good optics for the money with the newly introduced PC...

    • Explorer WA ED Oasis-C+ 8x42 - Lee Thickett

      Date Added 4/27/2018

      The view is bright with realistic colours as amply demonstrated on my first day out with them when they captured a Peregrine Falcon coming in off the sea and looking like a bandit with its dark hood and moustaches. The Explorer clearly has...

    • DBA VHD+ 8x42 - Paul Brewster

      Date Added 4/27/2018

      In the field the binoculars were put to the sternest test at the end of a dull winter’s day and performed up to my high expectations in all conditions. The 7° field of view made finding birds easy, even small ones, like the...

    • DBA VHD+ 10x42 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 4/27/2018

      When viewing branches against the sky chromatic aberration was non-existent. I used the binoculars in most lights and found light gathering superb. In spiralling rainy dull conditions the binoculars didn’t let me down either, the images...

    • Explorer WA ED Oasis-C+ 8x42 - Steve Young

      Date Added 3/30/2018

      A dull day awaited me but for a non-expensive pair of binoculars the light gathering from the ED glass objectives and new prism coating was impressive. Overall sharpness, eye-relief, colour rendition and ease of focus were also impressive...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Corey Finger

      Date Added 3/19/2018

      Should you buy a pair of Opticron Travellers? If you are a regular birder with a high-end pair of bins looking for something lightweight to use in situations where you don’t want to lug your usual heavy optics these are a perfect...

    • Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 - BBR Website

      Date Added 1/23/2018

      Winner Best Birdwatching Binoculars 2018. Overall these Opticron Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 binoculars have a great feel to them, nicely balanced and weighted, you know you are holding a quality optical device when they are in your hands.  Above...

    • Traveller BGA ED 10x32 - BBR Website

      Date Added 12/29/2017

      The optical stats are Wow! For a 10x32 binocular they are seriously impressive: You get a really wide FOV, long eye-relief and excellent minimum close focus and their score in this section of 10/10 is well deserved. Above is an excerpt from a...

    • Adventurer II WP 10x42 - Sky at Night Dec 17

      Date Added 12/4/2017

      It is difficult to see how Opticron could deliver a better pair of entry-level, roof prism binoculars at this price: they have a robust feel, yet are lighter and more comfortable to use than equivalent porro prism binoculars, while the nitrogen...

    • MMS 160 - Phil Farndon

      Date Added 7/19/2017

      Opticron have come up with the goods yet again with this truly useful innovation. The MMS 160 could be an invaluable addition to the armoury of any birder. Wildlife photographers who carry large cameras and lenses combinations, that can easily weigh...

    • MMS 160 - Steve Young

      Date Added 7/19/2017

      A quick glance out of the window at the garden birds brought a young Blackbird that was skulking in the shrubbery feeding on apples and pears into focus. The colours were bright and clear and the image was very sharp; as I zoomed through the range...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Mike Alibone

      Date Added 7/17/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Mike Alibone and originally published in Birdwatch Magazine July 2017 

    • Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 – Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 6/26/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Imagic BGA VHD 10x42 – Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 6/26/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Adventurer T WP 10x50 - Stephen Tonkin

      Date Added 5/22/2017

       If there is a better 10x50 for less than £125, I don’t know of it. If you want a decent general-purpose binocular primarily to use for astronomy and your budget is around £100, this could well be it. Above is an...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Joe Fairburn

      Date Added 4/28/2017

      As an archer I need to see the end of my arrows which are less than half a centimetre wide on a target face at between 60 & 70 metres distant in all weathers and this little scope did not disappoint. The clarity of the lenses coupled...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 4/18/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Traveller BGA ED 10x32 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 4/18/2017

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Imagic BGA VHD 8x42 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 3/31/2017

      Optically I was really impressed with the central sweet spot quality and how easy it was to locate distant flying birds through them. Images were impressively sharp and colour saturation was excellent.  Above is an excerpt from a review...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Frank Dickman

      Date Added 3/8/2017

      In closing I want to say that this could very well be the ideal binocular for many individuals. It certainly has an excellent combination of size, ergonomics and optical performance. Two big thumbs up from me on this model. Above is an excerpt...

    • Traveller BGA ED 8x32 - Steve Young

      Date Added 2/28/2017

      Quality hasn’t been sacrificed at all in this model so whether you choose to buy a pair as your main binocular or as a second pair to save weight when on that plane, the Traveller doesn’t look as though they will let you down...

    • Traveller BGA ED 10x32 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 2/28/2017

      I wasn’t expecting the overall quality standard these binoculars produced - in particular the size of the sweet spot. I really had to look hard just to find where the image started to fall off. It was very close to the edge and...

    • Imagic BGA VHD 10x42 - Fatbirder

      Date Added 2/28/2017

      Optically these are very good value for money indeed when compared with the market leaders. I use two of the top brands and they compare well with brands that cost, literally, more than twice as much. In variable lights, they seem colour true and...

    • MM4 60 GA ED/45 - Iordan Hristov

      Date Added 2/28/2017

      In the dark tropical forest the MM4 coped with exceptional performance. Although birds were sitting high up in the dark canopy I was able to find them quickly and zoom in. The zoom eyepiece was very effective in this environment...

    • Natura BGA ED 8x42 (pre 2019 model) - Steve Young

      Date Added 11/30/2016

      With the comfortable strap fitted it was time for a proper test and at just 648 grams I didn’t find them heavy around my neck. I was immediately impressed with the true colours; everything was spot on, whether it was my garden Robin...

    • UTA 2x - Paul Brewster

      Date Added 11/25/2016

      I am so impressed with the UTA it will be in my pocket now every time I am out birding, and others who have tried it and seen me using it seem equally enthused and I can see this being part of the birding tool-kit of many of them in the...

    • Natura BGA ED 10x42 (pre 2019 model) - Dave Gibson

      Date Added 10/31/2016

      Now to the important bit - how do they perform optically? The specifications say that they are phased coated, use Opticron’s Oasis prism coating and ED glass so look very promising on paper. Looking through them for the first time...

    • Imagic TGA WP 7x50 & 10x50 - Dr Lee Sproats

      Date Added 10/28/2016

      I found that the views through both sets of binocular were identical in terms of optical quality. Looking through the binoculars on a wide of daylight terrestrial subjects (landscapes, street views etc.) showed that they gave very bright...

    • Imagic TGA WP 7x50 & 10x50 - Dr Lee Sproats

      Date Added 10/28/2016

      I found that the views through both sets of binocular were identical in terms of optical quality. Looking through the binoculars on a wide of daylight terrestrial subjects (landscapes, street views etc.) showed that they gave very bright...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x42 - Birdwatcher's Digest Magazine

      Date Added 8/31/2016

      The Opticron Discovery focuses closer than any other binocular in our survey: 4.9 feet. Wouldn't that be great for watching hummingbirds up close? Along with very good resolution and a good field of view (393 feet), that helped the...

    • Savanna WP 6x30 - Tom Dunkerton

      Date Added 8/26/2016

      Now let’s get to the glass. This is an incredibly bright optical instrument. Certainly you can expect that it should be with a 6x magnification, considering the 30mm objective lens makes this a “whoa” factor for sure. The 8°...

    • Savanna WP 8x30 - Tim Schreckengost

      Date Added 8/26/2016

      Both models weigh in at just over a pound and have a close focus of 10 ft, making them a terrific all-around binocular. Give kids a pair of binoculars and let them see the world! My nieces tried out the 8x30 and thoroughly enjoyed looking through...

    • Savanna WP 8x30 - Jono Leadley

      Date Added 7/29/2016

      Both kids told me that they were comfortable to hold (with their small hands) and that once I had helped them set the dioptre adjustment – which took a little bit of explaining, they found them easy to focus, even on moving...

    • Imagic TGA WP 10x50 - Dave Gibson

      Date Added 7/29/2016

      I would recommend these binoculars for astronomy and general purpose use and I would also recommend these as a specialist type of binoculars for birders who do a lot of long range work like estuary watching and raptor watching where a...

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Dan Rouse

      Date Added 7/29/2016

      One of the best features of this particular model is the ED glass that Opticron have chosen. It really sets it aside making the images you see seem almost perfect. There’s no blurring around the outside, no distortion or...

    • Savanna WP 6x30 - Liam Creedon

      Date Added 6/30/2016

      The binoculars felt reassuringly chunky in the hand despite their small size and the large focussing wheel proved precise yet not overly sensitive. The light weight of the optics made following the frenetic dashes of Lulworth Skippers and a...

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Al Batt

      Date Added 6/24/2016

      One of the vultures wasn’t a vulture. The tail told the tale. I got great looks. Not all optics can pull off that look, but the binoculars never blinked. As I watched a zone-tailed hawk fly far above me in Arizona, I fell...

    • Discovery WP PC 10x50 - Joe Fairburn

      Date Added 4/29/2016

      The lenses and magnification are excellent. Field archery by its nature is set in woodland with differing and mixed lighting throughout the course. The need to be able to see clearly, at distance, from light to dark and dark to light is...

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Piergiovanni Salimbeni

      Date Added 3/15/2016

      Click here to read a review authored by Piergiovanni Salimbeni and originally published on Binomania.it

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Frank Dickman

      Date Added 1/8/2016

      So the question that most of you should be thinking, at least in my opinion, is “So just how good optically is Opticron’s flagship model?” It is good. Very good as a matter of fact. On axis performance is as good as any...

    • DBA VHD 8x42 - Ray Scally

      Date Added 11/27/2015

      The optical quality was a big surprise and on my first view through the binoculars I asked myself if I would be able to tell them apart from other top of the range binoculars it was so good, the image was extremely sharp...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x32 - BBR Website

      Date Added 11/25/2015

      Winner Best Compact Binocular 2015. The wide FOV is impressive, but the fact that they also have such an extremely close focus is awesome. This means that you can at one moment be birding and the very next observing a beautiful butterfly in all...

    • M-3 8x30 - Paolo Monti

      Date Added 4/23/2015

      Click here to read a review authored by Paolo Monti and originally published on Binomania.it

    • Savanna WP 8x30 - Fatbirder

      Date Added 4/20/2015

      The light weight is a real plus too. Watching the birds at my feeders and then scanning the skies did not cause a strain and even one-handed they remain amongst the lightest I’ve come across.The image seems sharp and colour true and is as...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x32 - Pete Morris

      Date Added 12/19/2014

      The first thing that strikes you is that the image quality is surprisingly good for such a compact pair of binoculars. It is impressively bright, with a good field of view (when compared to much more expensive models). The colours seem to...

    • Discovery WP PC 10x50 - Federico Buldrini

      Date Added 12/19/2014

      To my eyes the image is almost edge to edge sharp, with about 90% of sweet spot. The wide FOV is paired by a decent depth of field when looking to the distance and by a quite short one in close observations, compensated by the...

    • Discovery WP PC 8x42 - BBC Wildlife Magazine

      Date Added 4/18/2014

      Gear Review Sub £200 Binoculars - 'Our Choice' award. Click here to read a review published in BBC Wildlife Magazine April 2014

    • Savanna WP 8x30 - Frank Dickman

      Date Added 3/14/2013

      I find that using the Savanna is an enjoyable experience. Its ergonomics and overall image quality make it very comforting and easy to use. Overall image quality is very good for a relatively simple optical design. I have no reservations in saying...

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