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Model: optcrn_gallery_4x12_mon_30172Part Number: 30172Brand: OpticronMagnification: 4x / 8xColour: BlackPrism Type: Roof Prism
Named with the art critic in mind, Opticron Gallery Scopes are an excellent tool for the macro study of wildlife as well as easy to use field monoculars that fit unnoticed into a shirt pocket or backpack.
Boasting a high quality Japanese made roof prism optical system, the models deliver crisp clear images with a useful 12.5° (4x12) and 6.8° (8x20) field of view.
Focusing at 15m and over requires only small adjustments in the focusing, but wind the focusing fully out and you will be rewarded with close focus down to 20cm (4x12) and 30cm (8x20) for detailed inspection of all kinds of flora and fauna.
The Opticron Gallery Scope 4x12 monoculars weigh 49g / 1.73oz and the 8x20 monoculars weigh 105g / 3.7oz.
I wanted this to keep in my pocket for a few scenarios1) Going for a walk when birdwatching is not the primary activity but I might want to take a closer look at something2) Daytrips / City mini-breaks. Seeing buildings / artwork etc. up closer3) Going to music concerts and not wanting to lug binoculars or a big monocular aroundIt's a great product for these activities. The field of view feels good and the image is quite sharp / bright. The focus can be pretty much set-and-forget for anything >10m. If you're used to 8x or 10x magnification this won't seem like it 'zooms' you in very much but you'll soon realise it allows you to still see much better than unaided and 4x keeps the shakes way down (which is important on such a small device). I haven't tried the 6x but I expect the shakes, less bright image and reduced field of view wouldn't make up for the extra magnification.I've also found it great for spying on insects from ~30cm away - they are much less easily disturbed than trying to get within a few cm for a magnifying glass / loupe.If you're wondering how it feels to carry, it's probably most similar in size and weight to a D-cell battery.
Monocular of remarkable quality built and adjusted perfectlyIf the price of this product stabilizes, I think to buy or buy some to friends who appreciate this kind of optical equipment.
Opticron Gallery Scope Microstand (3x) with LED illuminator£35.00
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