Opticron Spotting Scopes
The Opticron HR80 Straight ED, outstanding low-light performance due to its enormous 80mm objective lens and excellent colour rendition due to its ED glass. With an ED or extra low dispersion glass element in the primary objective system, these spotting scopes provide a higher degree of colour correction when compared to conventional glass objectives.
The ED glass becomes more apparent at higher magnifications and under certain difficult lighting conditions (e.g. when looking over water) the image appears sharper and colours remain truer to life across the magnification range.
The large objective facilitates wide angle and high magnification eyepieces. The HR80 has a minimum focus of just 8m, is nitrogen filled and has a 30 year guarantee.
Opticron HR80 spotting scopes are sold as bodies (without eyepieces), an eyepiece is needed in addition to the scope itself.
Stock Availability: Available from stock
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This page updated: 15 December 2017
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Accessories for Opticron HR80 Straight ED
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|Hi - im looking for a top quality scope to use for high-level aircraft spotting - aircraft at 35,000 feet. I previously bought the Opticron BGA monocular from you so I know the Opticron quality is excellent however, if using the HDF24-72X eyepiece with thi scope Im wondering what the image clarity is like at the high end magnification? Also - how does the image quality compare to the Kowa TSN 664 with the TSN660 20-60x eyepiece? Thanks|
eebc - Chris
|I do normally tend to lean towards Kowa, having sold them for the past 25 years or so, I find them really nice scopes.
However, the Kowa 66mm scope is not as good as the Opticron HR80. The bigger objective lens in the Opticron gives a brighter and sharper image, the extra brightness is particularly obvious at the higher magnifications.
As for image clarity at the high magifications, well it is always a problem, I have heard people say just use the bottom half of the zoom as the image degrades too much at the high end. It depends upon what you are trying to see, for me, even though the image is not perfect, I still prefer an image rather than none.
Having tried looking at high level aircraft through high magnification scopes, I found the biggest problem was keeping up with the aircraft. It will literally fly from one side of the image to the other in about 1/2 a second. Whilst panning the tripod and scope to try and keep up with the aircraft was very difficult (although I have spoken to people who say with practice it becomes easier). I found that a zoom eyepiece was very good, you can find the aircraft at the low magnification, wide field end of the zoom, then zoom in, even if not zooming all the way to the max, around 40x I could make out tail logos, and see some details like where the doors were located.
I hope all of this makes sense, I seem to have waffled on a bit!
|Hi Chris - thanks for the reply. Its is certainly not waffle and has helped a lot. I think the best thing would be for me to come down sometime time to see both scoped (I live in Scotland) and I can make my decision then. If I was to give you plenty of notice would that be ok? Cheers Stu|
eebc - Jamie
|Having a look at/through things is not normally a problem, however we do not keep the Kowa in stock - we just get them as we need them. At the moment we do not have either of the scopes, but tend to leave the "Available from stock" on the Opticron one as we can get them very quickly.|