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Opticron Monoculars

The Opticron BGA Series monoculars are some of the most highly specified monoculars available.

They are nitrogen filled, waterproof, have roof prism optics, fully multi-coated optics, fully internal focusing, have long eyerelief and twist-up, twist-down eyecups making them ideal for spectacle wearers.

Having 42mm objective lenses produces a very bright, clear and sharp image, this 8x model has a particularly bright, sharp and clear image.

The sizes are listed in the specification box, but it is roughly the size of the cardboard tube from the inside of a toilet roll (if anyone has a better object to compare it to, please email us!), this makes it very easy to carry. It is supplied with a case (with belt loop) and a carry strap.

Stock Availability: Available from stock

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Price shown includes VAT and shipping for this item to:
   Great Britain
   Northern Ireland
   British Commonwealth Countries
   U. S. A.
Other countries shipping is charged at cost, email for details.

This page updated: 02 August 2022
Opticron BGA Waterproof
Field of View (°)6.3°
Twilight Factor18.33
Min Focusing2m
Eye Relief19mm
Exit Pupil Size5.25mm
Dimensions: HxW136x43mm
Case / StrapYes
Including VAT @ 20% and UK shipping
Relevent links for this item (links open in a new window) Accessories for Opticron BGA Waterproof
Opticron BGA mono Tripod adaptor £40.00
ROR 2oz Lens Cleaner £9.99
Opticron Microfiber Lens Cloth £3.99
Opticron UTA 2.0x £119.00
This item has discontinued accessories associated with it. We have decided to display these accessories in the table to the right. We regularly get asked for details of discontinued accessories, to be honest, we are not sure why, but hopefully clearly showing the discontinued accessories will be of help Discontinued Accessories for Opticron BGA Waterproof
Discontinued Accessories 
Opticron UTA 2.5x £119.00

29/01/2007 16:25:37
I am not sure whether to go for the 8x or 10x, I am going to be using them mainly for bird watching.

eebc - Jamie
29/01/2007 16:42:55
Most bird watchers tend to use the 8x version.

Having said that, it depends upon what sort of bird watcher you are;

In the garden, from hides or if the birds are flying about then a 8x gives a better image than the 10x.

If however you are going to be looking at birds at a distance then the 10x would bring them closer.

28/01/2011 16:17:21
what would total price be shipped to Zip Code 32073 in USA?

eebc - Chris.
28/01/2011 16:26:55
We do not charge any extra for shipping to the USA, but we can deduct our sales tax (VAT), this would make the total £115.83, this is approximately US$185

If ordering online, we do not have the facility to automatically deduct the tax, this will be done manually before we ship the order.

Shipping would be by Internationally Insured Airmail and normally takes about a week.

30/01/2011 00:15:49
Is this product produced in Japan?

eebc - Jamie
30/01/2011 15:23:30
Yes, they are made in Japan.

20/01/2012 16:37:05
I have The Opticron Marine II 7x50, dog-leg design, which gives a very clear image but is heavy (even split into two monoculars!). The DBA 8x42 appeals. Is there any long term deterioration in the prism coatings with roof prisms compared with Bak 4 prisms reducing image contrast? I have 30 year old Zeiss Dialyt 8x30s which are well looked after but I don t use them - the image contrast is really low compared with new optics.

eebc - Chris.
21/01/2012 13:38:25
> long term deterioration in the prism coatings

To be honest, we have no idea. We have never come across any problems and no one has reported any problems.

The only comments I can make is that I compared a 10x42 we sold about 10 years ago, to a new 10x42 we had on our stand when we did a field day last year. The customer was interested to see if the new lens coatings made much of a difference. Neither of us could see any difference between the two - it was a bright sunny day and we were looking over a field, the new Oasis and S-coatings may have made more of a difference in different conditions.

EDIT - Sorry I was getting my monoculars mixed up, it was a DBA one where we compared old and new.

04/01/2013 06:57:58
For light astronomical use would you recommend the 8x42 or the 10x42 model?

eebc - Chris.
01/04/2013 12:04:33
Out of the two, I would go for the 10x. It just has that little bit more magnification.

12/04/2013 23:30:54
I just wanted to say that I m very pleased with the BGA 8x42 which arrived in Somerset this morning - you were right - it s a great little monocular!

And thank you for your very friendly, helpful and fast service... those good things I had read on various forums about EEBC were absolutely true and it was a genuine pleasure to do business with you! :-)


eebc - Chris
13/04/2013 10:56:00
Thanks for getting in touch.

We like monoculars - especially the good Opticron ones - far easier to carry than binoculars and just as good!

Thank you for your comments, it has been one of those weeks when everything seemed to go wrong, it is nice to have some positive comments!

22/10/2013 11:43:29
I am an airline pilot and would like a quality monocular for observing ground features from 35,000ft. There is minimal vibration from the flightdeck so would a 10X42 be more suitable than an 8X42?

eebc - Chris.
22/10/2013 12:03:58
I would go for the 10x as the distance to the ground is a good few miles.

They both have a wide field of view which makes them easier to see through, even when there is a bit of shake.

I would think that if used with the UTA to increase the magnification by 2.5x, it would be virtually impossible to use.

12/05/2014 14:01:35
Does the Opticron BGA 8x42 come with a strap or lanyard? I would be using this on a yacht in preference to a pair of binoculars, as I have very poor vision in one eye but excellent vision in the other. But at this price I would not want to drop it overboard! The opticron site mentions a soft case and strap, but it is not clear if the strap attaches to the monocular or to the soft case. This model is very significantly smaller and lighter than the Opticron marine monocular.

eebc - Chris
12/05/2014 14:18:14
Thank you for your enquiry.

The neck strap/lanyard attaches to the monocular itself, there is a lug on the monocular and the strap attaches with a small keyring type split ring.

This monocular is a fraction of the size of the marine binoculars, it may not have quite as bright an image as a pair of 7x50 binoculars, but it is a lot easier to carry!

28/01/2015 14:24:17
Ordered this monocular,yesterday.Arrived today ! Very pleased with it.Thanks to Chris,for his advice.Great service,which i could easily recommend,to others.Can you suggest a suitable product, for cleaning the 'lenses', please ? (blower brush or compressed air device)

eebc - Jamie
28/01/2015 15:17:02
Glad you like the monocular. They really do produce a lovely bright and sharp image.

A blower brush is ideal for removing dust and particles. The Opticron Microfibre cloth included is good for removing any finger prints or smudges.

We stopped selling blower brushes when the Royal Mail started using size-based pricing. (£3-odd postage on a blower brush as it was classed as a small parcel)

28/01/2015 15:29:21
Thanks Jamie, What 'make' of blower brush,would you recommend ?

eebc - Jamie
29/01/2015 09:34:26
It doesn't matter too much, it is just a soft brush to wipe dust off the lenses (I saw a local newspaper photographer use a brush for applying makeup).

James Beamish
09/07/2016 16:04:33
I understand you will export these without VAT.

Now that the UK is not in the EU how much is it for one to be delivered to Canada?

eebc - Chris
09/07/2016 16:12:38
The price without vat is £115.83

We are still in the EU, we have not even told the EU we are going to leave, and when we do it may be many years before we actually leave.

We have always exported items to Canada and right across the globe, being in or out of the EU makes no difference, except while we are in the EU, items we sell to EU countries have to include VAT.

We do not charge any shipping for monoculars to British Commonwealth countries or to the USA.

David McDuff
01/06/2021 18:17:13
I would like to buy the Opticron Monocular BGA 8x42 (product code 30440). Do you have this item in stock and will you be able to deliver to me in Ireland?
David McDuff

eebc - Jamie
02/06/2021 11:47:05
Thank you for your inquiry. Sorry for the delay in replying, your message got a little hidden by the 600 junk messages.
Yes, we have them in stock (although not many) we can ship to Ireland, this would add £10.00 and take about a week.

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