Opticron Binoculars

Opticron Aurora 8x42 Binoculars

About Opticron
Opticron is a British company that was was founded forty years ago and now produce an extensive array of optical equipment that includes monoculars, spotting scopes, tripods, rangefinders as well as binoculars.

As far as I know, most (if not all) Opticron scopes and binoculars are manufactured in Japan, by what they call "elite optical manufacturers" who produce excellent quality products with high end optical performance at reasonable prices ensuring that you get excellent value for money.

Whilst manufactured overseas, Opticron do operate a UK based service centre for all their equipment.

Opticron now also has an office in the USA, based in North Carolina as well as 61 US Dealers, 6 Dealers in Canada and 1 in Mexico. Other Opticron dealerships are located in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Poland, Italy, Slovakia & Ireland.

The Opticron Binocular Range

Opticron binoculars range in price from the cheap $80/£85 starters to the high end models costily well over $800/£600 and because they have a vast catalogue, really do aim to offer something for almost everyone. From cheap binoculars for the price-conscious shopper, beginning optics user, biker, hiker or sports lover, right up to the serious optics user, where they produce some really good quality optics for birders, travellers and wildlife enthusiast. As well as "standard" optics, Opticron also produce Marine binoculars as well as powerful giant binoculars for long range terrestrial observation and specialist outdoor applications such as aircraft observation. Depending on the price and quality of the optics, Opticron offer a range of guarantees, from 5 years to 30 years.

Their high end optics like the DBA VHD, Auora, Oasis, BGA Classic, Imagic and Verano binoculars come with quality features like the highest quality prisms with phase correction coatings.

More details on the Opticron Range:
Below you will find some more details on the most popular ranges of Opticron binoculars as well as my in depth Opticron reviews:

Opticron DBA VHD Binoculars

Opticron 10x42 DBA VHD binocularsOne of their latest offerings, Opticron describe these as being "Smaller, Lighter, Brighter, Sharper" and after I had the chance to test a pair (read my Opticron DBA VHD 10x42 Binoculars review), it is hard to argue with any of these points.

Like Opticron's other high end offerings, all DBA VHD models are made in Japan using some of the highest quality materials and components available:

Available in 10x42 and 8x42 configurations these roof prism bins have a comfortable open bridge body shape with a chassis that is mostly made from Magnesium, but also uses Polycarbonate where appropriate.

Other notable features include ED glass in the lenses, phase corrected prisms with Opticron's own Oasis high reflection prism coatings.

Small touches of class are also evident everywhere, including nice touches like the lockable diopter adjuster that is incorporated into the main centrally located focus wheel.

Specifications 8x42 10x42
Product Code
Field (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
30644
122
2.5
22
56~74
145x126
696
30645
105
2.5
17
56~74
145x126
714

In Europe you get a worry free 30 year guarantee or a lifetime warranty in North America, both of which are excellent.

Sizes & Models Available:

Price Range

At the time of writing, these high end Opticron binoculars were available from between £550 and £600 in the UK and around $790 in the US:

 

Opticron Verano BGA PC Oasis Binoculars

Opticron Verano 8x32 BGA PC Oasis binocularsThe latest versions of the Opticron Verano binoculars have a new super lightweight polycarbonate and magnesium alloy body. The open bridge design is both elegant and simple and have finished weights between 524g and 654g.

All these Verano models are made in Japan and utilise a high quality fully multi-coated, internally focused roof prism optical system which has been 'balanced-out' to deliver optimum colour contrast across a wide range of different light conditions.

The combination of high quality phase corrected prism and Opticron's own Oasis high reflection prism coatings maximise light transmission and resolution while the complex multi-element eyepiece designs ensure comfortable vision for spectacle wearers with minimal edge distortion.

All three Opticron BGA PC Oasis binoculars are 100% waterproof down to a depth of 3 meters. They have also had the air inside them replaced with nitrogen gas to help with fog proofing.

Specifications 8x32 8x42 10x42
Product Code
Field (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
30500
131
1.5
18
56~74
120x122
524
30501
109
1.8
21
56~74
142x125
654
30502
105
1.8
19
56~74
142x125
653

They also all come with a 30 year guarantee, a soft neoprene case with a rainguard, neoprene lanyard and objective lens caps.

Sizes & Models Available:

Price Range

These mid-high level Verano models are now available from between £400 and £550 in the UK and around $550 in the US:

 

Opticron Discovery WP PC Binoculars

Opticron Discovery WP PC 8x32 BinocularsWith 5 roof prism models in the series, all have the common aim of being as small and lightweight as possible within their particular size class.

To help with this goal, Opticron have used a very compact optical design, which has enabled them to significantly reduce the length of these instruments.

As you would expect for a mid-high level bin, these are all fully water and fog proof, have fully multi-coated optics as well as prisms with phase correction coatings applied to them.

As you can discover in my review of the 8x32 Discovery, not only did I find them to be particularly compact for a mid-sized bin, but other highlights included a wide field of view, extremely close minimum focus and an excellent quality as well as bright view for a 32mm bin.

Specs 8x32 8x42 10x42 8x50 10x50
Code
FOV (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
RRP £
MSRP $
30452
131
1.2
17
52~75
108x117
391
169.00
256.00
30458
131
1.5
22
53~75
133x126
703
179.00
285.00
30459
105
1.5
17
53~75
133x126
696
189.00
299.00
30457
122
1.5
21
57~75
145x133
797
199.00
319.00
30467
115
1.5
22
57~75
145x133
813
199.00
319.00

In the UK these come with a 5 year warranty, whilst in North America you get a full lifetime warranty.

Sizes & Models Available:

Price Range

At the time of writing this, the mid-high range Discovery's are currently being sold for around $230 / £160 / €220, depending where you look and which model you select:

 

Opticron Savanna R Binoculars

Opticron Savanna R 8x33 BinocularsThis is a new low cost range from Opticron that currently consists of just two mid-sized models, a 8x32 and 10x32.

Both sport the same open bridge body shape, which as I discovered in my review of the 8x33 Savanna R, the quality of which is almost as good as many of the companies far more expensive models like their Verano above.

Whilst it is understandable that to save costs they do not incorporate the same level of optics, they do cover most of the important areas and as such seem to compete with the best within their price range.

Specs 8x33 10x33
Code
FOV ft/1000yd
FOV m/1000m
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief mm
IPD mm
HxW inches
HxW mm
Weight g
MSRP $
Current $
Current £
30638
366
122
3.5
20
52~76
5.1x4.7
129x120
428
189.00
139
99
30639
318
106
3.5
17
52~76
5.1x4.7
129x120
415
205.00

In the UK the Savanna R comes with a 10 year warranty, whilst in North America you get a full lifetime warranty.

Sizes & Models Available:

Price Range

At the time of writing, the Savanna R bins retail for around $139 / £99, but check the link below for the current prices

 

Opticron DBA Oasis S-Coat binoculars

Opticron DBA Oasis S-Coat binocularsDesigned for the birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, this roof prism binocular is available in both 8x42 and 10x42 configurations, which according to Opticron, has recently been upgraded with a brand new multi-coating.

The Opticron DBA Oasis binoculars are among the very best binoculars produced by Opticron and offer good performance with features that include an excellent 7° field of view with the Oasis 8x42 and 6° with the 10x42 version. Close focus distance is 2.2m.

Specifications 8x42 10x42
Product Code
Field (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
RR Price £
30307
122
2.2
18
57~77
152x128
691
599
30308
105
2.2
18
57~77
152x128
707
599

Each Oasis S-Coat is supplied complete with a 30 year guarantee and come with a soft leather case, a rainguard, neoprene bungee lanyard and removable integral objective lens caps.

Other Features Include

  • Fully waterproof construction to a depth of 5m and nitrogen gas filled for fog proofing
  • Quality roof prisms with Oasis prism coating and phase correction coatings
  • Opticron's own S-type multi-coating
  • Integral tripod adapter socket

Sizes & Models Available:

Downloads:

Price Range

Both models are now available for around £530:

 

Opticron Imagic BGA SE Binoculars

10x42 Opticron Imagic BGA SE BinocularsDesigned and manufactured to feel as good as they look, these highly durable field binoculars are available in six specifications including a pocket size 8x32 with a huge 8.0° WA field of view and extreme close focus for birdwatching and watching butterflies and other insects. The Compact 8x42 and 10x42 general purpose birdwatching and wildlife observation models. High performance 7x42 and 8.5x50 for extraordinary low light capability and large depth of field for hunting and woodland viewing. A 10x50 for the highest combination of magnification and brightness.

Main Features Include

  • Lightweight magnesium body
  • Nitrogen gas filled and waterproof to 3 metres
  • Internally focused with close focus to under 2 metres (8x32, 7x42, 8x42 & 10x42)
  • Covered in a lightly textured natural rubber armouring
  • 'PGK' glass prisms with Oasis prism coating and phase correction coatings
  • Opticron's own F-type multi-coating
  • Integral tripod adapter socket

Sizes & Models Available:

Specifications 8x32 7x42 8x42 10x42 8.5x50 10x50
Product Code
Field (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
RRP Price £
30477
140
1.5
17
58~74
133x121
657
409
30478
122
2
24
58~74
152x124
669
419
30479
122
2
22
58~74
152x124
698
419
30480
113
2
21
58~74
152x124
706
429
30481
105
3.5
23
58~74
177x132
795
459
30482
101
3.5
23
58~74
177x132
790
459


Price Range

All models are now available for under £500:

 

Opticron BGA T PC Oasis Compact binoculars

Opticron 10x28 BGA T PC Oasis BinocularsThese compacts are a great alternative to quality conventional sized binoculars and are available in 8x, 10x or 12x magnifications. The Opticron BGA T PC Oasis roof prism compacts feature high definition optics with PC Phase corrected prisms with Oasis prism coating.

They are also the lightest binoculars in the Opticron range, are fully rubber covered, 100% waterproof and nitrogen gas filled for fogproofing. The 8x24 is the smallest Opticron roof prism weighing in at 240g and folding down to just 95x67mm.

Each Opticron BGA T PC Oasis binocular comes with a 30 year guarantee and in a soft leather case with lanyard and lens caps.

Sizes & Models Available:

Specifications 8x24 10x28 12x30
Product Code
Field (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
RRP Price £
30015
110
2.5
15
36~71
95x103
240
189
30016
86
3.9
15
36~71
106x105
260
199
30017
76
4.5
15
36~71
123x106
290
209


Price Range

These models are now available for under £200:

 

Opticron Taiga compact binoculars

Opticron Taiga compact binocularsFinished in an excellent quality textured soft black rubber covering, the compact Opticron Taiga porro prism binoculars have recently been updated with a brand new body.

These budget binoculars make ideal take anywhere optics and overall, I think for the amount that you pay for them, you get a pretty good binocular for your money.

Read Full Review of the 8x25 Taiga - Where for me the strongest feature of these compared to other compacts was their really long eye-relief. I also think that considering their very low price point, their optical performance is excellent and easily as good as many compact binoculars that are far more expensive than these. Their overall build quality is also good and at no point did I feel that I had a pair of cheap binoculars in my hands.

Specifications 8x25 10x25 12x25
Product Code
Field (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
RR Price £
30382
105
3
16
56~72
112x100
302
89
30383
91
3
16
56~72
112x100
304
95
30384
79
3
16
56~72
112x100
304
99

Each Opticron Taiga binocular comes with a 10 year guarantee and a neoprene case with lanyard and lens caps.

Sizes & Models Available:

Price Range

The Taiga models are now available for under £90:

 

Opticron Traveller BGA Mg Binoculars

Opticron Traveller BGA Mg binocularsAvailable in 6x32, 8x32 and 10x32 and measuring just 98x110mm, the Traveller fits easily into a coat pocket, backpack or sling bag and is an excellent solution for as the name suggests travelling, safaris and most outdoor enthusiasts that prefer the capability of a larger binocular but want the portability of a compact.

The Traveller BGA Mg binoculars are designed and manufactured in Japan to offer a high quality viewing experience and feature BAK 4 prism units, PC phase correction and Oasis prism coating.

The bodies are nitrogen gas filled and waterproof to a depth of 3 metres, protected in a non-slip rubber covering for comfort and grip and feature wide wheel focusing positioned at the base of the body for superb balance in the hand.

All Traveller BGA binoculars are supplied complete in soft case with rainguard, padded lanyard and objective lens caps.

Specifications 6x32 8x32 10x32
Product Code
Field (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
RRP Price £
30497
141
1.5
19
57~71.5
98x118
367
259
30498
111
1.5
19
57~71.5
98x118
380
269
30499
90
1.5
16
57~71.5
98x118
370
289

Sizes & Models Available:

Price Range

All models are available for under £300:

 
 

Opticron Aurora Binoculars - Now discontinued

Opticron Aurora 8x42 BinocularsThis roof prism binocular is available in both 8x42 and 10x42 configurations, which according to Opticron, the Aurora has been designed and manufactured to be smaller, lighter and sharper with a wider field of view and better close focus compared to any of their previous BGA models. Aurora binoculars deliver a great balance between size and weight, resolution and field of view.

The optical design doesn't just reduce the overall dimensions and finished weights of the Aurora but delivers an excellent 7.2° field of view with the Opticron 8x42 and a good 6.5°with the Opticron 10x42. Close focus distance is also under 2m.

Specifications 8x42 10x42
Product Code Bl
Product Code Gr
Product Code Bl/Gm
Field (m)
Min Focus (m)
Eyerelief (mm)
IPD (mm)
HxW (mm)
Weight (g)
RR Price £
30490
30492
30494
126
1.8
20
58~76
140x126
654
759
30491
30493
30495
113
1.8
19
58~76
140x126
663
759

They have been manufactured using a lightweight alloy body and beautifully finished in a textured rubber covering with patented shock-proof rubber objective lens protection. They also come in a choice of finishes; black, green or black and gunmetal and each Aurora BGA is supplied complete with a comprehensive 30 year guarantee, a soft leather case with a rainguard, neoprene bungee lanyard and removable integral objective lens caps.

Other Features Include

  • Fully waterproof construction to a depth of 5m and nitrogen gas filled for fog proofing
  • Quality roof prisms with Oasis prism coating and phase correction coatings
  • Opticron's own S-type multi-coating
  • Both models weigh under 670g
  • Integral tripod adapter socket

Sizes & Models Available:

  • Opticron Aurora BGA 10x42 Binoculars
  • Opticron Aurora BGA 8x42 Binoculars

Price Range

Both models are now available for around £680:

 

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Featured Opticron Binoculars

Below is a selection of Opticron Binoculars that I have fully tested and reviewed:


Opticron 8x25 Taiga Binoculars

Budget compact porro prism binoculars that come with fully coated optics, long eye relief and a tough and ergonomic exterior. Overall I would say that they have an excellent performance to price ratio.

Price: (2/6) Low Cost Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 5/10 58%
Above Average
Body Stats: 6/10
Optical Quality: 5/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 7/10
Extras & Details: 5/10


Opticron DBA VHD 10x42 Binoculars

High end Opticron binoculars that incorporate a raft of high end components and features that I believe add up to make an instrument that not only looks and feels the business, but delivers a very high quality view that even the most critical users will appreciate.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 9/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 9/10
Extras & Details: 7/10


Opticron 10x42 Imagic BGA SE Binoculars

Designed and manufactured to feel as good as they look, these highly durable and waterproof Opticron Imagic binoculars include quality features like fully multi-coated lenses and phase correction coatings on the roof prism glass.

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10


Opticron 10x32 Traveller BGA Mg Binoculars

Very compact and lightweight mid-sized binoculars that are fully water & fogproof. They also come with quality optics and coatings to ensure a high quality and bright image is produced.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 8/10 75%
Excellent
Body Stats: 9/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 7/10
Image Quality 7/10
Extras & Details: 6/10


Opticron 8x42 DBA Oasis S-Coat Binoculars

Designed for the birdwatcher and wildlife enthusiast, this tough, fully fog and waterproof roof prism binocular has quality features like fully multi-coated lenses and phase correction coatings on the prisms.

Price: (5/6) High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 8/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 9/10


Opticron Discovery WP PC 8x32 Binoculars

For a mid-sized binocular, the 8x32 Opticron Discovery is ultra compact and lightweight, has a very wide field of view and extremely minimum close focus.

Add to this good quality optics and a mid range price point and you have an instrument that is ideal in a very wide range of uses and thus will appeal to a huge selection of users.

Price: (3/6) Mid Priced Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 80%
Outstanding
Body Stats: 10/10
Optical Quality: 8/10
Optical Stats: 9/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 6/10


Opticron Verano BGA HD 8x42 Binoculars

These mid-high level open bridge 8x42 binoculars from Opticron feature phase corrected roof prisms with their own Oasis coatings that they proudly say has a transmittance of more than 99%, which easily beats most bins that use aluminium or silver mirror coated prisms for a brighter, higher resolution view.

Other highlights include a very long eye-relief and 4 stage twist-up eye-cups, a water & fog proof body that is tripod adaptable and much more...

Price: (4/6) Mid-High Value Binoculars
BBR Ratings:
Body Quality: 7/10 75%
Excellent
Body Stats: 7/10
Optical Quality: 7/10
Optical Stats: 8/10
Image Quality 8/10
Extras & Details: 8/10

View >> All Opticron Binoculars reviewed on The Best Binoculars & Reviews website.

 



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Opticron Oasis Prism Coating

Oasis is the name given by Opticron to their proprietary dielectric coatings. It consists of a 64 layer coating process that they apply to the reflective surface on their high end roof prisms.

According to the company, Oasis improves light emission to 99% over a broader spectrum at the reflective face which compares well with other dielectric mirror coatings used by other manufacturers and is a vast improvement to the aluminium or silver coatings used on other roof prism binoculars.

The result is a measurable increase in light transmission and overall image clarity.

 


Opticron Contact Details

UK
Postal Address: PO Box 370, Luton, Bedforshire, LU4 8YR, UK
Office Address: Unit 21, Titan Court, Laporte Way, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU4 8EF, UK

Phone: 01582 726522 (Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm)
International Tel: +44 (0)1582 726522
Email: sales[at]opticron.co.uk
Fax: 01582 723559
International Fax: +44 (0)1582 723559

 
 
 

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