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Harry Lavelle, Durham University Birdwatching Society Nov 2015

Review of the Opticron Explorer WA Oasis-C 8x42
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Battle of the Binoculars, Birds & Blooms Magazine - Dec/Jan 2015

“Best Clarity and Field of View - Opticron Explorer Wide Angle 8x42
Editor Stacy Tornio couldn’t say enough good things about these Explorers. It came as no surprise that this wide-angle pair had the best field of view, but the clarity of the images and the ease of focus were impressive, too.”

This is an excerpt from the review. The complete review can be read here –

Battle of the Binoculars by Birds & Blooms Staff (Opens a pdf file)


Gary Cooper - Dec 2014

Explorer WA 8x42

My Opticron Explorer WA 8x42 binoculars simply oozed quality, from the moment I took them out of their case for the very first time.

The weight was the first thing I noticed. My Granddad always said that “if a piece of equipment was heavy, it was well made” and this case I’m glad to say that this time at least he was wrong! At 672 grams these binoculars are lighter than my field guide. The rubberised armouring feels great to hold, allowing a good grip and ensures that they are pretty robust out in the field.

Being a Volunteer Reserve Manager for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, I need to be able to see what’s going on around me. The Opticron Explorer’s 8 x 42 with it’s wide field of view allow me to monitor the whole site very easily and help me to watch out for any new species. They are especially good at close focus allowing me study butterflies, moths and other insects, allowing for accurate species identification.

Since the end of October, I have also been involved in warden duties at Donna Nook’s Grey Seal colony. The binoculars really come into their own whilst I’m on duty, allowing me to monitor the seals with crystal clear clarity, even in the poorest, ‘low-light’ conditions. They have also enabled me to find and identify several bird species and the very simple focusing adjustment means I can quickly home in on a new target before it flies away!

A good reliable pair of binoculars is an essential tool for my work and enables me to work more effectively and these Opticron Explorers certainly fit the bill.

Gary is passionate about wildlife and dedicated to nature conservation and has many areas of interest. He is a fully trained Riverfly surveyor and surveys the Waithe Beck as part of the Lincolnshire Chalk Stream Project. Other survey duties include monitoring Water Vole number on the River Lud, east of Louth for the Environment Agency & The Mammal Society. Currently Gary is looking for a job in the Conservation or Ecology sectors whilst working as a regular volunteer for Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust as a Volunteer Reserve Manager for the Toby’s Hill SSSI site & also as a Seal Warden Donna Nook National Nature Reserve.




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