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15th July
We shall be attending other events on September 14th and 15th 2019. There will be no optics weekend at Barton during this time period 
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14th July 2019
The last of our Hawke Sapphire ED 42mm binoculars have now sold. These are discontinued and will not be re-stocked 
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26th June 2019
New product announcement and coming soon.
Baader Planetarium FlipMirror ll . Price and release date TBA
https://www.baader-planetarium.com/en/baader-flipmirror-ii.html
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17th June 2019
Hawke binoculars were once again popular at our Optics weekend at Barton Upon Humber. The Frontier HD-X 8x32 were the choice for a fathers gift. Due to the lightweight design and great optics, they beat all the other options, including ED glass binoculars. Also, the mid priced Nature-Trek 10x42 binoculars were the set a customer visiting from Holland went for. It was a close run thing between the 8x and 10x, with the higher magnification just edging it.
Magnifiers were also being bought, with a customer buying the N2 Levenhuk neck magnifier for reading. Our 16x20 Visionary mag loupe and LevenHuk G1 20x magnifying spectacle (single) were perfect for customers needing something for close up work 
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14th June 2019
Dielectric coated prisms vs ED glass.
Seems to be some discussion on forums about various specs of binoculars, with some thinking ED glass is the be all and end all solution. But it is not quite simple. A set of binoculars with high grade dielectric coated prisms will (like for like) give a brighter image than an ED set with silver coated prisms. Yes, you will get less chromatic aberration with ED glass, but the difference can be minimal.
As always, the best way to see the difference, is not to take advice on-line, but visit a dealer who stocks a number of sets so you can compare for your self.

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13th June 2019

A compact set of binoculars ideal for bird-watching. That was the requirements for a couple visiting the Optics weekend at the Waters` edge visitor centre, Northern Optics display. They tried out a number of sets, before realising that 25mm compacts were best for putting inside the coat pocket.

If they had not seen any other sets, they commented on how the Hawke Vantage would have been adequate. But the Hawke Nature-Trek and Endurance ED seemed much more of a draw, with the Endurance ED giving a noticeably brighter image in their opinion. After 1st going for the 8×25, they ended up going for the Hawke Endurance 10×25 binoculars. The extra magnification was a factor. But also the fact they still gave a wide field of view was a major plus point.

From our point of view, these feel very solid despite the lightweight body. Eye relief is good, chromatic aberration is low , plus contrast is very good. Perhaps the focus wheel is a little small for use with gloves on, but due to the design, this is something you get with all double hinge 25mm compacts.


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5th June 2019

It was great to see a couple of returning members after going AWOL for a few months, giving us a healthy 20 in attendance for the June 2019 North Lincolnshire astronomy society meeting. After a discussion on future events, plus veering off piste with some err interesting topics, we were treated to an excellent talk on astro imaging by Charles Thody photography . This included some stunning deep space and aurora images , plus easy to understand  tips on camera settings , set up and other useful advice to get you started.

Thank you as always for the Lincolnshire wildlife trust, and Glenys and Malcolm for the teas and snacks
Hope to see you at the next meeting. All are welcome 


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22nd May 2019
It was a weekend of customers looking for compact sets of binoculars at our optics weekend at the Waters` edge centre at Barton. In this case, the buyer needed a set for viewing nesting birds near their home.

After trying 4 sets, the helios nitrosport 10×26 binoculars ticked all the boxes, despite being the lowest cost. Great optics, easy to use, and most importantly being lightweight fulfilled their requirements. Having long eye relief was also a plus point.

The Helios nitrosport 8×26 and 10×26 come with a soft case, lens caps, padded neck strap, cleaning cloth and 5 years warranty (ask your dealer for full T&Cs). For the low price you get nitrogen waterproofing, multi-coated optics, BaK-4 prisms and twist eye cups

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14th May 2019
16 of the regulars turned up for the May 2019 North Lincs astro society monthly meeting. We were instantly rewarded with some glorious evening Sunshine, which meant one thing – get the solar scope out. Together with the club solar scope + a pair of Helios 25×100 binoculars with a solar filter courtesy of ourself  we got some great views of a grouping of 3 sun spots. Plus a little gosling photo shoot alongside going on.

Once in the building, we discussed further ideas for future meetings.  By closing time the skies were still clear, so a few of us gathered outside with the club short tube ED skywatcher refractor, Charles with his excellent camera set up, and minus the solar filter the Helios 25×100 binoculars came out once more.

Thank you as always to Glenys and Malcolm for the teas and biscuits and the wild life trust for the use of the venue.

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8th May 2019

Sometimes you simply want a bright and clear image, and are not too concerned about small amounts of chromatic aberration. This is why a customer at the our Optics weekend at the Waters` edge visitor centre, Barton upon Humber went for the Hawke Nature Trek 8×32 binoculars.

I did explain that for a little over budget the optical performance of the Endurance range would give a better end result. But the customer was not put off by the small amounts of colour fringing (hardly noticeable in the centre of view), and opted for the nature treks. The clear and bright image is excellent for such a low priced set. Capped off with great handling and a quality strap.

The main object other than the optics, were that they could be used in a wide range of temperatures without internal fogging. The nitrogen gas filled Nature Trek range put the customers mind at rest, with the back up of a life time warranty.

Other than the warranty, the Hawke Nature Trek 8×32 binoculars come with a soft case, padded neck strap, small cleaning cloth, lens covers , and a booklet.


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6th May 2019
A customer visitedour Optics weekend at Barton Upon Humber looking for a monocular for general use at a reasonable price. Reason being, due to a large difference between his eyes, most binoculars do not have enough dioptre adjustment to handle his eye sight. After trying 3 options, he went for the Hawke 8x42 ED monoculars

As well as the crystal clear optics, the customer commented on how easy they were to use. Other factors were the integrated tripod thread and a much more grippy body compared to the non ED glass nature trek version.

A twist eye cup and long eye relief makes them suitable for spectacle wearers. Also included is a soft case, wrist strap, cleaning cloth, case and instructions.

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29th April 2019
A customer visited the Northern Optics stand Optics weekend at the Waters` Edge visitor centre in North Lincolnshire with around £250 to spend on binoculars as a gift idea.  Optically the Hawke Sapphire 42mm models ticked all the boxes, but were slightly to large. Once they were introduced to the Hawke HD X 8×32 binoculars , the customer was instantly impressed with the optics.

Despite not being ED glass, the brightness and clarity the fully multi-coated optics and dielectric coated prisms gave was a game changer. The customer found them much better than standard quality options. Given the low weight, they commented on how solid they felt. The lifetime warranty gave the customer additional confidence in the product.

Other plus points from the customer, was the wide field of view and being very easy to handle.