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Old Wednesday 15th June 2016, 21:23   #1
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Opticron Traveller ED

Sorry if posted already, but couldn't see?

Popped up on my YouTube feed today:

https://youtu.be/zO1U1714tFM

Looks to break the form of the travellers, which might mean larger sadly? looks more like current crop of 8/ 10 x 32s?
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Old Wednesday 15th June 2016, 23:19   #2
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Sorry if posted already, but couldn't see?

Popped up on my YouTube feed today:

https://youtu.be/zO1U1714tFM

Looks to break the form of the travellers, which might mean larger sadly? looks more like current crop of 8/ 10 x 32s?
Looks nice though. I hope they still offer 6x.
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Looks rather smart to me.

I think the Traveller ED is an additional model and the Mg Black will be remaining in the line-up..

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Old Thursday 16th June 2016, 13:12   #4
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Looks like a Nikon/Maven/Kite 8x30?
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Old Thursday 16th June 2016, 15:07   #5
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Looks like a Nikon/Maven/Kite 8x30?
It will be interesting to see what pans out. It's almost 3 years since the unannounced M7 was first spotted at Birdfair and we learned that Kite had something ready as well. Hope it's a bit more than a me-too.

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Looks rather smart to me.

I think the Traveller ED is an additional model and the Mg Black will be remaining in the line-up..

David
I agree, looks very elegant.

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Old Tuesday 26th July 2016, 21:12   #7
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I just spoke with the Opticron US sales manager. He said the Traveler ED series is a new line due to be announced this fall. The video was not supposed to have been released until then. Gilmore Girl's hope has been answered. The line will include 6x32, 8x32, and 10x32. The folks in the US office have not seen specs yet.

As an Opticron dealer, we will get advanced notice of the release. I'll post on this when I know more.
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I just spoke with the Opticron US sales manager. He said the Traveler ED series is a new line due to be announced this fall. The video was not supposed to have been released until then. Gilmore Girl's hope has been answered. The line will include 6x32, 8x32, and 10x32. The folks in the US office have not seen specs yet.

As an Opticron dealer, we will get advanced notice of the release. I'll post on this when I know more.
Thanks for the update Steve. I noticed the video was removed not too long after this thread was started and figured it was premature. Very nice they are still offering the 6x.
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The line will include 6x32, 8x32, and 10x32. The folks in the US office have not seen specs yet.
Steve, you sure they are x32s not x30s?

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Old Wednesday 27th July 2016, 10:40   #10
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Just to clarify, the Traveller BGA ED will be available in 8x32 and 10x32 formats (if it ever gets here - we've only been waiting two years...). This will effectively replace the current Countryman BGA HD 8x32 as that model will be discontinued and the Traveller ED will be priced at around 300.

The current Traveller BGA Mg Black range will continue with 6x32, 8x32 and 10x32 models, currently priced from 229.

Not sure why Paul mentioned a 6x32 - check he's had a cup of coffee next time you speak with him Steve :-)

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Just to clarify, the Traveller BGA ED will be available in 8x32 and 10x32 formats (if it ever gets here - we've only been waiting two years...). This will effectively replace the current Countryman BGA HD 8x32 as that model will be discontinued and the Traveller ED will be priced at around 300.

The current Traveller BGA Mg Black range will continue with 6x32, 8x32 and 10x32 models, currently priced from 229.

Not sure why Paul mentioned a 6x32 - check he's had a cup of coffee next time you speak with him Steve :-)

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That's disappointing . I tried 6x32 in the current Traveller , but focus was WAY too fast for me.
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Old Thursday 16th February 2017, 14:06   #12
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Coming soon to a dealer near you...

https://youtu.be/QR_ISGjY0bY

Full production shipment is finally on its way to our warehouse. Sales reps and pro staffers in UK/Europe and North America will have samples on hand for field events, festivals and in store demos over the next few weeks.

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Any specs yet Pete?

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Coming soon to a dealer near you...

https://youtu.be/QR_ISGjY0bY

Full production shipment is finally on its way to our warehouse. Sales reps and pro staffers in UK/Europe and North America will have samples on hand for field events, festivals and in store demos over the next few weeks.

Cheers, Pete
Great news, Pete! I have a good candidate for one. Anxiously awaiting specs and images.
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The official specs are not yet online and I don't return to work until tomorrow. However I have had my samples for almost 4-weeks and for the last 16 days have been birding in India with the 8x32. This little beauty weighs in at 450g and a minimum focus of less than 1.5metres, (which was just perfect for locating Jumping Spiders in the dry leaf litter). The 8.2 degrees FOV proved to be useful too in locating Indian Pitta and tracking some of the smaller birds such as Common Tailorbird.

I lent them out to a first time birder on a trip to Bondla in the Western Ghats and he has ordered a couple of pairs from his local retailer.

There are a couple of reviews lined up for this model so enough from me on it.
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I like 8.2 degrees with an 8x32 and ED glass.....plus a 4.5 meter close focus.

Eye relief?
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I like 8.2 degrees with an 8x32 and ED glass.....plus a 4.5 meter close focus.

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I think you mean feet Frank
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Yeah, that too Chris.

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Just an FYI, I received my sample of the new Traveler ED.

Me likey.



Just to touch back on earlier comments in this thread, yes, it is very similar to the Nikon/Maven. I currently have the Maven and have done a brief side by side. Of course, the Opticron is a more subtle design with a classic black, "no frills" look to it. Focusing speed is fast but tension is stiff (right out of the box)...a good combination for my personal preferences. Optics, overall, are immediately enjoyable, again, for my preferences. This could be my new "full time" glass when I don't feel like lugging around an 8x42.

Also will comment on the new MM4 spotting scopes in the spotting scope forum shortly. Still no 80mm MM4. :(
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Just an FYI, I received my sample of the new Traveler ED.

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Just to touch back on earlier comments in this thread, yes, it is very similar to the Nikon/Maven. I currently have the Maven and have done a brief side by side. Of course, the Opticron is a more subtle design with a classic black, "no frills" look to it. Focusing speed is fast but tension is stiff (right out of the box)...a good combination for my personal preferences. Optics, overall, are immediately enjoyable, again, for my preferences. This could be my new "full time" glass when I don't feel like lugging around an 8x42.

Also will comment on the new MM4 spotting scopes in the spotting scope forum shortly. Still no 80mm MM4. :(

Nice picture!

What are the specs?

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Bob,

I don't have a specs sheet with me but will check the box when I get home. Other than the 8.2 degree field of view listed on the binocular I don't have anything to share. I will take some measurements later but would assume the specs advertised for the Maven/Nikon would apply here.
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...would assume the specs advertised for the Maven/Nikon would apply here.
Frank, is this not closer in taxonomy to the Leupold Mojave and Cabelas Guide 8x32s than the Nikon and Maven 8x30s? If so then a comparison with your Mojave is due ;-)
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Frank .... It would be great if you could include a photo of the labeling on the focus knob!
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Adhoc,

If you put the Traveler side by side with the maven then you would see the similarities. The Traveler is a different binocular than the Leupold. The Mojave and the now discontinued Countryman were more similar than the Traveler ED.

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Will do tomorrow. It is just the basic labeling with the name and the field of view in degrees.

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No specs on or in the box.
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