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Old Saturday 23rd November 2013, 20:20   #1
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Opticron's new Travelscope

Opticron's new brochure arrived today, and within its pages are details of Opticrons new 50mm Scope. The "MM3 ED."

Made from Polycarbonate and lightweight alloys, only 8" long and weighing 600g without eyepiece. Compatible with full,range of HR, HDF and SDL eyepieces.

I look forward to trying one out in the new year.
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Old Saturday 23rd November 2013, 20:26   #2
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Old Saturday 23rd November 2013, 22:50   #3
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Looks nice. Having had a day with a Vortex Razor 50 I shall have to wait try it out and compare.
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Old Sunday 24th November 2013, 00:05   #4
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How does it compare with the GS52?
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Old Sunday 24th November 2013, 06:57   #5
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No idea yet. The only information I have, is what is written here towards the back of the brochure.

http://www.opticron.co.uk/PDF/Product_Guide_13-14.pdf
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The rubber eyecup was the only let down on the Vortex. Image was stunning. Really no ideaa why a twist up wasnt used.
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How does it compare with the GS52?

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In speaking with the US representative at a recent birding expo he mentioned the MM3. He had reportedly had the opportunity to try out a pre-production sample. His comments were that it was notably higher performing than the GS ED 52. He also made several other comments as to its advantages over the GS ED 52 but I am at a loss to remember them at the moment.
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Interesting. I use the GS ED 52 and find it a great little scope. If the MM3 really is a noticeable improvement, I for one will be very interested.

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In speaking with the US representative at a recent birding expo he mentioned the MM3. He had reportedly had the opportunity to try out a pre-production sample. His comments were that it was notably higher performing than the GS ED 52. He also made several other comments as to its advantages over the GS ED 52 but I am at a loss to remember them at the moment.
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Rafael,

In speaking with the US representative at a recent birding expo he mentioned the MM3. He had reportedly had the opportunity to try out a pre-production sample. His comments were that it was notably higher performing than the GS ED 52. He also made several other comments as to its advantages over the GS ED 52 but I am at a loss to remember them at the moment.
Thanks so much for the info!

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Interesting. I use the GS ED 52 and find it a great little scope. If the MM3 really is a noticeable improvement, I for one will be very interested.
That's what also crossed my mind. I also have a GS52... The MM3 seems to be a bit lighter but I still didn't had the time to compare properly the details of both.
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Just taken delivery of my MM3 ED sample. Here it is with a Countryman BGA HD 8x42.
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Just taken delivery of my MM3 ED sample. Here it is with a Countryman BGA HD 8x42.
Whats the eyepiece Rob? Looks an absolute belter for all day on foot in the mountains.
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Was looking at 1 of these the other day in the new brochure, was looking at something small and portable for my up coming trip to the Hebridies. Would like to hear anybody's view on it.
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Nobody but Opticron staff have it yet, the eyepiece shown is the 40862 HDF zoom which delivers 12-36x zoom. It is smaller, light, brighter and sharper than the GS 52 ED.

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Just taken delivery of my MM3 ED sample. Here it is with a Countryman BGA HD 8x42.
Beautiful looking little scope Rob. I hope to try one out eventually this spring.
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Having let the MM3 quietly escape, we thought we'd best put some info on the website :-)

http://www.opticron.co.uk/Pages/mm3_scope.html

First shipments will be leaving Opticron HQ early next week with full availability beginning in February.

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I have the IS60 ED in angled (I cannot remember it saying anything about WP, so would mine be an older model? How does that compare to the new MM3?

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Old Wednesday 15th January 2014, 09:43   #17
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Hi Niels - the MM3 is much sharper than the IS 60 ED, is 60mm shorter and weighs 190g less.

And don't worry, your IS 60 scope is waterproof :-)

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Thanks Pete. Might be worth it for me to up/down grade because of the limitations imposed on bag weights when traveling.

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Pete -
When will this be available in the US?

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The first Optics Demo when this is available to see will be at Attenborough Nature Centre on Saturday 18th when I will be there from 9:00am till 3:00pm
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Nobody but Opticron staff have it yet, the eyepiece shown is the 40862 HDF zoom which delivers 12-36x zoom. It is smaller, light, brighter and sharper than the GS 52 ED.

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Would it be fair to say that for around 500 this is the best Opticron scope available? Having spent some time researching my first scope I had just about settled on the GS 52 ED so reading your comment I think I should wait a little longer for the MM3?
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@stuarta21

There is no single scope that will suit everyone for every purpose/use. we are all a different size, shape etc and the use that we put our scope to will be different so you will appreciate that your question is a difficult one to answer. There is however no substitute for trying out a scope or binoculars in 'Field Conditions' to see what suits you best. Try to get along to an Optics Demo near you to try different scopes.

There is a list of upcoming Field Events where Opticron equipment will be demonstrated on the Opticron website

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Ok Chris thanks for your reply. Yeah I appreciate it's a difficult question to answer as personal preferences vary.
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When will this be available in the US?

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Hi Steve - first samples just arrived there this week in time for the Space Coast Festival.

Bulk orders for stock will be there in early February (same as here in the UK).

Shame you're not a bit closer to Huntersville - you could probably get a sneak preview by visiting Kyla at our HQ there.

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For those interested in seeing this in the UK, we will also have sample units in all the In Focus shops from today (Friday 17th).

Would be great to hear what people think.

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