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New Viking 10x30 AIS Monocular (1 Viewer)

dipped

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Was at Minsmere today and noticed a new addition in the cabinet, the Image Stabilised 10x30 monocular here: http://www.vikingopticalcentres.co.uk/binoculars/monoculars/monoculars/viking-10x30-ais-monocular

First impressions were positive good optics though a rather strange focus position - an outer ring on the objective lens.

Now to the Image Stabilisation, which I was most interested in. There is a slider switch above the mon. which stays put in the on position. There doesn't seem to be any indication when the IS is on unlike the Canon IS led's. However I noticed absolutely no difference to the image stability. If anything the image was slightly better in the off position. AFAIK the batteries were OK so I don't know what to say about it.

I will be able to have a proper look on Friday when I next visit in my official capacity as a volunteer (lift pending), and be able to see if I can get to the bottom of this little conundrum.

What occurs to me is the batteries were duds as looking at the pictures on the Viking site there does seem to be an led after all. Nothing lit up though.
 
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Binastro

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. The camera type batteries may be a bit expensive, and it uses two when the Canon 8×25 uses one camera battery.
The other Canons use two AA batteries.

I notice in today's Birdwatching Magazine that the Canon 10 x 30 Mark one is selling for £299, a bit of a reduction. Maybe they'll be bigger reductions if they sell them off.

I would be interested to see a test of the stabilised monocular, but it will have to be good to beat the Canons.
 

Binastro

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I wonder if it is actually a Russian or Chinese system?
Some of these image stabilised systems don't actually work so well.

I suppose they could have forgotten to put batteries in it.
 

pete_gamby

Birds? What Birds?!
This is a platform that Kamakura designed with, we assume, some funding from an unknown US military/tactical source. So it's Japanese technology and optics.

The IS worked very well in the samples we saw (originally at Photokina 2012 and more recently at Photokina last year and SHOT earlier this year).

One current limitation is that the objective lens can only be around 30mm. If they can make it work (and keep it small) at 50mm that starts to get interesting. A second is that the platform offered is not waterproof.

To me (personal opinion, not necessarily Opticron's!), at present it's a solution looking for a problem. But there are a few other customers for it:

http://www.gofoto.se/monokikare/magnipro-10x25-ais-mono
http://sightron.com.hk/siibl-10x25-stabilizer-monocular/

HTH

Cheers, Pete
 

Binastro

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. The Canon 8×25 IS Binocular seems better value to me, and the new tilt stabilising works well.
 

dipped

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I believe it is a totally new IS technology designed elsewhere but quite possibly assembled in China.

David

I can confirm that the Viking version at least is made in China having had another chance to look at it today.

The batteries must be flat in it as the IS doesn't work and there appears to be an led at the eyepiece end to confirm operation (or otherwise). Unfortunately no replacements were available today so I can't personally comment yet on the IS system.
 

trevd01

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I am a volunteer optics advisor at RSPB Old Moor, and have spent a few hours trying out the Viking IS monocular.

The IS <does> work, you can feel a little 'kick' when you switch it on btw. The IS is particularly effective when looking at dragonflies or butterflies - the monocular will focus extremely close - so it is ideal for that purpose, as with most monoculars.
 

dipped

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I am a volunteer optics advisor at RSPB Old Moor, and have spent a few hours trying out the Viking IS monocular.

The IS <does> work, you can feel a little 'kick' when you switch it on btw. The IS is particularly effective when looking at dragonflies or butterflies - the monocular will focus extremely close - so it is ideal for that purpose, as with most monoculars.

I help out at Minsmere and our cabinet model has never had a charged battery for me to try it out though we are getting the batteries now. Good to hear it works well.

Does an indicator led come on in use and is there an auto shut off or do you just use the slider switch?
 

trevd01

Member
Hi again,

Just had an optics weekend at Old Moor. Spent some time using the Viking IS monocular, yes there is an indicator (green LED) when you switch on. Don't know about auto shut-off for sure, but I think there is, because when I go it out of the box, it was switched 'on' but no LED showing. Switched it off and on again and the LED came on, and I felt the gyro kick.

I managed to watch a dragonfly with it from about 2m, and thought it was pretty good for that purpose.
 

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