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Leica Televid spotting scopes
Ilse Jurriën : August 27th 2007 - 15:00 CET
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LeicaLeica Televid spotting scopes : At the British Birdwatching Fair, to be held at the end of August 2007 at Rutland Water, Leica Camera AG of Germany will be exhibiting two fully redesigned spotting scope models with two different lens diameters - the intense-light Leica Televid 82 and the exceptionally compact Leica Televid 65. The optical performance of the new Leica Televid spotting scopes is significantly increased in comparison to preceding models in the Leica Televid product line. The use of high-quality Leica lenses made of special fluorite glass gives an improved range of contrast and neutral color representation to provide sharpness and brilliance right up to the edge of the image.
Leica spotting scope - AquaDura coating
The intricate high-performance lens is now incorporated into a compact, robust and fully rubber-armored die-cast magnesium housing, providing the best possible protection for the high-precision equipment. As the shortest spotting scopes of their class, the new Leica Televid models are distinctive for their compactness and low weight, so are the ideal companion for taking on long walks in the countryside. The Leica AquaDura coating technology used for the first time on the external glass surfaces of all new models means that any raindrops that fall on the external glass surfaces simply drip cleanly away from the lens. Moreover it is easier to remove finger prints and dirt, so the spotting scopes can be used to the best possible effect even with bad weather.

Leica Televid scopes

Leica Televid 82 and 65 spotting scopes
“Discerning users will value the new Televids with their high-performance lens, because they are created for even more intensive experience of our fascination with wildlife. With their excellent close-up ranges - 3.2 meters for the Leica Televid 65 and 3.9 meters for the Leica Televid 82 - they are at the top of their class, allowing very detailed observation of even tiny objects such as butterflies or insects,” said Matthias Raff, spotting scopes product manager at Leica Camera AG.

Leica Televid spotting scopes - Apo & HD model
Each of the Leica Televid 82 and 65 spotting scopes is available in four versions. Each range includes an Apo and an HD model, each of which is available with an angled sight as well as a straight sight. The Apo models of the Leica Apo-Televid 82 and Leica Apo-Televid 65 with the redesigned apochromatic lenses make for an even better viewing experience, providing increased sharpness, greater contrast, and the most natural color reproduction. Thanks to the use of special glass containing fluorite, the redesigned High Definition Lens (HD) on both spotting scopes - Leica Televid 82 HD and Leica Televid 65 HD - means that users can obtain images with no color fringe and with excellent contrast from dawn to twilight.

Leica Vario 25-50x WW ASPH. wide angle lens
The Leica quick-change bayonet with integral lock means that it is possible to use the extensive range of Leica wide-angle and zoom lenses on all Televid 82 and Televid 65 spotting scopes. With the full redesign, the focal length of the lens is now independent of the spotting scope used, so is identical for all spotting scopes. The Leica Vario 25-50x WW ASPH. wide angle eye-piece is now part of the program. With its large, sharp-edged subjective wide-angled range of vision it offers a unique viewing experience at any magnification setting, so is a universal companion for every viewing situation. All Leica eyepieces are resistant to dust and water-pressure-tight to a depth of five meters. The ergonomic rubber elements and the rotating eye cup ensure total comfort while observing - even for eyeglass wearers.

Televid spotting scopes - Watertight nitrogen-filled housing
The new generation Leica Televid spotting scopes have a nitrogen-filled housing, are watertight to a depth of five meters, and the full rubber armoring protects the spotting scopes from scratching and damage. All Televid models are guaranteed to function completely at temperatures between - 25 and + 55 Celsius.

Leica Televid scopes - Lens hood & Tripod heads
Leica Televid spotting scopes are designed to be particularly ergonomic and user-friendly. The Leica dual focusing facility with rubber focusing wheels makes for rapid sharpness setting and accurate fine adjusent, so that even the tiniest details can be brought into focus. A silent telescoping lens hood with filter attachment thread and integral sight ensures low levels of stray light while viewing. With the Televid’s newly designed tripod foot it is an easy matter to engage the spotting scopes either horizontally or vertically into the quick-change system on the Manfrotto tripod heads. However the well-known 4/3” attachment thread with locking device is also available for other quick-range plates. An ergonomic locking screw ensures that the tripod foot can rotate 360o on all models. This means that the spotting scope can be aligned to the best effect in any observation situation.

Leica Televid spotting scopes supplied with Leica eyepiece
Future new Leica Televid spotting scopes will be supplied as a set with a Leica eye-piece. This means that the Leica Televid HD models can be obtained with the high-magnification Leica Vario 20-60 x eyepiece, and the Leica Apo-Televid models with the new wide angle Leica Vario 25-50x WW ASPH. eyepiece. The Leica Apo-Televid models are expected to be available from April 2008, while the HD models will be available from July 2008.

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