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At the Optics Showcase, you'll discover new ways to view your surroundings along with directional guidance from leading GPS systems. Take an up-close approach with microscopes or look to the skies through telescopes. Binoculars can take you into the woods or to your next sporting event. We feature gear for nature lovers and for those who also enjoy hunting.
When it comes to binoculars, one style does not fit all needs. Hunters and boaters, for instance, will typically select lower magnification, which also allows for brighter viewing. Tactical models are excellent for providing nighttime and low-light surveillance. Birders and other nature enthusiasts may want a broader range for spotting creatures at a distance. Innovative features include attached digital cameras to capture scenes on the spot without losing sight of your target. Sport binos are compact and versatile for use in a variety of lighting conditions while you enjoy the game, even in the highest seats. Head to the opera in style with fashionable and functional viewing glasses.
Roof and porro prism binoculars each have attractive features. Porros are an older technology that still has widespread appeal. Roof styles offer straight barrel shapes that require less bulk for construction. Other functions you'll want to look at include waterproof casing. For boating and all-weather land conditions, these keep fog and dust out and won't sink when dropped in water.
In the field and for surveillance, night vision binoculars and scopes provide visuals in low light and black-out conditions. You'll find tactical models here along with headlamps, rifle mounts and monos. These are typically used for up-close reconnaissance in surroundings where you need to react immediately. Built-in infrared enhances images and allows for longer-distance targeting on some models. For night-time nature observations, they open up a new window on the twilight world and beyond for kids and adults. For professionals, these are among the essentials in observation gear.
Spotting scopes offer advantages over binoculars in many instances, including stronger magnification. You can use these with cameras or just for visuals - add a tripod and you'll have a steady view for longer waits in the field. Birders and nature observers often prefer angled scopes as they provide neck relief. Also, in groups, they won't require multiple adjustments for each individual. Tactical and compact units are generally straight to conserve space. Camo cases for hunters are useful in blinds and in open fields.
Riflescopes continue to rise in popularity for tactical, hunting and target use. With easy mounting accessories and simple adjustments, they can be used for short or long distance targeting. Varmint scopes are must-haves for taking down small animals.
In the lab and outdoors, microscopes bring small items into viewing range. We feature standard classroom models that are also budget-friendly for students at home. Look for tabletop models with monocular, binocular and trinocular viewing lenses. Handhelds provide a new way to study smaller objects and pocket sizes can go anywhere outdoors, too. Digitals offer exciting ways to educate with transfer cabling to computers for enlarging and storing photos.
Satellite guidance systems include pre-programmed models for vehicles, boats, motorcycles and golf courses. Popular brands include Garmin, Lowrance and Humminbird. Smaller personal devices are also popular for walking tours, shopping and more. Once you've selected the perfect unit, you'll want to add accessories. Extra mounting kits are a real value for switching among vehicles.
Compasses also provide guidance and are available in a range of styles from the Optics Showcase. For those who are directionally-challenged, small digitals are sized for pockets and for vehicles. For the home, anemometers with compass points provide wind speed measurements.