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Optics Manufacturers

Trouble with finding parts? Looking for the cheapest deal? Looking for up to date information on how those bins work? It sometimes pays to go direct to the people who made them.

Also, if you are thinking of buying take advantage of the modern trend of optics suppliers to go out in the field and show you their wares on your local reserve… it is definitely the way to see what suits you rather than just buy on reputation.

For guides to optics and reviews of many products see the 'Useful Information' section of the Optics - Retail page of Fatbirder.

For Repair Services - see the 'Useful Information' section of the Optics - Retail page of Fatbirder.

After each entry is a country in brackets… this is the nationality of the company and, in most cases, where the manufacturing base is… although it has to be said that some companies in, for example, the US actually import all their components from China or Japan and, in many cases, this is where the products are designed and developed.

Useful Information

Best Binoculars Reviews

http://www.bestbinocularsreviews.com
I became interested in binoculars and optics in general whilst working as a safari guide (field guide) in South Africa. As part of my job, I would use binoculars every single day…

List of Optics Manufacturers

http://www.optics4birding.com/optics/manuf.htm
A great site for those who want to know a little more about the options.

Optics Reviewer

http://www.opticsreviewer.com/

Do you want good binoculars, but don't have the time and means to test a bunch and do your own binocular reviews? Welcome to OpticsReviewer.com! We buy and test binoculars like Nikon, Swarovski, Leupold, Vortex, Eagle Optics, Zhumell, and more so you don't have to. And we're good at it. Our experts write reviews to help you achieve the experiences that you want…

Other Links

Alpen (US)

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Spotting scopes and bins…

Brandon Optics (Canada)

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Olivon Optics, established in 2003, has developed a line of Spotting Scopes, Rifle Scopes, Tripods and Accessories that we believe offer the best value in the industry today. Olivon Optics provides a direct line of optical products from the manufacturers to the end users, bypassing the hefty levels of distributors and retailers. By avoiding the numerous “middle-men” in between the manufacturers and end users, we are able to bring you the best prices possible. Our products carry the lowest prices, offered exclusively by the manufacturers themselves…

Brunton (US)

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Brunton is an optics and outdoor gear company in Riverton, WY… Ingenuity and technology turned rugged. Brunton creates a universe of instruments for outdoor adventure, including the award winning Epoch™ Binoculars. Get a glimpse at the future of outdoor recreation by surfing through categories from optics and camping to portable power and navigation. For those who are never not a birder…

Bushnell (US)

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US Maker with a global distribution…

Canon (Japan)

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An extensive site about the company and its interesting mission. From this portal you can find the right country website…

Celestron (US)

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Celestron, the most established name in the optical industry, has a reputation for providing the highest quality optics at affordable prices. We are proud to offer a wide range of telescopes, binoculars, spotting scopes, and optical accessories.

Eagle Optics (US)

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Eagle Optics is passionate about producing an exceptional line of quality binoculars and spotting scopes. Our premier model, the Eagle Optics Ranger, has practically become a legend among a large contingent of hunters and bird watchers for its performance, features and overall value. Eagle Optics products are backed by great warranties and unmatched customer service.

EagleEye OpticZooms (US)

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We are the sole manufacturers of all EagleEye products sold on this website…

Eden

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Eden Quality Binoculars are made with high quality optics. They are specially produced for us by manufacturers who are known for their consistent first-rate quality and reliable product…

Firefly (UK)

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FireFly, the lightest telescope in its class on the market today! We hold patents on several aspects of modern refracting telescope design, relating to the correction of colour, and the flattening of the visual field. The Firefly85 is the first telescope in a line of products we are hoping to create over the next few years. Computer aided engineering allows us to refine designs, and remove flaws in a way only recently possible….

Hardin Optical (US)

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Hardin Optical Company is your one stop telescope and accessory store on the Southern Oregon Coast. 1-877-447-4847 toll free personal service. Hardin Optical's telescope shop is a complete retail store that offers quality optical products from a wide variety of manufacturers.

Hawke Sport Optics

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Hawke Optics is distributed exclusively by Deben Group Industries in the UK. Please direct all enquiries to them at: Deben Group Industries Ltd - Avocet House, Wilford Bridge Road, Melton, WOODBRIDGE IP12 1RB

Intro 2020 - Steiner (UK)

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Intro 2020 offers both the enthusiast and professional photographer a range of products that cover conventional photography, digital imaging, bird-watching, video editing and more.

Kahles (Austria)

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Tradition is not only over 100 years of Kahles history. Tradition is a challange to be faced each and every day. In this sense Kahles, Austria's oldest existing optical manufacturer (established in 1898); continues a tradition of Optical manufacturing excellence supplying customers all around the world with precise an reliable Austrian Optical instruments - perfectly designed for each and every challenge.

Konica Minolta (Japan)

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Two leading names in optics merged in 2003…

Kowa (Japan)

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Kowa’s scopes and binoculars…

Leica (Germany)

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Welcome to the official Homepage of Leica Camera AG, Germany. Apart from comprehensive descriptions of all the latest products you will also find our complete program here, a great deal worth knowing about our company, and much more under the respective icons…

Leupold (US)

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Leupold range of binoculars & spotting scopes

Meade (US)

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Founded in 1972 and public since 1997, Meade is a world leader in the design and manufacture of telescopes and accessories for amateur astronomers. The Company's innovative and technologically advanced products are recognized to be among the best in the world. Plenty of products for birders too!

Meopta (Czech Republic)

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This Czech optics maker is now trying to break into the international market…

Minox (Germany)

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Reaching into the distance: on vacation, in the theatre or on any other leisure activity - with the compact binoculars of MINOX you will always be focused on the action…

Nikon (Japan)

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The full range of products with an on-line catalogue, price lists etc.

Novosibirsk Instruments (Russia)

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Expertise in manufacturing precision optics acquired during the Cold War currently serves in the production of world-class astronomical telescopes. Featuring robust mechanical construction and unsurpassed optical quality at remarkably affordable prices, these instruments have now established an excellent reputation among amateur astronomers in Europe and the United States.

Olivon Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

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Olivon Manufacturing Co. Ltd. is a family owned and operated company with three factories located in Shanghai, China and warehouse offices in Canada and Sweden. Our line of Spotting Scopes have gradually become more popular with birders in Canada and the USA and bird watchers in and around Europe. We also produce binoculars, eyepieces, tripods and other optical components and accessories…

Olympus (Japan)

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You will find here all the information you need about the latest OLYMPUS products and the leading edge technologies behind it. OLYMPUS originality and technological expertise draws the focus of the opto-digital world. All OLYMPUS products are crafted in a tradition of high precision and excellence. Our products are ergonomically designed systems, trend-setting and easy to use. Product development and technology are upgraded to keep pace with technological progress.

Opticron (UK)

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Clearly the easiest choice you'll ever make… Welcome to the Opticron on-line Catalogue all about Opticron Binoculars, Compact Binoculars, Telescopes, Fieldscopes, Mighty Midgets and Accessories…

Optolyth (Germany)

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This site is only in German.

Pentax (Japan)

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Over the years PENTAX has distinguished itself as a leader in the photographic industry. Today PENTAX is proud to manufacture a wide variety of cameras, lenses, flashes and photo accessories. Our equipment covers the most popular photo formats including: 6x7, 645, 35mm and Advanced Photo System formats. In addition, PENTAX markets sport optics (binoculars); surveying equipment, closed circuit television lenses, and a wide range of specialty lenses and accessories.

Steiner (Germany)

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Nothing escapes these eyes…

Swarovski (Austria)

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One of the most impressive sites I've come across… slick technology and a well presented message about one of the world's leading optics producers. I use only Swarovski optics Fatbirder

Tasco (US)

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Welcome to Tasco's online catalog of products. An easy way to find information on the world's leading line of recreational and sport optics. While navigating through the catalog, clicking on the photos will bring up a larger, more-detailed picture.

Vortex

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Zeiss (Germany)

Website

Regardless of whether you are a bird watcher, a hunter or an outdoor enthusiast, Zeiss binoculars and riflescopes are the pinnacle of performance. Zeiss unique lens design, lens and prism coatings and product construction result in brighter, sharper images, truer colors and unsurpassed edge-to-edge clarity for a wider field of view.