Athena’s View

female Eastern Screech-Owl in nest box

female Eastern Screech-Owl in nest box

Athena, the newly named binocular on a big year, is a Leica 7×42 Ultravid HD fresh out of the box in January. To date, 140 species have been enjoyed through this lovely glass in central Florida. The image above and the owl video shown below were literally taken through the 7×42, to help you more properly appreciate Athena’s views for yourself. Sadly, we can only have one person looking through this binocular at a time, so this allows you to share vicariously!

the binocular is held in place using the Leica binocular tripod adapter

the binocular is held in place using the Leica binocular tripod adapter

I’m sure many are now thinking, “how did you do this?” Well we incorporated some fun accessories to insure the highest quality imaging and video possible. We first mounted the binocular in the Leica stabilite tripod adapter (catalog # 42220) to attach the binoculars to a tripod for maximum stability.

Leica Stabilite Tripod Adapter

Leica Stabilite Tripod Adapter

It’s a simple device that consists of a platform that screws onto a tripod, with a “W” shaped bracket that cradles the binocular and a strong rubber strap that wraps over the top of the binocular and hooks in place. This secures the binocular in place securely and eliminates vibration or shake.

note the owl image and the actual bird in the background

note the owl image on the screen and the actual bird in the background

The second accessory is an aftermarket digiscoping adapter that allows you to connect your mobile phone to the binocular’s eyepiece. In this case, an iPhone 4s is mounted behind the 7×42′s eyepiece. You can twist the eyecup in or out to get the best eye-relief and subsequent image. Since the 7×42 Ultravid HD has the greatest amount of eye-relief in the Leica line up, we find it is best to twist the eyecup all the way out before sliding on the adapter.

The video embedded here was also taken through the lenses of our 7×42 Ultravid HD. Since it also has a large 6 mm exit pupil, low light viewing is no problem! ;)