Optics

Optics

Vintage telescopes, folding binoculars, and other kinds of vintage optics make the perfect gift. Many of the vintage style items in our online store are crafted by Old Modern Handicrafts, which is acclaimed for its hand-crafted traditional products. 

For your conservatory or other space where you like to watch birds, you might choose a pair of binoculars based on a 19th  century design, mounted on a tripod. In the Victorian era, these were still an exciting new invention and the tripod stand permits the viewer to watch hands-free. The tripod not only makes it easier to keep a steadier gaze, it is more relaxing on the hands and of course you can take notes about the passing wildlife if you want to. As the binoculars are crafted in brass and wood, sometimes with a nickel finish, they look very noble standing on their tripod on your windowsill or desk! 

Telescopes and more!

There is a certain feeling that a brass telescope, antique telescope, or nautical telescope can provide. These astronomical creations are valuable collectibles, whether you prefer 19th century or modern pieces. Perhaps a nautical brass piece could work for someone who loves nautical gifts! 

Those who live on the ocean will love our fully functioning vintage style harbor telescopes. For example, one style is made of brass with an antiqued finish, and it stands on an adjustable rosewood tripod. All our harbor telescopes look exceptionally authentic standing in a bay window or in a glassed-in conservatory, ready to focus on a passing ship or a school of whales. The premium optics enable you to enjoy a viewing range of more than two miles. An antique brass refractor telescope could make you feel like a captain in a royal navy! From extendable spyglass to monoculars and more, you're bound to be impressed. 

Other Nautical Decor

If you do not have a waterside home but you still enjoy nautical decor, a fully working miniature harbor telescope that stands about 18 inches high on its tripod will still create a wonderful atmosphere.  

For a curious-minded young grandchild or a friend who loves to hike, an 18″ hand-held telescope is packed with nostalgic appeal. The telescope is made of brass with an antique-style leather overlay and a leather strap to carry it. It looks rugged and ready to be taken out into the wilds! Or perhaps you will select a pair of pretty opera glasses, covered in mother of pearl and stored in an attractive wooden box. Hand-held and stand-mounted magnifying glasses in various designs will suit all tastes and look elegant and impressive on your desk. Whether you're in the market for a solid brass eyepiece, marine telescope, or any other piece of magnification, we've got the pieces for you.

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Optics FAQ

01 What's the most important feature of a telescope?

The aperture of a telescope is the most important measurement. The diameter of the lens at the top of the tube is measured by aperture with refractors. This is the light-collecting lens.

02 Can you see galaxies with a telescope?

Galaxies are among the furthest objects that mankind can see. While most planets, stars, and nebulae are relatively close to us, we can see galaxies millions of light-years away. With a 4-inch telescope, you can usually only view the centre of a galaxy, even if it is very brilliant.

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  1. 40-Inch Telescope With Stand OM-128

    SKU: OM-128

    58H x 2.60W x 40L

    $829.00
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  2. Magnifying Glass Black Shiny Brass Wood Base Adjustable

    SKU: OM-331

    5H x 5W x 5L

    $459.00
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  3. 18-Inch Telescope With Stand OM-131

    SKU: OM-131

    26H x 2.25W x 17.50L

    $299.00
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  4. Binoculars Victorian Brass

    SKU: OM-337

    5H x 5W x 5L

    $249.00
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  5. Binoculars Traditional Antique Wood Box Mother of Pearl

    SKU: OM-141

    2.25H x 4.75W x 5.25L

    $189.00
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  6. Binoculars Retro Modern Silver Black Wood Aluminum

    SKU: SB-4386

    10H x 8.50W x 4D

    $159.00
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  7. Binoculars Traditional Antique Leather Overlay Wood Box

    SKU: OM-139

    2.25H x 5W x 5.25L

    $149.00
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  8. Handheld 18-Inch Telescope Leather Overlay OM-135

    SKU: OM-135

    2.25H x 2.25W x 15L

    $139.00
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  9. Telescope Traditional Antique Wood Box

    SKU: OM-133

    2.25H x 2.25W x 16L

    $119.00
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  10. Magnifying Glass Contemporary Ivory Polyresin Brass Poly

    SKU: SB-1445

    1.25H x 6W x 15L

    $119.00
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