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Manufacturer's Information

* Alpen
* Brunton
* Burris
* Bushnell
* Canon
* Carson Optical
* Celestron
* Eagle Optics
* Fujinon
* Gitzo
* Kowa
* Leica
* Leupold
* Manfrotto
* Meopta
* Nikon
* Olympus
* Opticron
* Optolyth
* Pentax
* Questar
* Redfield
* Simmons
* Slik
* Steiner
* Swarovski
* Swift
* Tasco
* Tiffen
* Velbon
* Vortex
* Zeiss

Logo Alpen Outdoor Corporation

Alpen is a recipient of FOUR "Great Buy" ratings from Outdoor Life on their over 70 products and accessories.

10329 Dorset Street
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Phone Numbers:
Voice - 909.987.8370
Fax - 909.987.8661

Logo The Brunton Company

Choose from three lines of optics that match your passion. Lifetime warranty on most. They also have a wide variety of orienteering tools and solar power supplies that may interest some birders.

From the Epoch™ - revolutionary, the closest focusing full size binocular in the world, to the mid-priced Eternas™, to the Echo™ line - affordability with Brunton quality.

The Brunton Company
620 East Monroe Ave.
Riverton, WY 82501 USA
1-307-856-1840 (fax)

Logo Burris Sports Optics

Their Signature line of roof prism binoculars meld form and function with the highest quality ground glass and prisms, optimum lens multicoatings, into a perfected optical system, Burris Signatures are warranted forever.

Logo Bushnell Sports Optics

Bushnell has been making quality optics for over 50 years in every type of sport optic you can imagine; from binoculars and spotting scopes to laser rangefinders, from telescopes to the latest night vision technology.

Bushnell Sports Optics Worldwide
9200 Cody Street
Overland Park KS 66214 USA
1-913-752-3550 (fax)

Bushnell Corporation of Canada
45A West Wilmot, Unit 17
Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada L4B 2P2
1-905-771-2984 (fax)

Logo Canon Inc.

Complete line of binoculars for every need. Pioneers in the world of image-stabilized binoculars.

Canon Inc.
Canon USA Inc.
One Canon Plaza
Lake Success, NY 11042 USA
1-800-OK-CANON (652-2666)

Logo Carson Optical

Carson Optical is an importer and manufacturer of binoculars, spotting scopes, and magnifiers, for astronomical use and several very popular styles to suit the birding market. They also manufacture LensPens, fast becoming a favorite lens cleaner among birders and photographers.

Carson Optical
35 Gilpin Ave
Hauppauge, NY 11788
(800) 967-8427
(631) 427-6749 Fax

Logo Celestron International

Known primarily for astronomical telescopes, the company now offers spotting scopes for terrestrial use which feature ED (extra low dispersion) glass and a great line of roof prism binoculars that provide superb image quality with BAK-4 prisms and fully multi-coated optics.

Celestron International
2835 Columbia Street
Torrance, CA 90503 USA
1-310-212-5835 (fax)

Logo Eagle Optics

Eagle Optics has been making excellent low- and mid-priced birding binoculars since the mid 1990s. Their Platinum Rangers are a favorite among birders.

Eagle Optics
2120 W. Greenview Dr.
Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 800-289-1132

Logo Fujifilm Optical Devices

Fujinon has quite a following in the astronomical community, especially for big binoculars, and more recently to the birding community. Fujinon (aka Fuji Photo Optical Co.) is a subsidiary of the huge multinational, Japan-based Fuji Photo Film.

Fuji Photo Optical Co. Ltd.
1-324 Uetake
Omiya City, Saitama 330, Japan
81-048-651-8517 (fax)
TELEX J22885

Fujifilm Inc.10
High Point Drive
Wayne, NJ 07470 USA

Logo Gitzo

Gitzo, a subsidiary of Manfrotto, manufactures tripods, including several new carbon fiber models.


Logo Kowa Optimed

Kowa manufactures extremely popular (in the US) spotting scopes and binoculars. The US distributor is listed below. The kowascope web site lists all their distributors.

Kowa Optimed Inc.
20001 S. Vermont Ave.
Torrance, CA 90502 USA
1-800-966-5692 [1-800-966-KOWA]
1-310-327-4177 (fax), Kowa Corporate Site (no scope info)

Logo Leica

Leica is a large multinational optical company headquartered in Switzerland. The company resulted from the 1990 merger of Wild Leitz and Cambridge Instruments. The Leitz brand that birders have come to appreciate is no longer sold; everything is under the Leica label now.

Leica AG
International Headquarters
Poststrasse 28
Postfach 1243
CH-9001 St. Gallen, Switzerland
41-(0)71 30 71 11
41-(0)71 30 71 55 (fax)

Leica Camera AG
Oskar-Barnack-Strasse 11
35606 Solms
Fon: +49 (0) 6442/208-111
Fax: +49 (0) 6442/208-333

Website Sport Optics DE:
Website Sport Optics

Leica Camera Inc.
1 Pearl Ct Unit A
Allendale NJ 07401
1-201-767-8666 (fax)
9:00 am - 4:30pm EST, Monday-Friday

Kinderman Canada Inc.
361 Steelcase Rd. # 3
Markham, Ontario L3R 3V8 Canada

Logo Leupold & Stevens

Leupold & Stevens sells binoculars and scopes.

Leupold & Stevens

mailing address: PO Box 688
Beaverton, OR 97075-0688 USA

shipping address: 14400 NW Greenbrier Parkway
Beaverton, OR 97006-5791 USA 1-503-526-5196

Product Service and Technical Information
1-800-929-4949 Dealer Directory

Logo Manfrotto Distribution

Bogen Imaging is the leader in tripods and heads designed for wildlife viewing and nature
photography. Bogen is the US distributor for other manufacturer's products:

Manfrotto tripods
Gitzo tripods
Vinton tripods (high end TV and film tripods and dollies)

Manfrotto Distribution
565 E. Crescent Ave
PO Box 506
Ramsey, NJ 07446-0506 USA
1-201-818-9177 (fax)

Logo Meopta Prerov, a.s.

Meopta is a large Czech company specializing in precision engineering and optical products. They are targeting birders as a market. Distribution is limited.

Meopta Prerov, a.s.
Kabelikova 1
Prerov 750 58, Czech Republic
42 641 / 241111
42 641 / 204 731 or 204 732 (fax)
Meopta US
50 Davids Dr
Hauppauge NY 11788

Logo Nikon

Nikon, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi, manufactures extremely good optics with a reputation for excellent lenses for sporting and industrial applications. They are mainly known for their cameras and lenses, but did you ever wonder who makes the lenses for all those microsurgery applications?

Nikon Corporation
Fuji Building
2-3, Marunouchi 3-chome
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100 Japan
81-3-3201-5856 (fax)
Nikon Binocular and Telescope Product Division
Nikon Sport Optics
1300 Walt Whitman Road
Melville NY 11747-3064 USA
1-516-547-0309 (fax)
1-800-NIKON-US (1-800-645-6687)

Nikon Canada Inc.
1366 Aerowood Drive
Mississauga, Ontario Canada L4W 1C1

Nikon U.K. Ltd.
380 Richmond Road
Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 5PR England

Logo Olympus

Olympus Optical Co., Ltd.
P.O. Box 7004
Shinukuk Monolith
2-3-1 Nishi-Shinjuku
Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 163-09, Japan

Olympus America Inc.
Two Corporate Center Drive
Melville, NY 11747 USA
1-516-844-5262 (fax)

Olympus Optical Co. (Europa) GmbH


OP/TECH manufactures high-quality straps, covers, and accessories for the photographic and outdoor communities. For more information, see the Miscellaneous Products page.

304 Andrea Drive
Belgrade MT 59714 USA
1-406-388-2063 (fax)


This UK-based company specializes in producing quality binoculars at fairly low prices. They have just penetrated the US market.

PO Box 370
Unit 21
Titan Court
Laporte Way
Luton Beds LU4 8YR UK

Logo Optolyth

OPTOLYTH-OPTIK Walter Roth GmbH & Co. KG
D-91249 Weigendorf, Germany
09154-4125 (fax)

Sunset Cliffs Manufacturing Corporation (distributor)
dba Deutsche Optik
PO Box 7518
San Diego, CA 92167 USA
1-619-287-9869 (fax)

Logo Pentax Corporation

Pentax Corporation is the consumer optics branch of Asahi Optical Co, Ltd.

Pentax Corporation

Pentax Corporation
35 Inverness Drive East
Englewood CO 80112 USA
1-800-877-0155 - Main Number
1-800-709-2020 - Literature and Manual Requests
1-303-799-8000 Europe N.V.

Logo Questar Corporation

Questar Corporation
6204 Ingham Road
P.O. Box 59
New Hope, PA 18938 USA
1-215-862-0512 (fax)

Logo Redfield

Redfield, formerly manufactured by Redfield Inc. of Denver, is now owned by Leupold, which also distributes Simmons and Weaver optics.


Logo Simmons

Simmons Outdoor Corporation is an operating unit of Bushnell.

Simmons Outdoor Corporation

Logo Slik Corporation

Slik manufactures tripods widely used by photographers.

Slik Corporation
Tokyo, Japan

THK Photo
THK Photo Products, Inc.
2360 Mira Mar Ave., Long Beach, CA 90815

For customer service, call: 1-800-421-1141

Logo Steiner-Optik

Steiner makes some of the finest hunting, birding, marine, military, law enforcement and outdoor binoculars and accessories. They are now a division of Burris.

Steiner Optik GmbH
Postfach 160241
D-95428 Bayreuth Germany
Dr.-Hans-Frisch-Straße 9
D-95448 Bayreuth Germnay
0921/7879-89 (fax)

Steiner Optics
920 54th Ave Ste 200
Greeley, CO, 80634 USA

Logo Swarovski Optik

Manufacturers of the widely acclaimed EL and SLC (roof prism), Traditional (Porro prism), and pocket binoculars; spotting scopes, laser rangefinders, night vision scopes, and rifle scopes.

Swarovski Optik K.G.
Swarovski Straße 70
A-6060 Absam
Tirol, Austria
43 0 52 23 / 511-0
43 0 52 23 / 41860 (fax)

Swarovski Optik North America Ltd.
2 Slater Rd
Cranston, RI 02920 USA
1-401-946-2587 (fax)

Logo Swift Instruments

Swift Sports Optics
12105 W Cedar Dr
Lakewood, CO 80228
FAX 1-408-292-7967

Logo Tasco Sales Inc.

Tasco, more known for its rifle scopes, manufactures inexpensive binoculars for those buyers who discriminate on price alone. Tasco is now a division of Bushnell

Logo Tiffen Manufacturing Corporation


Tiffen is primarily known for their optical filters and camera accessories; however, for birders, they are best known for Davis & Sanford line of tripods. Tiffen acquired the license to manufacture these tripods in 1992 or 1993. All their tripods are manufactured in the US.

Tiffen Manufacturing Corporation
90 Oser Ave
Hauppauge, NY 11788 USA
1-516-273-2557 (fax)

TV Logo Tele Vue

Tele Vue is widely known in astronomy circles as a manufacturer of excellent quality astronomical telescopes.

Tele Vue Optics, Inc.
32 Elkay Dr.
Chester, NY 10918
+1-845-469-4551 (phone)
+1-845-469-4552 (fax)

Logo Velbon

Velbon manufactures tripods that have not found favor with birders, but the Mark-series looks promising, except that these tripods have centerpost cranks, which most birders find cumbersome. Also, the Carmagne 640 tripod and the Carmagne CUP-40 unipod (both carbon fiber) intrigue me.

Velbon International Corporation
2433 Moreton St.
P.O. Box 2927
Torrance CA 90505-5393 USA
1-310-618-0166 (fax)

Logo Vortex Binoculars

Vortex Optics is a division of Sheltered Wings. They manufacture several models of binoculars and spotting scopes that perform well at low to middle price points.

Vortex Optics
2120 W. Greenview Dr.
Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: 800.426.0048

Logo Carl Zeiss

Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung is the parent and sole owner of two companies: Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen and Schott Glaswerke in Mainz. Consumer optics are the province of Carl Zeiss. Zeiss make top quality optics.

Carl Zeiss
73446 Oberkochen, Germany
49(0)7364 - 20 - 0
49(0)7364 -6808 (fax)
Zeiss [Deutsch]

Carl Zeiss Optical
13005 N Kingston Ave
Chester, VA 23836 USA
Carl Zeiss North America
Optical Division

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