Avocet 50mm compact telescope with 8-24x eyepiece & case

£ 199.00
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    £ 199.00
    £ 199.00
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    Introducing our most compact telescope! This truly compact birdwatching scope packs high quality optics and surprising specs into a lightweight body with an affordable price tag. Incredibly versatile, you may find this becoming your 'go-to' scope. It's ideal for travel due to its portability, size and weight but equally at home as a first spotting scope for those of you new to using telescopes to watch wildlife. This wonderfully portable birding scope could also become a favourite for the more experienced birder - with no tripod required and some serious optics including impressive close focus, the Avocet 50mm compact scope has to be a strong contender for your next scope purchase.

    Key features

    • LIGHTWEIGHT - Weighs only 530g, less than many full-sized binoculars!
    • SMALL FORM - Compact 17.6cm body means this can be held in one hand, will fit inside a car glove compartment and some coat pockets.
    • SEE WILDLIFE CLOSE TO YOU - Incredibly close focus of just 1.5m, making this one of the best scopes you'll find for watching wildlife close up such as dragonflies, butterflies, small mammals and reptiles.
    • WIDE FIELD OF VIEW - Up to 5 degrees / 87.5m/1000m, so it's easier to use than many other scopes
    • QUALITY GLASS - Fully multi-coated optics, meaning every glass surface has multiple coatings, resulting in higher contrast, resolution and brightness.
    • SERIOUS OPTICS - High quality BAK-4 (beating BK-7) prisms delivering a crisp and clear view right to the edges of the image.
    • WATERPROOF - Fully waterproof, nitrogen filled to prevent fogging
    • COMFORTABLE - Durable rubber body armour plus 18mm eye relief
    • TRIPOD OPTION - Can be mounted on any conventional tripod.
    • ACCESSORIES INCLUDED - No need to hunt around for accessories - arrives with everything you need to go out birdwatching straightaway.
    • PEACE OF MIND - No-quibble 90-day return policy and a 5 year warranty.


    The Avocet 50mm compact telescope comes boxed with

    • 8-24x zoom eyepiece
    • Eyepiece and lens cap
    • Stay-on-case


    RSPB Avocet compact 50mm scope
    with 8-24x eyepiece
    8 to 24x
    Objective lens diameter (mm)
    Fully multi-coated
    ED lens
    Close focus distance
    Field of view (degrees)
    5 - 2.4
    Field of view (m/1000m)
    87.4 - 41.9
    Eye relief (mm)
    Nitrogen filled
    Weight (g)
    Dimensions (mm)
    L176 x H118 x D60
    Body armour
    5 years


    Return Policy

    • Free UK delivery for orders of £50 or more (or £3.95)*
    • Please allow 2-3 working days for in stock items to be delivered

    See our delivery and returns page for full details.

    RSPB Shop offers a no-quibble free returns policy. We hope you will be delighted with every purchase, but if not, we will offer you a replacement or a full refund - whatever the reason. Just let us know within 90 days of delivery by contacting our customer service team on 0345 034 7733. Full details of our returns policy >


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    Age: 65+

    50mm Compact Telescope
    A very good mini telescope. The optics are excellent which is probably the most important aspect. At £199 it has to be very good value for money. There are a few niggles though. The focusing wheel is quite stiff and the objective lens cap does not stay on. So the quality control leaves something to be desired. However overall the item is very good value and the optics are excellent. The other great advantage is that it is easily carried in a large pocket or a small shoulder bag.
    RSPB response
    Thank you. We are pleased you are enjoying the quality of the optics, but are sorry to hear of the issues you have described. The focus wheel should loosen with use. Please contact our customer services team if you believe there is a fault with the cap.
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    Age: 65+

    Avocet 50 mm compact telescope
    Try before you buy please ! My example and one I tried later at RSPB Old Moor had extremely stiff focusing ring which really distracts from the enjoyment of what is otherwise a lovely piece of kit. Very disappointed I never write negatively but feel bound to caution potential buyers who may make the mistake I did and order on line. BTW my RSPB 8 x 42 HDX binos. are wonderful. Any chance I can return my example to my nearest RSPB shop and choose a different product that I have hands on with ? A review on the Birdguides web site is much more positive than mine so I conclude that the build quality is variable. Sorry to be writing this really. !
    RSPB response
    We are very sorry to hear that you were disappointed. New optics can have stiff focus wheels initially, but should loosen quickly with use. If you do not see an improvement with the wheel, please contact customer services who will be happy to help.
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