Mechanical image stabilisation

Binoculars with high magnification bring nature closer to you. Here, however, you need to have a steady hand or, even better, a firm resting place, in order to carry out your observations effortlessly over long periods of time. Alternatively, you can take advantage of the clever image stabilisation technology offered by Carl Zeiss. The ZEISS 20x60 T* S was a pioneer of this technology, and is still unique among stabilising binoculars. Despite its 20 x magnification it allows relaxed, detailed observation freehand and on the move. This silent technology relies purely on mechanical parts and is always ready for use. No noise to startle the wildlife.

The clever mechanics consist of a gimbal-mounted spring joint that moves in all four directions and connects the prisms to the housing. During transport the entire system is locked securely in position. To stabilise the device, simply press the release button to free the spring joint. This then effectively absorbs all the shakes and vibrations affecting the housing and prevents them being transferred to the prism system. In the optical interplay of the eyepiece, fixed prism and lens, the act of tipping is compensated for in the direction of the passing light. Spring tension, cushioning magnets and inertia ensure in an intelligent way that the line of sight through the binoculars stays constant despite any wobbling, and that the image therefore remains steady.


With an outstanding 60 mm optic for ambitious 20 x magnification, these robust binoculars remain the benchmark for image stabilising hunting optics. Try them and see for yourself.