|How does the Gray telescope compare with other telescopes on the market?|
Gray & Company of Inverness is today the only maker of premium quality traditional three draw spotting telescopes: almost every other spotting telescope available on the market is a sealed unit, using prisms to reflect and magnify the viewed image. Gray telescopes use inline lenses meaning that the overall length is longer than competitors, making easier to hold steady, especially in a braced position.
Other telescopes are both shorter and heavier that the Gray, with the result that it is almost impossible to balance, for use when held free in the hands, and requires a bulky, heavy tripod to be carried at all times. Moreover, for any cleaning and repair to be undertaken, such a telescope needs to be returned to the maker's factory - not very handy when one is in the field or on a week-long trip.
Gray telescopes can be quickly cleaned and reassembled using no tools whatsoever, and any replacement parts can generally be delivered by overnight courier, and replaced by the owner in a few minutes.
|How important is the quality of the telescope's components?|
|Simply put, the telescope comprises lenses and tubes: both are extremely important to the performance of the telescope, and at Gray & Company, we do not take any short cuts in terms of quality and design.The quality of the lens components determines both the viewed image, through clarity and focus, as one would expect, and the amount of light collected: cheaper lenses will not transmit as much light as those of high quality, meaning a loss of detail in lower than ideal light conditions. Additionally, over time, cheap lenses will deteriorate and sharpness of image will be lost. Gray lenses are produced in Germany using the most advanced technology, and immediately incorporating advances in that technology as it is developed over time. Likewise, the barrels we use are of the highest quality anodised alloy, which combines light weight with great strength and durability. The anodising process means that the tubes are almost unaffected by water or moisture and salt, and resist scratching and general wear and tear.|
|What are the benefits of the 'traditional' design?|
|There are essentially three great benefits to the traditional design of the Gray telescope: light weight, compact size, and simplicity of design and operation. At only a total weight of just 1304gsm (46 oz), a closed length of 27cm (10 3/4in) and 76.5 cm (30 1/4in) extended, the Gray is easy and unobtrusive to carry, and after a few hours walking, this really does matter. The design encompasses the latest lens and tube manufacturing technology and quality with a surprising degree of simplicity. Umlike any other quality telescope, the Gray can be taken apart to almost all its individual elements (only one small lens group is vacuum sealed for protection) in a matter of a few minutes, allowing cleaning, drying and rapid reassembly, either in the field or overnight. In extremes of temperature and moisture, this is an invaluable and unique attribute of the Gray.|
|Won't I need a tripod in order to steady the telescope while viewing?|
The Gray is designed specifically to be used without a tripod, unlike almost every other quality telescope on the market. It has been designed to achieve a weight balance between the forward objective lens (held steady in the front hand), and the eyepiece (held and adjusted for focus in the rear hand). This inherent balance means that even at long ranges of over a mile, it is surprisingly easy to maintain steady balance thus enabling detailed study of a subject. All sorts of 'natural' and available supports can be employed where they may improve comfort - braced off a knee, trees, fenceposts, walking stick, rifle, open car window frame to name but a few. Using a tripod would not only add considerably to the weight and bulk to be carried, but would also greatly slow down the speed with which the telescope can be pulled from its case, extended and focussed upon a target.
However, Gray's have designed a tripod clamp for the telescope which is intended for use when the telescope is set up in a static position eg. rifle range or front window of the shooting lodge. Click here for further details.
|Who buys Gray telescopes?|
|The bulk of Gray telescopes are supplied to Sporting Estates and stalkers throughout Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales. Many amateur stalkers also buy a Gray in order that they are as well equipped as their stalker when out hunting: the ability to scan the hills and analyse potential quarry at a distance, alongside the professional stalker, greatly enhances the whole stalking experience. The telescopes are also bought by hunters of a multitude of other game: from caribou in North America, elk in Scandinavia, chamois in the Alps and big game in Africa, where it is ideal for spying over the plains. In recent years, there has been a sharp growth in sales for a diverse range of outdoor activities: from scientific and exploratory expeditions, to conservationists and outdoor and wilderness enthusiasts. In fact, the Gray telescope is ideally suited to long distance viewing of any sort where proximity may frighten off the subject, or simply getting close is impossible.|
|For what sort of hunting would I use a Gray telescope?|
|With its high magnification and superb optics, the Gray telescope is ideally suited to Red Deer stalking, where the quarry's highly developed sense of smell, eyesight and hearing make it extermely difficult to approach. Typically, a stalker will scan an area of land from anything up to and over a mile, first to spot an individual deer or group, and then plot an approach route that will give the greatest likelihood of his being able to get within suitable range. The power of the telescope allows the stalker to make a detailed analysis of the quarry from afar, thus allowing him to decide whether to stalk it or look for another animal.|
|What happens if I have problems or questions about the Gray telescope?|
|As a small private firm, in the same family for over 100 years, we know that each and every telescope we sell has the potential to build further sales: as a result, we give the very highest priority to after-sales service and helping custmers with any difficulties they may have. We keep a full stock of spares in hand, and have the specialist knowledge to be able to answer almost any question on the spot. The same goes for pre-sales advice and service - just call if you have any queries.|