Kite Optics

Kite APC Stabilised 42mm binoculars




The innovative APC 42 redefines your experience in nature observation. Just as light and just as bright as conventional 42mm roof prism binoculars, but stable. And not the kind of stability you may have experienced before…  but an entirely new level of stability. Observe in the strongest winds, Observe as long as you like. See details as if you are watching a film. Start watching while you are still out of breath from that long walk, and enjoy highest magnifications without the slightest image vibration. But most important of all… Let yourself be amazed by the things you see, that are invisible with even the best standard binoculars.

The stabilized binoculars are equipped with KITE’s APC system (angle power control). Without having to switch the button, it will put the stabilizing electronics to sleep mode when the instrument is in rest position (hanging from the neck) , and automatically activate the unit when you start observing again. This results in a huge increase of battery life and comfort of use.

120 Hour battery life with APC power saving

The APC 42 binocular has 2 battery boxes. Each battery box holds 2 standard AA bateries. One battery box contains 2 functional AA batteries that will run for 60 hours. The other box containes 2 spare AA batteries. After the first 60 hours, simply switch be batteries and continue for another 60 hours.  Intelligent features such as the KITE APC system (angle power control) will put the stabilizing electronics in sleep mode when the instrument is in rest position (hanging from the neck) , and automatically activate the unit when you start observing again. This results in a huge increase of battery life and usage comfort. And regardless of its position (rest or active), after 90 mintues the instrument will automatically switch off for energy saving.

2° correction angle

The stabilisation capacity of the APC 42 goes beyond the suppression of image vibrations caused by wind or hand trembling. Its stabilisation capacity is 2x to 3x larger than that of other consumer stabilisers binoculars. APC stabilized binoculars have a millitary grade capacity stabilisation system that allows stable viewing from driving vehicles, boats, aircrafts and other unstable platforms.  

Waterproof and gas filled.

The APC 42 is fully waterproof. The optical system and electronics are sealed to result in an IPX 7 waterproof rating. It can handle any kind of rain shower and can even be submerged to 1 meter depth for a maximum of 30 minutes.  The system is nitrogen gas filled, to prevent internal fogging.


12x42 16x42
Magnification 12x 16x
Objective lens diameter (mm) 42 42
Exit Pupil (mm) 3.5 2.62
Min. close focus (m) 4 4
Field of view (m/1000m) 67 68
Field of view (degrees) 3.85 3.9
Eye relief (mm) 17 14
Interpupillary distance (mm) 74-54 74-54
Height (mm) 184 184
Max width (mm) 128 128
Min width folded (mm) 128 128
Weight (g) 720 (no battery) 735 (no battery)
Twilight factor 22.4 25.9
Dioptric compensation (+/-) 3 3
Waterproof IPX7 IPX7
Gas filled yes yes
Functional temperature -20°/55° -20°/55°
Light transmission (%) NC NC
Warranty (years)* 30 30
*warranty electronics (years) 2 2
Stabilisation correction angle (degrees) 2 2
Battery life (hours) 120 (including use of the internal spare battery) 120 (including use of the internal spare battery)
Angle power control (APC) yes yes
Sleep timer (minutes) yes (90) yes (90)
Low battery indicator yes yes
Batteries (not included) 2x AA (+2xAA spare battery) 2x AA (+2xAA spare battery)


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We will buy or part-exchange your cameras, lenses, accessories, spotting scopes and binoculars.

We are able to give you a rough price - however we will need to see your gear to give you a final price.

The market fluctuates rapidly and there are a number of considerations we have to make when purchasing equipment from our customers. Our prices undoubtedly are less than you would get if you were to sell privately. The reason for this is, when we sell them to a customer we have to provide a warranty - and with growing costs for repairs this has to be a key consideration.

We’ll always offer as fair a deal as possible and are happy to negotiate or in some instances offer a commission sales basis.

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Many thanks, Justin

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