Added on 20-Aug-2012
Version 2 OWLS - the update of the London Stereoscopic Company OWL stereoscope - is now available through the LSC Shop. We have lauched it on-line, along with the two new sets of cards - two sets of vintage QUEEN images featuring Freddie, Roger, Brian and John on tour in the early days.
The new version features a wider aperture in the back plate - as suggested by Stereo World editor John Dennis. This makes no difference to the OWL's performance in viewing stereo cards, but it enables the viewer to cover the whole area of larger format cards when they are illustrated life-size in book and magazines. Usually these are cards made much later than the "Scenes in Our Village" and "Diableries" cards … for instance Keystone Views, and Underwood and Underwood, and many 21st century stereo pairs now being offered. So the OWL now covers more formats than ever.
But perhaps the most significant advantage of the new Version 2 OWL is that it is perfect for viewing side-by-side stereos on the iPAD. In the coming months, this is going to become more and more significant. The newest version of the iPad has a much better resolution than the previous models. In my opinion it's still not quite fine enough resolution for our purposes. It would be a lot better if we stereoscopists could use the whole area of the screen for our stereo pairs, but that's very hard. The geometry of the Brewster system - which is really what we are all using, dictates strict limits for the size of our images. Well, we shall see - but in the meantime our OWLs will be a great tool for enjoying electronic stereos on our iPads.
Buy the New Owl.
Buy The Queen Stereo Cards