Thank you for your purchase of the Nomad Optic. The documentation below will discuss the features of this optical device.

DISCLAIMER: Never aim your Nomad Optic at or towards the sun. The magnification can cause temporary and/or permanent blindness.

General Information

The Nomad Optic features a pressurized chamber filled with the inert gas nitrogen. The pressurization prevents moisture from entering the chamber and therefore allows for fog-proof functionality. If you crack or break this chamber, the gas will escape and the device will no longer be able to keep out moisture.

Due to the high levels of magnification, it is strongly recommended to use the Nomad Optic with a tripod or a similar stabilization device. While the included tripod is more than adequate for most applications, larger photography tripods have proven to be more helpful for capturing the perfect shot. The tripod threading is industry standard and will fit any other tripod on the market.

Optic Instructions

The Nomad Optic's lens configuration allows for 1200% static magnification. Using the focusing wheel along the top, the lens can be focused to match your eyesight. The eyepiece of the Nomad Optic features a mechanical piece known as a diopter wheel. The diopter wheel allows for minor adjustments in power (+/- 3) to fine tune your shot.

Phone Attachment

The true performance of the Nomad Optic is unlocked when paired with modern mobile phones. Phones like the iPhone X offer a 200% optical zoom and upwards of 1000% digital zoom; enabling for an impressively zoomed in shot.

If you are using a dual-camera phone, simply link the eyepiece with the primary camera (likely the top one). Open the camera application and the standard image should be visible. It's normal to see a black ring around the edges. Engage the digital zoom and the black ring should disappear.

Once the phone and optic are stable, use your phone's screen to zoom, focus, and manipulate the image to achieve the perfect shot. Depending on your particular phone and setup configuration, it's normal for the process to be somewhat tedious.

Night Vision

Night vision is achieved by using our recommended phone applications which manipulate the sensor to allow for additional light. Some of the functions include:

  • Three amplification modes
  • Up to one second exposure time
  • Residual light amplification
  • Real-time luminance histogram

By leaving the sensor open for longer, the image's exposure is increased and therefore brighter. When doing this, it is normal to see a slight lag as the image's processing is now slightly delayed. Due to this, video recording in night vision is not recommended. It's best used for extremely stabilized photography.

The applications we recommend for use can be found below:

iOS Application: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/night-eyes-lite-night-camera/id954158424?mt=8

Android Application: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.loorj.nightcap