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The Avalon Team

At Avalon Optics we all share a sense of adventure, an urge to explore beyond our daily surroundings. Meet the Avalon Team.



Natasha Ellison

Natasha is a naturalist, mathematician, educationist, public speaker and promoter of popular science from Manchester. She’s currently researching in mathematical ecology and ornithology at the University of Sheffield. Outside of research she enjoys travelling, bird watching and engaging in conservation. Natasha has just come back from the dense rain forests of Guyana, South America. Alongside film maker Dan O’Neill, and equiped with her Avalon 10×42 PRO HD platinum binoculars, she searched for the most powerful bird in the world. Her journey was captured in the film, ‘To Find A Harpy” (

“Avalon 10×42 PRO HD binoculars were fantastic, perfect vision for the jungle as everything needs to be completely waterproof. They gave us great views of the Harpy and all the other wonderful wildlife.”



Daniel O’Neill

Daniel is a wildlife filmmaker, film festival director and field biologist, specialising in rainforests.

After completing his degree in Zoology, he developed his skills in the remote Amazon and Yucatan as a habitat scientist and travelled across much of Europe, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and North Africa.

He completed a Masters in Wildlife Filmmaking at The University of the West of England in partnership with the world renowned BBC Natural History Unit for which he made ‘To Find a Harpy’. The film follows the story of mathematician, Natasha Ellison, as she attempts to realise a life-long dream to see the formidable harpy eagle in the wild.

When he is not on location, he is based in Bristol where he runs the conservation wildlife film festival, Wilderland ( and works in the natural history filmmaking industry.

“The Avalon 10×42 PRO HD are fantastic bino’s, they were a great addition to our team. They were Natasha’s trusty sidekick in almost every shot!”



Megan Tan

Megan is on the United States Archery Team and trains full-time as a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Centre with the goal of representing her country in the 2020 Olympic Games.

She competes with Avalon spotting scopes in National and International competition. With the optical quality and precision of Avalon optics, she is constantly better enhancing her performance.

Megan uses the Avalon 60mm Venture HD spotting scope for 70m shooting. For 18m distance, the Avalon 8×32 Mini HD binoculars and Avalon 10×42 WP monocular are her preferred choices.

“Avalon 8×32 Mini HD binoculars are a great size and work extremely well for my indoor 18m shooting.”



Alexander Peterman

Alexander is a technology blogger and the man behind The Mancave (

His blog reviews a wide variety of products and actually puts them to the test in real world situations, not a lab, and also provides feedback to companies for whom the reviews are written.

The Mancave is consumer driven and tries to provide straight forward reviews in simple terms while still yet being informative.

Alexander is an enthusiastic Avalon binoculars user for recreation and stargazing.

“After reviewing my first two pair of Avalon binoculars, I became an instant fan. Avalon’s 8×42 Titan ED binoculars are absolutely astonishing. The optics are crisp, clear, and utterly superb, thanks to the extra-low dispersion glass. The definition of the images you are viewing are stunning and again the optics almost produce a 3d effect. They are awesome as I’ve come to expect from Avalon!”



Lacy Wittman

Lacy ( is a New York City-based filmmaker and life-long elephant lover. Working to educate and advocate elephant conservation, she travels to them as often as she can and is involved in various conservation efforts in Africa and Asia.

“I’ve been busy in the field using my Avalon 10×42 PRO HD binoculars as I’m currently in South Africa and Mozambique doing a project. I’ve carried my binos all over Africa over the past year – Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa Mozambique and also Morocco (where I filmed an extensive 2 week birding tour where my Avalon binoculars never left my side!)”