Coin-Operated Binoculars and Telescopes

Vista scopes make coin-operated binoculars and telescopes in both a standard model and an ADA (wheelchair accessible) model. We also make coin-operated specialty models such as our memorial machine, our customized height machine and our wall-mounted machine.
Once you decide on a coin model, you need to choose between 10X magnification and 20X magnification in a binocular or 20X and 35X magnification in a telescope.

10X vs. 20X vs. 35X

Magnification ratings are in comparison to the human eye. Therefore, 10X magnification is bringing the image 10X closer and 20X is 20X closer, etc. Please see our magnification examples to view the difference. There is always a trade-off: the lower the magnification, the smaller the image but the wider the field of view. For example, if you want to see all the sailboats in the lake, use 10X - if you want to see just the people on one boat, use a higher magnification.

Available Models

Model Style Magnification Coin Acceptance
M10XC Binoculars 10X Mechanical
M20XC Binoculars 20X Mechanical
M20XTC Telescope 20X Mechanical
M35XTC Telescope 35X Mechanical
M50XTC Telescope 50X Mechanical


Magnification 10x 20x
(Waterproof Optics)
(Waterproof Optics)
(Waterproof Optics)
(Waterproof Optics)
Field of View 400 feet at
1000 yds
120 feet at
1000 yds
110 feet at
1000 yds
90 feet at 1000 yds 90 feet at 1000 yds
Focus Auto Focus Yes - reciprocating Yes Yes Yes
Objective Diameter 50 mm 60 mm 60 mm 60 mm 60 mm
Exit Pupil Aperture 5 mm 3 mm 3 mm 2.5 mm 2.5 mm
Interpupilliary Distance 2.5 inches 2.5 inches      
Long Eye Relief yes
Viewing Head polished aluminum
Viewing Head Support Arms stainless steel
Main Tube powdercoated aluminum
0.1875 inch wall thickness
Base powdercoated aluminum
Standing Ring cast aluminum
Standing Ring Height from floor
12 inches
Coin Mechanism
Mechanical crank coin acceptor Domestic and foreign
coin acceptors available
Coin Capacity
2000 US quarters
Timing Mechanism
Type Circuit Board timing mechanism
Standard time duration 1 min 30 sec
Ability to vary time setting
yes - from 1 min to 3 min
Machine Height 5ft. 2 in
Height at Eyepieces 5ft. 0 in
Machine Weight 165 lbs
Height of Standing Ring 12 inches
Diameter of Main tube 6 inches
Base Diameter 28 inches
Base Options Yes - we can provide custom flat steel plate bases for certain applications
Horizontal tapered roller bearing system - 285 degrees (can be modified on request)
Vertical bronze bearing on stainless steel trunnion - +/- 30 degrees
Coin Door Keset door lock over security bolt
Viewing Head pop lock over security bolt
4 AA Cells to operate coin acceptor, meter and shutter
Sign sign frame holes are pre-drilled and a stainless steel sign frame comes with each unit
Colors standard color is textured black with aluminum head.
Sand, moss green, blue, green and red are also available.
- On request, we can discuss other colors
5 years on all parts

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