opticron "imagic" BGA SE 8x42's first impressions
Posted 21 February 2008 - 03:12 PM
i had a look at a pair of these before xmas and was really impressed but they were too expensive... trouble is no other bins i've looked at since quite measure up to them.
to start with they have a satisfying wide 7 degree FOV and an incredibaly sharp image allmost to the edge of fov they really suprised me with their low light performance, i really didnt think these would be as good as my 10x50 bressers at night ie narrow fov and dimmer images but they're infact better! i am so pleased with these and cant wait till the next clear night, stars i can see now through the clouds are perfect pin points across 90% of fov and still reasonably good the last 10% i never though roofs were this good... and so compact!
they came with lens caps(front and rear) that looked cheap but fit well as well as a rain guard, the carry strap supplied is wide and of good quality as is the soft real leather bag which has a neat magnetic catch that works well.
getting back to the bins the lens coatings are very good i can hardly see my face in them out side and they have a beautifull purplish tint on the objectives and an allmost golden orange purple and green tint to the ep's, i can see no internal reflections/ghosting or glare off street lights at night.
focusing requires only 360 degrees rotation from close (2metres) to infinity but still feels precise, twist up eye cups are a pleasure to use and are very smooth and lock in the up, mid and down position positivly.
i'll try and give a better "first light" next time the skies are clear with them allthough there mainly for day use/birding i will definatly be using them for hand held astronomy... oh and their japanese made
Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:28 AM
i still havnt really had a good chance to test them fully so i'll hold back a bit until i have but... first impressions of these bins in the shop was very good, infact after waiting over 2 months to get a pair i'de forgotten just how good they were. any how heres a few pics if you've never heard of opticron their 8x42's PGK glass prisms with phase correction coatings, fully multi coated, nitrogen gas filled and water proof to 3 metres, close focus of 2 metres, stated FOV of 7 degree's, magnesium bodied and japanese made
Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:30 AM
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Posted 22 February 2008 - 09:53 AM
The build quality and optics on Opticron is quite something ... canny wait for the first clear night.
Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:10 AM
Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:23 AM
your right about build quality being good, the opticrons are japanese built, i just dont think chinese stuff can match them
all the chinese made stuff i've seen seem to have the same green/pink multi coatings that seems to show a lot of reflection internal and external. the opticrons seem a lot better and more in keeping with swarovski, ziess ect and have a much richer and differant colour to them.
i havent had chance to take them out of the house yet as i only picked them up yesterday and have been a little busy, plus its cloudy/overcast and drizzling here at the moment
Posted 22 February 2008 - 10:59 AM
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Posted 24 February 2008 - 02:30 PM
now im a fussy person when it comes to binoculars and have rejected loads of other bins and regretted buying some other bins, but these are keepers, if you can strech to a budget of Â£360 there worth waiting/saving for
Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:18 PM
If you mean alpha (Betelgeuse) and gamma (Bellatrix), their angular distance is 7Â°32'.
i can just fit the two top stars of orion in the fov
Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:44 PM
i dont know if they are available or even really heard of outside the UK and i havnt spoken to anyone else who has a pair yet which is suprising?
Posted 24 February 2008 - 03:59 PM
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Posted 25 February 2008 - 01:14 AM
they are every bit as bright(possibly slightly brighter)
This is not surprising, given that the Bresser is internally baffled to what is effectively about 40mm aperture.
i havnt spoken to anyone else who has a pair yet
I have the 10x42 BGA (were listed somewhat pricier than the Imagics, but I managed to get them cheaper). Really very good indeed.
Posted 25 February 2008 - 04:39 AM
yep, well aware of the bressers true aperture of 42mm as measured with a loupe, i tested the opticrons and found they have a true aperture of 42mm, i'll allso check eye relief and exit pupil size when i have some spare time. i guess 8x verses 10x isnt fair but then im comparing a roof with a porro, the opticrons definately show more detail when viewing in dark shadow which goes to show what a differance good coatings and quality optics can make. i could make out and read with ease a no smoking sign on a church hall door with the opticrons that i couldnt really make out let alone read with the bressers back to back and DSO's apear the same size as when viewed with the 10x power bins
Posted 25 February 2008 - 09:59 AM