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#1 Simon S

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:36 PM

Well if you like me and have more than one pair of binoculars, you may leave them in the car for emergency's.
I have a pair of Swift 804 HR5 Audiobon's with a chipped prism and half a Bausch and Lomb M3 binocular in the glove compartment.

#2 orbitaljump

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 01:46 PM

Empire 10x35 Porros

Suprisingly good. Some aberation on the outer field, but center is super sharp. Plus they have excellent contrast (good coatings). Wide aparent FOV.

Best of all, no one is likely to poach them. And if they do, no big loss. Great knock around pair.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 02:36 PM

I have a pair of 8-by-something WalMart roofs that I paid about $15 for new.

They're really awful, but they serve their purpose (reading the road number of a locomotive that's too far away to see with the naked eye).

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:51 PM

The pair that most often comes along with me in my car in an air tight , double insulated picnic box , is also a Swift HR5 Audubon .

It's a bit on the clunky side and has short eye - relief but it is a good 10 x 50 with a 7 degree TFOV , and there aren't too many of those around of comparable quality .

Kenny

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 03:55 PM

Pentax PCF-V 10x50s; not my favorites but if I need to check something out they're always handy stashed between the front seats.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:01 PM

http://www.flickr.co...57623234405689/
It's kept in a zip-lock bag under the passenger seat and gets the job done and I don't worry about it getting lost or stolen.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:14 PM

I have two binoculars Zen ED2 7x36, Kowa BD 8x32 in my car and Vixen 6x16 Monocular in my pocket :)

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:17 PM

Opticron 10x42, small and light, just the ticket.

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:19 PM

The pair that most often comes along with me in my car in an air tight , double insulated picnic box , is also a Swift HR5 Audubon .

It's a bit on the clunky side and has short eye - relief but it is a good 10 x 50 with a 7 degree TFOV , and there aren't too many of those around of comparable quality .

Kenny

Audobon HR5 10 x ? Thought that's you Kestrel?

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:21 PM

In my minivan there is a pair of 7.5x32 roofies with a loose eyecup I got cheap from a vendor.

In my Miata's glove box is half of an 8x32 roofie. So neither is great for astro use but OK in the daytime or seeing details on UFOs before they fly off. Also not much value if either one gets lost or stolen.

FWIW the local newspaper has a serious birder that writes all kinds of columns on wildlife. The only binocular he owned was a $1200+ Leica which he kept under the seat of his car. A couple of years ago he had an oil & filter change at one of those quicky lube places. When he got home he finally noticed the binos were not under the seat. He went straight back to the shop but of course the manager said that none of his boys would steal anything out of a customer's car. Also, of course, there was no way to prove anything. :foreheadslap:

I loaned him the 7.5x32s until he was able to replace his Leicas...with another Leica!

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 04:31 PM

Yes , Simon , it's my Kestrel !

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 06:03 PM

a 8x32 roof that is in bad need of collimation

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 07:19 PM

Swift Falcon 8x42

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 07:31 PM

minox 8x32 roof

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:07 PM

Nippon Kugaku 9x35 cf (in case) under passenger seat.
Carl Zeiss Jena 8x30 cf in the foyer.
B&L 8x30 cf by back door.
8x20 Docter optic monocular on the V-Strom tank bag.
Zephyr 9x35 cf in the shop.

Cory (a couple of them need work, naw, maybe later)!

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 08:11 PM

Daniel H,

Bring it to class, we'll tweak it, no, scratch that, you'll tweak it!

Cory

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 09:27 PM

Tasco 7x35 (1970)

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Posted 10 July 2010 - 10:15 PM

Leica Trinovid 10x25... but they are not in my trunk/boot. If I kept them there, I'd have a good excuse for why I always forget that I keep binoculars in my car.

No sir! I keep mine in the driver's console directly next to me. And so I have absolutely no excuses for why never remember that they are there.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 02:53 AM

I find it particularly interesting that Cory has not only a foyer in his car , but also a shop !

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:12 AM

Kenny,

It is painfully obvious you have been hanging out with Cook WAY too much! Besides, wife has car, mine is a motorcycle.

Cory :^)

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 05:51 AM

Since I do only a small fraction of all my travel in a car, leaving binoculars there wouldn't be very useful. My emergency optical device is the Nikon 6x15 monocular which lives in the little backpack that goes everywhere that I go. Other things in the same pack: little notebook, pen and pencil, red and white emergency flashlights, cigarette lighter.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:18 AM

I have Celestron Noble 10x28's in a bag that I carry around with me everywhere.I would like to leave them in the car but that worries me for a number of reasons.

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Posted 11 July 2010 - 06:04 PM

Hey Kenny,

I used to have a Kestrel 10x50. Loved that glass, gave it to youngest son. He's the out doorsie type and loves it too. In spite of hanging out with Billy, you do have good taste!

Cory

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 10:13 AM

An old, trusty Celestron 10x50 Ultima DX that I leave sitting in the back seat. Easy to use and I don't mind if they get banged up a bit.

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Posted 12 July 2010 - 12:42 PM

Brunton Lite-Tech 8X42 Roof.
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