Finally took a decision on binocular purchase!
Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:04 PM
After so much ''paralysis by analysis'' after deciding between the 10x50's that Edz reviewed, there were some binoculars that had better atributed than others, like for example, the Nikon AE 10x50 had good illumination but Pentax better coatings, the garrett had as good coatings as the Pentax but significantly reduced aperture and as bad off axis perfomance as the Nikons, etc, etc.
But now that I'm working for burning some personal money and thinking that it was probably going to be my last purchase, I've decided to invest in a binocular that will last a lifetime and with premium optics, I considered buying the Garrett 10x50 signature series, which means I am getting about 90% of Fujinon perfomance in an affordable price, which also means that almost every atribute is superior to the average binocular.
When I receive the binocular a meticulous analysis and report is sure to be expected.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 09:58 AM
It pays to shop around for the best price, one seller may charge a bit more but ship for free, any critisism of the bino in general?, a couple, I find the IF limits them to certain uses, if you want to do double duty with this glass say bird watching them you would be better getting a model with a centre focus system and its not a binocular for taking on hikes around your neck, I find it heavy,for looking at fixed objects its a good performer however like most Chinese optics QC can be spotty, DA.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 10:28 AM
I bought them from Garrett and as I can see they have the 14 inspection thing in their products, I hope thats the truth. And I am going to use them purely for astronomy and very distant daytime objects. And again, I hope they check the binoculars before sending them.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 12:29 PM
Many have commented on this model,under it's numerous different brand names,representing excellent value for money,which I'm sure it does.
Whether or not 90% is an accurate representative figure of how closely it actually compares, in all respects, to a Fujinon FMTSX 10x50,could be debatable.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 05:15 PM
I think you'll be pleased.
In case service is needed Zach is great to work with...
Posted 20 November 2012 - 06:56 PM
I don't like e-commerce/phone orders + shipping.
However, the four binoculars I have purchased this way have all arrived in excellent condition. I believe my experiences are not just good luck but representative of the vast majority of such binocular orders.
Posted 20 November 2012 - 07:08 PM
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:51 AM
Please give me ideas of what you want me to evaluate when they arrive.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:05 AM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:33 AM
It can be a strain on the eyes, trying to push a new binocular to the limits and inflict every known viewing torture on it, and once your eyes get tired, then you don't see as well, and everything looks worse, and there you go.
So have faith, flow with it and let it happen naturally.
Actually the thing that interests me most is something you may not be able to judge without a direct comparison to a Fujinon. The eyepieces are simpler than the Fujinon's, with the result that the edge will not appear as sharp. But I read a review that claimed that as a result of having less glass to scatter light, the BA8 actually showed perceptibly better transmission and contrast than the Fujinon.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 11:03 AM
Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:33 PM
When I arrived from working my mom told me where the binoculars were, and when I looked the box I immediately opened and saw all the accessories that came with the binoculars along with the very well made nylon case.
Upon closing inspection the binocular arrived in excellent condition, round exit pupils, good collimation, no scratches, no smears. I was doing some testing at night but unfortunately conditions where not good, a mostly cloudy sky with so-so seeing. But had opportunity to test them for CA on the moon but only found the barest hint only when looking a bit off axis, as expected due to a full moon, and Jupiter focused to a sharp disc with no flares and could see its moons. Could see the entire FOV and could see the parallelogram of Lyra excluding Vega with some room to spare, I need to measure this more closely.
As soon as conditions get better and get a tripod I will continue giving more impressions. So far I'm happy with my purchase.
Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:59 PM
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Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:48 PM
Did a closer estimate of the FOV. Beta Cas and Gamma Cas touch the field stop.
That's a 6.15° TFOV in case you haven't checked your atlas yet! Enjoy your new binoculars!
Posted 29 November 2012 - 10:18 AM
This was handheld, next time when I get a tripod I'm going to measure it more carefully
Posted 29 November 2012 - 03:19 PM
When I had a pair of the same bino I often used a bino harness with it, it took the strain off the neck harness & I found the weight less bothersome & I could use it for longer periods
Posted 11 December 2012 - 06:49 PM
Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:51 PM
Tested today the binoculars on faint nebula (LM about 4.7, give or take 0.1 magnitudes, time 8:30 pm):
M1 vs M78:
M1: I first located Zeta Tauri and started concentrating above the two stars before M1, the last time I saw it in a darker sky, it was possible to pick it up, it appeared about 40% or 50% the time spent looking, adverted vision only object. The mag 9.6 star next to it was easy to see.
M78: I had located this the same night as M1 in the dark site, so now in my backyard I wasn't expecting to find it. But concentrating my sight in the right spot, it was easier than M1, I even could see it handheld, not needing the effort associated with locating M1, I consider this very good.