The following came on the heels of Erix, but should be here:
'Doctor says that many more hugs and it won't EVER heal!
And what you say is EXACTLY what I hope to stand for. I’m not a proponent of some of the “TESTS” so often seen here. However, I don’t think they should all be thrown out with the wash, either. Some people will make a stink over Bino A having an aperture 3mm smaller than advertised, while Bino B is “right on.” Wow! It was quantified! BUT, how much does it matter when Bino A:
1. Has a wider field.
2. Has a flatter field.
3. Has less distortion.
4. Has less chromatic aberration.
5. Has textbook collimation.
6. Etc, Etc, Etc.
We often “strain and gnats and swallow camels!” I would be the first to congratulate Photobud on his acquisition. My first bino was a mis-collimated Bushnell 7x50 that I didn’t know how to fix. Thus, he’s miles ahead of where I was.
Shortly, others chimed in. Unsubstantiated opinions are good; substantiated opinions are better; facts are better still. It is meant to harm no one. But, on CN we’ve long witnessed that those who are new to binocular observing or who have had only one or two cheap binos are HEAVY into opinions and LIGHT into optical technologies and facts.
If that is an indictment, I’m sorry. As Aristotle said, “Accuracy Bites!”
“Wow, all this commotion when all I did was post how happy I was with my new binocs after an extremely short, cold trip outside. I didn't even make this a review or comparison. Guess I'll just enjoy my new toy.”
AND THAT’S WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT!!! AND MIKE SAYS HIS IS ALIGNED GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIMSELF.
That is totally in the realm of how things should be. A bino’s collimation may be as screwed up as a soup sandwich, however, if both telescopes are screwed up by the same amount, to the same coordinates for the user’s IPD . . . life is good for THAT OBSERVER, or anyone at or near the same IPD setting. I have owned many “alphas.” But, my 1963 Jason 7x35 is Conditionally Aligned and I am happy. Could I collimate it? Yes. But, I see no reason to waste the time; no one ever uses it besides me.
Enjoy your “new toy,” and let no one dissuade you, but keep a goodhearted, realistic attitude, that when something goes awry, you can pinpoint the cause through your own experience.
“I can tell you that there are two subjects that cannot be addressed without peril here:
1. Celestron 15X70 binoculars
And I am undoubtedly the biggest malefactor. That’s because while some people see CN as a place to go and share opinions — some right and some wrong — I see it as a tool for learning. The more realism in the community, the harder it will be for unscrupulous vendors to populate the marketplace with questionable rhetoric and merchandise. On so many topics, I’m a fool. But, I know about optical instruments and I like to share that information. The battle is renewed with every wave of newbies:
1. No, there are NO US manufacturers of consumer binoculars.
2. No, almost no binocular companies make their own glass.
3. No, the size of the objective lens has nothing to do with field of view.
4. No, field curvature doesn’t mean your field looks curved.
5. No, ZOOM is not a feature—considering all the shortcomings.
6. No, lens coatings are not to protect the glass.
7. No, Center-focus is not BETTER than individual focus.
8. No, BaK4 prisms are not BETTER than Bk7 prisms—and there’s no such glass as the ubiquitous BAK7 . . . except on CN and other sites for the misinformed. It’s not in the Schott catalog.
And, of course, the list could cover many more fallacies. I wonder if I should be still and just keep my mouth shut, leaving faulty doctrine to reign unabated?
I am a weak human. Five posts after Photobud’s first, CuriousOne spoke up with:
“There's magnacraft 15x70 on amazon for even lower price:”
Sadly, that I’m sure is what got me turned on . . . this time. How many times have we gone down the road that insinuates binoculars should be bought based on price. And, from a company I have never even heard of.
I’m sorry; I throw myself on the mercies of all.
But, I have been the one behind the counter with the customer burning my ears discussing the less than sterling bino he just bought (notice I didn’t say junk, again), and refused to handle it long enough to take it to the dumpster!!!
Do that long enough and you’ll have a different perspective on binos, too.
I want everyone to enjoy the bino they have, and not move up until THEY see a reason. I just think CN should be about expanding our understanding.
If my contributions are no longer welcome here, I will pull the plug; just let me know. I have plenty to do. But, not before telling everyone, in no uncertain terms, that I care about the viewing experiences of ALL and would never intentionally offend. If trying to help keep a taste of reality on the table is a sin, then I’m a sinner. I feel that what is thought of me is not nearly as important as what I hope to share . . . POPULAR or not.