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/ Nikon 10X70 IF SP "Astroluxe"
Nikon 10X70 IF SP "Astroluxe"
November 22, 2012 12:57 AM
You summed it up pretty well. The older Wide Field model is very immersive but shows a few ghosts on the Moon (kind of a chain of them getting progressively smaller) that move around with small movement of the image. Really only noticeable after 1st quarter phase. The 10x70 Astroluxe are no where near as immersive a view but have much smaller and more comfortable eyepieces (with the straight eyecups), a little sharper, and don't ghost even on a full moon. They are also lighter but somehow more difficult to hold due to increased length.
It's hard to really justify having both but I got them both used for very reasonable prices, the Astroluxe several years ago and the Wide Field more recently. If I had to keep one it would be a tough call but it would likely be the wide field model. Mostly because they feel solid like an anvil. No glue on the prisms, hinge axis 50% larger than the newer style.
November 22, 2012 1:21 AM
Thanx. The Wide Field is also much harder to come by and the price is going up. A near mint example showed-up on eBay a few months ago and sold for $1,329.
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November 22, 2012 10:01 AM
I make the same choices with my 16 x 70's: it's the Swift with its 80 degree AFOV for the Milky Way, and it's the 64 degree Fujinon for the serious stuff (because it's a better performer).
/ Nikon 10X70 IF SP "Astroluxe"
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