Milton Wilcox R.I.P
Home-built Newt: 10" f/4.5 Royce conical primary, Skywatcher NEQ6 (Astrotroniks tuned) iEQ45, Duo-T, 8" f/4 Skywatcher Quattro CF 120 ED f/7.5 Skywatcher Black Diamond 80ED Stellarvue
Quote:A question I've wondered about myself. A phase-coated, FMC 8x36 Sporter would have been better than an 8x42 Monarch, and it would have filled the long-time gap between the Monarch and the LX, which has been finally closed by the Monarch X.
Quote:I'm not certain if the Buckmaster is on par with the Sporter optically even though the body appears to be identical.I've haven't seen any reviews of the 8x36 Buckmaster, but they are made in China, so that probably means lead-free optics very similar to the Monarch 8x36 (fuzzy edges), but without the p-coatings.If that's the case, I doubt it would match the lead glass, sharp-edged Japanese-made Sporter 1