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Les
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Swift 8x44 ED Ultralite poros
      #1514166 - 03/29/07 10:13 PM Attachment (148 downloads)

After being thoroughly berated by my wife for not bringing any binoculars on our recent trip to Costa Rica (she wouldn't understand that my 18x70s were inappropriate and that I didn't like the idea of TSA employees inspecting my Canons), I thought it time to purchase a new pair of glasses for general nature study that I would feel comfortable dragging around on trips. I settled on these Swift glasses.

First impressions: These are the lightest glasses in my possession at 25 oz. While the FOV at 6.5 degrees matches my Canons, the view through the Swifts has a bit of a tunnel vision effect by comparison. The optics are bright and sharp with no discernable CA when viewing branches against a sky background.

I tried them tonight on the Moon and Saturn. Just the barest hint of a yellow rim around one side of the Moon. While sharp, I really couldn't hold them steady enough to catch the detail I was seeing in the Canon 10x42IS. Saturn was high in the sky and I was pleased to see a nice elongated globe with no apparent flaring. The Canons by comparison would flare easily unless eye centering was perfect. Could easily detect a star to the East but nothing more with the Swifts. After a few seconds observing with the Canons, Titan popped into view to the West. Later confirmed with The Sky Pocket Edition that there were no field stars brighter than Titan that close to the planet.

Clearly, the Canons will be my handheld choice for astronomy but expect the Swifts will serve their intended purpose for nature study when the Canons are not at hand.

They come with a nice looking hard case which is unfortunately too tight and eyecaps and endcaps that are too loose.

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Les

Canon 10x42L IS
Oberwerks BT80/45, Helix Hercules mount on Oberwerks Standard Tripod
Swift 8x44ED Ultralite
Questar 50th Anniversary Model, 501 head on Manfrotto 475 tripod
Stellarvue SV90T 90mm Fluorite refractor Bogen 3236/Televue Tele-Pod Head
Questar 7 Astro
Vixen GP-DX on Baader Surveyor Tripod


Edited by Les (03/29/07 10:18 PM)


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Les
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Re: Swift 8x44 ED Ultralite poros new [Re: Les]
      #1514174 - 03/29/07 10:16 PM Attachment (142 downloads)

And another pic here.

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Les

Canon 10x42L IS
Oberwerks BT80/45, Helix Hercules mount on Oberwerks Standard Tripod
Swift 8x44ED Ultralite
Questar 50th Anniversary Model, 501 head on Manfrotto 475 tripod
Stellarvue SV90T 90mm Fluorite refractor Bogen 3236/Televue Tele-Pod Head
Questar 7 Astro
Vixen GP-DX on Baader Surveyor Tripod


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camvan
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Re: Swift 8x44 ED Ultralite poros new [Re: Les]
      #1514188 - 03/29/07 10:20 PM

how much did they cost you Les? what do you think of their 'feel'? is the rubberized armor comfortable to grip? what's eye relief like? what other model's had you considered and what made you pick this one, over them?

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Cameron

"Aperture can only be replaced by even more aperture. Dark transparent skies cannot be replaced by anything else." - Stathis Kafalis

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ngc6475
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Re: Swift 8x44 ED Ultralite poros new [Re: Les]
      #1514189 - 03/29/07 10:20 PM

Nice binoculars, Les. It looks like you have a great bino for terrestrial viewing.

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Walter

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Les
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Re: Swift 8x44 ED Ultralite poros new [Re: camvan]
      #1514204 - 03/29/07 10:27 PM

Cam,

These can be had for about $300 USD plus shipping. I believe they have been discontinued but a few places still have stock. The feel -- fits like a glove. Eye relief is ample and the eyecups are of the roll down variety.

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Les

Canon 10x42L IS
Oberwerks BT80/45, Helix Hercules mount on Oberwerks Standard Tripod
Swift 8x44ED Ultralite
Questar 50th Anniversary Model, 501 head on Manfrotto 475 tripod
Stellarvue SV90T 90mm Fluorite refractor Bogen 3236/Televue Tele-Pod Head
Questar 7 Astro
Vixen GP-DX on Baader Surveyor Tripod


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Mark9473
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Re: Swift 8x44 ED Ultralite poros new [Re: Les]
      #1515518 - 03/30/07 04:18 PM

The look of the eyepieces, in the first picture, just makes me want to look into them!

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Mark
Leica 8x20; Nikon 7x35; Vixen 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter 15x60
WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet


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