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dbs
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Roof prism bino not suitable for astro?
      #5694745 - 02/22/13 01:32 PM

Hi all,

Just wondering.....most of the bino that we discuss here for astro are the porro-prism type.

Why is it that nobody talk about roof-prism bino for astro?

is there some sort of disadvantage?

I saw many guys gave rave reviews to this Vortex binos.....they are the roof type....and seems to be very good. Anyone tried them before for astro?


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: dbs]
      #5694756 - 02/22/13 01:36 PM

for your reading pleasure

42mm Roofs

My closing statement in this report

Some of these roofs make excellent astronomy binoculars. The Celestron Regals, especially the 8xRegal, the Nikon Monarch 10x42 and the Bushnell Legend 8x42, are all good choices. As a bonus, these choices equip the user with a nice lightweight piece that can be used for terrestrial use.


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: EdZ]
      #5694787 - 02/22/13 01:51 PM

I have an 8x42 roof that is a sibling of the Celestron Regal mentioned in EdZ's report. I quite enjoy them for every kind of use even for astronomy. They make a perfect take-along pair for trips. No hesitation at all in recommending these.

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dbs
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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5694804 - 02/22/13 02:01 PM

Quote:

I have an 8x42 roof that is a sibling of the Celestron Regal mentioned in EdZ's report. I quite enjoy them for every kind of use even for astronomy. They make a perfect take-along pair for trips. No hesitation at all in recommending these.




Hi Ed,

Thanks!

Hope you can check out the Vortex Razor or the Vortex Viper one day. They are expensive, but everyone who uses those before raves about them. I just wonder how they compare with the Nikon Monarch or the Bushnell legends or better still the Fujinon.


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: dbs]
      #5695058 - 02/22/13 04:05 PM

I use a pair of 10X42 roofs for astro duty.

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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: dbs]
      #5695188 - 02/22/13 05:11 PM

Quote:

Hi all,

Just wondering.....most of the bino that we discuss here for astro are the porro-prism type.

Why is it that nobody talk about roof-prism bino for astro?




http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php/Cat/0/Number/3409680/...

http://www.cloudynights.com/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php/Cat/0/Number/5172610/...


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Erik Bakker
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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: dbs]
      #5695238 - 02/22/13 05:33 PM

The disadvantage is mainly the price. Once you've taken that hurdle, you will find the best roofs to be stunning astro-instruments. I have had both roofs and porros in the best quality available. Performance wise, they are both great. The roofs are generally more compact. For a given price, porro's can't be beat for sheer image quality. Once you go to the bigger sizes, say 70mm and up, porros are your only option.

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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: Erik Bakker]
      #5695396 - 02/22/13 07:00 PM

as stated here many times, all binoculars are compromises
the various compromises make one better than another for "whatever"
my 6.5x21 pentax papillios will work for astronomy- somewhat
my 25x150s will work for birding-if the birds come to me

edj


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5696481 - 02/23/13 12:08 PM

Got rid of all my bulky porros and use roofs exclusively.

After obtaining a pair of 10x42 Steiner's quite by chance, I was hooked on the quality feel, great views, compact size and light weight. A giant step above my Pentax PCF and Nikon AE porro 50's. I mean really, side by side comparisons were dramatic (however, better quality porros can be equallly as stunning)! I began a search for a great lower power pair and after MUCH research decided on the 8x42 Vanguard Endeavor ED's. The value is hard to ignore. Now I have a couple pair of world class glass for bargain prices.


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: Stacy]
      #5696489 - 02/23/13 12:12 PM

My ex-Leica roof prism are fabulous for astronomical observations!!

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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: curiosidad]
      #5696570 - 02/23/13 01:06 PM

For astronomy you need well designed and executed Porro binoculars. Well designed and executed roofs will be just as effective. The problem is that roofs, everything else being equal, are more expensive to manufacture. They are indeed more compact but this becomes a limitation when the aperture is more than about 63mm, as roofs do not displace the optical path sideways, so they cannot adjust to IPD smaller than their objective size). You will never see a 16x70 roofs version of a Fujinon 16x70. Therefore roofs will never completely replace Porro binoculars for astronomy.
My two cents, and worth every penny
Marco


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: rydberg]
      #5696590 - 02/23/13 01:17 PM

Out of 30 odd binos [third of them are roof's] my most used hand held astro. bino is a roof, my Minox 10x58 ED BD. Behind this would be my Leica 12x50 BN. These are not however inexpensive binoculars. Both give just excellent images. As others have said you do have to go for a quality roof, the more entry version can give spiking and a less then pin point image. However, with the rise of good quality affordable Chinese ED's this is now less of a concern.

Chris

Edited by charen (02/23/13 02:37 PM)


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: charen]
      #5697732 - 02/24/13 02:54 AM

I use 8x Zen-Ray Prime HD's as a combination of birding and astronomy bins. They are nothing short of phenomenal at basically everything.

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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: Ebyl]
      #5702101 - 02/26/13 05:11 PM

The prisms in a roof prism binocular have to be precisely aligned for them to perform well and from what I have seen you have to pay a lot for that. At least 4 or 5 times more than a porro binocular to get the same result. But your reward is a much smaller lighter binocular.

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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: Lane]
      #5702187 - 02/26/13 06:06 PM

Quote:

your reward is a much smaller lighter binocular




I don't know if the weight is necessarily lighter for a roof bino. They require extra optical elements in their design.

Consider the Nikon 10x42SE at 25 Oz. and the 10x42 Nikon EDG at 28.5 oz. or the Swaro SLC HD or Zeiss HT both at 28 oz.

The roofs win in compactness, though.

Rich


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5702236 - 02/26/13 06:32 PM

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I don't know if the weight is necessarily lighter for a roof bino.
Rich




Rich,

How about a petite 56 ounces for my Fujinon 12x60 HB roof prism binocular.

Stan


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: hallelujah]
      #5702465 - 02/26/13 08:58 PM

That's Unimount time for me, Stan. I never use my 72 ox. 16x70s hand held. I've got more time now than ever before...

Rich


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5703036 - 02/27/13 08:23 AM

As Rydberg stated, it costs more to make roof prism designs equal to porro prism performance. People pay the extra money for the compact size under ~50mm. Roof prism isn't more expensive because it's better optically. A fact few seem to recognize.

That said, high-end roof prism designs are better than low-end porro prism models simply due to the care in manufacturing. But at the end of the day, i.e. when the sun sets, you get far more for your money in porro designs.

Any binocular benefits from a sturdy mount. The last thing I care about is binocular weight. I'm going to mount it to a tripod if it's worth looking through and I have the time/circumstance. Even hand-held, heavier binoculars are better because they don't jump every time your heart beats. Not so much to carry around, but I'm going to carry it if it delivers when I get there. 7 ounces either way is insignificant or we wouldn't measure it in ounces.

I've not found roof prism designs are worth the extra cost. I'm not saying they don't deliver, I'm saying just not better for looking vs. similar quality porros that will cost far less money because they don't need expensive coatings and materials to deliver the same amount of light at the same quality.

And the porro design engineering is at least a century old - it takes conscious effort to make a short eye relief, narrow FOV 7x50 porro, so even the cheapest discount brand 7x50 offers comfortable eye relief and wide fields with acceptable sharpness across much of the field of view. You can't say the same about $20 roof prism models.

I crossed roof prism designs off the list when I was looking for binoculars because the price-performance ratio was simply broken, IMHO. YMMV, of course.

Edited by OneGear (02/27/13 08:28 AM)


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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: OneGear]
      #5703142 - 02/27/13 09:54 AM

Roof is much expensive than porro in the same size.But roof rarly has big size than 9X63。

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Re: Roof prism bino not suitable for astro? new [Re: OneGear]
      #5703163 - 02/27/13 10:09 AM

I'm a birder as well as stargazer, and that is where even the 2x or 3x more you have to pay for a top quality roof starts to make sense. In addition to compact form, the roof's internal focusing, genuine sealing despite center focusing, finely adjustable eyecups, and ED glass objectives (a noticeable improvement in daylight, especially considering the roof binocular's unfortunate greater tendency towards lateral color fringing) are very nice luxury features.

These advantages look even better compared to massively constructed marine Porros with eyepiece focusing--try following and staying focused on warblers 30 feet away with one of those. I "did" it myself for years, but never again.

My favorite binoculars for astronomy are one each:
15x60 Docter Nobilem Porro (sharp, bright, and ungainly)
10x56 Zeiss FL roof (big, but works great on birds for me)

Ron


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