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Lane
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Free is good
      #5614847 - 01/10/13 02:33 AM

Got an anniversary gift from my company today. A pair Pentax PCF WP II 10x50's. Unfortunately it was pouring rain all day and still at it tonight. My preliminary views into the backyard show that the collimation is nearly perfect. Only a 5 degree fov, but plenty of eye relief for my glasses. My 10x50 Fujinon 2000's have a 7.5 degree fov but the eye relief is so tight I can only see about 6 degrees of that field. I am looking forward to using these on some stars if they ever come back out from behind all those clouds.

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Mark9473
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Re: Free is good new [Re: Lane]
      #5614873 - 01/10/13 03:13 AM

What a great gift! I'm sure you'll enjoy them.

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Traveler
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Re: Free is good new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5616597 - 01/11/13 01:56 AM

Such a gift is far better then lets say some engraved pencils

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Re: Free is good new [Re: Traveler]
      #5616652 - 01/11/13 04:00 AM

If you no longer need the Fuji 10x50s I know a good home they could be donated to.

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Re: Free is good new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5616797 - 01/11/13 07:58 AM

A great gif indeed......................


And just for the record, my needs are greater than StarStuff1...


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Lane
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Re: Free is good new [Re: THEPLOUGH]
      #5617087 - 01/11/13 11:29 AM

I will be keeping my Fujinons since they were the first Astronomy binoculars I bought. Very old but still work great. The only problem I have with them is that they are not waterproof so I have to be careful with them at our often dew drenched observing site.

I am really looking forward to a side by side comparison of the two. Fujinon 2000's are not the same quality as the Fujinon FMT SX, although they were made in Japan. So the Pentax might throw up a sharper view. On terrestrial objects they look the same except for the field of view differences.


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Re: Free is good new [Re: Lane]
      #5617299 - 01/11/13 01:36 PM

I have some Fujinon 2000 7x35s and realize the differences in these and the top of the line Fujis. But boy, do I love the wide fov and light weight!

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Lane
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Re: Free is good new [Re: StarStuff1]
      #5617752 - 01/11/13 06:34 PM

I have a set of 16x70 FMT-SX binos and the 2000's compare pretty well when it comes to the center of field performance but the edge performance isn't even close. Like you say the real advantage is the wide field of view, 7.5 degrees is huge for a 10x50, and they are only 2/3rds the weight of my new Pentax binos so they are great for carrying around all day on a site seeing trip. I was surprised at the physical size difference to, the 2000's are tiny compared to the Pentax. The Pentax looks like it is built a lot sturdier than the 2000's as well.

Clouds seem to be clearing away outside and its getting darker, so looks like I might get in some bino-time tonight.


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