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ngc 9999
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Exit pupil accuracy....
      #5666007 - 02/06/13 09:03 PM

Is there an binocular with an exit pupil with a roundness as perfect as a circle, or shouldn't I worry about that?

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Rich V.
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Re: Exit pupil accuracy.... new [Re: ngc 9999]
      #5666086 - 02/06/13 09:50 PM

I would expect round exit pupils on almost all newer binoculars that use BaK-4 glass for their prisms. It is best for binos with short focal ratios, which are used by most hand held designs.

Older models and some lower end binos may use BK-7 glass instead and they will show darker chords around the exit pupil that make it look diamond shaped. Many older 7x35s from the '50s and '60s use BK-7 glass.

Longer focal ratio optics like giant astro binoculars and spotting scopes can do just fine with BK-7 prisms.

Rich


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ngc 9999
sage


Reged: 08/13/12

Loc: Sunrise, Fl. 26 degrees N
Re: Exit pupil accuracy.... new [Re: Rich V.]
      #5666126 - 02/06/13 10:06 PM

What I also mean is if that the exit pupil has such perfect roundness as not to virtually have measurable excentricity.

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GlennLeDrew
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Re: Exit pupil accuracy.... new [Re: ngc 9999]
      #5666247 - 02/06/13 11:36 PM

Not quite perfectly round exit pupils are fairly likely when the objective f/ratio is very the threshold of full accommodation by the prisms. This happens when a slight lateral offset of a prism aperture clips one side of the aperture.

And the shape of the exit pupil varies over the range of angles it can be seen from behind the eyepiece.

In practice, slight non-circularity of the exit pupil is of no real consequence as long as other aspects of performance are not suffering.


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ronharper
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Re: Exit pupil accuracy.... new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5666296 - 02/07/13 12:16 AM

The Allbinos binocular review website has reviews for many binoculars. One thing they do in all their reviews is to photograph the exit pupils, and rate them against perfect roundness. Look there and you will find some perfect ones, mainly in high end binoculars, and many eccentric and clipped off ones.
Ron


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ngc 9999
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Reged: 08/13/12

Loc: Sunrise, Fl. 26 degrees N
Re: Exit pupil accuracy.... new [Re: ronharper]
      #5666709 - 02/07/13 09:37 AM

The Allbinos binocular review doesn't review the BA8 series parameters such as exit pupil and FOV as they do with the high end.

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ngc 9999
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Reged: 08/13/12

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Re: Exit pupil accuracy.... new [Re: ngc 9999]
      #5666723 - 02/07/13 09:48 AM

I found the BA8 reviews as the William optics, which is the same as my Garrett Signature Series, as far as their measures, I am surprised by the binocular attribute.

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