Meade 9x63 ?
Posted 22 July 2004 - 05:30 PM
Anyone have any experience of the Meade 9x63 roof prism binocular? Seems cheap, but I'm not sure if they're any good. Are they fully coated or Fully Multi-Coated for example?
Posted 22 July 2004 - 09:03 PM
Posted 25 July 2004 - 09:22 AM
Posted 25 July 2004 - 11:48 AM
Posted 26 July 2004 - 03:12 PM
Very interesting thoughts and some handy tips! Nice to hear that your son has had his interest sparked!
Posted 09 August 2004 - 10:20 AM
I am new to this forum and have been looking for opinions on the Meade/Bresser 9x63 as well. I see your question was ignored by the others.
I have just bought the Bresser Spezial Jagd 9x63 (Bresser is Meade) and find them to be the sharpest, brightest binoculars I have used. I am not an expert nor have I used that many different binoculars. I cannot afford the expensive high end binos so was looking for a good value bino with a big objective lens.
I have viewed the same night time townscape view with tasco 8x20, Barclay 8x30, and the Bresser 9x63. With the tasco I could make out the shapes of the houses and maybe a window or two. With the 8x30s I could see details in the houses. With the Bressers I could see the roof tiles and the houses lit as if it was almost daylight. Looking skywards, (but no comparison with the others), I was able to see binary stars where to the naked eye there was only one, and in fact it was difficult for me to work out what I was seeing as the view was so full of stars it seemed totally different to the naked eye view.
When looking at street lights there was a starburst effect (supposedly common with roof prisms) but this is not visible in daylight use or noticable when viewing stars.
They are fully multi coated, have BAK-4 prisms, have a tripod mount thread, weigh 1.2kg and can close focus to about 4.5m.
I did another daylight comparison with some Minolta 10x50s which seemed much less clear than the Bresser 9x63.
I do not know how long they will last, as apparently roof prisms need a special reflective coating that I guess could corrode, but at the moment they seem to be an excellent buy.
If anyone else has been able to compare these to other similar binoculars or know more about the lifespan of roof prism binoculars I would be interested to hear your views, but in the mean time I hope this opinion helps.