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#126 samovu

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 08:12 PM

For this newbie that bought his first OTA (used Tak) in early July and now being re-introduced to many things involving lenses, have re-discovered the joys of photography and dusted off my Pentax 7x50 PIF, the best that these old eyes have looked through. And in a few days, will have a chance to look through a new to me 10x50 PIF.

Clear views to all,
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:24 PM

For this newbie that bought his first OTA (used Tak) in early July and now being re-introduced to many things involving lenses, have re-discovered the joys of photography and dusted off my Pentax 7x50 PIF, the best that these old eyes have looked through. And in a few days, will have a chance to look through a new to me 10x50 PIF.

Clear views to all,
John



I hope you post your impressions of the 10x50 PIF as there aren't many reviews on the relatively rare PIF series. Since it appears your acquisition of the 10x50 is rather recent do you mind sharing where you found it?

Steve

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:39 PM

It was sitting there tempting me on the CN Classifieds for a couple days. I'm thankful it's now gone!! :help:

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:33 AM

For this newbie that bought his first OTA (used Tak) in early July and now being re-introduced to many things involving lenses, have re-discovered the joys of photography and dusted off my Pentax 7x50 PIF, the best that these old eyes have looked through. And in a few days, will have a chance to look through a new to me 10x50 PIF.

Clear views to all,
John



I hope you post your impressions of the 10x50 PIF as there aren't many reviews on the relatively rare PIF series. Since it appears your acquisition of the 10x50 is rather recent do you mind sharing where you found it?

Steve


CN classifieds on Saturday. And I may post my impressions but they won't have much weight as I haven't had much experience with binocs. Would just be my impressions and nothing more. We'll see.

I do know that I've had my eye on the 10X50 DCF ED from Pentax for a couple of months but got cold feet and canceled my back order through B&H a few weeks back. At roughly a grand, and after having spent way too much on a couple of OTAs, my guilt got the best of me. But when the rare 10x50 PIF came up in 'like new' condition for $500, I simply couldn't resist. Guess the guilt didn't last that long ;)

Clear viewing to all,
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Posted 10 September 2013 - 03:32 AM

Mark,

About like the Fuji 10x50 FMT-SX, only different, I would think. If anyone wants the Fuji, Eagle Optics has the best price that I can tell at $599 shipped. New York guys want around $60-$70 more IIRC.
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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:50 AM

The best I've looked through, so far, are the Zeiss HT bins. I've only looked at the 10x42 version and if I could afford $2200 and the 8x HT's were as good, that would be my choice.

Meanwhile, very close are the Nikon SE porros. I have the 8x32 and they are stupidly good.

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 05:59 PM

For me it was a friends leitz binoculars that his dad brought back from WWII. Sharp bright image.

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:16 AM

Gentlemen;

The best binoculars I ever looked through was a binocular chair created by the late Pierre Schwaar. He ground two matching 8 inch f/4.5 Newtonians with the same pitch lap so they had the exact same focal length. They are mounted over your shoulders as you sit in the chair. There is adjustment by a diagonal that brings the focal point to your eyes. It used 25mm Erfle eyepieces, with its own focuser. The field of view was 2.2 degrees.

The chair moves in azmuth by a battery powered gear and motor, you move it in altitude by tilting back or forward (carefully).

Scanning the Summer Milky Way in this device is the most entrancing view of the sky I have ever had. Start at M 7 and work your way north through the Lagoon, Sagitarrius Star Cloud and on to Scutum. Amazing dark lanes appear to be "in front"of the stars in the distance. Beautiful looping chains of stars come into view. Colors of orange, yellow and blue stars are immediately obvious.

There were three of us, each took his turn and then came back for more. We laughed about giving the person in the chair a hotfoot to get them out so the next could start viewing. It was a phenomenol night to say the least.

Clear skies to us all;
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Now that's a bino chair!

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:44 AM

In regard to large 150mm binos, I notice only the Fujinos ever get mentioned. I'd never be able to afford those.
I am surprised nobody ever mentions the Garret 150mm (or former APM 150mm) binos. Those are expensive an potentially within my price range, and I did put in a ebay bid that should have been the winning one, but was rejected since it was the first time I put an ebay bid in my own name (vs. using my wifes). I wish it would have been accepted.

Now since I haven't looked through any 150mm binos; the best bino I looked through is my 100mm appogee up on Mauna Kea at Andromeda with 80% of one view filed , panning over to 40% of second view. ANdromeda never loked better. I do also like the Orion mini giants 9x63 and 15x63 for both being able to hand hold and or use with Garret Pistol grip monopods. and I love my wide fields too!

P.s. Since I mostly use my 17.5"f4.1 discovery Split Tube dob, I use the binos for wider views.

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 11:40 AM

A 50 year-old 8x40 Nikon porro. Built like a tank and still sharp as a tack after all those decades. :)

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 04:59 PM

My experience with binoculars is admittedly limited, and I've only had the opportunity to test out a few makes and models. That being said the best I've ever looked through without question is the Fujinon Polaris 10x50 FMT-SX. Astonishingly good.

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 10:32 PM

My mistake, it was an 8x30. Great for hand-holding when braced against something, like the roof or hood of a truck. Tack sharp to approx. 80-90% out from center and just a slight astigmatism at the edges that could be refocused out at the expense of the middle field. The image brightness was surprisingly good for old coatings - a combination of good storage during it's long hibernation and superb early Nikon coatings and lens figuring.

The only reason I sold it was the short eye relief. I'm an eye relief glutton.

If you are out somewhere - flea market, thrift store, garage sale, whathaveyou, and you see any type of optical instrument marked "Nippon Kogaku", buy it. Telescope, microscope, camera, binocular, monocular - just buy it. :)

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Posted 23 September 2013 - 11:28 PM

The best bino I've used so far is the Nikon 12x50 SE. It's wonderfully clear and bright for astro use, lightweight, fits the hand with a center-focus setup.

Really big binos are probably better, and I've always wondered about image-stabilized versions. But for now, nothing in my stable beats the Nikon SEs.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:16 AM

No doubt the Docter Aspectem 40x80 ED are the best binocular I had on hands so far (thanks dad for buying em !). They are simply spectacular on the sky !

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 01:43 PM

Since this thread has been going on for years now, I've got to say that the best astro binocular I've looked through is Mr. Bill's 127mm 90° Bino Box. It's a great combo of aperture, relatively wide FOV and viewing comfort in a compact package.

A 2.25° TFOV at 29x and a 4.4mm exit pupil with 24mm Pans makes for a darned nice Milky Way observing tool... :D It offers a range of views that single magnification binos just don't provide.

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 04:32 PM

The Nikon 8x32 Premier SE porro prism may be the finest binocular I have ever looked through that is sold at a price most people can actually afford.

This is one of my many binoculars, and continues to be what i compare just about everything to.

Those who have this binocular know.

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 02:50 PM

I have Visionary Classic 20*60s. Before purchasing them I tested a couple of others. One of the more expensive binos I tried (a 20x50) had much less sharp view away from the centre. How can a more expensive pair of binos be so much poorer in terms of quality?? Havent used many binos so cant really comment on quality tho.

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 03:53 PM

One of the more expensive binos I tried (a 20x50) had much less sharp view away from the centre.
How can a more expensive pair of binos be so much poorer in terms of quality??


By today's standards 20x50 binoculars are some of the cheapest on the market.

http://www.ebay.com/...x50 binocula... :thumbsdown:

http://www.ebay.com/...-OBSERVATION...

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 06:07 PM

The Nikon 8x32 Premier SE porro prism may be the finest binocular I have ever looked through that is sold at a price most people can actually afford.

This is one of my many binoculars, and continues to be what i compare just about everything to.

Those who have this binocular know.



Still my reference standard. My first 8x32 SE was so good I thought it was an anomaly and purchased another. Of course the second was as good as the first so now I have two reference standards.

Steve

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 06:11 PM

So Steve,

Does that make you a 4 eyes? :-)... Sorry, it's only been 50yrs since I was in Jr. High.

-Chuck

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 07:43 AM

The Canon 15x50 IS is the best I've ever looked through. The detail provided by the combination of the 15x magnification and stablisation is a joy to behold and makes you realise what you are missing without the stablisation.
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Posted 28 September 2013 - 08:54 AM

So Steve,

Does that make you a 4 eyes? :-)... Sorry, it's only been 50yrs since I was in Jr. High.
-Chuck



Nope. Pushing 58 and still no need for glasses......and yes I know how lucky I am.

Steve

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:20 AM

with all due respect, no i don't actually believe that. my brother in law @ 53 didn't need glasses either. only mine when we went to a restaurant, so he could read the menu.

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 08:35 AM

with all due respect, no i don't actually believe that. my brother in law @ 53 didn't need glasses either. only mine when we went to a restaurant, so he could read the menu.



Being a framing/building contractor I do a lot of close up work (reading tape measures, blue prints, etc) on the job and no I don't need or use glasses. Visual acuity at a distance is still great and as I said I do consider myself fortunate.

And with all due respect (or without) I don't care what you believe and certainly don't like what you implied. I tend to be honest in all my posts no matter how mundane the topic.

When I make a post in the future please choose to ignore it since you will doubtlessly question the veracity of what I say.

Steve

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Posted 31 March 2014 - 03:03 AM

For me
New binoculars.
From 80mm to 100mm
1) Docter Aspectem 40X ED and Kowa Highlander Prominar
2) Fujinon 25x150

From 30mm to 70mm
1) Swarovski Swarovision 8x32
2) Canon 10x42 IS
3) Docter Nobilem 8x56
4) Swarovski SLC (New) 8x56 e 15x56
4) Nikon EDG 8x42
5) NIkon 18x70

Compact
1) Leica Ultravid 10x25
2) Docter 8x21

Vintage
1) Zeiss BLC 8x60
2) Sard 6x42
3)TZK 10x80


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