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Vixen 30x125?

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Posted 23 February 2004 - 05:27 AM

I saw a used (possibly store demo) one at a local shop for 198,000 yen ($1900) and I'm wondering if it's an incredibly good deal or not. I understand these are discontinued and hard to come by. Has anyone here used one?

#2 EdZ

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Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:34 AM

There are two articles in the Lab Reports section describing these Vixen Binocs and comparing them to ITE BT100s.

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Posted 23 February 2004 - 10:09 AM

Oops, thanks. I admit I didn't get around to registering for the paid service until now. :o

Reading about the collimation problems effectively killed my enthusiasm for this item. Oh well, saved me $2000. :crazy:

#4 Erik D

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Posted 23 February 2004 - 10:24 AM

Hi Ken,

Orion(USA) dropped the Vixen 30X125 from their catalog about 3 years ago. I believe the last price was ~US$ 3,495. $1,900 sounds like a pretty good deal if this one is in good conditon. Can you ask for a 7 day trial period?

I've always liked the design and feautres of the Vixen 125mm because the price includes a nice fork mount, tripod and 45 deg EPs. I thought the 25-75 zoom model offers the ideal power range for giant binos as well. The only thing I didn't like is the narrow 1.6 deg FOV at 25X. I guess we can't have everything.

Our webmaster Allister used to have a review of the Vixen 125 VS. the Chinese military 100mm on this web site but it's no longer available. I may have a printed copy somewhere. I will look for it. If I recall correctly Allister felt Chinese 100mm binos had somwhat better edge sharpness but the Vixen 125s offered much better ergonomics and viewing comfort.

Phil Harrington wrote a favorable review of the 25-75X 125 Vixen a few years ago. You may be able to find it on the web if you do a search.

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PS. I liked what you wrote about ' --- Marriage' on the Off-topic forum. My wife has no interest in astronomy or optics but I asked her to read your posts on that subject. She was impressed by your views AND your presentation. Thinks our 13 year old should read it too. ;-)


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Posted 23 February 2004 - 11:58 AM

Thanks for the compliment, Erik.

The "missing" articles are in the "Lab Reports" section, which isn't free. ($20/yr subscription)

I think I'll stop by the shop again this weekend and find out more.


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