Posted 23 February 2004 - 05:27 AM
Posted 23 February 2004 - 09:34 AM
Posted 23 February 2004 - 10:09 AM
Reading about the collimation problems effectively killed my enthusiasm for this item. Oh well, saved me $2000.
Posted 23 February 2004 - 10:24 AM
Orion(USA) dropped the Vixen 30X125 from their catalog about 3 years ago. I believe the last price was ~US$ 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.
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. ;-)
Posted 23 February 2004 - 11:58 AM
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.