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Vixen Ascot Super Wide 10x50 Binocular Review

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#1 JimV

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Posted 15 April 2015 - 11:03 AM

Are the Vixen Ascot 10x50 the final answer to wide field astronomy?

Although the wide field is thrilling, I am disappointed by Vixen's lack of quality control on the Chinese optics.  One pair had a blurry upper half, and the second pair could not focus sharply.  I would be reluctant to buy a pair without looking through them first.


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Posted 15 April 2015 - 04:11 PM

I am 18 months new to astronomy. My first binoculars (BARSKA Gladiator Binocular w/ 10-30x Zoom (60mm objective lens)) were inexpensive ($50), and the only thing good I can say is they got me to buy something better. While I was buying a telescope, the seller showed me his Nikon 7245 Action Ex Extreme 10 X 50 mm All Terrain Binoculars. They were so much better than the ones I had, I went right out and bought one. I was very happy until about 4 months later I got a chance to see through a Vixen Ascot 10x50.

 

  Since I had spent close to $155, I was very reluctant to buy another pair that Amazon had for only $153, but that was the price then for the Vixen Ascot.

 

  The Nikon had 6.5 degree, where the Vixen had 8.5 degree. It doesn't sound like much but when you are learning how to sky hop, it is the difference between night and day. The Vixen makes it so easy to find things, I don't pick up the Nikons much any more. Yes the Nikon has more eye relief, and they are good quality. If I want to look at land objects, I pick up the Nikon before I pick up the Vixen.

 

  I also bought a few larger 80mm and 100mm aperture binos, but they are so heavy, I just find the Vixen so much more usable. I hope to learn how to travel around the sky, which I suspect will take me a year or two. Computerized telescopes help some, Dobs give great views, but binoculars are my main learning tools.

 

  I currently own 26 telescopes, 7 binoculars, 2 binoviewers, and I love them all. In another year I will start to thin the herd, but for now nothing goes away. I am learning how to do guiding, so I can enter astrophotography. But I always grab my Vixen Ascot. They are always inspiring. From that inspiration, I then roll out a big Dob, a SCT, or a refractor. They sky conditions inform me what might work best for that particular night.

 

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Posted 18 April 2015 - 10:21 AM

I do like the Vixen Ascots 10x50, but prefer the 9x63 and 15x63 Orion minigiants more; especially when all three are mounted on the garrett pistol grip monopod (with quick connects).  Vixens are wider, but Orions are sharper.



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Posted 18 April 2015 - 10:53 PM

9x63 is 7mm exit pupil.  Those likely are 50* or less FOV.

Spec says 45*.

The 15x63 are about 52*.

 

So you've got low power, high power, and wide fuzzy.



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Posted 23 April 2015 - 11:20 PM

Vixen claims a 8.5 degree FOV, an apparent field of view of 85 degrees and an eye relief of 7mm which must be a mistake and is likely the exit pupil.  Vixen also claims they have both mirrors and BAK4 prisms.

 

The Amazon price currently is $146.



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Posted 11 May 2015 - 09:34 PM

The huge FOV is nice for those learning the constellations and how to find things within those constellations. They do have very short eye relief and therefore are very prone to fogging. However as a first pair of 10x50s you could do a lot worse.


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Posted 16 May 2015 - 03:06 AM

Really nice FOV for a 10x50 !
Ten years ago I had an earlier version of this bino, it was amazingly sharp.
Shame that the real aperture is only 46mm which means an additional 15% light loss.
I have the same with the Vortex Vulture 10x'56' which turned out to be 10x52, so I treat them as '10x50' with some extra light transmission.

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Posted 27 January 2016 - 06:40 AM

I almost bought the Vixen New Forresta, yet its like you said very true, qc controll is a issue a lot when they shipped away a lot to China. Compared next to the Talons i saw way more of everything in detail and sharpness in the Talons, yet no distortions of any kind in the Talons 10x42. My 2.5 doublers come in a Japan and China version. Japan is numbered editions and the China is not. And China made 2.5 are totally junk. Look the same but glass is like day and night.

 

Seems youre wide view search goes on. :-) good luck.



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Posted 04 February 2016 - 10:32 PM

I have the Vixen Forresta 7x50 and they are outstanding.

Deep green coatings equal to the Nikon SE, excellent central sharpness, and pretty sharp to the edge.

Daytime colors in them very vivid.  Lightweight, with look and feel much like the Nikon 12x50 SE.

Only complaint is 7.1* FOV like most 7x50s, but the image is so good I'll put up with it.

I looked through two pair, the other another guy bought.  Same good quality control.

I think that's what you get from Vixen.

 

Comparing 7x to a 10x binoculars might not be apples to apples.



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Posted 28 August 2016 - 05:40 PM

Couldn't resist the temptation, so bit the bullet and bought my Ascot about 3 months ago.  

The lack of eye relief means they are slightly less pleasant to look thru, but the wide view is worth the discomfort.  You can see entire asterisms, and small constellations.  Plenty of coma around the edges, a minor distraction.  Mine do focus sharply, and the brightness compares well with my other 10 X 50s, all of which are in the 150-200 price range.  

I prefer my Nikon 12 X 50 AE, but am more likely to find objects with the Ascot, thanks to its large field.  For the price - around 160 - I am happy with it, and plan to keep it.   If you could only buy a few binoculars you would do well with the Ascot and the Nikon AE.  



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Posted 01 September 2016 - 01:22 AM

You were fortunate to get a good pair.




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