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#401 range88

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Posted 06 October 2017 - 02:04 AM

Following are pics taken by IP6 handheld. The afov of 1050 is big enough that it's rimless in the pic while 750 has and you can see a ring of blue fire.

The images are super crisp to the edge, nothing to complain, all top-notch.

Though it does has some noticeable yellow tint.

There is some distortion at the edge but I don't think it's bothersome at day, virtually irrelevant at night.

Quite easy to see the whole fov at stage 2 or 3.

750 is very handholdable, I have no problem using them handheld. I don't have the opportunity to try the 1050 handheld but I suspect it is also quite handholdable.

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 09:28 PM

About 4 months wait, Nikon WX 10x50 was delivered this afternoon.

 

I managed to get half an hour break for quick peek and photo-op.

Yes, it is spectacular, high contrast view as others who looked through said.

 

Unfortunately, I have to get back to work to meet deadline.... *sigh*

I hope I have a few minutes tomorrow morning for first light at night.

 

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Posted 23 October 2017 - 11:14 PM

Beautifully built like a M1 Abrams tank!



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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:15 AM

I got up at 3:30am and went out to backyard for first light.  It is still 85 degree outside and 25mph Santa Ana winds are blowing, 40mph gust.

 

Sky was clear and dark but windy.

 

My first impression is "My God, it's full of stars." from 2001: Space Odyssey :)

 

As someone mentioned, it has somewhat similar effect to RKE 28mm, but much wider and stable eye placement.

The flat star field pops up right in front of you as if window (big hole) suddenly opened to your eyes.

 

Stars are formed nearly perfect to very close to edge.  It has better edge performance than Nikon Prostar 7x50.

Nikon indeed did it,  near perfect 9 degree flat star field  at 10x from binoculars.

 

Looking forward to viewing through under really dark sky.

 

Tammy


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 07:36 AM

Congratulations Tammy. Sounds like a wonderful (but too short) viewing experience.



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Posted 24 October 2017 - 08:06 AM

The RRS FH350 is a perfect match.


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Posted 24 October 2017 - 10:14 AM

They look so beautifully made.



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Posted 25 October 2017 - 06:08 AM

Congratulations Tammy. Sounds like a wonderful (but too short) viewing experience.

 

Thanks, Mark.  Yes, time is too short.  I want to take every opportunity that I get to go out :)

My work is demanding so I need to make the best use of my time out of every opportunity that I can get.

 

I spent 10 minutes viewing M45 around 3am PDT.

It was very warm (80 degrees F) and no wind, sky is clear and dark.

 

It was beautiful and looked different from what I used to remember.

It was  short but sweet escape from work :)

 

Tammy


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Posted 27 October 2017 - 10:35 PM

Thanks for posting those photos Tammy.  Even solely as a work of art, this instrument looks amazing.

 

Good for you for getting them. Hope you enjoy.

 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 06:04 AM

 

Congratulations Tammy............

 

Thanks, Mark.  Yes, time is too short.  I want to take every opportunity that I get to go out smile.gif

My work is demanding so I need to make the best use of my time out of every opportunity that I can get.

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Tammy

 

Best argument possible 

 

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Posted 28 October 2017 - 12:47 PM

Even solely as a work of art, this instrument looks amazing.

cheers

I suspect that MOST people (those not on this board) wouldn't understand, but that pic evokes the same visceral response in me as a '69 Ferrari Daytona Spyder.....and almost the same as Danaerys Targaryen!

 

If I had a little more "mad money" stashed, I might very well buy a pair simply as objets d'art!


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Posted 28 October 2017 - 05:01 PM

 

Even solely as a work of art, this instrument looks amazing.

cheers

I suspect that MOST people (those not on this board) wouldn't understand, but that pic evokes the same visceral response in me as a '69 Ferrari Daytona Spyder.....and almost the same as Danaerys Targaryen!

 

If I had a little more "mad money" stashed, I might very well buy a pair simply as objets d'art!

 

Yes, the best and most serious looking binoculars ever made! That metal-gray finish is phenomenal, as is the whole design!


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 12:45 PM

Holger Merlitz had warned us (quote form his Field Test): „.... my suggestion to anybody who wants to compare the WX to his favorite binocular would be: Don't do it! It just turns too ugly for any competitor I am aware of.“

 

I had to try anyway.

 

The best current 7x50 I know is the Zeiss „Marine“ (7x50 B/GA T*), and I just needed to see for myself how this one would  „turn ugly“ when compared with the WX.

To make it short: it wasn‘t a real competition. You can‘t really compare a 130m fov (7.4 degrees) with one of 188m (10.7 degrees), the difference is so big. Whatever you place next to the WX gives you the impression of tunnel vision, even if by traditional standards that‘s not the case at all.

 

So how do you continue life with your Zeiss Marine after you have had the „WX shock“ ?

 

Ha, I found a cure for my misery ... unmount the WX form the tripod, then use it freehand for as long as you can (people doing push-ups have an advantage here smile.gif ). When you get tired, switch to your „normal“ 7x50 bino - yes, of course the fov is crap, but ahhh, the relief, my Zeiss is suddenly so light and easy to hold in my hands.

Then, just try to remember that feeling of lighntess each time the dream about the wide fov of the WX creeps into your thoughts ...


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 12:50 PM

It's a slippery slope and it looks like you're in freefall......lol.gif

 

That's my problem with wine....tongue2.gif


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Posted 30 October 2017 - 01:13 PM

This is precisely the reason I don’t want to look through one. That slope is very slippery and very expensive at the bottom 😁

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 03:50 PM

Holger Merlitz had warned us (quote form his Field Test): „.... my suggestion to anybody who wants to compare the WX to his favorite binocular would be: Don't do it! It just turns too ugly for any competitor I am aware of.“

 

I had to try anyway.

 

...........

 

This is precisely the reason I don’t want to look through one. That slope is very slippery and very expensive at the bottom

 

 

maybe it is a good thing that the price is beyond the reach of most

and even if it is not beyond reach

think of all the star parties and astro trips that would pay for

 

WX vs Southern Hemisphere   question.gif

 

edj


Edited by edwincjones, 30 October 2017 - 03:56 PM.

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Posted 30 October 2017 - 05:40 PM

If just the FoV were the shiboleth, a Celestron Nova's 75 degree AFoV would amply satisfy. But the telling factor is that the WX delivers easily the edge-of-field quality of another alpha bino's more restricted FoV.

 

The jump in AFoV from the WX 7X50 to its cousin the 10X50 is about equally as astonishing as from the 7X50 Zeiss to 7X50 WX. Which is one reason why the 10X so much more peircingly sings her siren song than does the 7X, upon whose rocks I'd happily dash myself were funds to hand.


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 08:15 AM

No offense, but they're still 50 mm binoculars for $6300.  Wide angle, but still 50 mm.


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 10:54 AM

If just the FoV were the shiboleth, a Celestron Nova's 75 degree AFoV would amply satisfy. But the telling factor is that the WX delivers easily the edge-of-field quality of another alpha bino's more restricted FoV.

 

The jump in AFoV from the WX 7X50 to its cousin the 10X50 is about equally as astonishing as from the 7X50 Zeiss to 7X50 WX. Which is one reason why the 10X so much more peircingly sings her siren song than does the 7X, upon whose rocks I'd happily dash myself were funds to hand.

 

You are right, huge FOV plus outstanding edge-of-field quality - I didn’t mention the latter, but you mentioning it gives it even more weight...

 

The internet is full of people who think Nikon should have made the whole thing half the size, half the weight, and half the price but with the same performance. Overcoming these **** laws of physics, esp. optics - still following the quest for the holy grail...


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Posted 31 October 2017 - 11:11 AM

The internet is full of people who think Nikon should have made the whole thing half the size, half the weight, and half the price but with the same performance.

So, then, what we would have, in the end, is a 7x25 & a 10x25 Porro prism

100th Anniversary series of binoculars. wink.gif 

 

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Posted 20 March 2018 - 10:12 PM

Have read about 2/3s of this excellent thread! 

IMO, being a Vin Bin fan, and user, if the vaunted WX does naught but spur others to again offer 10 and 11 degree 7X35s and 50s like those from the Golden Age, think Tasco 118 and Sears 6267, but with Bak-4s and modern coatings, many of us would think we died and went to Wide Bin Valhalla. Should a manufacturer include a field flattener lens, Nirvana will have been achieved. 


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Posted 20 March 2018 - 11:49 PM

About 4 months wait, Nikon WX 10x50 was delivered this afternoon.

 

I managed to get half an hour break for quick peek and photo-op.

Yes, it is spectacular, high contrast view as others who looked through said.

 

Unfortunately, I have to get back to work to meet deadline.... *sigh*

I hope I have a few minutes tomorrow morning for first light at night.

 

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Tammy

If ya don't do 100 push-ups a day anymore to impress the wife, this bin might just be the catalyst to get back in shape! She is beautiful !! 


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Posted 27 March 2018 - 05:54 AM

So, then, what we would have, in the end, is a 7x25 & a 10x25 Porro prism
100th Anniversary series of binoculars. wink.gif
 
Stan



we would still complain as too small, too much money

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