Hi Bino forum,
I was surprised last month with an unexpected small tax return that I would like to invest in another binocular. As you can see in my signature, I have several vintages and two modern binoculars on the affordable end. I would like to buy a dedicated astronomy binocular that could be an improvement of what i have. Budget is ca. 300 usd.
I have been looking for a modern 10x50 as this is my most enjoyable magnification and would be a good replacement to the Carl Zeiss Dekarem understanding that while the Dekarem is an amazing binocular, its almost 40 years old and the eye relief is not the best, besides that, its my favorite binoculars and i plan to keep it.
I found these models in UK that are very similar to the Oberwerks or Orion's Resolux that you have in the US:
Helios Lightquest HR
Helios Stellar II WP
The price difference is aprox.100 usd, the binoculars look similar as well as the specifications Do you have experience with these models and could tell me if there is a significant difference? I am in favor of the HR as they have the leatherete body which i prefer over the rubber armor.
Another option is to replace my well-collimated Skymaster 15x70 with the Helios Stellar II which are IF and rubber armored.
Finally, my last option is to buy another vintage: the Zeiss NVA EDF 7x40, but it would exceed the budget and it surely will go to the vitrine with limited field use.
I will appreciate your kind advise and many thanks in advance!