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#1 25585

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:58 AM

100% German but lower priced than Zeiss & Leitz, I wondered how Optolyth binoculars compare. 



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Posted 24 August 2019 - 09:59 AM

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 10:29 AM

https://www.allbinos...l_8x56_BGA.html

 

https://www.birdforu...ad.php?t=270211

 

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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:12 AM

I have never been very impressed with my father-in-law's 9x63. Narrow FoV and lots of edge distortion. I think a Steiner ShadowQuest/Nighthunter  8x56 might be better for astronomy. https://www.steiner....noculars-10915/

 

If you plan on using it primarily mounted then you might want to consider the APM 11x70. In my opinion they have more "bang for the buck" for Astronomical use... at least in Europe. The 11x70 can be hand held but, weighing in at 2119g, unless your last name is Schwarzenegger you probably wont be able to do that for long. blush.gif grin.gif


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Posted 24 August 2019 - 11:15 AM

I looked through an Optolyth Royal 15x63 once. It wasn't all that sharp, and a bit dim too.
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Posted 24 August 2019 - 04:08 PM

100% German but lower priced than Zeiss & Leitz, I wondered how Optolyth binoculars compare. 

I agree with Mark and Matt.

I have 3 Optolyth binos - 10x40, 8x56 and 9x63 -, of which the 8x56 is for me the most useful of the three, but unless you are collector like me, my personal advice: don‘t buy any of them, they are too expensive for their performance, rather go for another good brand. Plenty of knowhow around here among forum members who can advise you, depending on what you are looking for.

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edit Aug. 25: to briefly explain my above position, neither central contrast/sharpness, edge sharpness, image brightness or CA correction of the Optolyths models I know are something (anything?)  to right home about. They (esp. the Royal line of binos) are impressively looking instruments with at best middle class performance.


Edited by Pinac, 25 August 2019 - 06:42 AM.

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