While the Zeiss binoculars with the phase correction coatings are stunning in terms of transparency/brightness/contrast, they just don't seem to be as well-corrected across the FOV or as sharp in the center as other types of binoculars I have tried. This started me wondering about what are the absolute best of the best in binoculars for astronomy and terrestrial observing?
I am looking for a really top-notch pair of binoculars with the light transmission of the Zeiss binoculars with the P* phase coatings, the sharpness of the Leica/Leitz equipment, and superb correction across the FOV. Here's my want list, I doubt I'll find something with all of these criteria, but I thought I would ask the brilliant minds here on CN to see what binoculars you all think are the absolute best of the best?
-Approximately 40mm to 50mm in aperture
-Highest light transmission and contrast
-Least amount of scattered light and glare
-Least amount of other aberrations
-Exceptional sharpness in the center and really good sharpness and correction across the FOV to the very edges
-Preferably around 7x42 which seems to work really well for astronomy and sweeping the Milky Way
-Image stabilization if possible
-Highest construction quality and well thought out mechanical designs - built to last without needing servicing
-Comfortable to use
-Outstanding warranty from a company that really stands behind its products (preferably with US service locations)
-Durable/tough optical coatings and body construction
Please only recommend binoculars you have actually used. I am not interested in "best buys", that would be better for a different thread. If price wasn't a factor and you were going to buy the absolute best binoculars available on the new market or are easy to find used, which binoculars would you get? Thanks!