Hi everyone! So, I bit the bullet and ordered a pair of the Nikon AE 16x50. I know I like 12x, but I really wanted to see what 16x is like, especially with such light-polluted skies. Thanks to all who offered their experiences and advice.
I went the 16x AE over the 16x Aculon despite the narrower FoV because of the eye relief and weatherproofing. No night sky time yet, but my initial impressions are very favorable. The build quality is quite good and it is very solid. I had a 10x50 pair of the Aculons and I liked them very much, but I like the extra heft of the AE a bit better. The glass and coatings look great and the eye cups twist up nice and stay in place well.
Daytime views so far are good. Great color rendition and I like the extra power. The image does not seem dim compared to my former 10x. I can really see details of trees and animals across the pond out back (maybe 70 yards away?). One thing I do notice and I think this is normal due to the high mag is there is not a lot of depth of field, so I do find myself refocusing a lot more than I did with my 10x. I would guess that once focused on infinity, little to no adjustment would be needed. Is that correct? Oh, and I am using them on a tripod.
I will be sure to post some thoughts after I get it out under the stars.