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#26 Traveler

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 03:46 AM

Optically better than both. The clone is dull in color rendering, the Vixen has poor edges, these are almost crystal clear to the edges.
Construction is good, metal frame and smooth mechanics, Maybe not as luxury as the Vixen, but I don't find anything to complain.

May i ask if you used a normal/standard production unit?



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Posted 22 February 2020 - 11:50 PM

May i ask if you used a normal/standard production unit?

Sorry I did not. I only played with a sample.

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Posted 23 February 2020 - 12:34 PM

Could you provide a pic or a link to the thread adapters you mentioned to enable using 2” filters with these. I made a push fit adapter to use 2” filters with my Nikon homebrew, a screw together option would be nearer and more robust.

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Posted 10 March 2020 - 04:47 PM

Anyone know what the diopter range is with the Orion 2x54 product?

 

I returned the Vixen 2x42 binoculars because I couldn't get one of the eyepieces to focus (I wear glasses). I then purchased the Kasai Trading 2x42 product and they were fine.

 

I found that either pair did not work effectively while wearing glasses. One doesn't get the full field of view, which is, of course, the purpose of the design. I would be very surprised if the Orions were any better.



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Posted 10 March 2020 - 10:44 PM

Could you provide a pic or a link to the thread adapters you mentioned to enable using 2” filters with these. I made a push fit adapter to use 2” filters with my Nikon homebrew, a screw together option would be nearer and more robust.

Peter

Search lens thread adapter, just downsize to M48.

https://item.taobao....ucket=15#detail

Above is what I find in my country which will fit your purpose:M56-M48


Edited by range88, 11 March 2020 - 01:21 AM.


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Posted 11 March 2020 - 12:45 AM

Is the hinge threaded to accept binocular tripod adapters?  Doesn't appear to be...



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Posted 11 March 2020 - 01:22 AM

Is the hinge threaded to accept binocular tripod adapters?  Doesn't appear to be...

Yes, it's 1/4 threaded under the cap.



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Posted 11 March 2020 - 04:46 AM

I have been using the Vixen 2.1x42 for several years now. They are really great for all types of observing: nature, city scape, mountains, and of course constellations in the night sky. If you do not have something like these on your optical shelf--you are missing something.

 

In my humble opinion.


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Posted 13 March 2020 - 01:35 PM

Interesting but pricey. Is this a new offering by Orion?

 

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Not really.

 

Half the street price of the similar Vixen SGs Constellations (on which these clones are pretty clearly based).

 

Best,

 

Jim



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Posted 13 March 2020 - 02:23 PM

A 27mm exit pupil should be just enough.


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Posted 13 March 2020 - 03:29 PM

A 27mm exit pupil should be just enough.

Many people think that, but it's not case here. 



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Posted 13 March 2020 - 05:42 PM

Not really.

Half the street price of the similar Vixen SGs Constellations (on which these clones are pretty clearly based).

Best,

Jim

The optical train does not base on the Vixen.
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Posted 14 March 2020 - 02:47 AM

The Orion 2x54 has (per Orion website) minimum IPD 60mm.

 

I need 59, or a hair less.

 

Any metal I could file to get there?

 

Any option to conditionally align objectives for my use only?



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Posted 14 March 2020 - 04:10 AM

The Orion 2x54 has (per Orion website) minimum IPD 60mm.

 

I need 59, or a hair less.

 

Any metal I could file to get there?

 

Any option to conditionally align objectives for my use only?

If the min. IPD is 60, 59 should be OK. Huge (fake) exit pupils to cover your pupils.


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Posted 10 April 2020 - 02:02 AM

Has anyone picked up a set of these as we are passed the release date and they show available on the site?



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Posted 15 April 2020 - 01:03 AM

A buddy of mine just received notice on the 14th that his had shipped!


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Posted 22 April 2020 - 04:26 PM

Any news? Any accessories like winged eyecups? Are the lens edges blackened, get some glare with TY my Nikon units, also they seem to have 25degree field, interesting these ones claim much greater.

Peter

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Posted 22 April 2020 - 10:16 PM

Just received Orion 2x54 today and had a clear night to test. Auriga showed bright patches and easily an extra magnitude of visibility. Individual focus is nice. There is glare to the periphery but certainly enjoyable to scan the sky with or without glasses on.
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Posted 23 April 2020 - 10:00 PM

I have always been drawn to these but I am not sure if they are the right product for us glasses wearers.  

Need to use w/o eye glasses since eye relief is very small to get max TFOV.  Able to focus but can't correct astigmatism.



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Posted 23 April 2020 - 10:03 PM

I have been using the Vixen 2.1x42 for several years now. They are really great for all types of observing: nature, city scape, mountains, and of course constellations in the night sky. If you do not have something like these on your optical shelf--you are missing something.

 

In my humble opinion.

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Posted 24 April 2020 - 02:04 AM

Need to use w/o eye glasses since eye relief is very small to get max TFOV.  Able to focus but can't correct astigmatism.

Eye relief and afov are not  constant in a Galileo binoculars.

The closer your eyes, the bigger the afov.

You can certainly wear glasses, but with reduced afov.


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Posted 25 April 2020 - 08:52 PM

I bought a clone pair by Omegon.  They look almost identical to the Vixen model, but I paid $168.  Now, they appear to be in the same price range as the Orion model.  I was considering the Vixen and the Kosai versions, then found the Omegon.  The clincher was that the Omegon model can fit standard 2 inch filters directly, no adapters needed.  I have this stupid idea of buying a pair of 2 inch solar filters and watching an eclipse.  Once I received these, I could finally see the night skies as my friends can, albeit at 2x.  My night vision is poor, and this has made the night sky so much more enjoyable for me.

 

According to Omegon:

 

IPD 55mm to 75mm

Eye Relief 9mm

Exit Pupil 19mm

Minimum focus distance 1 meter

FOV 26 degrees

Apparent visual magnitude 9.88

Weight 375g

1/4-20 thread for tripod mount


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Posted 09 May 2020 - 02:19 PM

I don’t see too much of a reduction in FOV wearing glasses. Even with eyeglasses the FOV is very wide. It’s nice to be able to use without taking glasses on/off. 


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Posted 10 May 2020 - 03:39 PM

Ok, somebody, print out a pair of snap-on arms so we can wear them like glass's. smile.gif


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Posted 11 May 2020 - 02:42 AM

I believe Kosai has a goggle conversion for their binos.


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