As far as I am aware, there are currently five different models of "starfield binoculars", i.e. low mag / widefield galilean type binos widely available on the market (left to right in the attached picture):
- AstroHutech 1.8x40
- Kasai Trading 2.3x40
- Orion 2x54
- Vixen 2.1x42
- Omegon 2.1x42
When this thread was started in February by range88 under the ambitious title "Finally the Ultimate Sky Roamer", I was a bit skeptical whether the Orion as the latest addition to the starfield world would really outperform all the others.
But in my view, it does, at least optically.
Mechanically, the Japan-made Vixen (and the Omegon, which is a China-made Vixen clone with slightly inferior coatings) appears slightly superior, with even smoother rotation of the eyepieces and impeccable finish.
But optically, the Orion 2x54 rules.
I may at some time write a more detailed comparison, but ahead of that, this is my impression so far of the Orion:
- clearly wider field than all others
- best edge sharpness and smoothest panning experience
- brightest image, not only due to larger objective diameter, but also due to better coatings that show lower reflections even than the Vixen
- the only one that comes with a proper neckstrap with two-point fixation
- probably best value for price ratio
Edited by Pinac, 07 October 2020 - 09:41 AM.