Are these the same as the Nikon 18x70 astroluxe?
I notice they have different type of rubber eye cups.
I’ve been looking at adding bigger set of binos to complement my fujinon 10x50 fmt-sx. Something with more aperture but that’s also “legendary” status like the fujinon. I’ve been spoiled and don’t want to settle for less.
My research so far has led me all over the place. The first stop was the fujinon 16x70 for obvious reasons. Then the oberwerk 25x100IF and on to the BT100 (then I realized I would need to spend hundreds on a mount/Tripod). To the oberwerk ultra/Orion resolux 15x70 and then apm/Lunt 16x70ED. And then finally the Nikon 18x70, which apparently are the fujinon 10x50’s of 70mm binoculars (maybe not in edge sharpness, but in overall wow factor).
What I’ve found so far (mostly through cloudy nights searches):
-Fujinon 16x70 (not enough eye relief, narrower FOV than
the Nikon, best edge sharpness)
-BA8 15x70 ultra/resolux (almost as good as the fujinon, not enough eye relief, collumation/QC issues)
-apm/Lunt 16x70ED (more rye relief than fujinon 16x70/BA8, almost as sharp as the fujinon, one review mentioned FOV between left and right being slightly misaligned)
-oberwerk 25x100 (lower quality optics than BA8, need heavier duty mount/tripod).
-BT100 (most expensive, need to get super heavy duty mount/Tripod).
-Nikon 18x70 astroluxe (not as sharp at the edges as fujinon, wider FOV, apparently magical, more expensive than the BT100, but can be used on my current tripod, also the price of the binoculars in the link above aren’t too far off from a new set of Fujinon’s).
My current tripod is just a vintage aluminum tripod with a spring loaded head. Hukuba ph-g4. Its acceptable with the fujinon 10x50 and would be fine with a pair of 15x70’s, but would like to eventually get something with a parallelogram Mount. I’m not sure I can see myself getting the super heavy duty gear needed for the BT100$$.
Edited by Davidrs132, 02 June 2020 - 05:07 PM.