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#26 Thotmosis

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 05:41 AM

I have 5 binoculars:

 

Leica UV 10x25

Leica UVHD 8x32

Leica Duovid 8-12x42

 

Swift Audubon HR/5 10x50

 

Zeiss BGAT 15x60

 

I think it's a really solid collection, would like to have (if I get a tax refund:D):

Swarovski Habicht 10x40 GA

Swarovski 8x56 and/or 10x56 (oh well and maybe and/or a Swarovski 15x56).


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 05:45 AM

Hey Carlos!

 

How do you like your poro prisms. DO tell.

 

- Cal

Hi Cali,

 

I am a fan of wide angle and that is why I like a lot my Porro binoculars, mostly because the stereoscopic perception and the FOV that they offer despite the edge performance (i am not so demanding in that aspect) Certainly new Porros have improved a lot in that aspect, but the FOV is also compromised.  

 

Porros offer me the most pleasant views of the star fields, and the colors of the stars just appear so easy.  I leave the 3 roofs that i have for travels or situations where compactness or weatherproofness is a requirement.

 

I like them so much that i set a special niche at home for them :-) (temporary i guess...) lol.gif

 

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Clear skies

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#28 edwincjones

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 06:16 AM

I have, or have had, binoculars from 19-150mms.

Currently I have 11, have donated 11 to family or astro group, sold 5

 

I have gotten a little carried away with optics (see signature comment re optics below)

 

If I had a do over I would probably get

-Papillo 6.5x for little stuff,

- 8x32 for birding and hiking

-42 mm for all-around /handheld

-70 to 100mm mounted binoculars

and a spotting scope for birding/grab and go

 

larger optics  (probably would, probably shouldn't -like they say about boats, a hole in the water /space to throw money)

 

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 07:22 AM

No comment. grin.gif

 

 

This guy is part of my Binocular Acquisition Syndrome Problem (BASP).  Whether it's Craigslist or the Cloudynights classifieds, it seems he's always selling something that catches my eye.  This would not normally be a problem but the fact that Foss is just 10 minutes means it's difficult to resist the temptation. 

 

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 07:26 AM

2 many. I refuse to count them! 

 

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Not to spill the beans but Mark recently posted this photo.  It's a photo of one batch, that's right, one batch, he sent to Cory Suddarth to be repaired.  

 

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I showed the photo to my wife.  She said, "That guy has more binoculars than he needs."  :)

 

Jon


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 07:37 AM

Hi to all.

Fujinon FMTRC-SX2 7x50.

Fujinon FMT-SX2 10x50.

Vixen Ultima 8x56.

Docter Nobilem 8x56 B.

Fujiyama 7x50 (an old ZCF Porro prism BK7 japanese binoculars from early 80s).

Antares Tomcat 7x50 (an old ZCF Porro prism BK7 italian - japanese binoculars from 80s).

Two Zenith 10x50 ZCF russian binoculars.

Vincenzo Maielli - Bari (Italy)


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 07:56 AM

I had as many as 13-15, including a Binoscope. I am down to 4. 2 in constant rotation.



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Posted 06 December 2020 - 08:02 AM

Six pairs, but that will get thinned out sooner or later:

 

* Nikon Action 8x40 - good all-round binoculars

* Tasco 440 7x50, JB-160 - excellent for astronomy IF I wear my contact lenses, can't focus to infinity using uncorrected vision

* Hensholt 8x56 roof prism - old German quality binoculars I recently acquired, I haven't done a full evaluation yet.

* GreenKat 10x50 extra wide angle, JB-133 - the smallest, lightest pair of 10x50s I have seen. Recently acquired, I haven't done a full evaluation yet.

* Infact 8x40 wide angle, JB-56. Unusually wide eyepieces. Stunning, superb for astronomy and can focus to infinity with uncorrected vision. Very compact but heavy, with blackened prisms and a built-in tripod attachment socket. The one definite pair of keepers.

* Carl Wetzlar 10x50, Japanese but no JB number. Candidate for cannibalizing for telescope eyepieces.

 

Last week I declined an offer to buy a lot of over 50 (closer to 100) older binoculars, mostly Japanese. No doubt some gems (my Infact, GreenKat and Hensoldt came from the same batch) but I'm not a collector, and it would take a long time to sort, clean up and sell them off piecemeal.


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 08:44 AM

Not to spill the beans but Mark recently posted this photo.  It's a photo of one batch, that's right, one batch, he sent to Cory Suddarth to be repaired.  

 

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I showed the photo to my wife.  She said, "That guy has more binoculars than he needs."  smile.gif

 

Jon

Cool, man. I'm "up in the air"about buying porro's. 

 

I dunno...

 

- Cal


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#35 Charleybird

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 09:39 AM

I think I am under achiever. I own 3 pair.

Canon 10x42 (my favorite)
Night hunter 7x50
Shadowquest 8x56

I have my eye on a couple other. But, I wonder if that would be going overboard.

 

Three is good number.

 

Mine:

Zeiss Victory FL 7x42
Leica UV+ 7x42
Nikon E-11 8x30
Nikon DCF 9x30
Inpro 9x63
Leica UV+ 10x32
Steiner Discovery 10x44 (x2)
Leica UV+ 12x50.................... (my favourite)
APM MS ED 16x70

 

 

Lately I've been procrastinating, would I use, should I get a 6x30, a 25x100?

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#36 Grimnir

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 09:44 AM

About 20 of which at least 15 are destined for ebay when I can get around to it.

 

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 10:51 AM

After viewing these posts, I should not have felt guilty for thinking about increasing my collection from 2 to 3.
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Posted 06 December 2020 - 11:15 AM

About 20 without looking too hard, plus 8 binoscopes.


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 11:19 AM

40, give or take a few



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Posted 06 December 2020 - 11:27 AM

After viewing these posts, I should not have felt guilty for thinking about increasing my collection from 2 to 3.

my guilt is not from numbers, but from lack of use

it seems wrong to have a very good binocular that is just setting on the shelf

time to pass on to someone who will exercise them

 

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 11:35 AM

my guilt is not from numbers, but from lack of use

it seems wrong to have a very good binocular that is just setting on the shelf

time to pass on to someone who will exercise them

 

edj

 

Edwin:

 

I agree. When a piece of gear sits on the shelf unused, I will pass it on to someone who will use it. A good piece of gear deserves to be used and a enthusiastic observer deserves a good piece of gear to use.

 

If I can make that happen, I'll have done my good deed for the day.

 

Jon


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 11:51 AM

Not to spill the beans but Mark recently posted this photo.  It's a photo of one batch, that's right, one batch, he sent to Cory Suddarth to be repaired.  

 

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I showed the photo to my wife.  She said, "That guy has more binoculars than he needs."  smile.gif

 

Jon

 

I forgot to add this:

 

Somehow Cory accidentally included me in this Email exchange with Mark

 

Cory: Mark, I'm a little slow this month, you have any binos that need fixing.

 

Mark: Cory, pretty slow here but I have a few that need fixing. Send me a photo when they arrive..

 

:lol:

 

Jon


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#43 asphericalaberration

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 12:10 PM

More than my wife knows about.


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 12:40 PM

Way too many to use! However, I think looking back I have only paid full market price for just a few of them. How could any one leave an almost new Leica 8x32 on the shelf when it's $60, or a Zeiss WW2 7x50 for $19.95,!  


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 01:37 PM

It is official. I now feel like an under achiever with only three. Looking at this thread as a way to justify buying another binocular is like asking the manager at Best Buy if I need another TV.
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Posted 06 December 2020 - 02:17 PM

It is official. I now feel like an under achiever with only three. Looking at this thread as a way to justify buying another binocular is like asking the manager at Best Buy if I need another TV.

 

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My wife liked it too.

 

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Posted 06 December 2020 - 02:24 PM

It is official. I now feel like an under achiever with only three. 

 

Hmmm - conversely, if I reduced mine to only three, I would regard that as an achievement.

 

Graham


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 03:07 PM

Three:

 

8x42

20x80

25x100

 

Sometimes the 8x42 does the best the job.  Sometimes the 20x80 is the better choice.  Sometimes the 25x100 is called for.  The rest of the time it's either naked-eye or a telescope.  And that pretty much covers all my needs.



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Posted 06 December 2020 - 03:21 PM

It appears I have 9. That may be too many, although each one serves a function. I probably should only have half that.


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Posted 06 December 2020 - 03:30 PM

I have a shelf in a closet where I keep all my astronomy related equipment (the Dob and one mount+tripod stay in the garage due to the weight). I keep telling myself that I won’t expand beyond that one shelf and if I do, something needs to go. I have room for another pair of binoculars, but that NP101....not so much. Maybe I need a larger shelf.....


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