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#1 Tom T

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 07:29 AM

Ok folks, since I'm picking up the camper tonight, I guess it's time (again) for a decent set of bino's.

I'm looking to spend 200 - 300 (maybe a bit more if it's a really good deal), and ideally would like something I can hand hold (so for me that means 7-10x, and typically 40-50mm objectives) and an exit pupil of around 4-6mm.

That being said: here are a couple of "deals" I found:

Steiner Rallye 20x80's for $429 (outside of price and size, but looks like a really good deal)
Steiner Predator 12x40's for $270
Steiner Safari 12x40 for $219
Nikon Tundra 10x50 for $250

(I need to check coatings on these too - make sure I'm not getting a ruby lens or something odd like that...)

Any thoughts?? Recommendations on other models? (Nothing chinese please.....)

Tom T.

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 07:33 AM

I wish I could help ya. I have not used any of those binos. I can only speak of the Orion 7x50 Vistas I have. They are quite nice and excellent for maritime and camping use. I think are about $220.

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:31 AM

After doing a little more research, I guess none of those I posted are really deals...

Anybody got some good recommendations?

Where are the Orions made?

T

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:43 AM

The Vistas are made in Japan but by which company I am not sure of. I bet Barry Simon would know.

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 08:58 AM

If I were buying a new 10x50 today, with primarily astro use in mind, on top of my list would be the Nikon Action Extreme. read Barry Simon's critique of this binoc. Under $200.

Go to "Links to Bino Mini Reviews" find Nikon Action Extreme 10x50

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 09:23 AM

Thanks guys.

Ed, I *think* I looked at a set of these in walmart - I have to admit, I wasn't really impressed - the field wasn't very flat, and the off axis performance wasn't all that great (they seemed a little astigmatic)... They didn't seem much (any?) better than the 8x56 oberwerks I owned. Plus, they had both Japan and China stickers on them - which made me think the optics were coming out of china. Maybe I was looking at a different version....

I'll check the link.

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 10:29 AM

Tom T,

I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that you cannot have "flat field" and "good edge performance" AND a wide field of view. It's a compromise either way and from your previous comments it sounds to me that you are keener to have the former than the latter.

Although I do not particularly like them myself , Pentax DCF HR is a line that seems to get very good reviews for it's edge performance.

You get waterproofing , nitrogen purging , phase -correction and very good optics ( and a narrow TFOV ) with these for less than $300.

The 8 x 42 would me MY choice for "hand -held".

Others would prefer the 10 x 42 of course.

Check the specs out below , and good luck - Kenny.

http://www.precision...ROD/PENBN/62612

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Posted 07 May 2004 - 11:09 AM


Thanks for the suggestion Kenny, I'll check those out.

Tom T.


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