First time poster here.
I am narrowing down on a set of 10x50s, and was hoping for some impressions on nighttime performance from folks who have used the models I'm looking at:
NIkon Action Extreme
Athlon Midas G2
Bushnell Engage EDX
Meade Masterclass (10x56)
I will primarily be using them for terrestrial critter viewing across open pastures (center focus is madatory), but I also have big, dark skies overhead here, so I will definitely do some stargazing. I already have a nice pair of 8x42 roofs for proper briding.
I don't care if it's a porro or a roof design, I'm just interested in the views. I am willing to pay extra for a roof, for all the reasons people like roofs, but I would gladly buy a porro if the imaging was truly superior. These bins will not leave the house very often, so size is not a major consideration. I am farily certain all of the above models would provide excellent daytime performance to my eyes. I am just wondering how they compare for celestial viewing. I have also considered Fujinon and APM, but the individal focus is not for me. I'm looking to keep it under $600 unless there is something absolutely magical for a little more.
This is NOT intended to be a debate on porro vs. roof prism theory. I am just hoping someone could tell me, from actual experience, if any of the roofs I am considering would do as well as the Nikons at night. In my experience, all the theory is out the window once you put the lenses to your eyes. The Nikons are widely reported on and highly regarded; it's really a question of whether or not the others match up to them in the dark.
Unfortunatley, due to my location in rural Maine, there isn't a store nearby where I can compare these models in person, and if there was, it would be closed after dark!
Any other recommendations for a sub-$600 bin, roof or porro, with center focus that can match the Nikon AE 10x50 is also welcome.
Thanks for your help!