Im trying to decide what binos to get in next weeks.
About a month ago I purchased a pair of Fujinon FMTR SX 10x50 brand new since I was not happy with my Lunt 10x50's. The Fujinon outperformed the Lunts in every aspect and despite of not being a huge difference for me it was clear that Fujis make the difference. Sadly, I ended returning back the Fujis to the retailer due to a play that one of the eyepieces had (Something unforgivable at this price point)
I was planning to buy another pair of Fujis as soon as getting my money back but then I thought about aquiring a 90° binos since this kind of binos seems to be more comfortable to observe through. I see the Fujis as a quick look binos (and a tool as first step before star hopping with the telescope) since it is not feasible to observe through them more than 5-10 minutes without taking a break. And for zenith observation they are a pain in the neck unless you use some leaning chair. Also find the 900-1100€ of Fujis quite expensive for an equipment that has a fixed magnification so is less polyvalent.
Have been thinking of acquiring an APM 90° bino for a while. My dilemma is between getting APM 100 SEMI-APO + center mount & Tripod or APM 70 ED + TS L bracket and using my ES Twilight I mount. Both combos cost about 2000€
My target are DSO's at low/mid magnification and very very occasional planetary/Lunar.
The ideal deal would be to get APM 100 ED + apm center mount + Berlenbach tripod but the price increases up to 3000€. I could save this money but find this is too much money to spend. So 2000€ is a lot of money but more or less affordable to me since this would be to get a quality and a keeper instrument.
Seems that APM ED versions are waterproof whilst semi-apo ones not so this would be a clear disadvantage for semi apos since waterproof ensures you more durability I guess.
Another option could be to go an intermediate option and get APM 82 ED version in my ES twilight I mount...
What would you do?
Edited by Bosco, 14 July 2021 - 10:11 AM.