Noticed that Kyoei sells these. Mid $500 USD price range. I guess the eye relief is fairly short? I do wear glasses, but also find that my eye relief requirements, even with glasses on, are shorter than that of some others.
I also have an older 8x30 Mastercraft picked up in a thrift store for $12 or so. Fabulous condition -- really like new in the box. But I can't use it with glasses at all. The eye relief is next to nothing. lol Also there are some distortion problems with the view. It is extremely wide though. Maybe 10 degrees. I'm experimenting with it to rationalize ordering the Nikon 8x30 EII. (I have become somewhat adept at binocular purchase rationalization. )
The Nikon EII 8x30 is among my absolute favorite binoculars. It's got a great TFOV, a great AFOV, and a low mag and so is easy to handhold. It's very lightweight at under 600g. Its central sharpness is nothing short of stunning and in my opinion fully on par with my excellent Nikon EDG 7x42, an instrument four times as expensive. It doesn't have a field flattener (otherwise it'd be the Nikon WX 8x30) but the central 70% of the FOV gives stars that are pinpoint tight and intensely bright, even under my heavily light-polluted skies.
And if that's not enough to convince you of its merits, I'd let go of my Nikon SE 10x42 before my Nikon EII 8x30, though there's absolutely zero chance of either happening anytime or ever.
By the way, I've figured out a way to make the short eye relief of the Nikon EII 8x30 work for my glasses. The trick is to use 3M super-thin double-sided tape to bring the bottom of the rubber eyecups as close as possible to the top of the eyepieces. And voila, perfectly usable eye relief with my glasses on. (The same trick works for my Nikon EII 10x35 too.)
In short, just open your wallet and hit the Order button already
Edited by MT4, 17 July 2021 - 11:21 AM.