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#1 Princess Leah

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Posted 13 February 2024 - 04:29 AM

I find an exit pupil of around 3 -3.5mm more visually pleasing in my urban environment.

Most of my binoculars have an exit pupil of 4-5mm.

 

Is there any sub £200 binoculars in the 15x50 - 18x55 range with a wide FOV you could recommend?

 

Or perhaps I should  just mask my 15x70s down to15x50.

 

Thanks for your help.



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Posted 13 February 2024 - 05:06 AM

You could try the Nikon EX 16x50. I assume you are in the UK. Prices vary, but you could try here: https://pricespy.co....x50-cf--p163889

 

There is also the Pentax SP 16x50: eg.  https://www.pricerun...-Compare-Prices

 

... and the Nikon Aculon 16x50:eg.  https://carmarthenca...inoculars-black

 

Good luck!

 

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#3 Tony Flanders

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Posted 13 February 2024 - 05:22 AM

Masking down the 15x70s seems like a high price to pay for a little aesthetics. You will reduce the number of stars and DSOs you can see pretty significantly, yet end up with the world's heaviest and bulkiest 50-mm binoculars.

 

I adore my Canon IS 15x50s, but they're nowhere near your requested price range. And when I tripod-mount my 15x70s, they are quite a bit more capable than the 15x50s.

 

I recommend accepting the fact that your skies are bright and getting on with it.


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Posted 13 February 2024 - 08:21 AM

Your probably right. But I will give it a try.

I have a pair of 10x35 roofs that I sometimes use.

 

The sky with these is very dark, very beautiful and it gives me 'city relief.'



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Posted 13 February 2024 - 09:36 AM

I own the Nikon 16x50 Action Extreme. It has an FOV of 3.5 degrees and an exit pupil of 3mm. It definitely darkens my bright suburban sky. I’ve used it handheld for pan-and-scan of the sky, but mounted of course will show more detail. Using it on a monopod makes for a very portable set up. It’s my most used-on-monopod binocular in fact.


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Posted 13 February 2024 - 03:45 PM

Another vote for the Nikon AE 16x50. The build quality of the AE series is excellent. borg.gif  


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Posted 13 February 2024 - 05:28 PM

There's the Nikon Monarch 5 16x56 that is worth considering.   Well reviewed.

 

https://www.cloudyni...onarch-5-16x56/


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#8 Mark Y.

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Posted 13 February 2024 - 11:08 PM

I own the Nikon Monarch 5 16x56ED thanks to the recommendation from the esteemed Mt4. Though he's on on viewing sabbatical due to getting back to the work grind again....Poor guy.smile.gif

 

Just an eye opening good instrument and really super easy to hand hold.  Very well priced.


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Posted 14 February 2024 - 06:21 AM

Too expensive right now. My OP said £200


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Posted 14 February 2024 - 07:59 AM

You could try the Nikon EX 16x50. I assume you are in the UK. Prices vary, but you could try here: https://pricespy.co....x50-cf--p163889

 

There is also the Pentax SP 16x50: eg.  https://www.pricerun...-Compare-Prices

 

... and the Nikon Aculon 16x50:eg.  https://carmarthenca...inoculars-black

 

Good luck!

 

Dean

I would think that either the Pentax or Nikon Aculon above, or these Nikon AE 16x50 would fit both your needs and your budget.

 

https://www.bhphotov...EX_Extreme.html

 

The nice thing about a 16x50 Porroprism binocular is that they are small enough and lightweight enough to still be handheld, tho close to the limit, at least for me. I used to have a 16x50 Shrine-Manon Japanese porroprism binocular that was very sharp; fine for standing with them handheld for scanning and quick looks, and perfect when seated in a lawnchair with my elbows resting on the chair’s arms. They were a lot of fun. I sold them after acquiring my Zeiss 15x60s but that decision has not always been without regret.


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Posted 14 February 2024 - 11:30 AM

How good are the lens coatings on the Nikon 16 X 50 Action EX?  I have the 7 X 35's Actions EX and they have a bit more glare then I expected.



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Posted 14 February 2024 - 11:34 AM

obviously you need a quality, well known reputable brand . Here's one offering on ebay that's not quite any of that...grin.gif  but it does have an interesting name.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/276333138506


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Posted 14 February 2024 - 11:43 AM

Gigapenguin, who could resist??


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#14 rodney j johnson jr

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Posted 14 February 2024 - 02:50 PM

Gigapenguin, who could resist??

 

that's........a lot of penguins. just sayin'.


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Posted 14 February 2024 - 08:00 PM

that's........a lot of penguins. just sayin'.

 

penguins.jpeg


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Posted 15 February 2024 - 01:41 PM

ohhh, man. a 4-snorter!!


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