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Old Monday 30th October 2017, 23:09   #1
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Nikon EII

Just got one, only little light left, so not much gainful insight made - will check in the field tomorrow. Just one question, it seems that it is a bit brighter than my HG 8X32 from likely 2002 or 2003 at the earliest. I would assume, (hate to do so) - that the eII has improved lens coating, after all it is 2017.

Any insight would be welcome regarding silver on the coatings in the HG from 2003 and coatings on the new EII - I would assume dielectric and not silver.

Despite not being waterproof I really like them and may buy another pair - $$$$$$ in this hobby, will have to sell some of my military bins.


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Old Monday 30th October 2017, 23:21   #2
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no light is great to check the field - the distance between the two lower stars in the big dipper (Phad and Merak) is 8 degrees, so your E2 should fit them comfortably with some room to spare.

Even with the same coatings the E2 would be brighter than a Schmidt-Pechan roof pair. The reasons are that Porro prisms work with internal reflection so no mirroring is necessary and Schmidt-Pechan prisms have 2 surfaces which are used in transmission and reflection and thus cannot be multicoated since this ruins the reflection part - the least evil is to single-coat them.

Have fun with your E2s!

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Hello Andy,

Use them well!

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Thank you,
I will enjoy them tomorrow, a nice crisp fall day with plenty of sunshine here in Delaware.
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