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Old Saturday 23rd June 2012, 03:22   #1251
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Sightron Bluesky 8x42

Well, I broke down and bought one. I made an offer of $105 and they accepted. Hopefully, they'll be a good sample.

Thanks for the heads up!

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Old Saturday 23rd June 2012, 03:26   #1252
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That is an excellent deal in my opinion. If I hadn't already bought Stets then I would probably buy both! The optical performance is excellent and the build quality is very good. The more I use them the more they remind me of the Leica Trinovids I once owned both in terms of handling and optical performance...except the Sightrons are notably lighter. I would love to put the two side by side to compare.
Really? Thats putting the Sightrons in alpha class of old? Might have to check these out a little further?! I still regard the Trinovids as alpha, just for the relaxed view alone! And the build quality is very rugged, i like binoculars like that! My recent Leupold Gold Rings reminded me of the Trinovids but, had better optics. When i say better they had better color, better contrast! I still hold the Trinovids in high regard but, i think there are better more recent offerings that surpass them on purely optical stand point alone!!! Bryce...
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2012, 05:49   #1253
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I didn't think the GR HD had better contrast. Unless you had a sub par Leica and a extraordinary GR...

I'm waiting for a super deal on the 8x32 blue sky...
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2012, 14:36   #1254
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Stet .... Thanks for posting on the Sightron II Blue Sky 8X42 . Looks like I got the last one for $106 plus shipping of $5.95. I placed my best offer before returning to this thread and seeing Binoboy's post where the vendor accepted $105. Looks like I overspent by at least a whole dollar.

Also Stet and Frank, thanks for posting your impressions of the binocular in this and earlier threads. I have been looking over the last several months for a good quality, but relatively inexpensive general purpose binocular that I could leave in the vehicle, etc. This should easily meet that need. As the old saying goes, "Good things come to those who wait" appears to be true in this case.

Bryce, these links might help you in checking these out a little further ......

http://www.birdforum.net/showpost.ph...&postcount=526

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Old Saturday 23rd June 2012, 15:39   #1255
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I didn't think the GR HD had better contrast. Unless you had a sub par Leica and a extraordinary GR...

I'm waiting for a super deal on the 8x32 blue sky...
The Gr HD's are indeed from an optical perspective better, color, brightness, apparent contrast all favor the gr's. And no supar Leica's, i have three friends that have trinovids and i just recently sold my gr's. One guy has both and our findings were all mutual! Did you own both at the same time? I did both 8x32's and i can go across town and look at both in 8x42!!! Bryce...
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Old Saturday 23rd June 2012, 15:41   #1256
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Thanks Bruce for the reading! :-) Bryce...
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Old Sunday 24th June 2012, 05:18   #1257
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Bruce- we'll agree to disagree. Yes, I had both at the same time in 8x32 and 10x42.
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Old Sunday 24th June 2012, 16:04   #1258
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DHB ... Hopefully we can agree to agree that you agreed to disagree with Bryce rather than me.


As a side note, the Sightron II 8X42 that I purchased/paid for Saturday morning (yesterday) is already in route from Virginia to Arizona and scheduled to be delivered Monday (tomorrow) morning. I just love Priority Mail and a fast e-Bay vendor!
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Old Tuesday 26th June 2012, 00:58   #1259
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My Sightron Blue Sky 8x42s came today. I lucked out and got a good sample. Focus is smooth and light. Just right, I'd say. Diopter is spot on at zero. Optics are tack sharp.

The only disappointment is that the published specs say that they have an 8 deg FOV and mine are clearly marked 7.5 deg, which appears to be correct. The picture on the Sightron website shows white writing around the right barrel just below the eye cup, but none on the left barrel. Mine has printing on both. Did I get an old version?

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Old Tuesday 26th June 2012, 14:58   #1260
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Unless they've sold it since I enquired, Monk Optics have a used Fujinon FMTR-SX 6x30 in stock. I live abroad so it wasn't convenient for me to buy a used binocular sight unseen (with the high costs of to-and-fro international shipping if I want to return it), but I thought their asking price was very reasonable for this interesting binocular.
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Old Sunday 8th July 2012, 17:29   #1261
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CameralandNY has a "Doug's Gone Fishing" sale that offers 10% off Olympus, Kowa, Pentax, Vortex and Zen-Ray bins and 10% off on demo/used bins from Leica, Nikon, Zeiss and Minox. The sale runs from July 9th to the 17th.

That would make the Vortex Talon HD 8x32's $396 with free shipping.

Unfortunately, the Zen-Ray discount is not good on pre-orders and they still have the Prime HD listed as pre-order. You might call and ask, though. They might get some before the 17th.

You can call or order online and put "Gone Fishing" in the notes.

Here's a link to the Dealers forum:
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Old Sunday 8th July 2012, 18:37   #1262
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My Sightron Blue Sky 8x42s came today. I lucked out and got a good sample. Focus is smooth and light. Just right, I'd say. Diopter is spot on at zero. Optics are tack sharp.

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How do feel about the Sightron Blue Sky 8x42s after owning them awhile? They are now about $170 on Amazon. and $160 on ebay. Is this still a good deal?

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Old Sunday 8th July 2012, 20:11   #1263
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I'm a little disappointed in the Sightron Blue Sky 8x42. They were advertised as 8 deg and they are really 7.5 deg, the same as the 8x32. They are very sharp in the center, but the sweet spot on my sample is not a big as I would like. Overall, I like the 8x32 better and I don't see a reason to own both.
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Old Sunday 8th July 2012, 23:38   #1264
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That is a shame but I do agree with you to an extent. The8x32 does have a wider sweet spot and I prefer the color representation a bit better. Still for $170 I believe they are notably better than the Gen 2 Nikon Monarchs.

I am not sure where the 8 degrees was advertised as I seem to remember them listed at 7.5 originally. Of course the 8x32 was also originally listed at 8 degrees as well.
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Old Monday 9th July 2012, 00:41   #1265
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The Blue Sky 8x42 are indeed excellent binoculars and a great deal for the money. Provided you don't already have the 8x32.

I should have guessed that the FOV was wrong. I bought one of Sightron's porros a couple of years ago because they listed a spectacular FOV. It turned out that their advertised FOV was the true FOV in meters at 1000 meters, converted to feet. They've done the same thing here. They only publish their FOV in feet, so the error isn't obvious. If they also listed the FOV in degrees or meters, you could see their mistake.
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Old Saturday 21st July 2012, 15:23   #1266
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Question Zen-Ray ED3 7x43 Prices Coming Down ?

I see WayFair now has these listed New for $367.99 on Ebay, Hmm I wonder if its the lack of sales or the economy thats pushing the prices down ? From what I have read here & eleswhere Zen-Rays 7x43's seem to have verygood reviews ...gwen
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Old Saturday 21st July 2012, 16:59   #1267
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They are an excellent buy at that price and probably the closest one can come to as complete a "package" as the Zeiss FL in the 7x42 format but with slightly more colorful contrast...

...and with the understanding that the eye relief is a bit long for some users.
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Old Sunday 22nd July 2012, 14:34   #1268
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Used Nikon 8x32 SE CF at Cley Spy for 250, just need a new set of eyecups which Nikon UK will supply for free. Saw these on Friday.
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Swfa.com has a Zenray 8x43 Ed2 demo available for $239 on their sample list.
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Old Sunday 22nd July 2012, 15:56   #1270
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I'm a Porro fanboy, but in the roof format Zenray offers crazy bang for the buck. My 8X43 ED2 is the most well balanced binocular I have.

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Old Wednesday 25th July 2012, 17:39   #1271
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Cabella's online has the Monarch 7, 8x42 for $479.99 plus a 20% discount on orders of more than $150. Discount of 20% valid only till tonight.

edit: Sorry the discount is a $20 discount not 20%.

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Cabella's online has the Monarch 7, 8x42 for $479.99 plus a 20% discount on orders of more than $150. Discount of 20% valid only till tonight.

edit: Sorry the discount is a $20 discount not 20%.
That's OK. I couldn't find any Monarch 7s listed there either. It was too good to be true!

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Promaster Infinity Elite EL-M porro prism binoculars

10x50 for $229. That is heavily discounted. The 8.5x42 is still listed at $399.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...n=&s=&v=glance
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Does $1080 sound inexpensive for a Leica 8x50 Ultravid BR?

http://danscamera.net/spec_sheet.htm...e-5beaee3b6f4c
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Old Wednesday 25th July 2012, 21:43   #1275
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Zen-Ray 7x43 ED3

A gentleman over on Astromart has a Zen-Ray 7x43 ED3 for sale for $250 with free shipping.

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