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    Recommendation - Starter binoculars <£150 (in UK)

    I have many bins within your budget, including the Celestron Nature DX in 8x42, 10x42, 8x32 and 8x25. These are good and generally get good reviews to reflect that. Another couple to consider- Barr and Stroud Series 5 or Savannah 8x42s. Wide FOV. Check Neill English website for a review and...
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    Why is it so hard to find a competent binocular...

    This is the crux, IMHO. I have been buying a few Canon IS bins recently .......10x42L on the way. With IS, there is a large stepped improvement on detail of what can be seen and for me this is likely unachievable (?) with any non-IS bin (unmounted). IF I was to buy an "Alpha" at twice the...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    I generally concur. If I want to count the nasel hairs of a lion at a mile, I might be able to actually do it with the young 20 year old IS technology of today, but I am 99% certain I won't be able to do it with the 100 year old (?), old technology.......no matter what level it is. I have both...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    Cheers Lee. As already evident, I am mostly going down the IS route, but that won't preclude me considering non-IS bins that standout from the crowd. I got the impression that the Aurora fell into that category, hence my enquiry. I have Opticron 15x70, SR.GA and Savanna porros, but no roofs...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    Lee, This is one thing that intrigues me. Ignoring IS 😉 which is an apple/ orange debate. I think I saw some reviews on an Optician Aurora from yourself. Cost wise it is about a 3rd of the price of the most costly glass. Are there significant drops in resolution and seeing, etc?
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    Well well, I think the sentiment is becoming clear now. It is quite evident that if others don't agree with your postulations that £3000 bins are the only kid on the block, then you attempt to undermine. I do not believe I have insulted anyone. I have been using optics for 50 years on a causal...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    @Paultricounty Interestingly, on birdform (and CN), I am finding more and more back to back comparisons between "Alpha" and IS. From, Kimmo, typo, Hermann, ff18dad, Binastro, etc. On top of @yarrellii on this thread. Some of these evaluations actually do quantitative resolution testing...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    On reflection of this long debate ...... There seem to be up to 5 groups of people contributing. 1. Those who have one or more £3000 bins, and call them 'Alphas'. This group does not have IS bins. 2. Those that have £3000 bins and IS bins and can offer direct comparisons. 3. Those that have...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    @yarrellii Eloquently presented and exactly why it is unlikely I will fill a box with £3000 bins. Your rendition seems to be consistent, when the Alpha vs IS bins argument comes up. I believe there was a post on CN that also introduced a quality spotting scope off tripod, but braced ...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    Yes, I understand the arguments. This thread looked interesting...... it seemed to be the place to see the arguments why "Alpha" 'classed' bins are better than other options. I, like many, would like to hear these arguments. If they were convincing, then I would place orders. So far they...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    That's what I am trying to avoid. I am a bit tight and don't like to light the log burner using £50 notes ....LOL @yarrellii and Roger Vine, together with some others from CN seem to have done the comparison and the conclusion seems to be consistent. However, I am open minded enough to listen...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    Cheers Lee ...... I tried to use an OS map and triangulate to ID it ..... was harder than I expected ...LOL
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    I believe Roger Vine is a well respected optics aficionado. His review of the 12x36 iii IS bin is one of the influences that triggered me to buy it. The magic button .....is magic 😁 Roger has significant experience of IS and many Alphas .....his reviews seems objective and well balanced.
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    Yes, so who has objectively (!), compared recent IS with recent £2000+ kit ? I don't want sales pitch (or fanboy pitch).... @yarrellii is the only poster that seems to be able to do a back to back. If I thought alphas were really better than IS, I would probably have a box of them ...
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    Why is Alpha better than high grade.

    My purchases are recent and there seem to be reports that newer versions are better than earlier..... Perhaps faster FPGAs or improved firmware??
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