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Forum: Binoculars Today, 01:25
Replies: 15
Views: 314
Posted By Steve C
The Zeiss Conquest took not one, but two blasts...

The Zeiss Conquest took not one, but two blasts from a 12 gauge shotgun, and despite lead pellets embedded in the armor and shot damage to the eye cups, still worked.. That test is worth...
Forum: Binoculars Yesterday, 22:27
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By Steve C
To be clear, I looked at the 8x42 Athlon Midas....

To be clear, I looked at the 8x42 Athlon Midas. Chuck makes a valid point about trying to re sell new brand names. No profit in it.
Forum: Binoculars Yesterday, 15:10
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By Steve C
\ Trying to go from memory (never real smart for...

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Trying to go from memory (never real smart for me anymore) I seem to recall you have experience with both the Tract Toric and Leupold Pro Guide BX-4. The Athlon is remarkably like those optically...
Forum: Binoculars Wednesday 20th March 2019, 22:34
Replies: 13
Views: 362
Posted By Steve C
I had the chance today to spend some time with...

I had the chance today to spend some time with the Athlon 8x42. It surprised me with its image quality. It easily whacks the Zeiss Terra, and I'm not sure what I'd look at sub $300 to try and beat...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 18th March 2019, 18:17
Replies: 18
Views: 554
Posted By Steve C
I'm kind of like the OP. My favorite, best, and...

I'm kind of like the OP. My favorite, best, and go to are the Maven B2 9x45 and the B3 8x30. Which one I use depends on what size fits the days use the best. However the most used over the past...
Forum: Others Sunday 17th March 2019, 18:33
Replies: 15
Views: 469
Posted By Steve C
This is well said. It also marks you as...

This is well said. It also marks you as relatively sane ;). Far too many people who post a lot frankly get to the point of obsession over binoculars, or computers, cameras, smartphones...you name...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 16th March 2019, 17:30
Replies: 17
Views: 776
Posted By Steve C
Look for the Opticron Discovery WP 8x32. Next...

Look for the Opticron Discovery WP 8x32. Next look at the Opticron Traveller ED or the Nikon Monarch 7. The Discovery is the smallest 8x32 I have seen that maintains a 60* afov. The others are a...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 15th March 2019, 20:03
Replies: 9
Views: 371
Posted By Steve C
Kumar, OK, I wasn't sure about your reactions,...

Kumar,

OK, I wasn't sure about your reactions, thanks for clearing it up. I agree the B2 is s big binocular. The B1 offers a somewhat smaller package than the B2 without appreciable optical...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 15th March 2019, 17:59
Replies: 9
Views: 371
Posted By Steve C
mksb, Yes, that was the Pro Guide BX-3. ;) There...

mksb,

Yes, that was the Pro Guide BX-3. ;) There was no BX-4 designation at the time and as far as I know, the present BX-4 pro Guide was then the BX-3 PG, in other words the same binocular. The...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 15th March 2019, 15:15
Replies: 9
Views: 371
Posted By Steve C
https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=305692

https://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=305692
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 14th March 2019, 16:02
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By Steve C
The Leupold, is, in my opinion the better...

The Leupold, is, in my opinion the better binocular. The optics are pretty close, but the Leupold is a very compact instrument for fitting into a 42 mm frame. Leupold has pretty well set the...
Forum: Binoculars Monday 25th February 2019, 16:04
Replies: 29
Views: 1,701
Posted By Steve C
If the Maven B2 series had black armor and a blue...

If the Maven B2 series had black armor and a blue Zeiss logo, nobody would bat an eye at a $2,200 price tag. Like Chuck points out, they are optically superb, well constructed, quality instruments. ...
Forum: Others Sunday 17th February 2019, 16:30
Replies: 7
Views: 466
Posted By Steve C
They do look superficially like a Leupold...

They do look superficially like a Leupold product. China has a long history of producing counterfeit Leupold products, so that is where I'd place my guess.
Forum: Others Wednesday 13th February 2019, 18:43
Replies: 9
Views: 500
Posted By Steve C
I am in general agreement with the above post. ...

I am in general agreement with the above post. Here, moist companies that sell several model lines of binoculars have some which are Chinese. That is usually not advertised loudly. Contrast that...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 8th February 2019, 02:07
Replies: 24
Views: 1,066
Posted By Steve C
This Helia 42 looks to be a dead ringer for the...

This Helia 42 looks to be a dead ringer for the Leupold BX-5 Santiam series. The BX-5 is an excellent binocular.

Another thing to keep in mind is that (unless recently changed) EU law stated...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 8th February 2019, 02:00
Replies: 17
Views: 767
Posted By Steve C
Instead of worrying too much about the issue, I'd...

Instead of worrying too much about the issue, I'd advise that you simply move on from the 8x42 MHG. That is not said to demean the MHG, but every binocular will have weaknesses that will bother some...
Forum: Binoculars Thursday 7th February 2019, 02:12
Replies: 41
Views: 1,389
Posted By Steve C
The serial number does not seem to match anywhere...

The serial number does not seem to match anywhere on the Zeiss list.
Forum: Zeiss Monday 4th February 2019, 16:13
Replies: 15
Views: 647
Posted By Steve C
I did some note checking. We have a large annual...

I did some note checking. We have a large annual Birding Festival here. It started out as the bald eagle Conference and has morphed into the Winter Wings Festival. There are typically some optical...
Forum: Zeiss Monday 4th February 2019, 00:29
Replies: 15
Views: 647
Posted By Steve C
I believe Zeiss started in 1988, on their top...

I believe Zeiss started in 1988, on their top line binoculars. Zeiss never did come anywhere close to calling the Diafun top line, it was what seems the first attempt by a top tier manufacturer to...
Forum: Zeiss Sunday 3rd February 2019, 20:39
Replies: 15
Views: 647
Posted By Steve C
If memory serves, the Diafun was not phase...

If memory serves, the Diafun was not phase coated. Don't expect a typical Zeiss level binocular. I thought they were OK, but not Zeiss OK.
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 2nd February 2019, 23:41
Replies: 52
Views: 3,418
Posted By Steve C
I have a hunch Chuck maybe typed B2 when he meant...

I have a hunch Chuck maybe typed B2 when he meant B1. I think that either the B1 or the B2 is a somewhat better binocular than the Toric. The B2 is a slight bit better than the B1.

My two...
Forum: Binoculars Friday 1st February 2019, 03:49
Replies: 16
Views: 1,157
Posted By Steve C
I see Maven is bringing out an 18x56 binocular...

I see Maven is bringing out an 18x56 binocular pretty soon too. Bigger than the 15x56 from the photos, different frame looks like too. I see where you are with the binocular vs spotting scope...
Forum: Binoculars Saturday 26th January 2019, 19:07
Replies: 5
Views: 605
Posted By Steve C
I've read Bill's book as well. Anybody who...

I've read Bill's book as well. Anybody who doesn't get the concept of what three axis collimation should not try to repair binoculars (probably some who do get the concept should stay from small...
Forum: Leica Thursday 24th January 2019, 19:08
Replies: 27
Views: 1,486
Posted By Steve C
If Leica (or any company wishing to sell any...

If Leica (or any company wishing to sell any product) wishes to sell in California, they don't have much choice. Since a company can't tell much ahead of time where a product will get sold it is far...
Forum: Leica Thursday 24th January 2019, 02:52
Replies: 27
Views: 1,486
Posted By Steve C
Practically everything is allegedly known by the...

Practically everything is allegedly known by the State of California to cause Cancer. If Leica armor is listed, probably every binocular known will eventually have the warning.
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