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    Fujinon TS12X28

    First IS bins I've viewed. Going rate is 549USD. These were described as used very good $370 being hawked by Amazon warehouse. The land of returns almost always described as packed in original box w\box having damage. I posted my first thoughts in a Canon Vs thread if you're so of mind to look...
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    Bushnell Elite 429470 LMSS 8-40x 60

    8x-fov 4.76* 250' @ 1000yds - 40x 0.95* 50' straight eyepiece. Close Focus 30'. Eye Relief: 30mm two click - Waterproof - Length: 12.7” - Weight: 37.1 oz. Aluminium body. MIJ non reticle version. Available 2013 Since discontinued. Model # 780840 If the zoom/fov progresses at the same pace then...
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    Trinovid HD 10X42 First View

    Before the bin arrived I was looking WWN under a complete low overcast sky w/Minox HG 8.5x52. I noticed some CA whilst looking at a squirrels nest. I looked through 10x40/12x45 Conquest, 8X42 Kruger Caldera, 8.5x45 Weaver Super Slam, 8.5x50 Vortex Viper, 10x45 Optolyth Royal, 15x56 Vortex...
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    Bak-4, BK-7, SK-15 combination prisms

    I've been looking at the discontinued, 2009-2014, Weaver Super Slam 8.5X45. I suppose the most intriguing aspect, more so than the focus wheel in front of the rear bridge, is the claim of a SK, no mention of number, sub-prism combined w/Bak-4. As well the discontinued Grand Slam 8.5X45 claimed...
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    Weaver Super Slam 8.5X45 open bridge circa 2009-2014

    In order not to clog up Bin Bargains I brought the post & more here. http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=204600 It would seem the MIJ 8.5/10.5X45 open bridge was popular a few years ago 2010-11. http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=187116 As well the mention of SK glass which...
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    Minox HG 8.5X52 BR Mullings

    HG 8.5X52 BR Discounted I snagged one <7 bills that the salesman assured me was in inventory for at least two years. Here's a real review from 7/2011: https://www.allbinos.com/211-binoculars_review-Minox_HG_8.5x52_BR_MIG.html FOV is listed at 5.8* 306'. Most birders find that too restrictive...
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    Steiner Wildlife XP 10x44

    This apparently is the top o' line for Steiner though finding credible reviews is perplexing. BH is attempting to sell for two grand all the while they are offered on Steiner website for 1500 USD. Is it, all that & a bag of chips? That is more than a Maven B2 which appears to be highly admired...
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    Blaser/Minox USA doesn't know squat about Minox

    I bought a bin then noted it went through several model changes. I called up Blaser/Minox USA and they whined about only being in charge of Minox sports optics for six months. They know nothing, nada, zip, doodly-squat. They advise me to contact Minox directly via e-mail. [[email protected]] I did...
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    Minox HG 8.5X52 BR ?

    I've been researching the Minox HG 8.5x52 BR. Seeing how there's three models over the last decade it's most confusing when attempting to dig up facts. I contacted Minox USA, they know nada. "We've only been in charge six months". EO gave a very short partial description of the two models...
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    711 Ocean Drive (1950) flak bins?

    I watched the movie this morn. Several bins used and at the last it looks like Edmond O'Brien borrows a set of 7x35. Howevah, earlier in the flick, maybe halfway, they show several shots, front & back, of what appears to be short focal length flak bins. There was a close up of the oculars that...
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    Nikon Demo 20x56

    E-mail from Optics Planet Thursday has me perusing the 14% off wares. Couldn't become too excited though there was a deal or two. I ease on over to the Nikon offerings und notice a Monarch 5 20x56 demo for $599. Sure, the bay or Amazon has grey market a mite cheaper. They won't tell you such up...
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    BX-1 10x30 Yosemite LPD-117981/Black in box

    Came across a deal on these and posted such in bin bargains. BX-1 10x30 Yosemite LPD-117981 $58.32 + 9.89 shipping "Full-size binoculars can be too large for many people, especially users with smaller faces. At about 4.5" long, Leupold BX-1 Yosemite binoculars fit smaller hands and adjust to...
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    GPO, Maven or Tract?

    OK, I thought perhaps I might nudge steve-o into the last piece of the review puzzle.
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    Alpha Slayer Naysayer Contender Pretender Same Gal in a Different Skirt.

    I remember Zen Ray being the buzz, bought one, and then coming out w/increasingly better/more expensive models jousting w/alphas online anyway. Theron or Kruger Caldera, I chose the latter, was another overachiever for price point. Now, Maven of various models, GPO and Toric are jockeying for...
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    Pretend this is Celestron Folder 4-TV Nagler Planetary zoom

    W/o a doubt the Tele Vue Nagler 3mm-6mm zoom is nice. Maintains a constant 50* afov from 90x-180X on the Regal 100mm ED. Nice and light w/quality view that allows one to locate/frame the view at 90X and then proceed up the ladder. 180X is about maximum for this scope and in some cases I...
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    Pretend this is Celestron Folder 4-100* Meade MWA eyepiece

    Ha! Why not? Anywho, I've had a bit of time using the Meade 100* MWA 10mm/54X eyepiece in the Celestron, this is the Celestron folder so I suppose I'm being a mite redundant, Regal 100mm ED spotter. I compared this in part to the Luminos, claimed 82* reported to be 72-74*, 15mm/36X. First off...
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    Celestron Trailsetter 100 & M2 100ED

    Might as well start a thread. I own both w/Trailseeker also incorporating the 45* angle for use by 1 1/4" eyepiece. They both came w/8mm-24mm/67-22X zoom though the M2 is substantially larger. Both are doublet 540mm f5.4. I've complained that the Trailseeker only resolves to 45X. After that it...
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    Perhaps a Celestron Folder?

    Celestron producing two lines, Trailseeker and M2 in 80mm/100mm and both models are equipped to use 1 1/4" eyepieces. Priced a bit lower than others these can represent a bargain. It would be nice if all the Celestron information was consolidated within its own folder. Just a thought that...
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    Oberwerk 20x80 LW

    Well, Light Weight is somewhat subjective. It's 13" x 9" at 4 lbs. The end caps can be unscrewed then a plastic divider, twixt two sections of armour can be removed along w/short end piece of armour for around 1/4 lb reduction. Naturally if I left end caps off I would drop a bit more weight...
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    Vulture HD 15x56

    Other than the weight and being rated more towards the bottom than top shelf the only other bin I see is the Minox German BL 15x56. Which at eight bills is twice the price. If someone had them in stock w/discount at $640 then perhaps I could swing 1 1/2X price. There isn't anything else in the...
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    Optolyth Royal Binoculars 10x45 ?

    I've hunted online for a while though can find no such listing. I do not find Optolyth in 10x45 or any power x45. I did run across a few pics of an 8x30 from long ago, bumpy grained plastic body, that I thought perhaps had a higher powered sibling. Growing weary of grasping at straws I came...
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    Kruger Caldera replacement fails inspection

    I sent off my Caldera 8x42 due to slack in the focus wheel to the tune of over 4mm, the distance from one diopter dot, past another and to a third, on the outside edge of the 30mm focus wheel. Also, If looking at a star, on tripod, w/one eye and opening the other eye I noted two points that...
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    More Globe Effect, Pincushion & Oculars

    Slowly some of this is sinking into me olde noodle, I think. Rolling ball/Globe effect/Turning Cylinders make for sharp edges. So, the Premier LX/LXL has fairly sharp edges, even w/o field flatteners, due to little PC. Even better edges can be had w/FF, w/o larger amount if PC in order to...
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    If not a Manfrotto 504HD then what?

    I realize for the load, 14-16 lbs, and this price point, 400 clams, that this represents a good value albeit a mite heavy. The 4 setting counterbalance sounds nice though in reality I'll always have a minimum of 14 lb mounted and the CB will be set at maximum. My quandary appears to encompass...
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    Oldie Nikon 8x30 J-B7 7x35 collimation

    Also says pat. pend. on the right cover and nip/kog/tok w/SN 234*** on the left. Very clean on the outside, but double vision and apparently no concentric rings on the objectives. This is a remarkably clean bin all over, as if laid in a time capsule, except for the stripped left end cap that...
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