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    Maven 7x28 review

    Thanks for the review. I've always wanted to try the 7x28, but the low AFOV is a turn-off for someone who really values a wide view. 43.35° (ISO) vs. 60.27° for the M7 8x30 is a pretty big difference. It's comparable to the Vortex Diamondback 8x28 at 46.85°, or maybe the Zeiss Terra 8x25 at...
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    Help me choose a monocular

    I found out many monoculars don't come with caps when I was looking for one earlier this year, but I agree it's particularly baffling for the Pentax since the case doesn't protect the optics.
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    Looking for a compact budget monocular

    I thought I would post a little update now I've been using the Opticron monocular for a couple months. All my previous comments about the optical quality still stand, and both my binoculars absolutely blow it out of the water, but this little monocular is almost annoyingly adequate for my...
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    Athlon Midas 8x42 vs. Viper HD vs. Vanguard ED II

    I'm pretty sure that's not what Steve was implying. The Athlons absolutely compare favourably to many "much more expensive" binoculars in the $300-500 range, but the trade-off is dealing with increased sample variance and likely poor warranty support. Nobody is using a $2000 alpha as their...
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    Maven B3 8x30?

    Yes, they have the standard threading direction; just twist them up and keep turning and they should come off fairly easily. You'll see a little channel you can slip the o-ring into, then lightly snug the eye cup back down onto it.
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    Maven B3 8x30?

    A couple of M2 x 29 o-rings will get you exactly what you want. The eyecups have standard threading and come off easily, and there's enough space to add an o-ring and snug them back down with plenty of thread. It adds just enough to the eyecup length to make them much more comfortable for me to...
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    Choosing a new pair of 8x42 binoculars: Vortex Vipers vs. Zeiss Terra EDs

    Also consider the FOV: 375' vs. 409' isn't an insignificant difference.
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    dust or something else inside Nikon Mikron 6x15? easy to repair/clean internally?

    I'd be interested to see what the prisms look like under the covers, but realistically these are only $200 USD brand new, so I would probably just return them and get a new pair.
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    Duel at sunset: Opticron Traveller ED 8x32 vs Kite Lynx HD+ 8x30 (and ELSV, Conquest HD)

    The CL-P and MHG seem like the most obvious competitors to the Kamakura clones in terms of size and weight. The Ultravid is getting up there at 535g, but certainly still comparable. When you hit the 600g range, the Conquest HD 8x32 and maybe Kowa 8x33 are appealing since they're at least still a...
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    Duel at sunset: Opticron Traveller ED 8x32 vs Kite Lynx HD+ 8x30 (and ELSV, Conquest HD)

    Thank you for this comparison. Glare is definitely the main optical issue with all the various Kamakura-based 8x30s. I would have considered the Kites over the Mavens I ended up with if I had access to this post last year. I did also try the M7, but returned it mostly due to eye placement issues...
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    Show us your Pocket Monocular

    My little pocket monocular: Opticron T4 Trailfinder WP 8x25, beside a compact set of 8x30s. Useful enough for the price.
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    Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 vs Vortex Diamondback HD 8x42

    FWIW I also initially ordered the Monarch 5 8x42 as my first serious set of binoculars, and I also returned them after trying binoculars with a wider FOV. The view is so much more comfortable I would never go back, and I'd absolutely take the Diamondbacks over the M5.
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    What are the best really "CHEAP" birding binoculars?

    It's tempting to get a pair of those Athlons just to leave in the car. At $60 I wouldn't even care if someone stole them.
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    Nikon Monarch 5 8x42 vs Vortex Diamondback HD 8x42

    Probably just just the narrow FOV of the Monarch 5 playing tricks on your brain. It really is a fairly constricted view.
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    Looking for a compact budget monocular

    In conclusion, I ended up just re-ordering the Opticron WP 8x25 from Amazon when they finally got it back in stock. I wasn't able to field test the first one because I knew it had to be returned, and after trying the new one a couple times I think it will work ok for my purposes. Optically it's...
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    Ultra light 8 x 32 dak < 400 gram

    I urge you to try the Traveller ED as well, if possible. That would give you a proper idea of whether 71 grams and 21mm in length is worth the large compromise in optical characteristics.
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    Ultra light 8 x 32 dak < 400 gram

    My mistake, I hope you get on ok with them, though I see Opticron discontinued that line last month. The arbitrary 400g weight limit is rather unfortunate since there are so many better options around 450g.
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    Ultra light 8 x 32 dak < 400 gram

    FWIW the Opticron Traveller 8x32 actually has an exceptionally good field of view for its magnification. It's certainly not alpha level, but the combination of size, weight, and performance are an excellent value. I use my very similar Maven 8x30s more than my larger more expensive binoculars.
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    Pentax VM 6x21 WP Monocular/ 18x Microscope

    The Bynolt monocular there seems to be an earlier version of the Carson Bandit 8x25, which is about $30. No idea how they compare optically though. https://carson.com/products/bandit-ba-825/ https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/437184-REG/Carson_BA_825_8x25_Bandit_Monocular.html
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    Rick young harness

    I came across this product recently and was surprised to see bare metal rings used as attachment hardware. Rick Young claims it's optimal for reducing roll and will "only" cause cosmetic damage to the attachment point, but they sell a separate accessory to alleviate this. I think you'll still...
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    Bin's $300-500 range

    I'm reasonably familiar with the Vanguard ED II 8x42 because I took advantage of Amazon's pricing algorithm to order pairs for several family members under $200 USD each time. They are great binoculars, and all the more so for the price I paid, but I definitely prefer the Viper HD. The Vanguards...
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    Nikon Monarch 7 8x30 - Any current issues? Excellent in demo

    I tried the M7 8x30 and Maven B.3 8x30, and ended up with the Maven due to what I felt was better build quality, as well as the ease of adding an o-ring behind the eye cups to make viewing without glasses easier (I gather the M7 no longer has removable eye cups). I've tried several Monarch...
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    Looking for a compact budget monocular

    I definitely understand the general dislike for monoculars after trying the Opticron. A monocular with better optics would be much more enjoyable to use, but it will never replace a decent set of binoculars in terms of viewing comfort and experience. I've been all over the place in my research...
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    Bin's $300-500 range

    These are two of the reasons I ended up with the Viper HD 8x42. I have a hard time going back to binoculars with a narrower FOV because the view feels quite constricted by comparison. Vortex as a brand is huge in the hunting and general outdoor activity world, much more so than the impression I...
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    Vortex Viper HD VS Opticron Imagic BGA VHD

    AFAIK any of the third party options shipped from Amazon should have the regular Amazon return policy.