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    SV 8X32

    If I could be King for a day, I would order up a 6x32EL with conventional strap lugs. I am probably the only person who would want one, so will probably never see one.
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    Leica 8x50 Ultravid HD Plus

    Thank you. I will take a look at the link.
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    SV 8X32

    My 8x32 EL is the last version made with the Field Pro strap. I didn’t care for the bulky strap, so I installed the lugs that allow using a lighter, simple, and less bulky conventional strap that I like better, but I don’t care for the rotating lugs because they seem more prone to twist the...
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    Leica 8x50 Ultravid HD Plus

    I use a 7x50 a lot for the viewing comfort that it’s 7mm exit pupil provides. It’s also a bit brighter for astronomy compared to my 10x50, both Fuginon FMT-SX. I haven’t noticed that a narrower AFOV needing less eye relief though. For example, the 7x50 AFOV is 49* and the 10x50 is 65*. The 7x50...
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    SV 8X32

    For the last 18 months or so, I have been using an 8x32 EL for hiking and cycling in the mountains around my home. I find it’s an excellent binocular for that purpose, but it’s 4mm exit pupil is a bit too small and uncomfortable for all around use, and I would prefer a more conventional mounting...
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    Leica 8x50 Ultravid HD Plus

    With a little more eye relief and another degree added to the FOV, I’d be very interested.
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    EL choice for lower light?

    The practical effects of differences in transmission have always been much less obvious to me than differences in aperture, so I don’t pay much attention to transmission claims for high quality optics. I believe there’s a correlation between age and exit pupil size, but probably less than the...
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    EL choice for lower light?

    The 8x42 is a Nikon Premier. The 7x50 and 10x50 are Fujinon FMT-SX binoculars. My opinion is based on decades of practical experience using these three binoculars and about 18 months with the 8x32 EL. I primarily use the 50s at night, and the 32 and 42 during the day.
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    EL choice for lower light?

    I have an 8x32 EL. It’s views are as bright as any other 8x32 in “low light, “ but noticeably less bright than my 8x42, which is noticeably less bright than my 10x50, which is noticeably less bright than my 7x50 when looking through my 70 something eyes. To me, “low light” is after sunset or...
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    I agree. I am continuing to use the 8x32 EL for hiking while I look for a high quality 7x42/8x42 to replace them.
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    Yes, I have an excellent, but older 8x42 that I hoped to replace with the 8x32 EL, but after a year of evaluation I doubt that’s going to work. Live and learn.
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    I don’t know. The 8x32 EL has four stops including full up, full down, and two intermediate stops, but the stops aren’t evenly spaced. The o-rings allow setting eye relief in 1/16 inch increments, but after a year of using it, I believe the primary cause of the viewing discomfort I ‘m...
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    As some suggested, I have installed o-ring spacers on the eye cups of my 8x32 EL that allow setting eye relief to an intermediate position between the factory stops that might be more comfortable for me. Here is the size of the o-rings that fit well for anyone interested in trying it: ID: 1...
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    Weight in relation with steadiness?

    I use mostly 50mm porros for astronomy that weigh about three pounds in observing sessions that last about 3 hours in Summer. Whether I am using my 21oz 8x32 or my 3# 10x50 my arms will become fatigued many times in 3 hours, and I will set the binocular down for a few seconds to allow my arms to...
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    Newbie - Scope or Binoculars

    I find that tripod mounting any binocular I own increases the amount of detail that I see, but higher magnification binoculars benefit more. One of the things I like most about 7x-10x binoculars though is that they don’t require a tripod, so most of the time I don’t use one. I find bracing a...
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    Newbie - Scope or Binoculars

    I have both and use binoculars much more (~10/1 ratio). My home is on a 4,300 foot mountain ridge, so I do a lot of long distance terrestrial viewing (2-80 miles). My 10x50 works well on or off a tripod. Atmospheric conditions here limit the scope to 16x-24x most of the time. If I need 24x, I...
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    Wish List...

    A 7x42 with a flat 8* FOV and 20mm of eye relief.
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    Age related usage of "exit pupil 5.25mm"

    Despite being in my 70s, I still find binoculars with 7mm exit pupils a little brighter as well as more comfortable to look through than those with 5mm exit pupils. For me, 4mm exit pupils are are a little fiddly and uncomfortable to look through. The only way to really know what will work for...
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    Weight in relation with steadiness?

    Heavier binoculars (up to about 3#) of the same magnification are a little easier for me to hold steady.
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    Best bino's for Astronomy under 1K

    I use the Fujinon 7x50 and 10x50 FMT-SX for astronomy. They are about $700 in the USA.
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    Why Leica’s 7x42 over Leica’s 8x42 and the perfect Binocular.

    I am want an easy view more than an immersive view, and my binoculars with an AFOV in the 60s are a bit fiddly when it comes to setting the eye cups. It’s more difficult to find a position that provides enough eye relief while also allowing me to see the full FOV, so I am interested in trying...
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    Thank you. I agree with what you have written here. These are essential techniques for dealing with a fiddly binocular, and spectacle use makes any binocular more fiddly. I also find that fiddliness (?) tends to increase as binocular size decreases and AFOV increases. I am due for new...
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    Thank you. I never paid much attention to ER until I was forced to start using eyeglasses about 30 years ago. Within 10 years I was forced to replace all my binoculars to obtain sufficient ER to work well with my eyeglasses. With the 8x32 EL, one click up from lowest eyecup position allows me...
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    When I find something that works well for me, I usually stick with until it stops working, or something obviously much better comes along. I have used the same 50mm porro binoculars for astronomy for about 50 years and used the same model of 8x42 binocular for everything else for the last 20...
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    Difficulty Bonding with 8x32 EL

    I also have a Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX that I use for astronomy and long range terrestrial viewing, two applications that don’t need central focus. IF makes it unsuited to viewing birds and other wildlife that are often encountered near my home at various distances though. Although I haven’t tried...
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