Yes indeed, the Talon HD 8x42 seems to be an identical twin... here is a review.
I would probably be tempted if I needed a pair of 8x42 and it can be returned in case of a dud.
never heard about Praktika building binoculars themselves - they have a long tradition of building cameras in east germany though. Nowadays they seem to be more of a rebrander of chinese products...
As for the pair you mentioned - probably chinese built - which does not necessarily mean...
if you insist on a super fast focus as in less than one full turn, the SE (or E2) are not for you - they have about 1.5 turns of full travel. Ease of focus is very good though, smooth but neither too stiff nor too light, no slop - after all it's a Nikon.
I have looked through my share of alphas... and no, I did not want to upgrade. Some were better than my bins, but not enough to warrant paying 2k more than what I paid.
Btw, a funny story - I once was observing with a group and a gentleman had a pair of Ultravid 10x50 (I think non-HD as...
for me it's all up to 500€ so far - but I tend to buy used or look for very good deals so these bins would have been in the 450-1000€ range if bought new at MSRP - although I'm not quite sure what the MSRP for a pair of Nikon SE 10x42 was back then in the early 90s when it was Nikon's top...