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  1. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Hi Mark, There are folks on BF who have made a career in the field and have spent years watching people blow things out of proportion when they don’t even know what those proportions SHOULD be. That is how we learn. But some make a religion of worshipping the small stuff. You have been around...
  2. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    I have removed my last post and chosen instead to replace it with this one because I realized that Patudo, ignoring my reasoning (which wasn’t up to his version) was not listening to me, and that I was beginning to lower myself to his standards of communication, which I found the equivalent of...
  3. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Patudo, I needed to read only the first snippet above to see that you are not only one of those who can read faster than you can reason. Your last list of endless contentions illustrates that you have a problem with reading too. More than once, I have thoroughly explained my reasoning on this...
  4. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    And these days, 100% of Celestron's bino inventory comes off-the-shelf from China and the company has NEVER "MADE" A BINOCULAR. Nikon is heavily into rebranding and some Chinese companies have the interest and ability to produce binoculars that will go toe to toe with Europe's best. If YOU have...
  5. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Hi Patudo. As promised, I put my 8x32 Nikon SE on the collimator. The stated field of view was 7.5 degrees, or 7 degrees and 30 minutes. The actual was 7 degrees and 23 minutes. Was the difference of 7 minutes due to the size of the objective lens or the size of the field stop? And, did it...
  6. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    200804 Well, that’s better; thank you. My comment was correct if you’re not getting into BB stacking minutia. I thoroughly understand that I represent a dichotomy. On one hand, I stand for accuracy and “truth in advertising.” At the same time, I use “minutia,” “BB stacking,” and the like to...
  7. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Yes, Patudo, I remember well. As a matter of fact, the following is the first of a letter sent to you last November 11. ********************* “I think it has been a long time since I’ve seen anyone so bent on a fight ... which I won’t oblige. One of the bad things about most of these forums...
  8. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Hi Norm, I’ve read with interest, both of your thinly disguised unkind digs at me. Don’t you think that rather than offer unsupported snide remarks, it would be beneficial to your cause and this forum if you would state your own experience or credentials in optics and binoculars? Without doing...
  9. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Hi Yarellii, Thanks for your kindness and your willingness to see things from other angles. Many people refuse to do so. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” — Aristotle Considering differing advertising specs from empirical specs. 1)...
  10. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    This is a matter of practical vs academic. A 7x50 has ~ a 7-degree FOV. A 7x35, 8x40, or 10x50 has ~ a 5-degree FOV. A 20x80 has ~ a 3.7-degree FOV. For practical purposes that’s 4-degrees. Perfect it’s not, I will admit that. However, it is easy to get into diminishing returns. This is similar...
  11. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Hi Yarellii, It is only easy for those who believe everything they read. I don’t. Fifty years in optics has taught me not to do so. I think you should write Nikon and ask why their 7x50 has a 6.4-degree field of view when everybody else’s has a 7.1-degree field of view. I think this...
  12. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Yarrellii, While I didn’t know it was you who made that statement, I have dealt many years with bold statements that didn’t have solid data behind them. If you do the math, you will find that most 7x50 binoculars have a ~7.1-degree field of view—as all I have ever owned—and not 6.4. Further...
  13. WJC

    First binoculars: Nikon Vs Celestron

    Hi Rassati, and welcome, The “BEST” birding binocular is based on what is best for the observer using it. When I chose mine, I had more than 100 brands and models in my store, including Zeiss, Leica, Swarovski, Kowa, Optolyth, etc. I chose the Nikon 8x32 SE. This was based on PERSONAL...
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