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  1. aznuge

    ZEISS Victory SF Appreciation Thread

    I hope this is not noise or out of scope... But I do appreciate owning and using my Zeiss Victory SF 10x42. My main use is for the night sky, but recently I compared it to a newer member of my binocular team, in both day and night situations. The new one is really only new to me, but is...
  2. aznuge

    12X42 NL Pure resale value

    You answered your own question. If I wanted to sell my used NLs, and wanted them to move quickly, I would begin at 70-80% of their value new.
  3. aznuge

    Marketing Gaffe?

    Or use a Pentax Papilio and have the best of both worlds from the same end :)
  4. aznuge

    How do you feel about your NL 8x42 a year or two down the line?

    Thanks and good luck! That's a tough decision - but you can't go wrong either way in my opinion.
  5. aznuge

    How do you feel about your NL 8x42 a year or two down the line?

    For me the NLs have endured the test of time. Ergonomics are the best in my opinion. I have the 42mm set. But like ALL binoculars they are not perfect. To know their imperfections and still love them is a good thing I think. For example, I have quantified veiling glare in the NLs against...
  6. aznuge

    Are the Trinovid Classic worthy?

    Yes, worthy!
  7. aznuge

    Maven B5 15x56 - Some Thoughts

    RE #17: Why not Camo for astronomy? For me, going both sides of focus quickly is handy with central focus bins and astronomy; and Maven is a little stiff for that, but manageable. Yes, agree - Maven marketing is over stated for edge sharpness on the B.5s. If Maven comes up with a Tak...
  8. aznuge

    Maven B5 15x56 - Some Thoughts

    Here is the source for the 58-T solar filters I use on the B.5 Mavens: Threaded Camera Filters – Thousand Oaks Optical These are meant for solar observing and are made from proper materials. This size (58mm) also works on my Canon 10x42L IS bins, with Sensei lens hoods attached. These filters...
  9. aznuge

    Have I gone completely crazy ?

    Not completely crazy. With astigmatic eyes and corrective lenses I began to compare these two and two others. My initial impression of central clarity is that 3200 > Noctivid ~ Victory SF > NL (all are 10x42 models). But I will repeat these daytime observations a few more times. On the night...
  10. aznuge

    Have I gone completely crazy ?

    Giving up the Noctivid for the Geovid says a lot. You have me very curious to compare these two. My 10x42 Geovid is the 3200.com model, but it should be optically the same as the 3000 I think.
  11. aznuge

    Maven B5 15x56 - Some Thoughts

    Some other thoughts on the Mavens: I have enjoyed observing with the B.2 9x45. I once did a quick comparison between it and the NL 8x42, and it held its own. The 7x45 in that lineup is no longer available, but I think Fiske has that one. His recommendation on the 10x56 led me to add that...
  12. aznuge

    Maven B5 15x56 - Some Thoughts

    Thanks Dries1! I'm a Swarovski fan for sure but never tried the SLCs - my first Maven was the 15x56, then added the other B.5s after that, so I have shied away from adding any other brands in that class for the moment. Good feedback on the eyecups. The positions are easily rotated. I can...
  13. aznuge

    Maven B5 15x56 - Some Thoughts

    The customizing options are uniquely Maven I think - and are great if you want that sort of thing, at a price of course ;). Yeah, that's a Nitrotech head in the picture. I use 58-T Thousand Oaks solar filters on the B.5s - its a nice feature from Maven to accommodate threaded camera filters...
  14. aznuge

    Maven B5 15x56 - Some Thoughts

    Nice review! I like the Maven B.5 series of binoculars - the 15x56 has been a workhorse for me, mostly for Astronomy including solar. I also have the 12x56 and 10x56 models. Their center sharpness is hard to beat. The focuser is a little stiff for my tastes on the fine celestial targets...
  15. aznuge

    Collection feels complete… any ideas/suggestions?

    If dabbling in astro becomes more serious, then some higher powers that bridge hand-held to mounted: Zeiss 10x42 Victory SF; Noctivid 10x42 Fujinon FMT 10x50; EL 10x50; WX 10x50 NL 12x42; EL 12x50 Maven 15x56 Nikon 18x70 Astroluxe
  16. aznuge

    Christmas gift thread for binoculars - what range is this?

    Good to also have the binocular gift you are giving I think - so you can later compare notes with the receiver(s). Got a Papilio for myself and giving at least 3 to grand kids. The Athlon Midas is turning my head, sounds like you made a good choice. The G2 12x50 UHD is the one I'm considering...
  17. aznuge

    Where/when to buy NL Pure? - the smart choice

    Thank you Will K! Another thing I like about the NL 12x42 is that, for me, they are most comfortable and ergonomic - a natural extension of my eyes, and easy to deploy.
  18. aznuge

    Christmas gift thread for binoculars - what range is this?

    It's a little higher in price, but I have given the Nikon Monarch 10x42 HG as a gift before. Great for Astronomy and daytime too in my opinion. Responses included "best Christmas gift ever". This year I am going a cheaper route and opting for the little Pentax Papilio II 6.5x21 Macro binocular.
  19. aznuge

    Where/when to buy NL Pure? - the smart choice

    Congratulations on the NL 12x42 and the local purchase. These are wonderful binoculars in my opinion. Someone once asked me if I had to to choose to keep only one 12x binocular out of my collection of four (NL 12x42, EL 12x50, Maven 12x56, and Pentax 12x50 WP), which one would it be? I didn't...
  20. aznuge

    Hello from Ohio. I have been a birder since 2009.

    Thank you all for the warm welcome!
  21. aznuge

    Greetings

    Hello from Phoenix, AZ USA. I am interested in binoculars and in comparing/contrasting different models. Birds in the FOV seem to be very good for this. Also, many searches I have made for answers to binocular questions have led to the BirdForum. Glad to be on board. Looking forward to deep...
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