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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 09:17   #1
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How many Binoculars do you have?

I only have 2 my first Binoculars that I used from 2002-2012 don't really have a make so don't really have a name they were from my grandparents it's up in my room with my old notebooks. My second Binoculars which I'm currently using from 2012-Present are a Nikon Eagleview I really like them they are downstairs with my current notebook.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 11:27   #2
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Bakers dozen.... I think! More than many, but less that some!

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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 12:02   #3
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I have got three pairs:
Steiner Commander Military/Marine 7x50 (my formerly only and well used old one, still in almost mint condition)
Docter Nobilem 10x50 (my main one, almost used exclusively)
CZJ EDF 7x40 (my uber-robust one for rain and long hikes)
Perfectly serving my needs.

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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 12:03   #4
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Just the one ! .... Zen Ray 8x43 ED3 : - )
According to the recently closed format survey, I'm the only one to be rocking this modern day classic too !

I could be very happy with just one bin - only it hasn't been made yet. I think my one ideal bin would be hotted up Zeiss SF optics (more HT & FL glass, retuned coatings for higher and more neutral transmission) shoehorned into a 3D printed carbon fibre Nikon MHG chassis with a faster knurled metal focuser. The one bin to rule them all !





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Hi Euan. Just the one pair - Leica Trinovid 8x42 BN. Bought for me by my OH for my 40th. Turning 50 next year so toying with another pair (8 or 10x32) to compliment them. I was thinking a smaller pair for when I’m out with the children and might just happen across something.

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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 12:15   #6
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Let's see... Leica 8x20, Kowa 8x25, Nikon 7x35, Hunter 7x35, Vixen 8x42, Zeiss 10x42, Docter 15x60, Orion 15x63.
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May I ask please can you hand hold the 15x comfortably?
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Yes, sufficiently comfortable that that's the way I use them 95% of the time.
But it's a skill I've been practicing for decades.
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Thanks. Must be nice to watch far out ships at sea with that high magnification.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 13:42   #10
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Five pair total. Mine... SLC WB 8x42. Victory HT 8x42, and Victory FL 7x42.

Wife's... Monarch HG 8x42, and Leupold Rogue 8x25 (work / office bin).

I have serious binocularosis and am always looking at others, while the wife isn't interested in looking at anything else.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 13:56   #11
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I have
Opticron Classic 8.5x36 for general birding
Zen Ray 7x36 for dull day birding and for when we both are out
Leica Trini 8x20 for sticking in my pocket
Vortex 6.5x32 live in the car
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 13:58   #12
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Five binoculars and one monocular. Nikon EDG 8x32, Nikon EDG 8x42, Nikon EDG 10x42, Meopta Meostar HD 15x56, Nikon Mikron 7x15 and the Leica Monovid Monocular 8x20.
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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 14:16   #13
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I have three pairs,Swarovski 8.5x42EL field Pro my main binoculars (I have only had these since March this year),Opticron DBA Oasis S Coat 8x42 ( which have been damaged in a fall from a hide self) I plan to send them back to see if they can be repaired once some sort of normality returns. These had previously been my main binoculars. My third pair are a pair of Leica trinovid 8x20 BCA which I have had since the early 1990s and use if I want a pair of binoculars to slip in to my pocket.
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Thanks. Must be nice to watch far out ships at sea with that high magnification.
I found the Canon 15x50 IS comfortable to view with, whether the IS was on or it not - despite it's pretty woeful ergonomics.

In contrast I find the Swarovski 12x50 SV a bit jittery to use (it almost makes me a bit nauseous after a while) despite it's great ergonomics.

Curiously, I find the Swarovski 10x50 SV fantastically steady to hold - one of the best, with it's puzzlingly same ergonomics as the 12x50 !?!?!

I don't know what any of that means !

I suppose whatever works for you at the time - it's not an exact science ..... :)





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Chosun. A 10x is easier to hold steady than a 12x!

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Chosun, the effects of the oscillations probably cause nausea in one but not the other.

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Old Monday 18th May 2020, 15:23   #17
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It seems I always have one less than I want.

Currently eight. Gave two pair away in the last year, and coincidentally have two earmarked for purchase.
I can't see me ever being a collector, but it is nice to have a couple for woods/low light, a couple for bright days walking, a couple for long distance/astronomy.
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I confess to having somewhat of an addiction to binoculars. I've been fascinated by them since I was very young. I think at one point I was up to nearly a dozen, but then my taste became a little more refined and I sold quite a few in order to buy fewer, better models. I always think I've gone through my "buying and selling" phase, settle on a pair for a year or so, then I'm not sure what happens but I go through another "buying and selling" phase. LOL It's a sickness, but I suppose some guys do that with cars or motorcycles, some with houses, and some even with wives! So I suppose binoculars isn't the worst I could do.
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I currently have two but I just ordered what I hope to use as my daily last Saturday night. I currently have my Oberwerk 25x/40x 100mm Bino/Telescope and an old pair of Canon Camera Co 7x35mm Japanese built porro's that I really like. I ordered the Oberwerk 10x42mm Sport ED glasses and can't wait to have my first roofers! I don't see myself collecting more but I never say never!
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Making me feel like I might have an addition. Mainly 8x30E2 for daytime, papilio for bugs, 2x54/7x35/10x50 at night and the 30x70 for long distance hide spotting. (I have a few museum pieces and other models to keep family members off the good stuff).

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over 40/50 or so that fall into the vintage category....30 to 35 of them in a hallway display curio cabinet......including early trinovids 8x20 6x24 8x32 7x35 8x40 including 8x20 cobra skin.. also a few 40/50s poro 6/8x30 7x50 8x60.....
50s vintage Swarovski poros ..and a 8x20 roof with the crystals on it
….older Zeiss poros...8x30, 7/10x50....some military poros also....

more modern....Zeiss 8x30 conquest [non HD]...a couple 8x30 diafun...8/10x25 terra, two 8x32 terra, 8/10x42 terra.....Minox 8x56HG 10x43HG....8x52 BL HD 10x44 BL HD 8x33 BL HD and others.....also 1 or 2 models of other brands Nikon, Docter ect
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Quick inventory is about 60 binoculars. A lot of them are classic porros.
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May I ask please can you hand hold the 15x comfortably?
I have the SLC 15x56 and generally handhold it successfully around lakes and such, though it does benefit from something to rest the arms on for really distant targets. I think the Docter would be more challenging still, if you were asking specifically about that -- they're rare in the US and I've never tried one.

We used to have 3-4 binos between us, lately six. For me Leica 10x32, Swaro 15x56, and less often (but it's so nice) 10x56. My wife uses Leica 10x32 and 10x42, and still an old Zeiss 8x30 I'd like to see replaced when the right thing comes along, or if we develop more need for 8x. So there's always a spare when needed for whatever reason.

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I confess to having somewhat of an addiction to binoculars. I've been fascinated by them since I was very young. I think at one point I was up to nearly a dozen, but then my taste became a little more refined and I sold quite a few in order to buy fewer, better models. I always think I've gone through my "buying and selling" phase, settle on a pair for a year or so, then I'm not sure what happens but I go through another "buying and selling" phase. LOL It's a sickness, but I suppose some guys do that with cars or motorcycles, some with houses, and some even with wives! So I suppose binoculars isn't the worst I could do.
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I am now on 10 pairs but recently sold 3 pairs to fund another
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Three. I suffered from serious addiction and went through about fifty pairs in twenty years, usual count at any one time was seven. But I've lost the fascination with trying to find 'perfection', and am reduced to Leica Ultravid 8x20, Zeiss TFL Victory 8x32, and Canon IS 10x42.
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