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Vixen Astro SG 6.5x32 WP ED IF Binocular

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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 15:27   #1
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Vixen Astro SG 6.5x32 WP ED IF Binocular

I have been wanting to look thru a pair ever since they came to market. At the price of USA $449. I held off but when I saw today that B & H Photo NY now has them discounted to $314. shipped my Buy It Now finger just took over. I know they are a specialty Binocular not really practicale for birding. They caught my interest for night sky star gazing with double duty as a binocular for viewing landscapes/stationary wide life at moderate distances. I will post my thoughts on theses after they arrive in a few days. I did own a pair of the Minox BF IF Green 6.5x32 binocular years ago. It will be interesting to see how the Vixen with its ED glass and updated coatings compare to the Minox.
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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 17:51   #2
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Wishing you much fun with your new Vixen !!

I own an SG 6.5x32 since March 2017 and have been very happy with them. With their individual focusing, they are marketed as astro bino, but at 6.5x magnification, I find them quite usable also at daytime.

They got very good reviews recently here

http://binocularsky.com/reviews/Vixe...5x32_WP_ED.pdf

and here

http://www.binomania.it/vixen-sg-65x...on-nove-gradi/
(there is a translate button at the top of the website)

I am looking forward to your comments.
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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 18:31   #3
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Minox had a 6.5x32 IF a while back. It sold pretty well for an IF. It had green armoring. See picture below.

https://www.allbinos.com/228-Minox_B...fications.html

Review here from Cloudy Nights.

https://www.cloudynights.com/topic/2...-x32-if-binos/

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Old Friday 29th December 2017, 21:09   #4
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Wishing you much fun with your new Vixen !!

I own an SG 6.5x32 since March 2017 and have been very happy with them. With their individual focusing, they are marketed as astro bino, but at 6.5x magnification, I find them quite usable also at daytime.They got very good reviews.

I am looking forward to your comments.
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They arrived today and I had a chance to use these for about 20min. this afternoon. My impression was very positive indeed, inline with the positive reviews I had read on this binocular and more. The only thing these binoculars lacked was a really nice case. Other than the crappy case these little Gems left me thinking Vixen did everything right. What did surprise me, is when I got around to checking the serial number which was 00021 I read the word " China ". No way ... China ? The reason I was totally surprised, is because I did not know they came from China til after I had used them for that short period. The impression they gave from their handling, high build quality and the sharp view I was seeing with my corrective glasses on and off ... I just assumed they were made in Japan.

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Old Thursday 6th June 2019, 14:34   #5
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Wishing you much fun with your new Vixen !!

I own an SG 6.5x32 since March 2017 and have been very happy with them. With their individual focusing, they are marketed as astro bino, but at 6.5x magnification, I find them quite usable also at daytime.

They got very good reviews recently here

http://binocularsky.com/reviews/Vixe...5x32_WP_ED.pdf

and here

http://www.binomania.it/vixen-sg-65x...on-nove-gradi/
(there is a translate button at the top of the website)

I am looking forward to your comments.
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I now also own the Vixen Artes J 8x42 binocular which to my eyes gives the same crystal clear sharp view as the Vixen SG 6.5x32. Now if Vixen could only produce a 6x32 center focus rubber armor roof prism using the same ED glass used in both the SG 6.5x32 and the Artes J binocular.
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Old Friday 7th June 2019, 07:16   #6
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There is such a binoculars - Maven B3 6x30.
I was choosing between B3 and SG 6.5x32, and went with SG. Cause it has more TFOV 9* vs 8.5*.
After a week of using SG 6.5x32 i can share my initial impressions.

This is very good binoculars for general daytime use.
AFOV around 57* plus 6.5x gives good panorama for landscapes. I found 3D is quite good, almost as in 8x32 Porro. Very good axis sharpness
and contrast. Plus neutral color reproduction. The picture is close to the picture through Habicht 8x30 Porrro. And even more contrasty because of better baffling in SG.

It looks that Vixen has used same eyepieces from Vixen Foresta 8x32 Porro.
Same AFOV, same low level of pincushion distortion, same level of aberrations correction in both binoculars.

IF focusing is ok for me. I can look at targets from 25-30m till the infinity. Like in any 7x35\7x50 binoculars with CF. Flying birds in 30-50m are beautiful. No fringing around a silhouette.
Close focus is 4m (to my eyes).

6.5x is enough for distances up to 100-150m.

Concerning the main purpose of the binoculars - StarGazing, SG is not very good in this. It gives big TVOF, but the aberrations correction over the field of view is average. Much worse than in Fujinon FMT 7x50. The outer one third of the field is very soft. Stars are invisible at the edge because of strong eye pupil vignetting and aberrations.

Eye relief is around 11-12mm from collapsed eyecups. I can see almost all TVOF through the sun glasses.
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