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Vixen Atrek 8x32 DCF Roof Prism Binocular: a very light 8x32

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Old Tuesday 30th September 2008, 20:43   #1
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Vixen Atrek 8x32 DCF Roof Prism Binocular: a very light 8x32

Browsing around and I came across these bins.

http://www.eagleoptics.com/index.asp?pid=5146

Field of View 342 feet/1000 yards (6.5 degrees)
Eye Relief 18 mm
Close Focus 3.3 feet
Weight 13.4 oz
Dimensions (HxW) 4.3 x 4.6 inches
Weatherproofing Waterproof/Fogproof

The interesting thing is their weight ... at 13.4 oz they are the lightest 8x32 bins I've seen.

Perhaps a candidate for the "always carry bin with a reasonable exit pupil"

Not cheap. VNA don't have any on sale. Not even phase coated. Phase coating is not mentioned even at the Vixen japanese site (in English!) but is for other models.

http://www.vixen.co.jp/English/bandfs/atrek_e.html

But interesting.
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Old Thursday 2nd October 2008, 01:25   #2
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Misprint?

It isn't like we haven't seen that rear its ugly head before. 18.4 would be more believable but even then they would be one of the lightest in their class.

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Old Thursday 2nd October 2008, 02:33   #3
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Misprint?
Could be, but if so it's in general circulation here from the Opticron site :
http://www.opticron.co.uk/Pages/discovery_wp.htm
Actually that would convert to 13.8 ounces.
Hope that Hawke binocular arrives for you tomorrow (and doesn't disappoint).

Edit : looks like Opticron is better specified but presumably same body design.

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Old Thursday 2nd October 2008, 06:18   #4
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Interesting point, Frank.

And even more interesting, Norm. Vixen are a known serial OEM (or rather a brand that is now OEMed by Bosma) so Opticron (the UK OEM rebadgers ... you can tell by the black and white stripes on the muzzles of the optics designers) would be a obvious choice for the "same" bin (except for cosmetics perhaps). And the spec matches up even the odd weight and the very close focus.

The Opticron is phase-coated but that would be a menu pick at the OEM, I think. Vixen also sell their Apex range which is PC so perhaps they didn't want to muddy the waters.

For a Brit (well a UK resident, as I'm a Brit) that would be a rather good buy for a portable 8x32.

Has it been reviewed?
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Old Thursday 2nd October 2008, 14:34   #5
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In the spotting scopes section a connection has been made between a few Opticron and Vixen models; most obvious being the distinctive looking Vixen Geoma 52 and Opticron Might Midget (version 2).

I'm guessing the 8x32 must be a more recent introduction than the larger models. The 8x42 Discovery was tested by Kikkert Spesialisten AS and the results suggested it was a pretty reasonable performer for its modest price. tezza_v has already tried to find 8x32 reviews without success but, with a bit of luck will offer an opinion sometime :
http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=123416
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Old Thursday 2nd October 2008, 15:16   #6
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OPTICRON Discovery 8 x 32 Roof Prism

Perhaps as tezza_v mentioned, they were good value at 99, (from where?) but never got round to purchasing them, or was unimpressed to post a review. They have been available for about 9 months in the UK. First glance they are without doubt, small and lightweight against other brands marketing the same spec (8x32).....some units I've handled have not shown a consistency within the focus wheel operation - noticably take up slack, high sticking points, occassional seizing or severe stiffness - perhaps this was a batch but nonetheless, offputting.

Obviously, despite the price suggestion and overall marketing as a good value bino, it is a downside that becomes a no - no to a prospective buyer when tested/handled....even at 99 (r.r.p. 129) you shouldn't have to go through a batch to find a good one.

Not a review as such , rather a hands on comment I'm afraid.

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All good stuff PYRTLE. It's not ready to challenge the heavier Zeiss Conquest 8x30 then
Found this link for sub 100 offer :
http://www.thedigitalcamerashop.co.u...ls.php?id=3466
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