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Old Monday 5th March 2018, 17:25   #1
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Meopta 8X42 B1

Meopta arrived the other day, I am very impressed with this glass, IMO probably the best 8X42 approaching under $1000 new

Pros
great contrast/edge sharpness
Bright
FOV 7.8 degrees
Good eye relief
Large ocular lens
Easy eye placement
Good glare control

Cons
Could be too heavy forsome at 30+ ounces

I have recently been enjoying a 10X50 UV and down the road looking at a 15X for tripod use for astronomy, and I believe that Meopta will be that glass.
I have not tried the Meopro models, just the Meostar models in 7&8 X42 and continue to be impressed with this manufacturer.

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Old Tuesday 6th March 2018, 15:26   #2
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IMO, Meopta made a fantastic decision when they reduced the pricing on both the MeoPro and MeoStar series of binoculars.
Now in the $500.00 and under and the $1,000.00 and under options they really are the best choice
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How do you rate the Meostar B1 vs the Ultravid HD?
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How do you rate the Meostar B1 vs the Ultravid HD?
I think the Ultravid HD is superior, however, not more then twice as expensive superior.
I am very impressed with the MeoStar
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Meopta 8X42 B1

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How do you rate the Meostar B1 vs the Ultravid HD?
IMHO I would say the optics are much closer than meets the eye. The only down side is that the B1 may be heavy for some people, not me personally, I like a bit of weight for stability. They are built almost to military standards.
The Leica HDs are a great glass but are not worth double the price based on my comparisons with the B1 and the Ultravid HD.

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gr8fuldoug, dries1:

Ok, thanks, they seem to be good value for money.
Wonder what the price reduction is all about.
Clearing out stock and new models on the way?
Is it possible to see if the bin have the updated coatings?
Other than looking through them...
Any marks, serials or is it a "quiet" update?

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We've known a Meostar replacement has been in development for several years. It would be nice if it's arrival is imminent, but last time I asked they weren't telling.

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gr8fuldoug, dries1:

Ok, thanks, they seem to be good value for money.
Wonder what the price reduction is all about.
Clearing out stock and new models on the way?
Is it possible to see if the bin have the updated coatings?
Other than looking through them...
Any marks, serials or is it a "quiet" update?
Meopta brought in a new head of Sports optics this year and he is going after market position. That's the reason for the price reductions
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