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Natura, Countryman and Imagic difference

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Old Monday 3rd September 2018, 08:38   #1
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Natura, Countryman and Imagic difference

Hello. I'm considering to buy an ED 10x42 binocular. I already have an achromatic (but widefield and phase corrected) bino, but I go birding with my wife, so having two binoculars and a step-up in quality would be nice.

A secondary but important use is for astronomical observations, expecially when I hike in the mountains and the telescope is obviously too large to be carried around.

What are the differences between the Natura ED and the higher specs Countryman (about ฃ100 difference) and Imagic (other ฃ100 more)?
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Old Monday 3rd September 2018, 18:41   #2
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Riccardo,

The Natura has the narrowest view, the Countryman fairly pronounced field curvature, but is the sharpest in my opinion, and the Imagic, a shallower field curvature and larger sweet spot. They are all generally are a little lighter and more compact than the obvious competition. I can't say I've paid the 10x versions as much attention as the 8x, so can't say much about the finer details.

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Old Tuesday 4th September 2018, 07:30   #3
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Hi Typo, thanks for your reply! However in the 10x42 the FOV is the same (105m @1000mt).
The Natura DX seems to have a very good price to quality ratio, and is very lightweight. I hope it is as bright as a Nikon Monarch.
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Riccardo,

You are quite right, I recall now they completely changed the optical design when they reduced the Natura with the Natura ED. I know I was expecting more from the 8x42 when I tried it, but I never tried the 10x42.

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Old Tuesday 11th September 2018, 22:25   #5
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The Countryman 8x32 was for some time my favourite pair of bins but that spec was discintinued and my eyes changed drastically leading me to opt for the Imagic 10 x 50 porro. Large,cumbersome looking but boy do they let a lot of light in. The 8x32 Countryman has been used in our recent bright weather as light seems to be a big deciding factor in my choice of optics. I am not sure why the 8x32 was dropped but it was,to me,a useful size of binocular and I would expect the 8 or 10 x 's to be similar.
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The Imagic 8x42 and 10x42 are delightful to use, definitely worth a try.

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