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Old Thursday 28th December 2017, 21:31   #26
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Lee,

I forgot to say thanks for the review and sharing the info. They look like quality glass.

Bruce, sorry I posted the wrong bino above, (HD). I think the 8X42 you specified are below. The FOV is the same as the Bushnell Legend and slightly more than the Nikon Monarch 8X42 HG, let us know how you like it. I was curious about this one, prior to getting the deal on the Legend M.

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Specifications for German Precision Optics GPO PASSION™ ED 8x42 Hunting Binocular:
Magnification: 8 x
Objective Lens Diameter: 42 mm
Prism Material: Schmidt-Pechan
Color: Charcoal/Black
Included Accessories: Hard Case, Neoprene strap, Ocular Cover, Objective Cover, Cleaning Cloth
Exit pupil: 5.25 mm
Eye Relief: 0.7 in
Weight: 23.6 oz
Field of View: 426 ft at 1000 yds
Optical Coating: GPObright
Weather Resistance: Waterproof, Fogproof
Size: 2.2H x 5.7L x 5.1W in
Close Focus: 2 m
Diopter Adjustment Range: Range -3 - 3 dpt
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Old Friday 29th December 2017, 01:25   #27
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Bruce, sorry I posted the wrong bino above, (HD). I think the 8X42 you specified are below. The FOV is the same as the Bushnell Legend and slightly more than the Nikon Monarch 8X42 HG, let us know how you like it. I was curious about this one, prior to getting the deal on the Legend M.

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Andy,

My comments on the GPO ED 8X42 are posted in this thread.....

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=348225


The ED is less expensive than the GPO HD yet it has a wider FOV.

Here are the FOV numbers for the models you mentioned:

GPO HD 8X42 375 ft
GPO ED 8X42 426 ft
Bushnell Legend M 8X42 426 ft
Nikon Monarch HG 435 ft

A couple of pace setters ......

Zeiss SF 8X42 444 ft
Nikon EII 8X30 462 ft
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Old Friday 29th December 2017, 11:58   #28
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You are welcome Andy.

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Great review, Lee. Your fondness for birding and optics is very evident. You have a very poetic style. Do you have an English or Creative writing backround? The GPO sounds like a very high quality instrument and it looks beautifully designed and well priced. It certainly is a good solid choice in the mid-priced category. The FOV is very comparable to other binoculars in this price range. Bruce is correct in that it is a cost issue to obtain a wider FOV like the SV 10x50 because of the complexity of the eyepiece design. Did you prefer the GPO 8x42 HD or 10x50 HD for your style of birding?

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Great review, Lee. Your fondness for birding and optics is very evident. You have a very poetic style. Do you have an English or Creative writing backround? The GPO sounds like a very high quality instrument and it looks beautifully designed and well priced. It certainly is a good solid choice in the mid-priced category. The FOV is very comparable to other binoculars in this price range. Bruce is correct in that it is a cost issue to obtain a wider FOV like the SV 10x50 because of the complexity of the eyepiece design. Did you prefer the GPO 8x42 HD or 10x50 HD for your style of birding?
Thanks for your kind words Dennis. Whatever style of writing I have comes, I think, from being an avid reader of books since I was a nipper, and I guess I must have soaked up a lot of influences.

To answer your questions, probably 8x42s are my preferred all-rounders although I did experiment this year by going on a 4 week trip to Scotland with a handful of 32s and no 42s at all. The 10x50 review was aimed at the USA where this format is far more popular than over here and you don't see a lot of reviews of them. Actually I enjoyed using it although SF 10x is easier to hold steady for longer periods. Don't forget I am not a specialist birder but more a general nature observer and watching behaviour is more what I do although I do my share of quick bird identifications too.

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I am more a general nature observer also. The 10x50 format is probably more popular over here because of more open terrain in some cases or it could be Americans like everything bigger and more powerful than sometimes necessary. 32's are all you need a lot of times and they are a lot nicer to carry.
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I am more a general nature observer also. The 10x50 format is probably more popular over here because of more open terrain in some cases or it could be Americans like everything bigger and more powerful than sometimes necessary. 32's are all you need a lot of times and they are a lot nicer to carry.
In the States there are vast areas where you need to travel for days to find a different kind of landscape so its not too surprising that big magnifications and big objectives are more popular. Over here the landscape can change dramatically within 25 miles.

32s can indeed provide satisfying viewing and I wish I had begun trying them out many years ago but I am ashamed to say that for a long time I regarded them as junior instruments not to be taken seriously. My loss.

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I think in 10x, a 50 mm objective is better than the 42. I would say most 10x50 I have experience with are better than the same make and model 42 mm. In particular the SV EL 10x42 vs 10x50. However I don't think the 50 mm is very popular. Mostly the users of high magnification in wide open spaces are hunters and the extra size is not real appealing to pack around. Where I go, I can sometimes see three different counties in three different states from the same place, yet like Lee mentions, the country can change dramatically in a few miles travel. The 10x50 can be a nice pairing with a decent 8x32.
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The 10x50 can be a nice pairing with a decent 8x32.
Sounds like a neat combo Steve and I might just try it out when we visit the marshes of Suffolk in 3 months time.

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