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Anyone else like their Cascades porro? (1 Viewer)

Coin Hound

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I picked these up a while ago and have been using them these last few days--I really enjoy them.

I sent these back to Leupold for a check-up. They were returned with no issues.

Very sharp--very bright--a joy to use. Just today I really gained a new appreciation for these--a design that never caught on--the internal focus porro.

Minox and Opticron sold these back in the day too. I am pretty sure they were the same design with a diffferent name.

Anyone else have/use these?


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Hi Coin Hound:

I have owned a 7x42 Leupold BX-2 Cascade Porro Prism binocular for nearly 10 years! I purchased it from Eagle Optics for $299.99 and IMO that price was a real bargain! It performs above its price!

It weighs 22 Oz and has ER of 18mm. FOV is 388.5' @1000 yards.

As you note, it is bright, sharp and a real pleasure to use! I've used it mostly as a Car binocular over the years and have never had a complaint about it! :t:



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Thanks for making me aware of this very interesting design. I tried the Opticron HR WP 8x42 which is supposed to have a similar pedigree a couple years back, and apart from the very confined FOV, thought it had much to recommend it, especially for the price. I would have gladly accepted more bulk if FOV could have been increased to say 130m.

I wonder if ED glass is as desirable for internally focusing porros as for roof prism binoculars?


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I bought an ex demo pair of the Opticron HR WP 8x42s a month or so ago (I think Opticron stopped selling them in early 2019). I like them a lot - bright, sharp, good depth of field, plenty of eye relief and nice to handle. I have no top ranking binoculars to compare them with but they give a much nicer view (to my eyes) than the £250 roof prism binoculars I was using previously. I think part of it is down to the more 3D image they seem to give. Their weak points for me are focus speed and close range view (below 5-10yds).

I'm now hoping I can find a nearly new pair of the 10X42 version to add to my collection.

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