. . . who is assigning the X-star rating . . . ?
That of course is part of the ceaseless work done by the good folk at IBRA/ AINB
- the International Binocular Rating Authority/ Autorité Internationale de Notation Binoculaire
Their facility is appropriately located on top of the Fairview Mountain in Alberta Canada
And interestingly an alternate name for the location is Goat Mountain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairview_Mountain_(Alberta)
So perhaps a subtle clue that a forum member who is well known for his evaluating of binoculars by staring at goats, may be one of the IBRA staff?