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Changes in our tests of binoculars

Changes in our tests of binoculars

Our idea of testing binoculars was conceived almost 20 year ago. The first full test was performed in November 2002 and its results were published in „Wiedza i Życie”, a Polish magazine which title in English means \'knowledge and life\'.

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Hands-on review: Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 spotting scope

Hands-on review: Vortex Viper HD 20-60x85 spotting scope

Vortex have had a rich selection of binoculars in their line-up from the very beginning, with more than a dozen model lines at different price-points. In the case of spotting scopes such a rich offer is impossible for obvious reasons – it would be difficult and pretty useless too.

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Swarovski NL Pure 12x42 – first impressions

Swarovski NL Pure 12x42 – first impressions

In the middle of June 2020 journalists specialising in widely understood sports optics were informed that on 30 June there would be an online webinar concerning novelities launched by the renowned Swarovski Optik company.

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Fujinon TechnoStabi 16x28 – first impressions

Fujinon TechnoStabi 16x28 – first impressions

To be honest I\'ve never been especially keen on pairs of binoculars with exit pupil of about 2 mm in diameter. In their case a combination of magnification and physical dimensions is such that the device seem to me too cumbersome to handle and not especially comfortable to look through.

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Kowa BDII-XD binoculars hands-on

Kowa BDII-XD binoculars hands-on

In 2015 a new series of binoculars from the Japanese Kowa company was launched under a name of BD XD Prominar. It consisted of seven roof-prisms models with the following parameters: 8x32, 10x32, 8x42, 10x42, 8x56, 10x56 and 12x56.

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Legendary binoculars – the BPC Tento 10x50

Legendary binoculars – the BPC Tento 10x50

Halley’s Comet, officially designated as 1P/Halley, is, undoubtedly, one of the most well-known short-period comets. It visits the inner Solar System and the Sun’s proximity every 75 years.

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Hands-on: Nikon Monarch HG 10x30

Hands-on: Nikon Monarch HG 10x30

The 30-32 mm instruments, being aimed mainly at tourists and day nature-watching enthusiasts, are physically small. A small objective lens doesn’t gather much light but, as you use it when the weather is fine and lighting conditions - rather favourable, it is not a bothersome flaw.

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Comet 6x24 binoculars from the inside – what went wrong?

Comet 6x24 binoculars from the inside – what went wrong?

I know close to nothing about cuisine. I can’t cook well and I don’t think I’ll ever become a chef. Still, from time to time I enjoy eating – a healthy dish, made of the best, freshest products, properly seasoned and arranged nicely on your plate so you see the minute attention to detail of the professional who has prepared it.

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Hands-On: GPO Passion HD 10x42

Hands-On: GPO Passion HD 10x42

During last 2-3 years we’ve seen many new companies which offer top-of-the-range binoculars and spotting scopes making their debut on the market. Not so long ago we informed about a launch of Blaser binoculars, produced by German Sport Optics.

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Nikon Monarch binoculars – practical applications

Nikon Monarch binoculars – practical applications

In the previous part of our „monarchy adventures” we related the genesis of roof prism binoculars produced by Nikon and their evolution toward the current Monarch series. In this part we are going to check how these products actually fare while tested outdoor and whether they can persuade prospective owners, expecting a solid pair of binoculars, that they are worth their interest.

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Legendary binoculars - Carl Zeiss 8x30

Legendary binoculars - Carl Zeiss 8x30

In April 1945 the Third United States Army under command of George S. Patton entered Jena and occupied the Carl Zeiss Jena factory. According to eyewitnesses the factory, despite intensive air raids of the Allied Forces, was in a good shape.

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Legendary binoculars - Carl Zeiss Jena Deltrintem 8x30

Legendary binoculars - Carl Zeiss Jena Deltrintem 8x30

In our series of articles concerning legendary binoculars the products of the Eastern Germany Zeiss had a place practically guaranteed. Their factory was situated in Jena (an then in Eisfeld not far away from that city).

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History of Zeiss 10x40 binoculars– from the beginning of the twentieth century to contemporary times

History of Zeiss 10x40 binoculars– from the beginning of the twentieth century to contemporary times

Currently most of people not especially knowledgeable in the matter of optics think that Porro prisms binoculars are outdated and roof prisms models are modern. It would be difficult to agree with such a statement because first roof models were launched almost precisely at the same time as Porro instruments; we owe former of them to the German Moritz Hensoldt & Sons company which already in 1905 showed first models of that type calling them Dialyt.

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Legendary binoculars - Nikon 8x30 EII

Legendary binoculars - Nikon 8x30 EII

The golden age of Porro binoculars lasted several dozen years and started right after the World War II. Among many models the 8x30 devices were undoubtedly the most popular ones. Zeiss factories, moved to Oberkochen, started their production from that model exactly; Leica were still manufacturing the Binuxit model, launched before the war, and Swarovski showed their Habicht 8x30W on the market at that time as well.

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Legendary binoculars - Carl Zeiss Jena Dekarem 10x50

Legendary binoculars - Carl Zeiss Jena Dekarem 10x50

An optical system of almost every contemporary pair of binoculars consists of three parts: an objective lens which gathers the light, a prism assembly, inverting the image and an eyepiece, decisive when it comes to a magnification ratio and a field of view.

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