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Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm Binoculars (8239)

Postby Sunset_Va on Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:07 pm

I haven't posted here in a long time, but recently examined the Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 8 x 42mm Binoculars , at a local store and the clarity really impressed me. However , the store did not have the TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm version, is the clarity as good? The price listed without sales tax was $129.

I want a set of 10 power binoculars, in the $150 range, and I like the Trailblazers. I made the mistake of purchasing a set of Barska Atlantic 10x42 glasses last year and at first thought they were good, after using them for a while , they are not very clear, especially after viewing the Nikkons.

Purchased the 8x26 Vortex Vanquish from Optics Planet a couple of years ago and love them. They are lightweight and small enough that I can stick them in a pocket if desired and the clarity of the Vortex Vanquish is amazing. I find I use them and appreciate them much more than the very expensive Steiner Military Marine 10x50 I owned once. Carrying them was like toting a couple of bricks, but they were excellent in terms of optics!

I just want a really nice 10 power binocular for landscape viewing when I am walking, my main specification is light weight and less bulk.

Is the Monarch/Nikkon 10 power worth the additional cost? Or are they bulky? Any other suggestions in a 10x42 binos in a compact budget senario?

Thanks and enjoy reading this forum, its a great help.
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Re: Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm Binoculars (8239)

Postby Jne_K on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:08 am

Hi

Yes, if you liked the 8x42 Trailblazer, you will like the 10x42 Trailblazer - just a matter of magnification, though that extra magnification does affect field of view, steadiness and so on.

The difference between the Monarch and the Trailblazer is the phase-correction that you get on the Monarch, but not the Trailblazer. That makes the Monarch sharper, overall, but if you are pleased with the Trailblazer, I see no need to spend nearly twice as much on the Monarch to gain a touch more sharpness. For general wildlife work, either will work just fine.
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Re: Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm Binoculars (8239)

Postby ET on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:14 am

I have had several pairs of 10x, and some were really bad, compared to what I have now. The low end 10x tend to be dim and not all that sharp.The Trailblazer is not phase corrected. The Nikon Monarch 10x42 is about where I would start. There are good deals now, Google. Or look for used.

Vortex are supposed to have improved Diamondback 10x42, but have not seen it yet.230 dollars new and phase corrected
http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-diam ... -d241.html
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Re: Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm Binoculars (8239)

Postby PhilR. on Wed Feb 10, 2010 8:15 am

Sunset_Va wrote:I just want a really nice 10 power binocular for landscape viewing when I am walking, my main specification is light weight and less bulk.

Is the Monarch/Nikkon 10 power worth the additional cost? Or are they bulky? Any other suggestions in a 10x42 binos in a compact budget senario?


"compact budget senario" -- does this mean a small budget, or small binocular of low price?

If you mean a compact 42mm -- there isn't one. 42mm and "compact" don't go together. It's like wanting a one-car garage that you can park two cars into. Therefore, you have to decide if you want a 42mm objective, or a compact binocular.

If you want a 42mm, for a low price, then there's not a lot more to recommend than the ones you've already looked at, although I will say that in that price range, in general you will get better optical performance with a porro model than a roof.

If you wouldn't mind a different suggestion in the same general price and size range, then see if you can find a set of the Pentax 10x36 (might be 32 - I don't have mine accessible at the moment) DFC HS roof models. They are much better than the Trailblazers, and can be found between about $119 and $139. The objective lenses are slightly smaller, but the optics make up for this.

Personally, if I were wanting "light weight and less bulk", I would get a set of 8x with about 30 to32mm objectives. The difference in size/bulk/weight will more than offset the 2x difference, and will give you a wider field of vision and most likely a brighter view.
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Re: Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm Binoculars (8239)

Postby Sunset_Va on Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:50 am

Thanks to everyone that offered help, and thank you Joanie.

PhilK, I can see what I was asking was confusing , I was basically looking for a lightweight ,smaller set of 10 x 42 binoculars in the $150 range, but I see what you mean, that power range and compact do not go together. Also, can see where my terminology (compact budget) would be confusing too.

I will consider the Pentax 10x32's you mentioned,and thanks once again. I will let everyone know what I decide !

On my daily walks, I always carry a set of binoculars, perhaps I should look at the 10x32's instead of 10x42's

This is a great place to find out what is good and bad before you purchase binoculars.
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Re: Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm Binoculars (8239)

Postby PhilR. on Wed Feb 10, 2010 3:04 pm

Sunset_Va wrote: I was basically looking for a lightweight ,smaller set of 10 x 42 binoculars in the $150 range, but I see what you mean, that power range and compact do not go together.

On my daily walks, I always carry a set of binoculars, perhaps I should look at the 10x32's instead of 10x42's



The power range and compact can go together, but 42mm objective doesn't. There are some good 10x compacts out there, but once you get into the compact range, they can get pretty dim unless you get the really expensive ones from one of those German-speaking areas of Europe. One exception I can think of is the Leupold Katmai's, but unfortunately, they are out of your price range.

Given your budget and size requirement, you really would be better served by a set of compact 8x's. The Pentax 10x's I mentioned aren't compact. They are close to the Monarchs in size and better optically, but still aren't what I would want to carry on long walks. A set of 8x28 to 32 would do fine, and would have the advantages already mentioned, and would have no disadvantages. There are quite a lot of small to mid-sized 8x's in your price range, with lots of good choices around $100 (Leupold Yosemities for one). Even the compact Bushnell 8x28 Legends would do well in your case.

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Re: Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm Binoculars (8239)

Postby Sunset_Va on Wed Feb 10, 2010 6:39 pm

PhilR---
Thanks for taking the time to offer advice and some other alternatives. My daily walks are on a road that runs on a ridge, so my viewing is of landscapes/wildlife/horizons on both sides of the road for many miles in the distance.

From all the information everyone has mentioned, the 10x32/36's in the $150-$200 price range maybe is what I am looking for...still may go back and look at the Trailblazers to compare weight ....I want a pair of 10 powers because I already have Vortex Vanquish in 8x26.

So many choices!
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Re: Nikon TrailBlazer ATB 10x42mm Binoculars (8239)

Postby ET on Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:33 pm

Try to find the 10x36 Pentax. Google it. The decent 10x32 is a rare bird, even at 300 dollars.

There is a 9x36 that looks very good in specs. But 9x is closer to 8x than it is to 10x, in my mind.
http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-diam ... -d936.html

Still, it is a nice pair for 200, will last you a long time. Good warranty.
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