Night Observation Binoculars
To all who own the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD series of binoculars, how is the low light performace? Specifically, I am keen to know how the 8X42 model performs at night under a moonlit sky. Also, while others have suggested that I use a binculars with a 50m or 56mm objective lens, I intend to use these binoculars for hiking trips where every little bit of weight counts...specifically weight hanging off my neck.
Thus, are there any good 8x42 bins out there that are lightweight, provide excellent low light performace and cost US$270 and under? Would the 8X42 bushnell legend ultra HD be a good choice?
Yes, it will do about as well as any 8x42 in that price range and, practically speaking, you lose very little, if any, low light performance compared to a 50mm objective. For a dual purpose binocular, the 8x42 is a great choice. In fact, I've done a lot of astronomy with an 8x42.
Googling 8x42 and ED glass, I found one for 350. It is a little heavier.
On paper, any 7x50 will have more image brightness than an 8x42, BUT that only applies to conditions of total darkness where your eyes are fully adapted AND only if you are young enough to still have eyes that can use that extra light. By the time we are forty or so and older, our eyes are less and less able to use the extra light provided by a 7x50. As for the compass and reticule, forget those for your application.
http://www.opticsplanet.com/nikon-42mm- ... -7296.html
compare to the Bushnell Legend Ultra HDs?
http://www.opticsplanet.com/bushnell-8x ... 98042.html
Also, in which country is the Monarch ATB made?
- Bushnell vs Nikon
basically the same. Same objective size, same lens coatings, same basic low light performance.
Nearly all binos at this price point are made in China, regardless of brand.