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vortex 2X binocular doubler

Postby Guest on Thu May 24, 2012 10:10 am

Is the Vortex 2X doubler (http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-doub ... ssory.html) worthy of the new
Vortex Viper HD 6x32 (http://www.opticsplanet.com/vortex-vipe ... ulars.html) or even the Non HD Viper 6x32?
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Re: vortex 2X binocular doubler

Postby Jne_K on Fri May 25, 2012 8:10 am

Hi

Some folks like doublers, but when I've needed more magnification, I just go with a spotting scope. On those binoculars, a doubler will turn your bins into a 12x monocular, which is useful for quick peeks, but you'll still be a long way from even a 10x binocular in terms of usability and viewing comfort. Why not get an 8x or 10x binocular and call it good? Most folks I know, myself included, who have taken 6x bins in the field, eventually just move into an 8x or a 10x. Those magnifications still leave a user enough field of view to use, easily, and get you more detail in the bargain.
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Re: vortex 2X binocular doubler

Postby Guest on Fri May 25, 2012 9:35 am

I was thinking about them as a stadium binocular with the option to get a quick peek at something a little closer.
We went to the Rodeo last week with 8x binos. They were ok for stills but when the cowfolks started to ride the 8x binos were useless.
I was wondering if the image quality of the binoculars while using the doubler was still be good or would the resolution deteriorate.
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Re: vortex 2X binocular doubler

Postby Jne_K on Sun May 27, 2012 8:24 pm

Hi

You will lose some image quality, but not that much. The biggest issue is going to be steadiness and, because you will be essentially using a monocular, trying to get the target into the field of view, not just because field of view decreases as magnification goes up, but also because it is a bit tougher to center an object in a monocular. I'd say try the doubler if you plan to only take a peek, now and then, but go with a 10x or even 12x binocular if you will be doing more than an occasional check.
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