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Are the Nikon Aculon 8x42 best bang for buck?

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Are the Nikon Aculon 8x42 best bang for buck?

Postby Guest on Thu Jun 27, 2013 11:48 am


My goal is for basic astronomy (looking at the moon, the andromeda galaxy, maybe a few very big star clusters or nebula, and easy bright star finding and hopping, strictly hand held), and daytime dry nature use.

I want an exit pupil of at least 5-6mm for seeing the andromeda galaxy.
I want an apparent field of view of at least 50 degrees.
Magnification needs to be at least a true 6x, preferably 8x.
So, 35mm to 42mm or more, depending on magnification and number of coats.
Bk7 is fine: I care more about the center performance than the periphery performance.
Aspherical lenses are a perk but not required as long as the edges are just good enough to help me find stars. I don't care if they are blobs as long as I know where I am in the sky and can see them well with the center.
Price: I might spend $50 today, or $90 in two months from now.
I'm OK with a monocular if it costs less or has better quality for the same price.

After experimenting with some $15 binos, I now know that the apparent field of view is my most important factor, so I can find stuff quicker. My cheap binos have an apparent 25 degree field of view. That is probably why cheap binos don't even advertise that info.

Re: Are the Nikon Aculon 8x42 best bang for buck?

Postby Guest on Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:01 pm


This bino is 50mm and $76, but does not state that it is aspherical. I still like the Nikons better.

Do most coatings eliminate UV light?

I did a keyword search for "apparent" and did not find many binos that advertise their apparent field of view.

Re: Are the Nikon Aculon 8x42 best bang for buck?

Postby PhilR. on Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:52 am

The Olympus EXPS-1 8x42 can often be found for the same price (sometimes even less), and is a better binocular. For this size glass, these two are the best ones I know of in the ~$100 range.

You might also consider the Vixen Ascot wide-field 10x too, which is made for astronomy. These can be found for around $159.99.

If you feel like doing some searching, the older Pentax WP (not the WPII) is pretty good, and come in several sizes that are suitable for astro work.
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