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Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by Jne_K on Tue Apr 26, 2011 9:54 am

Right, same here. The 8x32 is one of my favorites as binocular sizes go.

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by ET on Tue Apr 26, 2011 7:03 am

Pentax will do the job, try to get 8x.

I had fun with the Eagle Optics 8x32, they were quite sharp in the center, I took them hiking. Much more pleasant view than the 8x25s. I still have the Pentax 8x32, sold the EO as they were older, but not really more worse I would say. The Pentax maybe wider sweet spot.

8x32 is fine. With 10x, get as big as you feel you can carry, as 10x32s ara a bit shaky.

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by litesong on Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:03 am

librarian wrote:Hello,
I'm interested in something in roughly the $200 to $500 price range. Use would not be extremely heavy but I do like to have them for day hiking. I know people think very well of the Pentax SPs, but I think they're a bit outside my budget. I have not seen much comment on the Pentax NV (36 mm) and CS (42 mm)series and I'm curious about comparisons with the Eagle Optics Rangers, the Nikon Monarch and (spending a little) the Swift Eaglet. Also, about sizes, in general would there be a significant difference between a 32 and a 36mm binocular?

Thanks for any comments.
librarian


I've had recent purchases of Pentax 10x36 DCF Nv, Nikon 8x36 Buckmaster (Sporter), Weaver 8x42 Classic, Redhead 10x42 Outlook, & Celestron 8x42 Outland. The Weaver & Nikon disappointedly focused only to 12 feet, & the Pentax & Redhead to 9 feet. The Buckmaster, with its large eyepieces, gives the most pleasant & crisp 55 degree views, altho the Redhead 10 power, understandably shows more central detail. However, the 10 power Pentax & Weaver show more detail in the center & edge views & have more pleasant views than the Redhead. Tho the Celestron focuses to 6 feet , many binoculars focus much closer. Celestron's contrast is not good & has little FOV. In order with respect to brightness........ the Weaver, Nikon, Redhead, Pentax...... & in last place by a lot, the Celestron. In order of 'pleasurable viewing'........ Nikon, Pentax or Weaver, Redhead...... & in last place by a lot, the Celestron. Tho the Pentax is the only phase coated optic of the bunch, it has some chromatic aberration, that the long barreled Weaver controls very well. Despite the better chromatic aberration control by the Weaver, the Weaver & Pentax seem to have similar quality of image, if strong contrasts are avoided that cause strong chromatic aberration to be at its worst. In order of appearance sake, the Buckmaster leads, followed by the Pentax or Redhead, Weaver....... & in last place by a lot, again, the Celestron.

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by Jne_K on Tue Dec 28, 2010 10:50 am

Hi

I agree, given my experience with 28mm Pentax compacts, all the way back to the S series.

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by dirk on Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:47 am

Hi,although I have not any chance to see the nv, but I owend pentax lv 9x28,they are awesome in that size,so I think the pentax nv should be excellent, also according to many reviews.

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by Jne_K on Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:07 am

Hi

Assuming you have the same exit pupil (magnification, objective size) it will be pretty much a wash.

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by librarian on Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:50 pm

Hi Joanie,

Thanks. Would you expect one of them (Ranger or Eaglet) to be better than the other for astronomy?

librarian

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by Jne_K on Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:23 pm

Hi

Yes, the more objective the better for astronomy. Not that you can't do some astronomy with a 32 or 36, but most of us binocular astronomers would consider a 42 as a starting point.

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by librarian on Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:06 pm

Hi Joanie,
Thanks. Here's an additional consideration. Would either the Ranger or Eaglet 8 x 42 be better for casual astronomy? That's a likely secondary use.

Thanks again,
librarian

Re: Pentax NV and CS series

Post by Jne_K on Thu Dec 16, 2010 12:44 pm

Hi Librarian

Okay, the easy one first. No, no significant optical difference between a 32mm and 36mm objective, all else equal, though I prefer the smaller size and, sometimes, weight of the 32 mm. When I don't want the size and weight of a 40mm or 42mm, I'd just as soon go to a 32.

One of the things tat you will get with the SP and the Eaglet that you won't get with any of those on your list is "made in Japan". That's one reason they cost more, but they are also superb binos for the price in their own right. Now, I'm not saying that automatically makes a binocular better than the "made in China" you get on the others, but it may be something that is important to you, so I'll mention it. Manufacturers in this mid-priced range often choose not to mention country of origin.

My standard answer is that price is still your best indicator of optical and mechanical quality, not brand or model. Of these, however, I can personally attest to the excellence of the Ranger and the Eaglet. The Monarch is always a solid choice and has always tested out well in my reviews. Pentax has changed series quite a bit - I haven't tested the CS and NV series - but, according to their price, I would rate in the Monarch class.

Pentax NV and CS series

Post by librarian on Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:58 am

Hello,
I'm interested in something in roughly the $200 to $500 price range. Use would not be extremely heavy but I do like to have them for day hiking. I know people think very well of the Pentax SPs, but I think they're a bit outside my budget. I have not seen much comment on the Pentax NV (36 mm) and CS (42 mm)series and I'm curious about comparisons with the Eagle Optics Rangers, the Nikon Monarch and (spending a little) the Swift Eaglet. Also, about sizes, in general would there be a significant difference between a 32 and a 36mm binocular?

Thanks for any comments.
librarian

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