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Barska 20x80 X-Trail Binoculars AB10590
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This pair are FMC, rubber coated, sport a center reinforcing bar and 3.3 degree field. They are housed in a hard leather case.T hey are remarkably li...
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Great binoculars for the price

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NC Written on March 27, 2008
I am an avid binocular astronomy fan and these Barska Xtrails 20x80s were my first "big" binoculars, having previously exclusively used 10x50s and 7x35s. I was initially very impressed by these binoculars, but previous experiences told me that only time can tell how well I really like them. Its now been one year since I got them, and am very comfortable and confident in giving my review.

In short, these are great binoculars for the price point and I wholeheartedly recommend them.

In long, the pros of these binoculars are their light weight, braced centre bracket, very comfortable eye relief at around 15mm, big eyepieces, good fit and finish. It came perfectly collimated and so far, after one year of good use, it still retains its collimation…this is an outstanding achievement for this class of instrument. The objective covers are nice and snug, but the eyepiece covers are slightly loose. A big plus is its wide FOV. Its stated to be 3.7 degrees, and in practice is about right. Very few large binoculars have this wide an FOV.

The cons are that these are multicoated only in the objective end, the prisms show a pale blue reflection indicative of single coatings only. In practice, however, this may or maynot matter, and clearly for this pricepoint, this is very very minor con. A second issue is that too much brow pressure forces a loss of focus. However, I have experienced this in other binculars also, so its not specific to these ones. Also, the long eye relief ...
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Barska X-Trail 20x80

by Legacy Reviewer, Verified Owner from United States, NM Written on August 5, 2007
This pair are FMC, rubber coated, sport a center reinforcing bar and 3.3 degree
field. They are housed in a hard leather case.T hey are remarkably lightweight and balance
easily by holding the objective
cells. Eye
relief was very comfortable using glasses. All optics do show the telltale blue-green tint
of FMC, so I was pleased with that feature.

First night out on stars revealed some miscollimation, but as I adjusted IPD from narrow
to wide, the collimation improved. More fiddling with focus improved this further. I did
determine that the housing contains prism adjustment screws but at the moment, it is not
really justified. I've spent three nights observing so far, mainly on the M42 region and
clusters in the general vicinity. In a word- optically good, mechanically good, wow
factor very good. The 20x magnification and decent eye relief create a "magnified
window on sky" effect which I find pleasing. Edge distortion is quite low. Color correction
is as good or better on bright objects than my Oberwerk 15x60s. Also, I was able to
show all the Orion belt stars (3 degrees) with maybe another 1/4 degree to spare.
Despite the fact that the prism housing seems sized roughly for a 60mm objective, I did
not notice strong vignetting (light dropoff at the edges). I looked for but did not find any
off-axis glare due to odd reflections inside the barrels. I will say that the optics do not
provide pinpoint sharpness which I have become accustomed to using my Fuji 10...
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