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  1. VisionKing 5x25 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Visionking-5x25-BAK-4-roof-Binoculars-Ultra-Wide-Angle-Bird-Wathcing-horserace/252537695916?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649
  2. Binoculars for traveling and astronomy

    ...what mount would you use out of interest? An obvious candidate like the ravelli pistol grip weighs around 750grams or so, which adds a lot when travelling..
  3. thanks a lot iPeace for the heads up! Just received the P-324SR version, which extends to 160cms (plus spike) and weighs 830g with tripod base removed (otherwise 175cms/1.45g) . Will be mainly using it seated along with a Shakespeare Rucksack chair. Incremental raising and lowering of the (1.7kg approx) binos and adapter is very easy and smooth with the twist locks, and the 360 degree rotation function is also useful (top blue twist lock). The supplied case is much larger than it needs to be (would make a great gift for a mafiosi hit man) but has a long, well-padded shoulder strap. http://www.sirui.eu/en/products/monopods/ps-series/ http://www.campingworld.co.uk/en/gb/Shakespeare-Deluxe-Rucksack-Chair/m-9069.aspx
  4. 20x binoculars - recommend?

    Thanks for the clarification. I have age-related presbyopia, possibly astigmatism (often see a very slight crescent to the left of the left barrel) and live in London, albeit the outskirts. Maybe something like a 25x100 or 20x70 would be ideal, then, as I prefer not to wear glasses. Either that or move somewhere more picturesque with less LP!
  5. 20x binoculars - recommend?

    I've seen it mentioned that restricting exit pupils, to say 4mm or less, can be beneficial in heavily light polluted areas but no idea if this is true or not.
  6. Review: Helios LightQuest-HR 10x50

    Thanks for the review! Must say, the measurements in the 'Testing the Specifications' section of your reviews are really helpful and have assisted with my recent purchasing decisions.
  7. Owned a MZ for several months before taking the test in '84. Freezing winter that year and rather clunky to operate in the cold, as I remember Own a Yamaha these days and looking to buy a geared tripod, lighter than the Ravelli, for bike rides to nearby darker observing sites.
  8. I hear purple is most effective
  9. maybe a small dab of Thread Lock might help?
  10. The ED's? I was on the site a few weeks ago but didn't notice them there. UK price at Rother Valley is £800 and around £600 from APM. Quite a difference!
  11. Rother Valley sell them but much more expensive than direct from APM. Your best bet might be to order from APM and return if not suitable. It will be at your expense to return them (unless faulty) which at a very rough guess might set you back £20-£30, depending on insured or not.
  12. Cheers, sounds a great option for an ultra lightweight set up! £40 for the tripod adapter seems overpriced though
  13. Nikon Prostaff 7s 10x42 is currently discounted to £149 at Curry's and whatsit_azon. You get a really bright, clear view and (reportedly) flatter towards the edge than the more expensive Monarch 5's. They have phase coatings but inferior control of stray light compared to the Pentax SP's. Eye relief is 15.5mm but I just tested them and had an unrestricted view with the cups screwed in. Could be a decent, less cumbersome option for travelling, along with a Konig neck strap tripod, if you don't mind the less than exemplary stray light performance . https://store.nikon.co.uk/prostaff-7s-10x42/BAA841SA/details#specificationstab
  14. Hi Alfian. I'm aware that the Pentax SP WP models have very good optics with a flat field to near the edge. It's more the narrow apparent FOV that I wonder might be troublesome.
  15. As great as they are, isn't the reported ~50 degree AFOV (50mm models) and ~43 degree AFOV (20x60) rather narrow?