After setting the matter aside for a shamefully long time, I finally ordered some new gear from Teleskop Service, the famed german optics outlet. The item is a clone of the Resolux 10x50 binoc, which is also sold under the Kepler brand by french retailer Unterlinden, and dubbed the 10x50 Marine when sold by TS.
However they're all made by the same chinese factory, and inspired by the Fujinon FMT-SX line, of which I own the 16x70mm model. Despite weighing 300 grams less than I expected - I got a newer model - and not being as bulky as 80mm binocs, it's not an instrument for all the occasions. In daytime nature spotting and airplane spotting, aiming the neutronium gun at UFO's and so forth, it's too large, and its 4° field is not panoramic.
I did a stint with a cheapo 10x50 dubbed the Lidlscope cause it's sold by that ubiquitous chain of european budget supermarkets but I gave it to my music teacher after some months because it lacked the clarity and resolution that bring out faint stars. A couple Nikon 10x50 Action I tried were real fine but short on eye relief and not as transparent and sharp as can be. Reviews I read confirmed this.
So, the Marine 10x50 will be delivered on Friday with a bit of luck. If it's the case I will immediately test it thoroughly and post a daytime viewing review. Saturday is now the only day of observing at the club's nearly rural place, and weather cooperating, I will test it under nearly dark skies and promptly write a nighttime viewing review.
Here's what the thing looks like; as you'll see, it's plenty armored enough to fire the neutronium gun close to it without damaging the thing:
TS 8x40 Wildlife - TS 10x50 Marine - Fujinon 16x70 - TS 80mm f6 triplet & Sky-Watcher EQ-3 mount - TS 2" 99% diagonal - Celestron C5+ on DIY tripod - 5" homemade Bahtinov - Sky-Watcher 6x30 right-reading finders - 12" GSO dob - Baader Hyperion 24,13,10mm 68° - TS Expanse 17mm 70° - Celestron Ultima 2x barlow - Astronomik UHC-E nebula filter - Baader Astro Solar 5" filter - Sky Atlas 2000 - Rükl's Moon Atlas - Canon 400D - 5mW green laser
That's interesting that a "marine" binocular, which are used mostly during the daytime, would have fully multi coated optics. I suppose they did that to maybe cut down on glare? Anyways, they look like a nice binocular for stargazing as well as daytime use.
Mead DS-10 (10" newt)
10x50 Focal Bino
10x70 Orion Bino
What goes around, comes around, eventually.
The "Marine" moniker refers mainly to waterproofing, but good anti-reflection and anti-scattering coatings are always helpful, by night or day. It is said the Titanic did not have binoculars in its observation deck on the night it sunk. They would easily have spotted the huge white iceberg from afar even on that moonless night, because the air was exceptionally transparent, letting lots of starlight light up the scene. Thus the nighttime use of sharp contrasty binoculars is serious business.
Good looking nocs. I won't be complaining about taxes here.
EASY DUDE, THERE WILL BE ANOTHER WAVE
From San Diego, Zhumell Z10 (Bubba is for all around observing)Telrad, Vixen VMC110L on a Porta Mount II, Bushnell 10x50 (for beach) Garrett 10x50 classics (for Sylvia), Zhumell 80x20 on their Pro tripod(cuz they were cheap and sylvia digs 'em), 1.75 readers (so I can find the other stuff)
Look like a good investment for you! I hope you are able to gather a great deal of starlight through them this August.
A nebula in the eyepiece is worth two in the Atlas.
Yea, that makes sense for the use of "marine" but from my older years, marine referred to high power/big objectives back then.
I always thought the lookouts in the Titanic's crows nest did use a small hand held scope but what do I know? I'm just glad I wasn't there and feel so sad for all who perished needlessly on that fateful night
I digged out the October 1993 issue of Sky&Telescope to refresh my memory about the astronomical and optical facts in the Titanic's sinking. The page 79 article's first sentence reads "No binoculars in the crow's-nest", as one among many negligences conspiring to bring the boat underwater. Someone fatefully borrowed or stole the binocs from the crow's-nest and never returned them.
Survivors did have binocs in one of the lifeboats, with which they spotted incoming rescue boats. However the extreme dryness of the air, that even the most experienced mariners on the scene had never witnessed, made stars grazing the horizon appear as many lights from vessels, causing several times false hope and confusion among the distressed lifeboat passengers.
Also there was no Moon to reveal the iceberg's presence in the Titanic's path to naked-eye observers. However we all know how binoculars show very faint and very distant objects quite easily. I assume there is a law now against removing all binoculars from a boat's crow's-nest, in deference to prudence and the Titanic's hubris-induced tragedy.
Thanks Antitax for that info. I remember reading that the nest did have binocs or a hand held scope but somehow missed the fact that they were not in the nest that night.
As I recall binoculars were issued to the Titanic but couldn't be found once the ship was at sea. Maiden voyages often had such misplaced items and other glitches with machinery and services but they rarely resulted in such dire consequences. Titanic had one day for a shakedown cruise and the crew hired to operate her barely had a week to learn their way around before she carried passengers.
I hope you keep your binoculars ready and at hand Antitax. Never know when they might come in handy!
It is sad and would be very ridiculous if it wasn't for the many deaths, and the blow to mechanical progress, but many passengers surely owned binoculars and "pirate scopes". Any of them could have replaced those lacking in the Titanic's crow's nest but staff was either too embarrassed or too careless to ask for such a replacement. This catastrophe seems to have happened solely to remind humanity of prudence, and that little things don't exist, as they all can cause or prevent great harm.
I bought my 10x50's precisely because they can be at hand all the time, leo. The 16x70's are too large to be left around all day, but their new little sister UPS brought today will be. I just posted a daytime review of this novelty, which makes me realize I need to add it in my signature, by the way.