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Nikon Aculon 7x35's
on August 16, 2013
I'm a long-time stargazer, and I enjoy viewing the sky with binoculars. Astronomy is demanding on optics, and defects will show under a night sky that aren't a problem in the parking lot. Aside from my 8 inch Schmidt Cassegrain Telescope, I have a pair of 11x80s which I love for deep sky viewing, some 50mm binoculars, and a 20x50 monocular, along with a gaggle of less illustrious optics. I hadn't bought any optics for at least 25 years, but I recently bought a pair of Nikon's Aculon 7x35's for their 9.3 degree wide field of view. I had plenty of things to go deep, I wanted something to go wide... I really didn't expect much, since large aperture tends to overshadow most everything else in astronomy. As it turns out, I LOVE THE THINGS! No, they don't replace my beloved 11x80's for viewing individual objects, and I wouldn't recommend them for someone wanting only one pair of binoculars for astronomical viewing. But the wide field views are excellent, there are no annoying internal reflections like I've seen in cheap binoculars, and I can pick up many of the famous "M" objects through moderate light pollution with very little dark adaption. I like using them so much for casual stargazing that I've built a little cabinet just for them by my back door. Also, unlike my enormous 11x80's, these things would be very practical to take to sporting events, vacations, hunting, birdwatching, etc.
No, the wide field of view isn't perfectly flat, which shows when panning around rapidly. There's some fuzziness and distortion at the edges, but it isn't noticeable with casual use since one tends to concentrate more toward the center, and the wide field makes it easy to find things. No, I wouldn't use them to pound nails or take them under water, but for the price, one doesn't have to be afraid to USE these things. You'd have to spend MUCH more to do better. Taking price into consideration, I'm giving them 5 stars.