Hi Paul & Others
It is hard to comment on circumstances experienced
by others and in this case I find it difficult to know why dropping or bumping
optics should occur more than once in a lifetime - if even that.
I wonder how much you paid for your binoculars? Not
that I would want you to answer but if you bought a really good pair, the need
for care might increase dramatically.
A price of $80 for re-collimation, which probably
also included a service and cleaning, is very reasonable if done properly. The
only way to carry out this tricky task is either on an optical bench designed
for the job or by using a modern electronic collimator.
Starting with number four in your list of points,
don't do it. You would be lucky to find another hobby which is so rewarding. You
can do it anywhere, anytime night or day and if it is your main interest, the
main tool is the binocular.
I would recommend number three and buy the very
best you can afford. Swarovski make the very best binoculars, so talk to me
separately if you are interested.
Number two might be a possibility but I leave that
Number one would drive you crazy with
failure almost a certainty.
The very fact that you have had this trouble
suggests to me that you do not use a good neck-strap. I used to import the
ProHarness from the USA which was great in relieving the potential neck strain
from a narrow neck-strap but manufacture ceased. There are some things you can
do with a neck-strap to stop neck strain.
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