To: 'Paul and Irene Osborn' <>,
Subject: Collimation
From: Bill Stent <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2003 11:49:57 +1000
My mum has a pair of Vixen Ultima 10x42, which I bought for her a few years back.  They're good lenses in the right light.  I personally use a Vixen Ultima 10x56, which are great in low light, if heavy.  The pupil of the 8x56 are larger than my eye in good light, so the extra weight is a waste on a bright day.
Vixen is nowhere near as rugged as the Zeiss, and will crack or break if dropped, as the cylinders are made of plastic.
The 10x42 cost about $450 a few years back, and the 10x56 were about $750 in 1998.
However, they don't really compare with my spare bins, a very old Zeiss Jena which are about 8x42.
I'd be a bit more argumentative.
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From: Paul and Irene Osborn [
Sent: Wednesday, 16 April 2003 11:10 AM
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Collimation

Hi all,
The saga continues. After dropping my binoculars and putting them in to be collimated, it turns out that they've been lost/stolen in transit to Sydney. I have been offered a replacement pair of 10x42 Vixen. I've never heard of them, are thay any good? What price are they, roughly. I won't accept anything much worse than the ones they lost which were Zeiss-Jena
8x30s and cost me ~$699 back in 1988.
Thanks in advance for any help.
Paul Osborn
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