Re:AOE Bins

Subject: Re:AOE Bins
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2009 10:50:54 +1100
Hi Charla,

No direct experience with these Binos, but given the price and the configuration (roof prism type) I'd have to say thy would be pretty ordinary, unfortunately you pretty much get what you pay for. The specs really don't tell you anything about how clear and contrasty the view you will get is. The straight through roof prism type bino is more difficult to build, due to the prism types it needs to use to get the image upright. The porro prism (the barrels are bent not straight) types are a little easier to build, but probably harder to get waterproof. I always recommend trying out binoculars before buying to see and feel how they handle. If you're on a budget you'll get a much nicer bino if you choose a porro prism model. You can get a set of Nikon 8x40 porro prism binos for about $250. If you want the roof prism style, the Nikon monarchs are hard to beat at about $650. I'd suggest going into Bintel at Glebe and trying them out, they're generally very helpful.


Chris Ross

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