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    Default Nikon Action Binoculars 7X50 Review for Astronomy



    Well I thought these were half decent and had no idea why they were at the duty free in Fiji so I bought one.

    I cannot believe these are going for $437.95 AUD at ozscopes.com.au when I got them for about $100 AUD with tax!

    I see they are at Amazon.com for $79 USD and have a great review but you cannot get a decent pair of binos here in OZ for anything less than $200.

    Look solid, feel solid - have a great case, and very good manual with a global warranty!

    I was going to get the 10X but wanted to have steady wide-field views instead of more magnification

    Will post a finalized review here soon

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    Viewing Report

    Early in the night (6pm) even with no dark eye adaption (moving from computer to balcony and viewing immediately) I was still able to view the Orion belt stars - including Rigel and Betelgeuse quite brightly without any color issues, aberrations. Stars were pinpoint, and sharp to the edge of the field of view.

    I could easily see Orion's nebula, the running man and all 3 belt stars in one view - showing how wide-angle the 6.4 degree views are.

    M42 showed luminous nebulosity with the trapezium cluster stars present even at 7X. The running man was visible but no nebulosity was seen.
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    Hi, I think the Ozscopes ones are the 7x50 Action EX, the EX means they're waterproof, fogproof, nitrogen filled, and last but not least fully multicoated. The action binocs don't have this, from what I understand they're fully coated but not multicoated.
    Saying that, I paid $399NZ here in Auckland for my 7x50 Action Ex's about 6 months ago, so with the Oz dollar so high at the moment you guys should be able to score a good deal. $100Au for the Actions is still a good deal though, hope you're enjoying them.

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    Thanks T.

    Just took a look with the wife at some guys doing fire juggling downstairs, and the fireworks at the Easter show nearby.

    Very sharp, not shaky at 7X just bearable to hand hold. The stars were pinpoint and despite clouds got a lot to see.
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    My father has the 10x50 size of those. Compared to my cheapo binos they are quite nice.
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    Hi Gus, I think I'll give you an upgrade on that deal, $100Au is a great deal. Shows you how much mark-up is made by the shops as the fellas in Fiji are still making a mark up on it! I agree 7x mag. is about right for hand-holding. Looking forward to your review.

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    Thanks Tony
    just saw your posts on these binoculars will add them to the review if you don't mind as you have compared several binoculars!

    NIKON ACTION EX 7x50. First up are the Binos which I started questioning comparing my binos with, the 7x50s. It hadn't fully got dark when I first checked them out, the first thing you notice with these is their narrower field of view which at 6.4 degrees is much less than my ones. Weight wise there wasn't much difference, slightly heavier but not a big deal for looking through. Indeed the main part of the case is exactly the same as mine. Looking through them the image was nice and stable, but it seemed initially that that mine were better. Then it got dark, as in previous comments you see I've commented on exit pupil, and that for a middle aged person like me much of the light gathering ability of binos like these is wasted as it doesn't fall on the pupil but on the iris. Well forget it, the 7x50s were brighter, much brighter,the images sharper, and sharper across nearly all of the field of view. Looking toward the CBD, the ability of these Binos to suck invisible images out of the milky skies was quite impressive, Looking toward the sea it was the same, these Binos could resolve, images none of the others tested here could see. Looking toward the Southern Cross, I could just squeeze the constellation into its field of view, the jewel box just shined at you, and shined with clarity. I quickly got used to these binos, despite their narrower field of view, Hand holding them was a breeze, everything nice & stable.
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    Great thread Gus, and Tony's review was a good read.

    I've got a pair of the Action binos in 10x50, haven't done as much astro work with them as I'd like but hopefully sometime soon that will change. I think they are well worth looking at in whatever aperture/magnification combination a person would be interested in.
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    thank you for your report Gus

    I am just in the process of choosing my 1st binoculars

    I have it down to these Nikons you just got & the
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    Hello Gus,

    congrats to your new 7x50 Action.

    Don't worry about the Running Man, the Witch Head should be within the reach. I must leave for the mountains to fix the Head.

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    The Orion Scenix also have a great reviews, and I am sure they are as good as the Nikon's.

    I am not sure about the witch head, but in dark skies maybe I will see more details in M42 and the running man.
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