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    Default Helios Apollo 15x70 question



    Hi, I'm in the process of buying some new binoculars - primarily for general astronomy. Have all but settled on the Apollo 15x70s. I've read numerous reviews almost all good. However I did follow a thread which ultimately exposed what was assumed to be a bad batch. Having looked back over most of the reviews it then struck me that these almost all tended to be dated prior to the 'bad batch'. So now i'm slightly reluctant to part with the not-inconsiderate number of beer tokens required to purchase these binoculars, at least until i'm convinced that the quality is still as good as it evidently has been in the past. So, my question is - has anyone bought a new pair of these recently (2016), and if so, what's the verdict? And as a sub-question, where did you buy them?

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    Default Re: Helios Apollo 15x70 question

    I can't speak for the brand or their quality control, but if you buy from a reputable vendor then you should be covered if there is any problem with the binos. I do own a pair of Oberwerk 15x70s and can say they are absolutely wonderful and can show you so much stuff it's amazing. To realize their full potential, you will need a parallel mount.
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    Default Re: Helios Apollo 15x70 question

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    ...I do own a pair of Oberwerk 15x70s and can say they are absolutely wonderful and can show you so much stuff it's amazing. To realize their full potential, you will need a parallel mount.
    +1 on the Oberwerk 15x70's. I have mine on a heavy duty monopod.
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    Default Re: Helios Apollo 15x70 question

    The Helios Apollo 15x70's look to be the exact same make and model as the Oberwerk Ultra 15x70's. If the Ultras are what Oz and John have (fairly recent purchases too if I recall correctly) then you can definitely take heed to what these guys are saying.

    The Obies are good bins. I'd be confident with the Helios too. Just be sure of the return policy/warranty program of the vendor you purchase them from, just in case, as with anything.

    I say go for it!

    https://www.firstlightoptics.com/hel...inoculars.html

    http://www.bigbinoculars.com/ultra70.htm
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    Default Re: Helios Apollo 15x70 question

    Hello Wood,

    the Helios Apollo 15x70 are rebranded BA8 from the United Optics Kunming China, and they are at the moment the best choice among the 15x70, when Fujinons leaving aside.

    As the manufacturing quality may have some ups and downs, I would purchase these binoculars from a dealer your confidence, and ask to check them before delivery.
    I'd also buy these binoculars from a dealer, who does not dare to offer for the astronomy the widespread trash.
    One of these dealers is Jumelles Kepler MS , offering these binoculars under the brand name Kepler MS Deluxe.
    Otherwise, the safest way is to take the exdemos, as they put on the product promotion the selected premium riverside optics. So I got my 10.5x70.

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    Default Re: Helios Apollo 15x70 question

    Many thanks all for your useful comments.

    j.gardavsky - I had not thought of the demo pieces using the premium optics, that is certainly something worth considering...

    Agreed - using a reputable dealer is clearly the way to go, and I will ask them to check them before they are sent out.

    I will initially be using a tripod just to get a flavour of the binocs. However I'm reasonably handy in the workshop, so I will be building a parallelogram mount in due course (I'm almost as excited about the prospect of a new DIY project as I am about the new binocs - am I strange!??)
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    Default Re: Helios Apollo 15x70 question

    am I strange!??

    Definitely not!!!
    The parallelogram will be as well helpful for your next to the next binos, like the 25x100.
    Once you get hooked with the binocular astronomy, it can't be cured.

    Happy shopping and happy DIY,

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    Default Re: Helios Apollo 15x70 question

    Quote Originally Posted by j.gardavsky View Post
    am I strange!??

    The parallelogram will be as well helpful for your next to the next binos, like the 25x100.
    Once you get hooked with the binocular astronomy, it can't be cured.



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    The new heavy duty parallel mount from Oberwerk came last week (man is it smooth and doesn't even notice the weight of the 15x70s) and I just pulled the trigger on a set of 25x100s just a few minutes ago. Now I'll be able to see the underneath of clouds with both eyes!
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    Default Re: Helios Apollo 15x70 question

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozman13 View Post
    The new heavy duty parallel mount from Oberwerk came last week (man is it smooth and doesn't even notice the weight of the 15x70s) and I just pulled the trigger on a set of 25x100s just a few minutes ago. Now I'll be able to see the underneath of clouds with both eyes!
    A new mount and new binos means that it wont just be the underneath of clouds: you will be inside them! (Can you see any fog rolling in?)

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