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    Default Kinglux Redux



    My second pair of Kinglux 2.5x42 binoculars arrived a couple of weeks ago. The skies have been miserable so there has been very, very limited opportunities to use either pair. Friday night offered the best opportunity thus far. It was far from prime viewing. The star one in from Albireo, magnitude 3.85, was only naked eye visible with averted vision. Fat and happy with a belly full of shrimp scampi and linguine it was nowhere near worth breaking out a scope. It would be yet another opportunity to evaluate the binoculars in their ability to penetrate the muck.

    As Lyra and later Cygnus would reach zenith this is where I spent my time. The FOV took in all of Cygnus from Deneb to Alberio with a few degrees to spare. It was most definitely not a night to evaluate rich Milky Way viewing. To get an idea of just how much the view was enriched I did a visual count of how many stars I could see naked eye in what would be the binoculars FOV with Lyra centered. It was a pitiful four or five stars. With the binoculars I lost count at forty. Not bad at all turning a rotten sky into a nice view.

    Scanning through Cygnus I sensed the hazy background of the Milky Way but it might just have been wishful thinking. But, considering the lousy conditions, the amount of stars that the binoculars brought out in such a wide FOV was somewhat amazing. It took a unaided visual view that was horrible to one that was enjoyable. Not what it will be once the weather breaks but it salvaged the evening's viewing. In a few weeks I should be able to evaluate the Kinglux with some clear rich star field viewing. Short of that, just being able to see what I saw, they are well worth the price of admission.

    The second set of Kinglux, without the (resolved) issue of the focus ring with the first pair, was again rock solid. By my judgment the build quality is way above the price point. Stars are pinpoint sharp. Again, one focuses each eye individually and then focuses one eye to the other to make up for any differences between eyes. It's not difficult and once you have your focus you are good to go with no further focusing necessary.

    The evaluation will continue as skies improve, but even at this point I am quite pleased. Bionic eyes indeed.
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    Default Re: Kinglux Redux

    I'm still keeping up with this one. Looks like these may be going up close to the top of my "to buy" list. My next is probably still a pair of DGM NPB filters for the new 25x100s, but these are most likely soon after that. Keep the reports coming.
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    Default Re: Kinglux Redux

    I will most certainly update. Hopefully soon. At the CN forum there is a long ongoing thread about the 2.1x Vixen version. Some don't see as dramatic an improvement in dark sky conditions while others say it's amazing. One thing seems clear and that is that it brings about great results in less than optimal skies. The vast majority seem very pleased even when they paid well over double for the Vixens. I have seen elsewhere that some prefer the Kinglux over the Vixen.
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    Default Re: Kinglux Redux

    I have been interested in these and have been following Rogan impressions of these since purchase.
    With his permission here is a review of the Vixen 2.1x42 and a good description of how this style of binocular achieves the widefield view.
    Vixen SG 2.1X42 Binocular Review | Alpha Lyrae
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    Default Re: Kinglux Redux

    I finally managed to take my Kasai 2.3x40's to a dark sky site on the weekend. (See my original post: Kawai "Widebino 28" - although "Kawai" should have read "Kasai"!) These are very similar to the Kinglux: see WideBino28

    If you are into sitting back and immersing yourself in the universe for a while, they are fantastic. The 28-degree field means you feel like you are out there, and I was picking up >8th magnitude stars, not to mention a fabulous immersive view of the overhead Milky Way.

    Well worth checking out if you have a birthday coming up, and your significant other doesn't know what to get you! (Or if there is no current significant other: go treat yourself!!)

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    (BTW, we got SQM readings of 21.94 on Saturday night!!! Gotta love the Flinders Ranges in South Australia!)

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    Default Re: Kinglux Redux

    As our skies have been miserable (hazy when cloudless) I have not had any Milky Way viewing. The other night we had what I would guess to be 3.25-3.5 magnitude skies, closer to 3.25. I was just barely able to detect 6th magnitude stars. I can say that these binocs add a good solid 2+ magnitude of stars.

    A couple further positive aspects became apparent. For those of us who track satellites they are wonderful with viewing such a large portion of the sky. The motion, even when at the periphery, immediately draws one's attention to objects that would otherwise be too dim to see. The same is true for meteors.
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