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    Default New (to me) Canon 10x42 binocular



    I recently received a used image-stabilized Canon 10x42 binocular. These are the ones which have the "L" designation which seems to be Canon's way of signaling that the optics are superb.

    I've not spent a huge amount of time and haven't had ideal conditions for testing. Well, for that matter I'm not sure I'm the expert on binocular optics anyway so I'm not sure I can do proper testing.

    But I've now gotten to use the binocular on a number targets and I'm liking this technology quite a bit.

    Transparency is not so good but M31 is near the zenith and is easily/readily seen. The impression is that the view is brighter than with 10x50 binoculars I've used but I'm not doing a side-by-side comparison and the image stabilization really works and I'd expect that it could give an impression of being brighter even if they aren't.

    Bright stars are not showing any aberration. Absolutely no false color on the Moon when I got to view it in the morning a few days ago. The view also seems to be extraordinarily crisp considering the size of the optics.

    Pleiades are really gorgeous. I'd be delighted to say that I can see the nebulosity but unsurprisingly I don't see a trace of that. I'll still have to use a camera for that.

    This is definitely the best binocular I've ever used but I've really not used the really high-end stuff so that doesn't mean there isn't something better. But seriously, I'm not sure how you could get much better in a truly hand-held binocular.

    I just don't see any flaw in the optics as of yet and I don't think I will unless I run into reflection problems in an area with nearby bright lights. The image stabilization is very good although you can sabotage it if you aren't at least somewhat steady.

    In some sense the experience is not immersive and in another it is. . .

    The AFOV is not enormous (but is generous) so the instrument doesn't actually seem to disappear. But the view is so excellent that I find I start to forget that I'm looking through optics and am not just standing much closer to those gorgeous targets.

    From my perspective, I doubt a hand-held binocular gets better than this.

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    Default Re: New (to me) Canon 10x42 binocular

    Congratulations on the new to you binoculars and thanks for the first light report.
    I have heard/read a lot about these image stabilized binoculars and going by your feedback it sounds like something worth having in the arsenal.
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    Default Re: New (to me) Canon 10x42 binocular

    Congratulations on the image stabilized Canon binos!

    I have had the image stabilized binos from Canon and Nikon in my hands to check, and the Canon L are really very good.
    L and the red ring on the lens tubes stand for the high quality at Canon, the Canon red ring has been also cloned on some other manufacturers' binoculars.

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    Default Re: New (to me) Canon 10x42 binocular

    Stabilized binoculars are quite a relief an a true pleasure to observe with. Congratulations!
    I once had a Fujinon, but it was used to finance another telescope with. And yes, it outrun a handheld 10X50 by far! One of those binoculars I really regret having sold. Cherisch this little gem!
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    Default Re: New (to me) Canon 10x42 binocular

    Congratulations!
    They are also the best binoculars I have ever looked thru, it’s like magic when you push that button.
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    Default Re: New (to me) Canon 10x42 binocular

    I recently purchased the Celestron 20x80 Skymaster Pro binos. Large and heavy, there was really no way to use them for skygazing without a solid mount. I'd often wondered about the Canon IS binos, having borrowed a pair many years ago. When I read the reports from others who use them for astronomy, I did the math -- Celestron 20x80 + Tiltall tripod + parallelogram mount = $$$. Of course, the Canon 10x42L = $$$$$$, but that helped me in my justification in returning the 20x80s!

    Out of the box, the collimation seems fine. I got a glimpse of the crescent moon last night, and when the button is pressed -- SHAZZAM! Unfortunately, the forecast for the next week is cloudy, so it will be a few days until I can make good use of them. But from what I can tell with the brief use I had, I think I'll enjoy these binos for a long, long time.

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    Default Re: New (to me) Canon 10x42 binocular

    Congrats OleCuss and thanks for the review! Now I want one.

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