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    Default Nikon Aculon 8x42s?



    My 7x35s are smaller than I want, my Skymaster 15x70s are too heavy to handhold for very long (and out of collimation) and my WW2 vintage 10x50s have gone missing.

    So I'm considering a pair of Aculon 8x42s for occasional casual observing when I don't want to drag out my scope and pod - $80 right now at BestBuy.

    The C-trons were a disappointment although they were "free" (bought with a gift card) and I'm not sure I want a bino mount / pod; I'd like something of reasonable quality and handheld weight.

    Thoughts on the Nikon's?
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    Default Re: Nikon Aculon 8x42s?

    Aculons are nice quality, slightly above entry level porros. The ones I have looked through were very sharp in the centre with good light transmission. They are nicely made for their price level and feel good to hold.

    At that price and for "occasional casual observing" I think they would do a great job, and would give really nice daytime views for birding or whatever (although they are not waterproof).

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    Default Re: Nikon Aculon 8x42s?

    Hi jcj380,

    I can't help with the Aculons, but I do have a Nikon Action Extreme in 8x40 that I really like for hand held, wide field views and they're waterproof as well, if that matters to you. I love the freedom that hand holding binos offers, too.
    Good luck in your search and clear skies.
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    Default Re: Nikon Aculon 8x42s?

    Update - I bought a pair of 10x50 Aculons. I decided to go with a little more aperture. Due to clouds, I've had them out exactly once, but they seem to be decent IMO.
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