Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vortex Viper HD 10×42 Review

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Vortex Optics Viper HD 10x42 Roof Prism BinocularToday I'm taking a closer look at the Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binoculars. Just how great are these optics? What's included with them? And how do they stack up against the competition? There are plenty of choices out there for quality binos, whether you're into bird watching, wildlife viewing, hunting or even astronomy. Getting the results you're after is all about selecting the right pair for your hobby.

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What's in the Box?

This is always an important question; besides the product itself, what do you get with the Viper 10x42 Viper HD binoculars? Well, these binoculars come boxed with an all-important rain guard, tethered objective lens covers, a comfortable neck strap and a deluxe carrying case. Also included with the purchase is a VIP unconditional lifetime warranty, which Vortex tends to do an excellent job of standing behind. If at any time something happens to your binoculars, they will be repaired or replaced by the company at no cost to the customer, with no questions asked.

Best Features: Outstanding Performance and Imagery

If you're making the upgrade from a more budget-priced pair of optics to the Vortex Viper HD 10x42 binoculars, you'll quickly notice the difference. Two of the features I most appreciated about the Vipers are how well they perform in a variety of adverse conditions and how crisp the view is through them. vortex viper hd 10x42 specificationsThe XR lenses in these binoculars are fully multi-coated, and O-ring seals within prevent moisture, dust and debris from getting inside and ruining your view. Whether you're spending the day sitting in a chilly bird hide, perched in a tree in a spring shower or caught on a dusty adventure, nothing will penetrate these binos. What's more, argon gas purging within makes the Vipers fog proof and waterproof, so that sprinkle or rain or early morning fog won't come between you and the focus of your attention. Because there's full XR mamazing resolution and true to life colour qualityulti-coating on all air-to-glass surfaces of the Vortex Viper HD Binoculars 10x42, they have  over otincreased light transmissionher models. Dielectric prisms help to provide clear, crisp and colour-accurate images. The HD extra-low dispersion glass also helps deliver . It's this clean view with accurate colour that I've appreciated in checking out Vortex Viper HD 10x42 for sale.

Vortex Viper HD: 10x42 or 10x50?

If you've been looking at both the 10x42 and the 10x50 models and debating what to pick, my comparison of both pairs might help you make your choice. For one, it's worth noting that the 10x50s are in a slightly higher price range. On Amazon, they'll cost you just over $600, whereas the 10x42 are usually just under $600. If you're concerned about size and portability, while one isn't significantly larger than the other, the 10x42 model is slightly more compact and easy to bring during your travels. On the other hand, the 10x50 binos offer a wider field of view and do a better job of gathering more light in low-light situations. For these reasons, they may be better suited to hunters, offering earlier opportunities to see targets.

Vortex Viper HD vs Nikon Monarch 7

In contrast with one of Nikon's current offerings, you'll likely find that the Vortex Vipers are slightly less expensive, especially if you're purchasing online. Other than that, many of the key features are similar. Both pairs use dielectric prism coating and extra-low dispersion glass, and both benefit from roof prisms. They're also similarly protected against the elements, featuring O-rings to keep out dust and moisture. However, while the Vortex Vipers use argon gas purging to stay fog and waterproof, the Monarch 7s rely on nitrogen. When it comes down to it, both are a fairly decent pair of binos, but it depends on what you want to use them for. While the 10x42 Vortex Vipers might be best for hunting, the 8x42 Monarch 7s are likely better suited to birdwatchers.

Vortex Viper HD vs Vortex Razor

Going back on-brand, I also took a look at these binos against the Vortex Razors to see what the difference is. I can tell you, one of the main differences you'll notice immediately is the price. While the Viper HD will likely run you just under $600, a pair of the Razor model will cost you more than 1000 dollars. So what do you get for the extra cost? Both have the standard features that you'd expect from Vortex; the quality O-ring seals, roof prisms and quality lenses. The Razors, however, are built on a sturdy magnesium chassis that while exceptionally light and durable, is actually 0.2 ounces heavier than the Vipers. In the Razors you'll enjoy a wider 6.9 field of view, while the Vipers are limited to 6.1. The Razor model also has a greater minimum focus distance and wider range of interpupillary adjustment, making them better suited to some users. Choosing between these two models will likely come down to how much you want to spend. Both are excellent for hunters or anyone who prefers a wide field of view, and feature the same quality construction.

Where to buy at the best price?

vortex viper hd for sale best priceIf after reading this Vortex Viper HD binoculars review you're thinking of investing in a pair, you'll be able to find them quite easily. They're widely sold in shops worldwide as well as online. One of the most reliable places to pick up a pair is Amazon. They usually have some of the most affordable pricing, shipping is often free and they have a good returns policy if for any reason you're unhappy or change your mind. It's worth noting you can also shop for Vortex binoculars on Ebay, but I will say that I haven't received original binoculars from any sellers as yet. Beware of imitations and knock-offs! If you do choose Ebay, just make sure you read the fine print before you bid or buy. Ensure you're getting the latest model that you're expecting to, and find out whether what you're buying is a factory refurbished or slightly damaged product. You should also check out the seller's shipping options, with insurance, and their returns policy.

Downsides of the Vortex Viper HD 10x42

I haven't heard many complaints about these binoculars. They're widely praised for their quality and value for money. However, the eyecup cover can be hard to use initially, tight and sticky during moments when time is of the essence. Users with glasses have expressed a desire for more eye relief. And few people have also remarked that these binos aren't as light as they were expecting, with similarly priced pairs being easier to hold. Whether those pairs offer the same crisp imagery is another story.

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The Final Verdict

Minor complaints aside, overall these optics are great quality. Hunters and wildlife viewers can take a step up from a budget model to something superior without having to spend thousands of dollars. It's easy to appreciate the crisp vision you'll have with these binos, including their natural colouring and light transmission. Vortex's excellent warranty and customer service are also great to keep in mind, as you know should something happen you won't have any hassle. When it comes down to it, the Vortex Viper HD 10x42 is a an exception pair of binoculars that offers great value for money.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Best Binocular Harness Reviews: Buying Guide and Top-Rated Revealed

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It's exhilarating and exciting to go out hunting for the first time. There are many firsts in hunting. I recall going out for deer opener my first time and the memories are good, but tainted by the binoculars. My binoculars were not the problem. It was that I had them in my pack, and kept having to put everything else down, pull of my pack, and go in search of them. Every time I reached for them, I had to fumble around to glass my view. I was genuinely excited about this first in my outings, and considered myself a more earnest hunter, who was becoming serious about my sport. It was that day that I realized how outmoded my old equipment situation was. I needed an answer to my problem. The answer was a binocular harness. It would serve me well from then on out in my many seasons of long days spent hunting. We all make an investment in our binoculars, or optics. The harness gives an optimal performance of the binoculars. From my experience, the harness is as important as binoculars. Without a harness the binoculars have a built in handicap because it they become half hindrance and half useful.

Position For Optimal Effectiveness

Having the binoculars on a harness is excellent. Even better than that is making sure to position the binoculars to easily and effortlessly reach them. Have respect for wear and tear on the body. No one wants to wear out their neck and eyes by having to shoulder an ill-fitting harness and binoculars. Instead, over the years, I learned to put the weight of the binoculars onto my shoulders. There are three main types of harnesses. They include the low profile, full size, and basic. There are best of harnesses for each of these categories. Read on to learn more about the different types of harnesses.

Best Of The Full Size Harness

The full size harness includes all of the greatest features of the low profile harnesses. Though, the wearer enjoys the advantages of having full-sized pockets to protect the lenses. Pockets that accommodate the optics without becoming bulky or a hindrance are available in most cases. That means no performance needs to be sacrificed when investing in a full size harness.

Badlands Mag

The Badlands Mag is a top harness that professional guides choose for their binoculars. The Badlands Mag puts a premium on keeping the bino safe, and that is what makes it a top choice for the pros. The Badlands is known for high-quality products that are both reliable and also durable. They stand behind their products with one of the best product warranties that exist. It fits all 8 x 32 bino and many 10 x 42 as well, and weighs 1.5 pounds and includes 200" cubic of space. The fully enclosed case remains close to the wearer while staying out of the way of the bow. Check out the model prior to buying to ensure that it will fit the binoculars. It includes full shoulder straps that make for comfortable wear for hours on end. The breathable fabric straps fit comfortably and allow air to flow. That means nothing will be digging into the shoulders or while preventing trapping in of body heat. The hydration bladder rolls out from the rear center pad to ensure the heat does not get trapped against the body. The case is designed smartly. It is both water tight and dust proof and employs  magnets to secure rather than noisy zippers. It also prevents mishaps with the binoculars as well. The product case comes with four pockets in addition to the binocular hold and a convenient built-in lens cloth. My favorite part is the bow string hanger or hook. It gives me the ability to look with both hands, while ensuring my bow is close by and secure.

Low Profile Harnesses

A low profile harness costs a bit more but includes even better straps for greater comfort and better protection for optic safety.

S4 Gear

The S4 Lockdown System models include wider straps that are both padded and substantial. It is better than the basic harness. It is a better way to keep the harness. It employs a Lockdown %u201CX%u201D strap system that re-distributes the binocular weight across the body. Its back panel and the straps are crafted from a breathable fabric. That means there is no constant discomfort from having to hunt with a sweaty back. The partial enclosure for the binoculars provides quick access and ideal protection. The binoculars are secured to the chest without sweating and without that uncomfortable and unnerving bounce of a cheap harness. It is possible to forget you are wearing this harness, and that is considered a great characteristic. The flaps conform to the lenses to prevent dust and debris from invading the optics. It includes a front-facing bungee that holds and releases flaps to grant access to the binos. The two included shock cords attach to the optics. The tensionless glassing prevents bouncing.

The Basic Harness

A basic harness employs a strap system. There attachments made from ties or clips to hold the binoculars. They are within financial reach for any budget. The basic harness still beats having to rifle through a pack while trying to hunt. The basic harness will keep them on the  chest to make them readily available.

Butler Creek's Bone Collector

The Bone Collector is made for a wide variety of hunting outings. Its shoulder straps are an elastic X-shape on the back. It is supportive and flexible while shifting the weight off of the neck and the back. The binoculars are at the ready on the chest.

Bushnell Deluxe

The Bushnell Deluxe is another X-shaped back harness. The wider, elongated straps sit lower for better support, a snug fit, when used with heavier binos. They keep the bino just below the chin for quick access. The truth is that having any harness is better than no harness at all. That's the number one rule. I never go hunting without them. Even a basic model will serve you better than no harness at all. Though, if you get the itch to hunt more seriously, investing $500 on the Badlands harness is the way to go.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Telescope Collimation – Collimating Your Telescope

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Since the introduction of the telescope in 1609 by Galileo, it has been the most important instrument in astronomy. When you want to spend an evening stargazing, exploring the moon’s craters, counting the stripes of Jupiter or seeing whether Uranus has rings, you will pull out your telescope. Sometimes, however when you wish to make an evening of viewing the heavens the images in your telescope will appear fuzzy. This is common problem with every type of telescope. Telescope collimation is extremely important in order to keep your instrument operating at peak efficiency. It will allow you to be able to see the spectacular objects that are resident to our solar system and perhaps even beyond.

Learning About Your Telescope

telescope collimation1So what exactly is telescope collimation and what does this terminology mean to the average amateur astronomer? To put it in the simplest language for all to understand telescope collimation is the proper aligning of the optical components of your telescope. These components are your lenses, mirrors, prisms, eyepieces or any combination of these optics. It does not matter what type of telescope you have whether it is a refractor, a Newtonian, or a Schmidt-Cassgrain telescope collimation is an important process to learn.

Factory Collimation and Self-adjustments

It is an industry practice for manufacturers to do telescope collimation before they even leave their warehouse, so you may wonder if you should change their adjustments. After all, shouldn’t the telescope makers know more about this process then the average person? Where as the builder and distributors of your instrument perform telescope collimation for you for you before hand there is a lot that can happen to your telescope between the time it is shipped and it shows up on your doorstep. telescope collimation2Any amount of shaking or jarring during transport can send your optics out of alignment. This will most likely be the longest trip your telescope has been on since assembly and this can throw off any previous telescope collimation that were made to your product. Another problem that arises is if you move your telescope on a regular basis to places where the skies may be darker. All of this makes it important for you to learn how make these subtle adjustments of telescope collimation yourself. So take the time to review the instructions in your instrument to learn proper telescope collimation. It will be sure to enhance your view of the night sky and enable you to have years of an enjoyment as an amateur astronomer. This guide on astronomy telescopes forms part of my stargazing binoculars posts.

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