Vixen 79172 SG 2.1x42 Japanese Wide Field Galilean Binoculars
Vixen 19172 SG 2.1x42 Japanese Wide Field Galilean Binoculars - wide field of view for night sky visual observations
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These quirky new binoculars from Vixen have been developed for stanning widefield observation of star fields, the Milky Way and constellations. With binoculars with 10x-15x or even higher magnifications it is not easy to recognise what you are looking at without using starmaps or other helping tools, unless you are lookign at the Moon or some of the larger planets...however, if you have little bit of knowledge of the constellations then with these binoculars you will know what you are looking at as most constellations will fit inside of the field of view. Even if you are observing from a village or just outside of a city with mediocre light pollution, you will have a feeling that you are looking at the night sky from some ancient site where stree lights didn't exist as you will see stars that you could see only from the darkest night sky reserves with your naked eyes...
Bear in mind that these binos use a Galilean optic with 2.1x magnification which promises a more "walk in" view than 6x or 8x binoculars. Supplied in a soft carry case, these binoculars have been jointly developed with Miyauchi and are made in Saitama, Japan.
Note: due to the type of optic employed, these may not provide a full field of view for glasses wearers.
Since we intruduced to the UK market the similar Kasai WideBino binoculars, we found a similar one from Vixen, so we thought we'll try this as well... Whilst the Kasai is good value for such specialist pair of binoculars, we hoped that a similar pair from Vixen should be even better. We've tried them and we were right, although these binoculars are much more expensive than the Kasai, if you can afford them, go for the Vixen as these binoculars worth every penny.
|Approx real FOV||12.2°*|
|Approx apparent FOV||25.2°*|
|Size||46 x 128 x 54mm|
*As these are a Galilean optic, there is not a fixed exit pupil, apparent field of view or real field of view. The eye relief figure quoted is to give glasses wearers an idea of whether these will suit their visual set up.
We believe it can be used with the Kasai Headset Goggle that's been designed for the similar Kasai WideBino. We are not aware of an alternative from Vixen.
Images are for demonstration purposes only. Goggle is not included, but available separately.