Personally from the 5 mins I spent with it free hand I thought it was great, probably one of the benefits of not having owned the $1500 and up glass I think it would be an even better value if it had ED glass and cost more.Dotman, I have been watching this thread as I am thinking about selling my current spotter and am looking at the Minox for weight and space savings... I was wondering how the edge to edge clarity is at the highest power ?
That depends on the spotter you are comparing it too. Just got the review written a couple days ago, but all the editors for the website are out bear hunting so it may be a bit.Ok I tested the little guy at last light and no way it is giving up the last 15 min, maybe last 5 min of light.
Well only my eyes for comparison but it was pretty close to last shooting light I figure that is too late to make a stalk on anything if i'm glassing that late. Looking fwd to it. I do have to say I haven't owned a premiun spotter so that may also be why I think this is good glass.That depends on the spotter you are comparing it too. Just got the review written a couple days ago, but all the editors for the website are out bear hunting so it may be a bit.
Chesapeake, your experience is pretty similar to mine with the little Minox. Pretty nice for the size and price, but not a magic wand for glassing. The ED50 is a better instrument overall, but the Minox is still pretty good.I've had the little Minox for a season or so. I have it and the Slick Sprint mini 2 tripod. Its a nice light weight, cheap setup.
It has its downfalls though. The field of focus (if thats a term) is very small. You are always dialing the focus. It doesnt gather light very well. And there is alot of distortion at the edge of the field of view. Its also not great for looking at horns or for serious work much over 800 to 1000 yards. Resolution isnt that good.
But if your on the cheap and looking for light weight, its a darn good deal.
I think the Nikon 50ED is a better setup and better way to spend your money if you have the cash flow.
I also have the Minox 10x43 HG BR ASPH bino's. They have bean very good. Only downside so far is the focus knob got grit in it and now it makes a bit of a gritty grindy sound. Function is still great.
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