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Celestron Regal FF 8x42ED flat field binoculars review

Before even taking the Celestron Regal 8x42ED FF binoculars out of the box, you know in advance these are solid and well built. Some may say heavy, I say well built. No corners cut with accessories, that include a padded … Continue reading

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Hilkinson nature line 8x32ED binocular review

Released late 2021, the Hilkinson nature-line 8x32ED binoculars offer remarkable performance for a sub £200 solution. Key features are a lightweight and waterproof polycarbonate body, fully multi-coated ED glass with BaK4 dielectric coated prisms. End results is a delightful wide … Continue reading

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Celestron astromaster 90EQ review

The Celestron astromaster 90EQ telescope is often overlooked by the more popular astromaster 130 when it comes to starting out. But with regards specs and optical configuration , it is more suited the Lunar, Planetary and double star observations than … Continue reading

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Viking Kestrel ED 8×32 binoculars review

Designed for the serious beginner, the Viking Kestrel 8×32 ED binoculars offer dielectric coated prisms and ED glass for around or just over £200, making them excellent value. Although not the build quality of the higher priced Merlin 8×32 ED, … Continue reading

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Hilkinson Skyline 20×80 binoculars review

The Hilkinson Skyline 20×80 binoculars are aimed at a variety of uses, from astronomy, to ship spotting and long distance terrestrial observations. These are heavy, so a sturdy tripod will be required. The large 80mm objective and 4mm exit pupil … Continue reading

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Celestron Astromaster 114EQ telescope review

The Celestron astromaster 114 EQ is aimed at the beginner. Complete with a CG-2 German EQ mount and a couple of eyepieces, it has everything you need to get started. I personally am not a fan of erect image eyepieces … Continue reading

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Vivitar 75-300mm f4.5 – 5.6 macro with samples

Managed to try out for the first time a Vivitar 75-300mm macro f4.5 – 5.6, and was surprised by the results. But before that, lets take a look at the lens itself. As with many vintage lenses ( I believe … Continue reading

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Miranda 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 vintage camera lens review. With samples

The Miranda 35-70mm f3.5-4.5 macro lens was in production in the 1980s (I believe) as an affordable wide angle – low telephoto lens to compliment stock 50mm lenses that often came as standard. Considering its age, this is a lovely … Continue reading

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Hawke digi-scoping adapter for Endurance ED and Nature Trek spotting scopes

Model number 64026 digi-scoping adapter to fit the following Hawke spotting scopes Endurance ED 50mm , ED 68mm and 85mm 2020 onwards models Nature Trek 65mm and 80mm models 2017 onwards (will not fit nature trek compact 56mm) . See … Continue reading

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Hawke Frontier APO 8×42 review

The Hawke Frontier APO 8×42 binoculars were introduced, not to replace the EDx, but as an addition to the Frontier family. The key word that gets the attention of discerning users is Apo or Apochromatic . This triplet lens configuration … Continue reading

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