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Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars

Item# VIX302
 
4.5

(18 Ratings)

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The widest field possible in a 10x binocular. Revealing wide swaths of the sky, scan the Milky Way with these super wide Ascot 10x50.  You will enjoy bright, sharp images through the Bk4 prism with multi coated optics.  The super wide optics give you a full 8.5° Field of View. 
Mount on a tripod or lay back and enjoy the view, at only 2 pounds you can enjoy many hours under the stars.

 

  • Prism: BaK4 + Mirror
  • Magnification: 10x
  • Objective Lens Diameter: 50mm
  • FOV: 8.5°
  • Apparent FOV: 85.0°
  • Eye Relief: 7.0mm
  • Near Distance: @5.7m
  • Field at 1000m: 148m
  • Tripod Adaptable
  • Multi Coated Optics
  • Brightness: 25.0
  • Siz: 6x7x3 inches
  • Weight: 2 pounds
  • Includes Soft Case and Strap

Supplier Sku:
1552

Dimensions & Specifications

Size

Mid Size Binoculars

Eye Relief

7.0mm

Waterproof

No

Brand

Vixen

Field of View at 1000 Yards

446 ft.

Angular Field of View

8.5 Degrees

Exit Pupil

5.0mm

Binoculars Series

Vixen Ascot Binoculars

Prism Type

Porro Prism Binoculars

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Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars
 
4.4

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Strong construction (14)
  • Quality lenses (13)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Compact (10)
  • Close focus (7)

Cons

  • Not waterproof (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife viewing (8)
  • Bird watching (7)
  • Astronomy (6)
  • Sporting events/concerts (6)
  • Hunting (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual/ recreational (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

TOPS FOR ASTRONOMY

Astronomy is the most demanding use for binocs and these are as good as you'll get short of image-stabilized versions ($1,000) or MAYBE high-end Zeiss (over $1,000). Attributes desirable for astronomical observing:...Read complete review

Astronomy is the most demanding use for binocs and these are as good as you'll get short of image-stabilized versions ($1,000) or MAYBE high-end Zeiss (over $1,000). Attributes desirable for astronomical observing: 10 x 50 (more resolution and color from doubles with 10x compared to 7x), BaK4, Porro prisms, center focus, light weight (2 lbs) - this model has all of these, plus wide field (8.5 degrees - a lot of binocs are 5 degrees). You can obtain a tripod and adaptor or just use a lawn chair (chaise longue) with your elbows propped on the arm rests. These binoculars have, also, enough focussing range so I can use without eyeglasses (I have high myopia - 10 diopters - and not many binoculars can do that). Without the glasses and therefore without the ambient light, a sweep through the Milky Way with the Ascot is a spiritual experience. It's a lot of fun just to hunt down Messier objects and open clusters especially are more impressive than in a telescope (with narrower field).

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StarSearch

Great binoculars, well built. As a prelude to telescope purchase, based on previous reviews, expected better star gazing ability. Nevertheless good binoculars.

Great binoculars, well built. As a prelude to telescope purchase, based on previous reviews, expected better star gazing ability. Nevertheless good binoculars.

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3.0

StarSearch

By V. Marcus

from TROUTDALE,OR

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Recommend Tripod Use When
  • Unstable

Best Uses

    Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

    Great binoculars, well built. As a prelude to telescope purchase, based on previous reviews, expected better star gazing ability. Nevertheless good binoculars.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    Wonderful

    By Gene P

    from CORVALLIS,OR

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Close Focus
    • Compact
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Lenses
    • Strong Construction
    • Works Well With Glasses

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Hunting
      • Sporting Events/Concerts
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

      I was happy to find these reasonably priced binoculars with a wonderful focus of the sky. The light weight was an added bonus, and the extra wide lenses were perfect to begin my interest in astronomy.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      a good product

      By James

      from JANESVILLE,WI

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses

      Cons

      • Not Waterproof

      Best Uses

      • Bird Watching
      • Hunting
      • Sporting Events/Concerts
      • Wildlife Viewing

      Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

      my order was shipped fast and hayneedle was perfect. The lenses have a good crisp view. the lens caps for the eyepieces are perfect but the objective lens caps are too loose. oh well. I think that the lenses on these should be fully multicoated. Its not very expensive and I would have gladly paid 10 or 15 dollars more. That being said these are the only binoculars I could find with a 8.5 deg. FOV
      Which is what you need if you want to hand hold 10x binos for any length of time

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      TOPS FOR ASTRONOMY

      By SOLA GRATIA

      from MOODY, TEXAS

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Close Focus
      • Compact
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Lenses
      • Strong Construction
      • Waterproof
      • Wide Field
      • Works Well With Glasses

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Astronomy
        • Bird Watching
        • Hunting
        • Sporting Events/Concerts
        • Wildlife Viewing

        Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

        Astronomy is the most demanding use for binocs and these are as good as you'll get short of image-stabilized versions ($1,000) or MAYBE high-end Zeiss (over $1,000). Attributes desirable for astronomical observing: 10 x 50 (more resolution and color from doubles with 10x compared to 7x), BaK4, Porro prisms, center focus, light weight (2 lbs) - this model has all of these, plus wide field (8.5 degrees - a lot of binocs are 5 degrees). You can obtain a tripod and adaptor or just use a lawn chair (chaise longue) with your elbows propped on the arm rests. These binoculars have, also, enough focussing range so I can use without eyeglasses (I have high myopia - 10 diopters - and not many binoculars can do that). Without the glasses and therefore without the ambient light, a sweep through the Milky Way with the Ascot is a spiritual experience. It's a lot of fun just to hunt down Messier objects and open clusters especially are more impressive than in a telescope (with narrower field).

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Vixen an excellent choice for stargazing

        By Carol

        from KING GEORGE,VA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Close Focus
        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Quality Lenses
        • Strong Construction
        • Works Well With Glasses

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Bird Watching
          • Stargazing

          Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

          Did my homework and went with vixen. First clear night, I was absolutley amazed with the improved visibility and clarity of the moon and stars. I am hoping to familiarize myself with the night sky before investing in a telescope. I am pleased with the comfort and ease of use that these binocolars provide.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great buy for the price.

          By Matthew

          from NAVASSA,NC

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Quality Lenses
          • Strong Construction
          • Works Well With Glasses

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Viewing

            Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

            I am happy with the binoculars, they have quality lenses. The shipping was fast and the overall experience was nice.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Lightweight, and sharp, clear, optics.

            By AstroGirl

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Lenses
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Astronomy

              Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

              Excellent binos. Great for travel, and easy to wear around your neck. Very sharp lenses.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Nice deal!

              By saison94

              from Asheville, NC

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

                    Great for the money! The only thing that's slightly annoying is how difficult it is to turn the right eye focuser. Mine is a little stiff and hard to judge focus change while viewing. Not a big deal though. If you're like me and each eye is a slightly different near-sighted prescription, it'll take a little fussin' with it.

                    Overall very satisfied!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good Product

                    By Silent Bob

                    from NE

                    About Me Casual/ Recreational

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Close Focus
                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Quality Lenses
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Astronomy

                      Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

                      Bought these as a starting point for doing some star gazing and they work great especially given the price point. It seems like with astronomy binoculars you're either going spend about $200 for a pair or $1,000+; there's not a lot of mid-range going on for 8x50+. I chose the lower range and wasn't disappointed, these really make the stars pop out nicely.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      Small and Mighty

                      By bob

                      from Sudbury, MA

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Lenses
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Astronomy

                        Comments about Vixen 10x50mm Ascot Super Wide Astronomy Binoculars:

                        I have been using these to scan the night sky while I am imaging with my telescope; the perfect companion instrument. The images are bright, clear and wide.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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