Excerpt: "Wow!" I did a whole lot of research and decided on these Pentax PCF WP II 10x50 Binocular for backyard astronomy and birdwatching. Ordered them early afternoon on Friday and received them just over 24 hours later with regular FedEx Ground.
Excerpt: I bought this binocular (and it is "this binocular", not "these binoculars") for astronomy and could not be better pleased. It is very sturdly contructioned and I expect it will be very durable. The optices are superb. Focusing is easy and accurate. The twist-up eyecups are perfect for my glasses. The only fault I can find is the rear eyepiece cap that does not secure onto the eyepieces at all.
Pros: Close Focus, Good Case, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction, Waterproof, Works Well With Glasses
Excerpt: I got this binoculars because I've always admired the heavens and wild animals from afar and it was about time to get closer, and closer I did get! This works awesome for gazing at the moon which is why I got it. . Its not hard to handle at all and focusing isn't a problem specialy for a beginner. This was very very well worth it you will not regret it.
Pros: Close Focus, Compact, Lightweight, Quality Lenses, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Why did I wait so long to buy these glasses?<br />For the past fifteen years, I've had a pair of Pentax compact 10x25 binoculars, which are good in their own right, but when I bought the 10x50s, and compared them with the 10x25s the difference was almost shocking. <br /><br />When comparing the two sets, the only advantage the smaller binoculars have is that they are small - that's it! The full-size 10x50 PCF WP IIs have every other advantage.
Excerpt: The first thing is that they look great, IMHO.<br />The next is that I was able to make out 3 of Jupiter's moons this morning with these hand held.<br />They are very solid, but feel light in the hand as they balance well and fit the hands comfortably. I bought the tripod adapter as well, but hand holding hasn't proven that difficult.<br /><br />The eye cups feature 3 positions, are metal with rubber covering and don't push in when held to your face.
Pros: Comfortable Eye Relief, Good coatings, Sharp, Strong Construction
Summary: For astronomy, these waterproof binoculars have clear stellar images all the way to the edge of the field. The field is a little smaller than the similar Nikon Action Extremes, but those don't have unblurred pinpoint star images at the field edges. I chose these for astronomy, being the most powerful binos I can hand-hold at 10x. The coatings seem excellent, and the weight is reasonable. They also have very nice, solid pull-out plastic eyecups instead of rubber.
Summary: That's the first word that comes to mind. It is very well built, great image even in the darkest of conditions. A bit heavy, so people looking for a rock solid image should have a tripod. The click-stop eye cups are very, very comfortable. Focusing is easy enough. Overall, I think it's the best in its price range not comparing any roof prism bino, as I'm not a great fan of spending. Some things are meant to be felt.