TS 7x50 MX - MARINE Robust high performance binoculars with excellent characteristics for nature observing, hunting, sailing and astronomyTS MARINE binoculars are heavy duty, extremely robust precision instruments for frequent use and for discriminating users.The massive body and rubber armour of these binoculars will absorb even heavy shocks. High humidity or even rain or spray water will not harm these binoculars. This makes them ideally suited for sailing or boating, even when the weather is bad. The Marine binoculars are protected against fogging from the inside by a professional nitrogen filling.The TS Marine line of binoculars features particularly high quality optics with excellent image brightness, image definition and clarity. At the same time they are very comfortable to use even for prolonged periods (e.g. hunters). Astronomically these are among the best binoculars in the TS product range due to their consistent image sharpness throughout the entire field of view.
After a very long time I finally bought a new set of binoculars in addition to the Lidl (Meade) 7x50 that has been on offer a short time ago. A TS 7 x 50 Marine. I was fed up having to handle all the Zeiss gems with extreme care in order to study the night-sky with them. The Lidl was rather good optically, but was less than ideal mechanically on the long term. In the meantime I gave it to a friend of mine.
My little daughter (2 and a half years old) is always active around me and has a strong drive to test anything. By now I do own a couple of "children's binoculars", but these never seem to be as interesting as the binoculars I am using myself.
This means that I needed a robust, shock resistant pair of binoculars that would not get damaged by my daughter and nonetheless would offer perfect performance on the night-sky. I chose the 7x50 TS Marine. Why? Here are the facts:Field of view 132m at 1000m = 7.5° Light Gathering Factor 50.4 Astro-Index 49 Apparent field of view 52.7° Limiting magnitude 10.6 mag Resolving power 8.7" (From: „Fernglasberechnungen“ available for free from the download section of www.theisges-mohlitz.de) I made the binoculars a Christmas gift for myself because the specifications were convincing and I needed something that couldn't go wrong. My expectations were by far exceeded. Let us start with the mechanical quality: All moving parts are solidly made and move solidly.For my taste a little too stiffly, which has already turned out to be an advantage in the field because it prevents anything from changing "accidentally". The intentional omission of a central focusing mechanism is no disadvantage, but rather an advantage for the dedicated stargazer. You only need to set the focus once and can then leave the binoculars perfectly focused and ready for immediate use. The optical performance is mind-boggling. I had seen such perfectly pinpoint stars only once before. But I don't give away where... ;-) Sharpness is perfect in about 80% of the field of view, equal to or even better than any Zeiss high end binoculars. Under extremely close scrutiny one can see an extremely faint trace of chromatic aberration during the daytime, but compared with more expensive binoculars the effect is very inconspicuous. I test this on a convenient TV antenna...I don't understand, how do the Chinese do this? Of course I will find details to complain about even in high end binoculars. The carrying case has no velcro fastener, but needs to be handled less conveniently with two press buckles. The eyeguards are a little too hard for my taste, although I can see the entire field without a problem even like this. For eyeglass wearers the eyeguards can be folded back or removed. Eye relief is absolutely sufficient for this. The quality of make is astounding. With a weight of 1600g the binoculars are not lightweight, but they sit in your hands conveniently. The rubber armour offers a firm grip. Even my daughter can handle it without problems ;-) Looking through the front lenses you don't see any reflections, even on the night sky you will only see very faint reflections during full moon. The coating is extremely good! There's one test I won't do, though: Dropping the binoculars from 2.5m height. I won't do that. Always 5° clear sky! Dirk