Nikon Aculon A211 8x42 Binoculars £54.99 down from £179.99 (69% off) at Amazon
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Nikon Aculon A211 8x42 Binoculars £54.99 down from £179.99 (69% off) at Amazon

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Found 13th Jan 2015
Nikon Aculon A211 8x42 Binoculars at the lowest price I could find.

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The Nikon Aculon A211 Binocular range inherits the excellent performance of existing models to deliver a detailed view of your outdoor experiences. They are ideal for a broad spectrum of outdoor pursuits, such as birdwatching, nature observation and hiking.

Offering superior optical performance at an attractive price. Multilayer-coated lenses and a choice of large objective lens diameters provide extremely bright images and a wide field of view. Breathtaking visual experiences also result from the use of aspherical eyepiece lenses.

The name ACULON was coined by combining the terms "accuracy" and "precision" to create a familiar-sounding word that represents Nikon's desire for more people to rediscover the details of everyday life through using binoculars.

Box Contains

1 x Nikon Aculon A211 8x42 Binoculars 
1 x Case 
1 x Neck Strap 
2 x Front Lens Caps 
2 x Rear Lens Caps 
1x User's Manual 
1 x Manufacturer's Warranty Information

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same price in currys, does not seem like a deal to me. Just standard price...

They are always around £55 - £60

I think the Bushnell Natureview Plus 8x42 from here looks a better deal :
http://www.sportsmanguncentre.co.uk/product/1752132bea8ff83447369629/Bushnell+8+x+42mm+Nature+View+Plus+Binocular/
Also available from same folks on amazon for a bit extra.

Original Poster

Good deal on the Bushnells. How do Bushnell compare to Nikon on quality and optics ?

chrisjackson

I think the Bushnell Natureview Plus 8x42 from here looks a better deal … I think the Bushnell Natureview Plus 8x42 from here looks a better deal :http://www.sportsmanguncentre.co.uk/product/1752132bea8ff83447369629/Bushnell+8+x+42mm+Nature+View+Plus+Binocular/Also available from same folks on amazon for a bit extra.



I got some Bushnell Excursion EX (RRP £366!!) for just £42 in Currys clearance last year and while they were great for a few months the right eyepiece has inexplicably altered so that It will only get near to focusing when the diopter adjustment is at it's fullest but not quite. Tried the lifetime warranty number which took me to discontinued line and non existent address. Eventually found the sole importer on the net, a miserable sounding bloke who just said take them back to Currys, did that, and they would only give a refund.
I'm not that bothered as they were so cheap and I got a Summers use out of them.

Moral is, the Nikons are probably a safer bet reliability wise, and having read quite a bit about Bushnell since I got mine they do appear to have a bad rep for reliability and quality control, these Nikon's on the other hand seem to get universal glowing reviews.
Edited by: "toaster" 13th Jan 2015

I see the same folks are selling the Bushnell on Ebay for an extra fiver all in (£50) with collection from Argos.

The Natureview Plus is an older model from a few years back but there haven't been many advances in full-size porro prism bins in that time. I think all the retail price stuff can be ignored. The Bushnells are probably a bit heavier but have the advantage of longer eye relief making them useable with spectacles which is a pretty good achievement given they are a wide angle model like the Nikon. Otherwise I'd reckon both models are probably pretty similar as regards quality and specs.

I got one of these Bushnells
http://www.chuckhawks.com/bushnell_legend_8x42.htm
for £16.34 in a Jessops clearance a few years back (as they were going bust) and it is still going strong. What are the morals there?

I think it is a case of quality control getting worse in certain areas over the last few years as the competition to churn out more and cheaper models has got ever more intense. The Natureview Plus is an older tried, tested and well regarded model with no experimental plastics like some newer models (the Legend HD being a case in point).

Interesting point regards repairs under guarantee. I wonder how significant an issue that is and how often folks would prefer money back or a replacement model; particularly at this price level? And are Nikon after sales up to much in this country anyway (I'm thinking back to the contrast between how US and UK customers were treated over the design fault in the tripod mount of their then new Chinese made ED50 scope)? If you really believe customer service is going to be important to you, your best bet in UK is probably buying Opticron.

chrisjackson

I got one of these … I got one of these Bushnellshttp://www.chuckhawks.com/bushnell_legend_8x42.htmfor £16.34 in a Jessops clearance a few years back (as they were going bust) and it is still going strong. What are the morals there? ;)I think it is a case of quality control getting worse in certain areas over the last few years as the competition to churn out more and cheaper models has got ever more intense. The Natureview Plus is an older tried, tested and well regarded model with no experimental plastics like some newer models (the Legend HD being a case in point). Interesting point regards repairs under guarantee. I wonder how significant an issue that is and how often folks would prefer money back or a replacement model; particularly at this price level? And are Nikon after sales up to much in this country anyway (I'm thinking back to the contrast between how US and UK customers were treated over the design fault in the tripod mount of their then new Chinese made ED50 scope)? If you really believe customer service is going to be important to you, your best bet in UK is probably buying Opticron.



Nikon UK service center is excellent and very helpful, they even sent me a plastic sync cap for my DSLR free of charge and post when I lost mine.

Good price

toaster

Nikon UK service center is excellent and very helpful, they even sent me … Nikon UK service center is excellent and very helpful, they even sent me a plastic sync cap for my DSLR free of charge and post when I lost mine.



That wasn't my experience ... I had a cheap Nikon camera and the battery compartment was just slightly too small for the AA rechargeable battery. The plastic clasp broke on the battery compartment when it was in its pouch thingy, and the batteries shorted which resulted in a white powder being left as a residue. I sent it into Nikon for a warranty repair, and they sent it back saying that it had sand in it therefore the warranty was void. I replied explaining politely that it was clearly not sand, and was due to the battery discharging - to which I received a stock reply telling me it was against the warranty to store the camera with its batteries in ... I lost the will to live at this point and just binned the camera and bought a Canon instead ...

Great price, just what I was looking for. Judge said 100 meters so these should do the trick.

are these any good for star gazing / planetary spotting

Macdory

That wasn't my experience ... I had a cheap Nikon camera and the battery … That wasn't my experience ... I had a cheap Nikon camera and the battery compartment was just slightly too small for the AA rechargeable battery. The plastic clasp broke on the battery compartment when it was in its pouch thingy, and the batteries shorted which resulted in a white powder being left as a residue. I sent it into Nikon for a warranty repair, and they sent it back saying that it had sand in it therefore the warranty was void. I replied explaining politely that it was clearly not sand, and was due to the battery discharging - to which I received a stock reply telling me it was against the warranty to store the camera with its batteries in ... I lost the will to live at this point and just binned the camera and bought a Canon instead ...



battery compartment was too small for the batteries lol

I don't know much about binoculars, but I've been means to get a pair to keep in the car. Aren't these a better deal? :

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kepler-Stag-8x42-Binoculars-Waterproof/dp/B00C6820P2/ref=sr_1_7?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1421246860&sr=1-7&keywords=8x42+Waterproof

Same magnification as the Nikons, but these one's are smaller and waterproof.

Spacehduk

I don't know much about binoculars, but I've been means to get a pair to … I don't know much about binoculars, but I've been means to get a pair to keep in the car. Aren't these a better deal? :http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kepler-Stag-8x42-Binoculars-Waterproof/dp/B00C6820P2/ref=sr_1_7?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1421246860&sr=1-7&keywords=8x42+WaterproofSame magnification as the Nikons, but these one's are smaller and waterproof.



Spend an extra tenner and get these Olympus Binocular 10x50 DPS-1

for what its worth I had some Nikon monarchs a couple of years ago. everyone is impressed when they look through them.
hopefully never buy another set.

toaster

I got some Bushnell Excursion EX (RRP £366!!) for just £42 in Currys c … I got some Bushnell Excursion EX (RRP £366!!) for just £42 in Currys clearance last year and while they were great for a few months the right eyepiece has inexplicably altered so that It will only get near to focusing when the diopter adjustment is at it's fullest but not quite. Tried the lifetime warranty number which took me to discontinued line and non existent address. Eventually found the sole importer on the net, a miserable sounding bloke who just said take them back to Currys, did that, and they would only give a refund.I'm not that bothered as they were so cheap and I got a Summers use out of them. Moral is, the Nikons are probably a safer bet reliability wise, and having read quite a bit about Bushnell since I got mine they do appear to have a bad rep for reliability and quality control, these Nikon's on the other hand seem to get universal glowing reviews.



One swallow makes a Summer then!

DaRkHOTUK

are these any good for star gazing / planetary spotting


I think they would be a good choice for star gazing, observing the moon, picking out several of Jupiters moons and such like. Nowadays it seems the standard recommendation for star gazing is a 10x50 which seems to be considered the upper limit to what can be satisfactorily hand-held. But the 8x42 is probably a bit easier to hold steady and might work better for daytime terrestrial use.

Spacehduk

I don't know much about binoculars, but I've been means to get a pair to … I don't know much about binoculars, but I've been means to get a pair to keep in the car. Aren't these a better deal? :http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kepler-Stag-8x42-Binoculars-Waterproof/dp/B00C6820P2/ref=sr_1_7?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1421246860&sr=1-7&keywords=8x42+WaterproofSame magnification as the Nikons, but these one's are smaller and waterproof.



They might be for you. The Nikon Aculon is a porro prism binocular (glossary here monkoptics.co.uk/bin…tml ) which at this price point is probably the route to get the best optical quality. But if you want something that won't object to, I dunno, sand, wet dogs or whatever and being knocked about then the item you link to may well be the better choice.

Anyone interested in binoculars like this would do well to check out these for £7.50 less. They really are good.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-8-40-DPSI-Binocular/dp/B0001M3612/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ph_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0E36M8ADMA3TBBFMRDMN

25 year warranty too.
Edited by: "shakeyjake66" 14th Jan 2015

AlanClarke

Spend an extra tenner and get these Olympus Binocular 10x50 DPS-1

Hi would you say these are better than the Nikon ? My Nikons prism detached ,effectively making them useless. No i didnt drop them so obviously defective. The Olympus look good and are cheaper than the Aculon 10 x 50 Your opinion would be appreciated as my faith in Nikos is wavereing. Thanks (I lost the gte and jessops dissapeared}.

Bought the Nikon Aculon for my uncle who is a sheep farmer and he loved them. He then lost them so i purchased the Olympus 10x50 as a replacement - he says they are not as good!

shakeyjake66

Anyone interested in binoculars like this would do well to check out … Anyone interested in binoculars like this would do well to check out these for £7.50 less. They really are good.http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-8-40-DPSI-Binocular/dp/B0001M3612/ref=pd_sim_sbs_ph_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0E36M8ADMA3TBBFMRDMN25 year warranty too.



Much of a muchness to the A211 in the post, just a bit cheaper.

del00

Hi would you say these are better than the Nikon ? My Nikons prism … Hi would you say these are better than the Nikon ? My Nikons prism detached ,effectively making them useless. No i didnt drop them so obviously defective. The Olympus look good and are cheaper than the Aculon 10 x 50 Your opinion would be appreciated as my faith in Nikos is wavereing. Thanks (I lost the gte and jessops dissapeared}.



The Olympus DPS1's are a cheaper range of binos than the Aculon's as is reflected in their considerably lower RRP. They don't appear to have accredited BAK-4 prisms and the lenses are mono-coated not multi-coated like the Nikon Aculon. The twist up eyecups are a neat feature of the Nikons too.

http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/b/binoculars/leisure_binoculars/leisure_nature/8x40_dpsi/8x40_dpsi_specifications.html

jessops.com/onl…wcB

Edited by: "toaster" 14th Jan 2015

winchman

Much of a muchness to the A211 in the post, just a bit cheaper.



Erm, yeah. That's kind of the point here isn't it?

(Also Nikon 1 year warranty. Olympus 25 year warranty.)


Edited by: "shakeyjake66" 14th Jan 2015

What's the best for dogging

Got one, thanks for posting OP

toaster

The Olympus DPS1's are a cheaper range of binos than the Aculon's as is … The Olympus DPS1's are a cheaper range of binos than the Aculon's as is reflected in their considerably lower RRP. They don't appear to have accredited BAK-4 prisms and the lenses are mono-coated not multi-coated like the Nikon Aculon. The twist up eyecups are a neat feature of the Nikons too.http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/b/binoculars/leisure_binoculars/leisure_nature/8x40_dpsi/8x40_dpsi_specifications.htmlhttp://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/products/nikon/aculon-a211-10x42-binoculars-89680/show.html?nst=0&gclid=CjwKEAiAxNilBRD88r2azcqB2zsSJABy2B96fgl_aMmNSkbFiFfAjG1b8FEu3aYfGOxN9iPZPQ4ZwxoCukfw_wcB

Thanks toaster. Probably will try the Nikons again then. I had the 8 x 42 Active which seem dearer again . Oh well, have to have a think.
Ideally like the 10 x 50 s. i'll do some research.

I'm looking for some decent binoculars with wide FOV for indoor concert viewing and for days out in Highlands. Would these be the best of both?

Trouble of course is compromises can be worst of both too. For concerts I'd have thought you'd want something less bulky and lighter in weight; also typically with less magnification. For out in the Highlands (if there's anything in the stereotype :D) might be worth paying a bit extra for something guaranteed against water ingress.

Something like this might address some of the ergonomic issues but would probably compromise things optically :
http://www.vikingopticalcentres.co.uk/binoculars/rspb-8x32-puffin-binocular

This supposedly offers some degree of water resistance and is a bit lighter than the Nikon :
http://www.birders-store.co.uk/hawke-nature-trek-7x30-binoculars.html

Suppose it depends on individual priorities too.

del00

Thanks toaster. Probably will try the Nikons again then. I had the 8 x … Thanks toaster. Probably will try the Nikons again then. I had the 8 x 42 Active which seem dearer again . Oh well, have to have a think.Ideally like the 10 x 50 s. i'll do some research.


Might suit :
sherwoods-photo.com/hil…htm

chrisjackson

Might suit … Might suit :http://www.sherwoods-photo.com/hilkinson_binoculars/dartmouth.htm


I bought the Nikon Active 10 x 50 waterproof from ebay for £110. Very happy with them. Thanks for the link, they look pretty good for the money
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