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I was fortunate enough to check out a pair of these optics and just wanted to give my observations. I checked out the Wapiti 8x42 ED and they are definitely the best pair of optics i have ever looked through. Having said that i will tell you i am relatively new to the optics world in that i have never owned a really nice set. However i also had two close hunting buddies look at them and they agreed they were very nice binos and nicer than their current binos that cost 100-150$ more than the Therons. They were very clear and comfortable to use i like the locking diopter very much and the warranty is comparible to many others. The noticeable difference from my buddies binos was in low light. There was a big difference when glassing brush and into the edge of woods at dusk and after legal shooting light. I don't claim to be an optics expert but i do a hell of alot of hunting and these optics are now on the top of my list. Also the two other buddies i had check them out have alot more experience than me they have some guiding experience out west and they agree they're  the best they've looked through and a great value as well. I'm waiting to see how they fair in the market and wait for the 10x to come out and probably own a pair. Please post up if anyone has any future experience with them it's the only way some of us can make a decision on what to buy! Thanks  
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Thanks for your review, Mike!  I liked them too. 

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Well, that's three for three.  The next optic I will buy will be the Wapiti APO-ED.  I would like to get a look at the 10x42 also.
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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

 The next optic I will buy will be the Wapiti APO-ED.  I would like to get a look at the 10x42 also.
 
I'd like to hear about the 10x42's as well.
 
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Put me on the list for those 10x42's also.  
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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

 The next optic I will buy will be the Wapiti APO-ED.  I would like to get a look at the 10x42 also.
 
I'd like to hear about the 10x42's as well.
 
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Lord knows I need no more optics.  Don't need another rifle either.  So since need has never stopped me before, why start now.  It is primarily my innate curiosity about binoculars (or any other optic for that matter) at work here.  I'm pretty well stocked in the 7-8x range and have only one other 10x43 glass.  It never hurts to have more than one glass for a particular situation.  You never know when you will neeed another one.  I will surely post about it when I see it.  I'm going to try both an 8x and 10x if I can and go from there.


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  The 10X sold out faster than expected and production for the 8's were done for thie last order unexpectedly first. I hope to have the 10's back in stock in late Feb or early March. 

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MODERATOR HAT ON: please do not post links to other web stores.  Forum rules are quite unambiguous about that and most of you have been here long enough to know that.

MODERATOR HAT OFF: I find Theron binocular quite interesting and will likely do a review on one of them some time this year.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

MODERATOR HAT ON: please do not post links to other web stores.  Forum rules are quite unambiguous about that and most of you have been here long enough to know that.

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Sorry about that. 
In my head I was thinking importer/distributor. Ouch
 
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p.s. Anyone know if there is a company website for the 'manufacturer' of Theron Optics???
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Originally posted by Bird Watcher Bird Watcher wrote:

Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

MODERATOR HAT ON: please do not post links to other web stores.  Forum rules are quite unambiguous about that and most of you have been here long enough to know that.

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Sorry about that. 
In my head I was thinking importer/distributor. Ouch
 
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p.s. Anyone know if there is a company website for the 'manufacturer' of Theron Optics???

No worries.  He is a good guy.  We chatted on the phone and I will try to get my hands on one of the APO binos at some point.  However, forum rules are just that.  Forum rules.  We all have to follow them.

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Stan, 
I doubt anybody is really Sherlock Holmes enough to get any sort of detail about just who really makes them, but the US company has a site.  Just google it.  Now I guess I better check the links before quoting your post verbatim in a response Big Smile .


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Originally posted by Klamath Klamath wrote:

Stan, 
I doubt anybody is really Sherlock Holmes
Now I guess I better check the links before quoting your post verbatim in a response Big Smile .
 
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I spent a large part of yesterday inspecting and viewing a new theron Wapiti 8x42 APO ED! Earlier in the day I had spent some time at a local store that carries bascially all of the Alpha brand stuff. I really enjoyed visiting the new Swavorski 10x42 SLC HD & Zeiss 8x42 Victory FL T - both of these units were awesome but expensive.
 
After spending time with the Alpha's I did not have high hopes for the Theron's, to say that I was suprised would be an understatment. I think its important to remember that I am a novice at best when judging optics, however, that does not diminish what I see or what one likes when considering optics.
 
The Theron's were brilliant, the clarity and resolution was so close to the Alpha's I was amazed. I did notice that smaller FOV of the Theron's ( I like alot of FOV)! The build of the Theron's seemed, solid! In some ways they remind me of the Swavorski SLC. The focuser did have alot of travel, much more than I experienced with the Alpha's. In some ways I kind of like this, but it is slower.
 
I had heard about the flat and sharp edge's of the Theron's and while they were not as sharp as say the Zeiss they were very good. My intial impression was WOW this is alot of binocular for the price point. I intend to spend more time with them over the weekend and view them in different conditions.
 
After being a ALPHA buying type person I have become aware of some of the Chinese/Japenese glass. I purchased a pair of Vortex Viper 6x32's that have replaced my Swavorski 8x30's for bowhunting and general glassing (I LOVE THEM) so I am trying to be open minded about some of the larger pieces. By the way, the new Swavorski 10x42 SLC HD was INCREDIBLE!
 
 
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Well after a long weekend spent trying the Theron Wapita 8x42 APO ED I have some opinions that I thought I would share. The 1st thing that I think anyone would notice is how solid and hefty they feel. As I said before they really remind me of the Swavorski SLC! I was able to view them in all types of lighting conditions, overcast/hazy, bright sunshine and low light conditions. I also was able to compare them against a set of 8x42 Zeiss Victory FL T in these same conditons.
 
As far as resolution and clarity I could find no difference. Once I found the sweet spot, the Theron was just as sharp, all the way out to the edge as the Zeiss. I did discover that for me, eye positioning was somewhat critical. With the Zeiss I could just bring them up to my eyes and boom, the brilliant picture was there. Not so with the Theron, each time I seemed to need to shift them around just a little to find that perfect spot.
 
In low light the Zeiss seemed to resolve a little longer, but this was way after what I would call legal shooting light. The Theron's would have worked in any hunting situation that I have ever encountered.
 
When viewing in near direct low sunlight I did experience some spotting for a lack of a better term. This was somewhat more pronounced than with the Zeiss, but it was not much and to be truthful the sunlight I was looking into was quite uncomfortable with both pieces.
 
The one thing that stood out to me from the start was the eye pieces! When screwing out the eye pieces on the Zeiss, the mechanism feels cheap & flimsy to me, not so for the Theron.
 
The focuser on the Theron takes a lot more effort than the Zeiss, at 1st I liked that about the Theron, but after using both of them for a while I came to really appreciate just how fast the Zeiss focused.
 
I can remember Klamath saying something like, if the Alpha (in this case Zeiss) was 100% then the Theron was 98%, and I think this is just about right. When you consider $400/$2000 that 2% becomes very valuable! I'm not sure how many would be willing to pay $1600 for that additional 2%. As I stated before, I have always liked what I percieved as the best, meaning Zeiss, Swavorski and Leica in binoculars. I can tell you my perception is changing.
 
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Thanks for your thoughts Randy.   Good stuff.  I'm waiting to try that Theron 10x42.  
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  If anyone else would like to take a test drive of these let me know via PM. I have a pair floating around in the mail someplace that needs to be forwarded.
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Originally posted by THERON THERON wrote:

  If anyone else would like to take a test drive of these let me know via PM. I have a pair floating around in the mail someplace that needs to be forwarded.

I'll hit you up for a loaner later in the spring.  Right now, I am so behind on stuff, that I am actually refusing loaner offers.  Disturbing.

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Originally posted by koshkin koshkin wrote:

Originally posted by THERON THERON wrote:

  If anyone else would like to take a test drive of these let me know via PM. I have a pair floating around in the mail someplace that needs to be forwarded.

I'll hit you up for a loaner later in the spring.  Right now, I am so behind on stuff, that I am actually refusing loaner offers.  Disturbing.

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