Midas 10×42 ED
Now sometimes it nice to review something everybody can use, and this item would not look out of place anywhere from the cottage window sill watching the birds at the feeders, to ladies day at Ascot races.
If you haven’t already guessed I’m talking about some binoculars these are from an American company called Athlon and these are the Midas range this model are the 10×42 which is 10 times magnification and a 42 objective lens, that’s the big ends to those new to glass.
Zoomed in by cropping image still gives lots of great detail.
They came from our good friends at Optics Warehouse, and I’m glad to have tried them, and I pitted them against my own 10×42 Hawke binos. Which many will have seen in my hunting pics, in a nice camo pattern finish.
I’ve included the current Hawke range to replace mine.
My set have been out in every weather and every hunt being pushed to the limits, and trust me hunting in Devon and Cornwall its either wet or very wet , wind straight off the Atlantic ocean, and during the cold snap of early 2018 they were out in the woods deer watching with me in -10°c.
So back to these Midas binos, built for the rugged USA markets, where its bigger and better and tougher and grittier, do they hold up, well yes they do. I had the best weather for testing them in our little heatwave of the summer, so being baked alive and still surviving is a good test, I sadly have a tendency to leave my binos on the dash of the truck, in that nice extra hot environment of the windscreen, and trust me I have killed several things like this, the best was a nice pair of 8×50 compact binos, left there one sunny day, I came back to find the internal grease had boiled out of the central post assembly and they were a floppy pair of telescopes….
As it was the grease that held it tight not the workmanship.
So my hawkes have been treated to the same and survived and umm ahhh SSssshhhhhh don’t tell the guys a Optics W/h but the Athlon’s had the same treatment, and survived flawlessly.
So the are a medium weight compact binoculars and come in at 25ozs or a tad over 700 grams, or about a pound and a half.
There are several nice features which straight from the start I loved, the eye cups are height adjustable so give them ¼ twist,
and the raise off the body nearly 6mm and unlike some brands, these lock into place with a positive click. And the main one which I see is becoming more and more popular is a ¼ screw thread in the base of the binos assembly column, what this does is allow you to mount them on a tripod adapter to then place it on a tripod, which allows you to glass more comfortably, it also allows for a almost hands free watching, which is great if you need to ready with the camera or the rifle.
The other nice thing is, I like to shoot Ol Charlie during the daytime, so it allows me to scan my favourite valley shoots and still have a hand free for using a mouth caller.
So as you can see from the photos, its a blue/green colour to the body. Its slightly unusual but who looks at the binos when looking through them.
So its got big old checker pattern grips on the sides top and bottom and its very grippy. And the eye cups are in a rubber finish so more grip there the objective lens covers are 2 rubber insert flaps, the idea is they just push inside the holes to keep any debris out, it might have been just my pair but they kept popping open. Hopefully it was just my pair.
So onto the bits you guys want to hear about how they perform, well as I said I put them up against my trusted Hawke’s, now I know a few will moan they are not a big name brand like Zeiss or Swarovski but you see I think these Athlon’s could give them big boys a run for their money.
You see I already know how much they cost and they already punch above their own weight, so with the Swarovski coming in at oh let me see £2100,00 and the Zeiss at £1740,00 for similar spec goods.
Will it surprise you to find the retail on the Midas are not a thousand or even 500 of your hard earned pounds, but at £340,00 they wont break the bank, so I can hear you all saying its about the glass, so in the spirit of all good test, I pick a day with average light levels and set up in the back garden looking at some fields around 900- 1000 yards away, I can tell you the gable end on the hose is 225 and the circled beech tree is 555 in yards, as you can see the hawkes let me down on picture quality and light gathering yet I’ve always used them without a problem. So maybe a new pair is on the cards….
But all in all the details are there from the dead grass in the top meadow to the pebble dash finish on the house. There is even a house in the top left of the pics which I only saw while looking at the pics on the pc, the same zoom was used on my phone to take both pics, but as you can see the atlhons wins on that too. Giving more light and a better bigger image to see will allow you to spot quarry or just observe faster and see more details.
You will notice the 225 house is missing from the hawke picture, another example of field of view. The athlons are 341 feet at 1000 yards and my hawke are 305 feet.
Field of view, or FOV, is expressed in two ways. It is either expressed as the width in feet at 1,000 yards or in degrees of field. When the field of view is expressed in feet, it is called the linear field of view. When it is shown in degrees, it is referred to as angular. It is simple to convert one measurement to the other. The linear field of view is measured in feet at 1,000 yards. One angular degree is equal to 52.5 feet. Once the angular field of view, or degrees, is known, multiply that figure by 52.5. In most cases, the field of view is often indicated in degrees on the outside of the binoculars. For example, if the angular field of view is six degrees, then multiply 6 by 52.5, for a total of 315 feet at 1,000 yards, or a linear field of view of 315 feet. Similarly, if the linear field of view is known, divide that number by 52.5 to obtain the angular field.
The term real field of view refers to angle of the visual field which can be seen without moving the binoculars. It is measured from a central point on the objective lens. A higher value will translate to a wider visual field. The term apparent field of view refers to the angle of the magnified view. A large apparent field of view will provide a wide field of view even at a higher magnification. Optics with a wide field of view will make it easier to follow moving objects.
So you end up with a bit bigger picture in the Athlon binoculars and that is another advantage right there.
So I had them out for my deer count and they could see a good 25 yards in my woods from out in the field nearly 200 yards away at last light, as my Hawke’s could just see the first 2 rows of trees so maybe 10 -15 yards in.
So I’m very impressed with the glass wear at sub £500, and with a host of features from fog proof, and waterproofing thanks to the argon gas filling.
And the nice rubber touch eye cups, and the objective covers, and the ocular focus ring, that’s the one on the right barrel is a crisp knurled rind and is very very smooth to turn allowing for a better focus to set up the binos.
I also liked the chequered grips which go from just over halfway inside at the top to right underneath, so plenty of grip options, they came with a canvas belt pouch which also had a strap for it, and the very comfy padded neck strap, cleaning cloth, rubber eye protectors top and bottom.
So features abound and it carries this.
ED Glass- High definition glass
ED glass gives you an image with little or no chromatic fringe so the final result brings an ultimate clearest and sharpest image to your eyes
ESP Dielectric Coating- Enhanced Spectral Prism Dielectric Coating
ESP Dielectric Coating is a multi layer prism coating that reflects over 99% of the light to your eyes bringing you a clear, bright image that displays accurate colour reproduction.
Lightweight Magnesium Chassis
Magnesium chassis give you the strength of a metal chassis while reducing the weight as much as 35%
XPL Coating- Xtra Protective Layer coating
XPL Coating gives you an extra protection on the exterior lenses from dirt, oil and scratches
Phase Corrected prisms
Phase corrected prisms produce images that have better contrast, a higher resolution and better colour reproduction
Bak-4 glass prisms reflect more light to your eyes which will give you brighter and sharper image.
Advanced Fully Multi-Coated lenses gives you better light transmission to bring optimum brightness and true colour across the entire light spectrum.
Long Eye Relief
Long eye relief can be particularly important for eyeglass wearers because longer eye relief allows them to still see the entire field of view.
Close focus is important for those who are nature observers and especially important if you are going to watch butterflies or insects
Twist Up Eye-cups
Twist up eye-cups with intermediate stops allow you to set the eye-cups to the ideal eye relief for you eyes
Waterproof to protect the binocular in the harshest weather conditions or if accidentally submerged underwater
Argon purging gives you better waterproofing and thermal stability.
ATHLON LIFE TIME WARRANTY
Your Athlon product is not only warranted to be free of defects in materials and workmanship for the lifetime of the product. Athlon will also repair or replace, at no charge to you, your product if you should damage it through normal use. No receipt needed, no registration required. This is a commitment that Athlon will be the best product you can buy for your money.
*This warranty does not cover damages caused by deliberate damage, misuse, theft or maintenance provided by someone other than the Athlon Authorized Service Department.
* Athlon Life Time Warranty only covers binoculars, riflescopes, spotting scopes, red dots, prism scopes, magnifiers, and laser rangefinders. Other Athlon Products have standard one year warranty.
* Please note that any altering of the products, such as cerakote coatings or spray painting, will void the warranty.
Countrymans score: 9/10. It would of been 10 if it wasn’t for those darn objective rubbers kept popping out…