Vixen Optics ARK 20x80 Astronomical Binocular, Head and Tripod

Vixen Optics ARK 20x80 Astronomical Binocular, Head and Tripod

Vixen Optics ARK 20x80 Astronomical Binocular, Head and Tripod

B&H # VIARK20X80B MFR # 1457WOOD
Vixen Optics ARK 20x80 Astronomical Binocular, Head and Tripod

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Product Highlights

  • BAK4 Porro Prisms
  • Anti-Reflection Multi-Coated Optics
  • Wide Angle Viewing: 70°
  • Nitrogen-Filled, Water and Fogproof
  • Closed Bridge Configuration
  • Center Focusing
  • Center Bar with 1/4"-20 Tripod Mount
  • Twist-Up Eyecups
  • 3-Way Head with Control Handle
  • Ash Wood Tripod with Accessory Tray
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  • 1Description

Vixen Optics teamed a powerful binocular with a solid ash wood Berlebach tripod to create their ARK 20x80 Astronomical Binocular rig. Ideal for astronomical and terrestrial viewing, the powerful optic boasts BAK4 Porro prisms which offers a rich depth of field, with an ultra-wide 70° apparent angle of view to provide users with an immersive observational experience. Anti-reflection multi-coated optics limits light loss to boost image brightness, while integrated pull-out lens shades helps to prevent peripheral light from interfering with primary light transmission, further ensuring bright and clear images. Complementing the optical performance are nitrogen-filled optical tubes to prevent internal fogging when moving from one temperature extreme to another.

A center bar on the binocular helps to stabilize the optic's large objectives, and an integrated 1/4"-20 tripod adapter provides a solid mounting point for the included head. The adapter can slide along the bar and lock into place for precise balancing, so the head can pan and tilt fluidly without over-straining it. The head is capable of tilting 90° forward and back, so it's ideal for both astronomical and terrestrial viewing, especially if the binocular is set on a balcony and you're looking down at a boat or bird.

The included tripod is produced by Berlebach in Germany and made of solid ash wood, with a matching tray that not only keeps small accessories safe but locks the legs at a 23° pitch for optimal stabilization and vibration reduction. This adjustable-height tripod not only offers a rock-steady observational base for a wide range of users; it also presents a refined and elegant look.

Optical Performance
  • 20x magnification
  • 80mm objective lenses
  • BAK4 Porro prism optical path
  • Anti-reflection multi-coated optics
  • 200' field of view at 1000 yd
  • Ultra-wide, 70° apparent angle of view
Use and Handling
  • Closed bridge configuration
  • Twist up rubber eyecups
  • Right eye dioptric adjustment
  • Large knurled focusing wheel
  • Long 16mm eye relief
  • 4mm exit pupil
Construction Details
  • Nitrogen-filled for water and fogproof performance
  • Center stabilizer bar with integrated 1/4"-20 tripod adapter
  • Extendable lens shades to help limit glare and peripheral light reflection
  • Binocular weight: 5.3 lb
  • Three-way head with 180° vertical rotation for astronomical and terrestrial observations
  • Includes quick release plate
  • Adjustable friction control system allows the head to tilt and hold its place when released
  • Single clamp locks all axes in place for easy use
  • Single control handle for easy left or right-handed tracking
  • Payload Capacity: 11 lb (5 kg)
  • Height: 3.5" (9.0 cm)
  • Bottom Thread Hole: 3/8", threaded socket to 1/4"-20 included
  • Weight: 24.7 oz (700.0 g)
  • Made in Germany by Berlebach
  • Solid ash wood tripod legs
  • Powder-coated steel fittings
  • Matching ash wood accessory tray/leg stabilizer
  • Tray locks legs at a 23° angle for increased stability and vibration reduction
  • Adjustable leg spread at 20°, 40°, 60°, 80°, and 100°
  • Transportation Length: 29" (74 cm)
  • Maximum Height: 44" (111 cm)
In the Box
Vixen Optics ARK 20x80 Astronomical Binocular, Head and Tripod
  • Neck Strap
  • Hard Carrying Case
  • 2 x Ocular Lens Caps
  • 2 x Objective Lens Caps
  • StarGuy Tripod with 2-Way Tilt Head
  • Limited Five-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Prism Type Porro
    Magnification 20x
    Objective Lens Diameter 80mm
    Angle of View 3.5° (actual)
    Field of View -3.01' @ 1000 yd / -1.0 m @ 1000 m
    Minimum Focus Distance 382.5' / 116.6 m
    Exit Pupil Diameter 4 mm
    Eye Relief 16 mm
    Interpupillary Adjustment Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Dioptric Correction Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Focus Type Center
    Tripod Mount Yes (Adapter Included)
    Dimensions 12.4 x 8.7 x 3.9" / 31.6 x 22.0 x 9.9 cm
    Weight 5.3 lb / 2.4 kg
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