Vixen Optics 10x42 Artes J DCF ED Binoculars

BH #VIAJ10X42B • MFR #14492
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Vixen Optics 10x42 Artes J DCF ED Binoculars
Key Features
  • Extralow Dispersion Glass Objectives
  • Phase-Corrected Roof Prisms
  • Fully Multi-Coated Optics
  • Wide 60° Apparent Angle of View
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The Vixen Optics 10x42 Artes J DCF ED Binoculars are designed to produce the exceptional image quality that one would expect from an optic made in Japan.
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Vixen Optics 14492 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Optical Performance
  • 3Use and Handling
  • 4Construction Details

The Vixen Optics 10x42 Artes J DCF ED Binoculars are designed to produce the exceptional image quality that one would expect from an optic made in Japan.

Performance begins with the use of extra-low dispersion (ED) glass for the objective lens elements and BAK4 glass for the roof prisms. Next are anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics, and phase-correcting and highly-reflective prism coatings which work together to maximize light transmission, eliminate color fringing, and improve clarity and contrast across the entire wide field of view. All these features present the user with an immersive observational experience with bright and clear views with accurate color representation.

Complementing the optical performance, Vixen utilizes an open-bridge/dual-hinge configuration that reduces the optic's weight, while providing additional surface area versus closed bridges for a more secure grip without sacrificing overall strength and stability. The chassis is made of a lightweight and durable magnesium alloy that further reduces weight, and the optical tubes are wrapped in a slip-resistant rubber armor. To withstand the rigors of year-round use, the binoculars' optical tubes are nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed to be waterproof and resistant to internal fogging. For extended observation sessions, the ARTES-J can be tripod mounted using an optional Vixen Type-M adapter for hands-free use to reduce distracting hand-shake or vibrations, and eliminate arm fatigue.

Optical Performance

  • Powerful 10x magnification allows for detailed observations of distant objects
  • Moderate 42mm objective lenses provide improved low-light performance versus smaller-objective models, without adding excessive bulk
  • Compact BAK4 roof prisms deliver a round exit pupil, and a crisp and clear image with limited edge distortion
  • Phase-correcting prism coatings increase contrast and clarity while eliminating halos and off-axis comas
  • Highly-reflective dielectric prism coatings transmit greater than 99% of light entering the prisms to limit internal light loss and maintain image brightness, contrast, and clarity
  • Extra-low dispersion glass corrects chromatic aberrations to produce accurate colors without fringing
  • Anti-reflection fully multi-coated optics produce neutral and accurate color fidelity, and improves contrast and image brightness
  • Wide 60° apparent angle of view helps to minimize the appearance of visible hand-shake that can distract from views when holding high-power optics
  • 315-foot field of view at 1000 yards

Use and Handling

  • Open-bridge/dual-hinge configuration
  • Large textured center focusing wheel is easy to manipulate, even when wearing gloves
  • 56-75mm interpupillary adjustment range enables easy use by a wide variety of users
  • Twist-up eyecups for comfortable use with or without eyewear or sunglasses
  • Tripod mountable with optional Vixen Type M adapter for hands-free use to eliminate hand-shake/vibrations and arm fatigue
  • Long 17mm eye relief helps to reduce eye strain and improve viewing comfort
  • Comfortable 4.2mm exit pupil will completely cover most pupils as they open and dilate as light fades

Construction Details

  • Bridge design helps to reduce weight without sacrificing strength or stability, and provides extra surface area for a more secure grip
  • Lightweight magnesium alloy chassis further reduces weight while maintaining the optic's durability
  • Nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed for waterproof performance in the rain, snow, and most other inclement conditions; and resistant to internal fogging when moving through extreme temperature changes and environmental conditions
  • Protective rubber armoring provides a slip-resistant grip, especially in cold and wet weather
  • Includes soft carrying case and neck strap
  • Weight: 24 ounces
  • Made in Japan

Vixen Optics 14492 Specs

Prism TypeRoof
Objective Lens Diameter42 mm
Angle of View6° (Actual)
Field of View315' @ 1000 yd / 105 m @ 1000 m
Minimum Focus Distance9.8' / 3 m
Exit Pupil Diameter4.2 mm
Eye Relief17 mm
Interpupillary Adjustment56 to 75 mm / 2.2 to 3"
Diopter AdjustmentYes
Focus TypeCenter
FogproofYes, Nitrogen Filled
Water ResistanceWaterproof
Dimensions5.7 x 5.1 x 2" / 14.5 x 13 x 5.1 cm
Weight24 oz / 680.4 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight2.33 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.45 x 8 x 3.6"
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