Wednesday, March 14, 2012
From Dave in CA:
Already owning the lower cost Radian which has rapidly become a favorite I had wondered for a while what the more expensive Sky King offered for the extra money. When it came on sale I could not resist getting a pair, so whats the extra bang for the extra bucks?
At first I thought mine were faulty as the right eyepiece diopter adjustment didn't want to move, however unlike the Radian its lockable with a push pull action, once I saw the word "lock" molded into the body by the R/H eyepiece all was well. Unlocked it moved smoothly with enough resistance to really make the lock redundant. The center hinge is again smooth with enough tightness to hold the setting in place. Focusing was at first a bit on the tight side, but has smoothed out with just a bit of use.
The optics are sharp, crisp and clear, this binocular is a tad heavier than the Radian probably due to the metal chassis used. When one looks at the specs on this glass including dielectric prism coatings it becomes very apparent that this is a really good binocular at a steal of a price.
Even allowing for the shipping and duty (I'm in Canada) its a remarkable buy. So as I said in an earlier review of the Radian, if this was being retailed by one of the big optic names out there then you would pay considerably more. The Sky King is a terrific value. Do yourself a favor, get one of these gems before the sale price ends. A great glass and great service from E.O., Dave.(25 pairs of binos and still counting)