D. Bower

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Nikon Aculon A211 12 x 50 Binocular - Black by Nikon
I had a pair of the Nikon Aculon 12x50's at the same time as the 10x50's with the primary purpose of getting into astronomy and also for a bit of birding as and I am out in the countryside so could do some in depth side by side testing of the two slightly different magnifications.

To be honest I wanted to like the 12's more - I thought the extra magnification would be useful but in the end it wasn't even close, the 10's won by a country mile.

In daylight the 12's are ok but the image is a little soft and suffers from very noticeable chromatic aberration off centre (I will now refer to this as CA and it shows itself as a purple fringe or 'glow' around high contract… Read more
Braun 10x50 Waterproof Binoculars - Black by Braun
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am looking to get into astronomy and after a bit of research decided a pair of 10x50 binoculars were a good place to start.

After a bit more research I decided to go for these Braun's. Not much out there on English speaking websites but some good feedback on German ones.

Now, at this price I am pretty sure they are not made in Germany - more likely the manufacturing is outsourced to someone like United Optics who will manufacture to Braun's specification but given that is what pretty much all companies do these days (except the top brands like Zeiss and Leica) this didn't worry me.

The specification seemed good, decent lenses and a nice manageable weight… Read more
Cycling Anatomy (Sports Anatomy) by Shannon Sovndal
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb reference book, 12 Jan 2013
I have a long term interest in cycling but serious illness had meant that for the last few years I haven't been able to get out on my bike nearly as much as I'd like. Now, illness behind me I can get back on my bike and hopefully get back to a level of fitness I enjoyed a few years ago.

I have a very basic understand of the importance of core fitness to cycling and own my set of weights and a bench so have been doing some basic exercises in order to build my strength up and hopefully avoid injury but I wanted some specific guidance as to precisely what exercises would be of most use with cycling in mind.

This book is superb in doing this. It first gives a general… Read more

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