London, United Kingdom, 3rd April 2017: Nikon is proud to announce the release of its extraordinary WX 7x50 IF and WX 10x50 IF astronomy binoculars – the jewel in the crown of 100 years of optical excellence. Boasting an unprecedented super-wide field of view, the WX series’ phenomenal performance takes the viewer deep into the starry sky, revealing fresh details and colour nuances.
Designed for discerning stargazers, these premium binoculars employ a Field Flattener Lens System to compensate for the curvature of field, ensuring the same crystal clarity of vision from centre to periphery. The total reflection and high transmission rate of Abbe-Koenig prisms assures the exceptional level of brightness needed to complement the outstanding optical achievement of an ultra-wide field of view.
Each tube features three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements for a contrast-rich and high-resolution image, compensating for chromatic aberration so the delicate colour differences of the stars are visible all the way to the edge of the field of view. A high-quality multilayer coating is applied to all lenses and prisms, giving uniformly high light transmittance across the entire visible range, for a more natural and clearer view.
To ensure a superb viewing experience for everyone – whether they wear glasses or not – Nikon WX engineers overcame the extraordinary design challenge of offering long eye relief coupled with a greatly expanded field of view. WX 7x50 IF binoculars have an apparent field of view of 66.6 ° and an eye relief of 17.7 mm. WX 10x50 IF binoculars have an apparent field of view of 76.4 ° and an eye relief of 15.3 mm. Magnesium alloy assures the body is sturdy yet lightweight, while the turn-and-slide rubber eyecups make viewing enjoyable – however long a stargazing session may be.
Both models are available as exclusive 100th Anniversary editions, featuring the 100th Anniversary logo printed on the base of the hinge, an engraved serial number at the top of the hinge, and a special WX 100th Anniversary leather strap. These editions will be sold in limited quantities of up to 100 units combined for both models.