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Tasco "Zip" 8X30 binocular

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:48 am
by brian livesey
This is another flea-market bargain acquired this week for £5. Not quite in mint condition, but virtually there. The optics are unblemished, which is the main consideration.
One criticism to make about the Zip is its focuser. It isn't the usual barrel-type focuser, only a section of a barrel. Instead of rotating the focuser, it has to be pressed down to achieve focus.
It's a quirky design, but it works.
For we elderly skywatchers, with correspondingly age-related reduced irises, a 8X30 bin probably yields the same light input as a 7X50 binocular, where the exit pupil is too big to fully enter through the iris.
As for definition, it was good on the Full Moon this morning. Not bad at all for a Hong Kong binocular.

Re: Tasco "Zip" 8X30 binocular

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 4:43 pm
by David Frydman
These are toggle focus, Brian.

I don't like them as they are too fast, and I needed two hands to achieve sharp focus.

They were common for a while.

Value £5 plus postage. :)
So you saved postage costs.


Re: Tasco "Zip" 8X30 binocular

Posted: Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:40 pm
by skyhawk
Actually they are on ebay for £20 plus, like everything quality depending

Re: Tasco "Zip" 8X30 binocular

Posted: Sat Jan 11, 2020 10:36 am
by brian livesey
I agree with David that the "toggle" focuser is inferior to the barrel focuser. When I saw the 8X30 binocular, it was obvious on inspection that it's a low budget Hong Kong model, not likely to cause a riot ( the pun is irresistible ), but it works and the optics are clean.