With a 5mm exit pupil, the general characteristics of a 10x50 along with the high-quality optics on this Midas make this an excellent option if you want a reasonably high power AND a good low light performance. Also impressive is the very wide field of view for a 10x binocular. This really adds to their versatility and will appeal to anyone who is prepared to carry a little extra bulk. In exchange, you get an instrument that will perform equally well in wide open areas in good light as well as low light conditions or in areas like thick woods and forests. These are also a good choice as an astronomy binocular.
Apart from a having a more traditional (single closed bridge) roof prism body shape, the Midas series from Athlon is very similar to their Ares, yet is positioned at a lower price point and thus offers a truly excellent price to performance ratio.
Athlon produces four models of the Midas, across two different size categories: The standard and versatile 10x42 and 8x42 models and the larger 10x50 and 12x50 models that excel in low light and longer ranges respectively.
Not only does the tough rubber armour do a good job of protecting the instrument, but it increases grip and is a less shiny, more camouflaged surface. Under the armour is an equally robust, yet comparatively low weight magnesium alloy housing. This is impressive as many will have polycarbonate-plastic shells at this price level.
The Midas is fully sealed and filled with Argon makes them both waterproof and fog-proof. All models also feature twist-up eyecups with multi-position click-stops, a large central focus wheel and a right-eye diopter for exact calibration to your specific eyesight.
Fully multi-coated lenses with ED elements ensure better light transmission for brighter, higher definition images.
However most impressive, especially at this price is that not only are the BaK-4 roof prisms phase corrected but have expensive Dielectric Coatings that further boost light transmission.
Also important to mention are the extra protective coatings added to the outer lens surfaces.
Athlon includes the usual accessories with the Midas: A carry case, neck strap, lens covers, rain guard and cleaning cloth.
As with all their high-end optics, the Athlon Midas comes with a lifetime warranty meaning they will replace them at no cost should they be faulty or get damaged through normal use.
|Binoculars series||Athlon Midas G2|
|In production since||2020|
|Type of prism||Roof - Schmidt/Pechan|
|Lens size diameter.||50mm|
|Field of view - FOV...||115m/1000m|
|Field of view (angular).||7.39°|
|Apperent FOV (angular).||0°|
|Eye relief distance.||19.2mm|
|Closest focusing distance.||3m|
|Lens coatings||Fully Multicoated|
|Working temperature range||-|
|Diopter setting location||Right eye-piece|
|Minimal interpupillary distance.||66.16|
|Maximal interpupillary distance.||82.98|
|Type of Body||Single hinge|
|Built in Range finder||No|
|Image stabilization (IS)||No|
|Able to float||No|