In general, 10x50 binoculars are ideally suited to those who want just that little more reach or image detail than which you get on an 8x instrument, but who also need to maintain a good performance in low light conditions. With the Athlon Argos G210x50, this is further enhanced with the clever use of good quality optical components and coatings that ensure the maximum amount of captured light gets transmitted to your eyes. So whilst slightly larger and heavier than the 42mm versions, these perform as well as the 10x42 in wide open areas and hold their own in comparison to an 8x42 in low light conditions making it a very versatile binocular.
Consisting of six different roof prism models, spread between three different size categories, the Athlon Argos G2 series can be summarized as a diverse, affordable mid-level range of binoculars with an excellent performance to cost ratio.
Particularly notable at this price point is the high level of optical coatings that are used and which directly contributes to their class leading views.
The lightweight magnesium housing is an economical option commonly found at this price point because it is relatively robust, lightweight and completely resistant to corrosion. It is completely sealed and filled with Argon gas ensuring that the Argos is not only fog and waterproof, but also impervious to dust and other small particles. All models also have a large, easy to reach central focus wheel, comfortable twist-up eyecups with intermediate click stops and a right eye diopter adjustment to calibrate the binocular to match your particular eyesight.
The of quality of optics incorporated into the Argos is very impressive at this price range: The whole system is fully multi-coated with anti-reflective coatings that reduce undesired reflections as well as increase light transmission resulting in brighter, more defined images.
Roof prisms are fashioned from quality BaK-4 glass and are phase corrected. But what is really extraordinary is that these prisms have Dielectric mirror coatings applied to them, wheres most of their direct competitors will use silver. The difference in the amount of light that gets reflected is not trivial and certainly contributes to a brighter, better quality view.
On top of this, the Argos also uses Athlon’s Xtra protective outer lens coatings as found on the top end models.
Athlon Argos binoculars come bundled with a good assortment of accessories. This includes a well padded, comfortable neck strap. A protective carry case, with its own adjustable strap and a Velcro closure. Tethered soft rubber/plastic objective lens covers, a well-fitting rain guard and a good quality lens cleaning cloth.
A lifetime warranty comes as standard with this and indeed all other high-grade Athlon binoculars and shows the high degree of confidence the company has in their products.
|Binoculars series||Athlon Argos G2|
|In production since||2020|
|Type of prism||Roof - Schmidt/Pechan|
|Lens size diameter.||50mm|
|Field of view - FOV...||112m/1000m|
|Field of view (angular).||7.2°|
|Apperent FOV (angular).||0°|
|Eye relief distance.||19.32mm|
|Closest focusing distance.||4m|
|Lens coatings||Fully Multicoated|
|Working temperature range||-|
|Diopter setting location||Right eye-piece|
|Minimal interpupillary distance.||62.79|
|Maximal interpupillary distance.||85.22|
|Type of Body||Single hinge|
|Built in Range finder||No|
|Image stabilization (IS)||No|
|Able to float||No|