The high power makes them best suited in wide open spaces where observation distances are greater. However whilst they may not as bright as the lower magnification Midas models, the large 50mm lens and the superior quality optics and coatings results in a reasonably good low light performance. For pre-dawn or just after sunset hunters and wildlife observers this is important and also makes them a great option for stargazing. Keeping a 12x50 steady in the hands can be a little challenging but by no means impossible. However should you need a completely shake-free view, it is good to know that the Midas is also tripod adaptable.
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...||108.39m/1000m|
|Field of view (angular).||6.09°|
|Apperent FOV (angular).||0°|
|Eye relief distance.||17.04mm|
|Closest focusing distance.||3.92m|
|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|