Minox APO HG 8×43
Objective diameter: 43 mm
Magnification: 8 x
Exit pupil: 5.38 mm
Eye relief (acc. to spec): 19 mm
Usable eye relief (measured from rim of eyecup): 15.5 mm
IPD: 58 – 73 mm
RFOV: 7.2 degrees = 126 m
AFOV (measured, rounded): 55.5 degrees
Minimum focus distance (measured): 2.15 m
Focus type: CF (direction of rotation from close to infinity: < anticlockwise)
Degrees of rotation of focus wheel from 3m to infinity (measured): 220 degrees
Range of diopter adjustment (acc. to spec.): +/- 3 dpt*
Excess travel of focus wheel beyond infinity position (estimate): 4 dpt*
Prism system: Schmidt-Pechan
Weight (measured, with eyepiece cover and strap): 780 g
Made in: Germany
*range of diopter adjustment not affected by position of focus wheel
The APO HG, sold as 8×43 and 10×43, was Minox’ top binocular line for a number of years; Minox stopped producing it in 2017. Based on the Minox HG binoculars (which are still on the market), and with the same characteristic design created by VW Design, this premium binocular features extra low dispersion glass (it’s not a true “apochromat” as the name might suggest) and exhibits a sharp, bright image with good CA correction; the field of view is slightly narrower than average for that class of instrument. The mechanics are impeccable, the finish lives up to the “made in Germany” label.
A 2014 comparative review (in German) can be found here:
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