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#1 wky46

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:09 PM

I'm finding I need more sky than my 20x80's provide. I do like the 50mm light gathering aspect but mostly unsure if I want to go as low as a 7x (will be used primarily astro but occasional terrestrial viewing). Anyone here have any comment? Are either of these Nikons beasts to hand hold? Thanks...Phil

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:21 PM

An 8x40 will show as much as a 7x50, has a wider FOV, darker sky background, more comfortable exit pupil size. Also easier to hand-hold than a 10x50.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

I agree totally with Mark!

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:23 PM

I would recommend that you do not get the Nikon AE 7x50, it has a narrow FOV, as has been mentioned, at 6.4 degrees this gives a tunnel like Afov of 44.8 degrees. Most marine 7x50's have a larger FOV of around 7.1. The 10x50 version gives a far more panoramic image.
If you insist on a 7x50 Nikon make the 'Ocean Pro' marine version which has very good optics and a 7.2 degree FOV, of course you pay more.
Do not forget that 7x50 binos have an exit pupil of 7 mm which are best suited for young eyes or dark skies. Having said that many, including myself, still enjoy the 7x50 for its ease of use and steadiness.
A good 10x50, like the Nikon AE, is one of the most recommended astro size binos for light grasp, magnification and 'seeing' ability.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 06:45 PM

I agree too!

10x50 or 8x40 (or 7x35).

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:08 AM

When I was starting this pursuit in the 60s, the most highly recommended binocular for astronomy was the 7x50. Now, it's the 10x50. Well, the universe IS expanding you know?
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Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:06 AM

In the heartland, away from light polution -- a 7x50
Near light polution -- a 10x50
Pulling double duty -- 8x40 or 7x35

My daytime nature glass is a Nikon SE 8x32. The quality alone makes it a winner.

Just my 2 cents worth.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 07:13 AM

The action extreme in the 8x40 size is a good all round glass if your spending under $200, look at the skies, look at the dicky birds,not in the same league as say Bill C,s 8x32SE however Nikon have sold a pile of the Action Ex,s over the years so they must be doing something right,DA.

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 08:01 AM

I think you all sold me on the 10x50's. Those are still under $200 as well and at just over 2 lbs. should be fine to hand hold. Thanks so much everyone....Phil

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 11:58 AM

+1 on the 10x50s, Phil. I personally gave up my 7x50s years ago. For astronomy, 10x really starts to work for me over 7x or even 8x. I, too, prefer a wider AFOV than what most 7x50s show and 10x really really goes deeper under most conditions and doesn't give up a lot of FOV to the 7x50 either.

Good to see you drop by; haven't seen you around for a while! :)

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 12:35 PM

"not in the same league as say Bill C,s 8x32SE"

That's true . . . but the Action Extreme is a very good investment that will give years of service. Some people just want that extra 5% because they can. Then, I could; now I couldn't afford an AE! :bawling:

Cheers,

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Posted 05 November 2012 - 01:39 PM

+1 on the 10x50s, Phil. I personally gave up my 7x50s years ago. For astronomy, 10x really starts to work for me over 7x or even 8x. I, too, prefer a wider AFOV than what most 7x50s show and 10x really really goes deeper under most conditions and doesn't give up a lot of FOV to the 7x50 either.

Good to see you drop by; haven't seen you around for a while! :)
Rich

Thanks for noticing Rich! I did take a couple years off and now I'm posting more than ever :lol:. Been yearning for a LB 16" so between that and the 10x50's I should be set for awhile :cool:.

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Posted 01 January 2013 - 12:50 PM

Just ordered the Nikon AE 10x50's :thewave:. I rethought all of my options and here's what I came up with - 1. NOT get a big Dob and keep my 10" SCT and upgrade to 2" 2. Bought a 41mm Pan 3. Get the Nikon 10x50 AE for Grab n Go and for those really widefields and daytime use. Thanks for the advice ya'll! Now I'm set :cool: Phil

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 03:24 PM

Good choice, Phil. I think you'll like the 10x50 setup; I own both 10 and 12x binos, and use both for astro viewing -the 10x is a bit easier for most folks to hand-hold. The 12x is also excellent, as long as I'm sitting down or can conveniently prop my arms against something to aid stability.

enjoy that 10x50,

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

Thanks Woody, I most certainly will enjoy them I'm sure. I realize they're not the widest field but @ 6.5º I should pretty much have all the bases covered between the telescope, ep's and bino's I now own (at least within my means)

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 04:36 PM

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