Canon 15x50 arrived
Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:17 PM
My Canon 15x50's arrived today. They are my first pair of astronomy binoculars. I really like them and I'm pretty sure I can see Jupiter and its moons better in the binoculars than my old 4.5" Bushnell northstar telescope.
Since they are my first pair of binoculars I don't know what to look for to make sure they're in good condition, but I've heard of people having issues with the 15x50's so I thought I'd ask here.
The only things I've noticed are very small streaks of light coming from some brighter stars, making it look a little bit like a reverse L shape, and some chromatic aberration on Jupiter making it look like this: http://farm9.staticf...abbd1e407_z.jpg but the moons do not show any aberration.
Should I be concerned and exchange for a better pair or is this to be expected?
Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:24 AM
Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:47 AM
I love my 15x50 IS, and consider it my #1 binocular amongst all that I have. The IS is just magic with regard to what it allows to be seen with a hand-held high power binocular. You should have many hours of fun ahead of you...
Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:00 PM
My 15x50s have been around the world and to two solar eclipses with me. They are a great, portable observing tool.
Posted 21 December 2012 - 07:36 AM
PS what set up do you use for solar views?
Posted 22 December 2012 - 06:36 AM
Posted 24 December 2012 - 07:05 AM
However, something that is ususally overlooked with the Canon 15x50IS- how well they do work mounted! Yes, it isn't a sin to mount them. Sometimes I like to observe with a tripod so I can study a target in detail. The Fujinon 16x70 is 4.76 pounds, the Garrett 15x70 Signature is over 5 pounds. The Canon? 2.6 pounds and mounted from the bottom.
Posted 24 December 2012 - 06:44 PM
However, something that is usually overlooked with the Canon 15x50IS- how well they do work mounted! Yes, it isn't a sin to mount them. Sometimes I like to observe with a tripod so I can study a target in detail. The Fujinon 16x70 is 4.76 pounds, the Garrett 15x70 Signature is over 5 pounds. The Canon? 2.6 pounds and mounted from the bottom.
As long as you admit to doing this... So will I.
Yes, the IS bins do so well even when mounted that it still isn't a 1 for 1 comparison with another similar binocular IMO. Don't ask me to explain it, but it is what it is. With the IS on AND mounting it on a tripod, it does seem to allow a detailed view that is better than using no IS at all. You just have to try it.
And I do have the bigger bins and tripods and I still use my 15x50 IS a lot more. Though I expect that I might say differently if I lived somewhere where I had regular access to better night sky...