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#1 araujo

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 09:06 AM

Hey Guys,

After reading the posts in this forum, I decided to start in the world of astronomy buying my first binoculars.

I only have US$100 dollars to spend and I need a Binoculars with a decent Eye Relief (I use glasses). I narrowed my choices to three Binoculars but I am having difficult to choose.

These are the options:

Oberwerk 11x56

Celestron SkyMaster 12x60

GarrettĀ® Gemini 10x50 LW Binocular

I just need a start binoculars. What do you guys think is the best choice?

Thanks for the help.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 11:38 AM

Oberwerk and Garrett are two good companies to do business with. They both offer a nice variety of products. I own several Garrett binos and have enjoyed them very much.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:13 PM

Something to consider.

Do you own a tripod or someother form of mount (parellelogram etc)? If not then, of the three listed, the garrett 10x50 come the closest of hand-holdability. This issue is quite subjective. For example 8x is the most magnification I can hold steady.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:22 PM

I just need a start binoculars. What do you guys think is the best choice?

Thanks for the help.


If it were me, I would wait & save up a little more money. Perhaps $200.00.

I think that the Nikon Action Extreme or the Pentax PCF WP II binoculars are a better choice/investment because of their Warranty.

http://www.cloudynig...ments/nikon.pdf

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:25 PM

Something to consider.

Do you own a tripod or someother form of mount (parellelogram etc)? If not then, of the three listed, the garrett 10x50 come the closest of hand-holdability. This issue is quite subjective. For example 8x is the most magnification I can hold steady.


I dont have a tripod. I will hold the Binoculars in my hand.

Now looking at Garret site, they have the Garrett Classic 10x50 for 99.95. Is this a better choice than the Garrett Gemini 10x50 LW Binocular?

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 12:48 PM

That Garrett Classic is better than the Garrett Gemini LW.

The other choice of 11x56 seems to perform very special to my eye. You have to fold back the eye cups to seem the whole field of view. That field of view seems big to me.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:16 PM

Now looking at Garret site, they have the Garrett Classic 10x50 for 99.95. Is this a better choice than the Garrett Gemini 10x50 LW Binocular?


Having briefly owned a Garrett LW in a different size, I'm not a fan of them. If it were my money, I would definitely go with the Garrett Classic over the LW.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:33 PM

rdandrea,

The Classi is US$ 99 dollars, just what I can spend. Maybe this is the best choice under 100 dollars with decent eye relief.

Hallelujah,

I live in Brazil and I am going to the US this week. I really can't spent more than US$ 100 because I will pay more taxes when I come back to Brazil.

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Posted 26 February 2013 - 01:47 PM

Look for my PM at the top of the page.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 01:40 PM

For someone like me that needs the eye relief, does the stated amount of usable 17mm ER hold up in the field for Garrett Classic 10x50 PCF WP's?

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 02:22 PM

For someone like me that needs the eye relief, does the stated amount of usable 17mm ER hold up in the field for Garrett Classic 10x50 PCF WP's?


Please read Ed Z's summary of the Garrett Genesis/Classic 10x50:

Small Binocular Reports The 10x50s

Also in the Small Binoculars - The Score, the Garrett ER was given a "3" in Ed's ascending rating system of 1 to 3.






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