8x42 binos. Perfect for scanning the night sky?
Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:17 PM
The 8x42 might be the perfect hand-held bino for scanning. Before I get serious about getting one I'll do some more research. In the meantime, any comments would be appreciated.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 08:28 PM
usefull in the daytime too.
Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:01 PM
Posted 29 March 2013 - 09:04 PM
But I'd sure like to have the Miyauchi 5X32 Binon for sheer scanning. Alas, they are no more.
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:24 AM
I've recently been in the market for an 8x42 and settled on the Vanguard Endeavor ED, which some in the birding community rank at the top of the mid-range. I just received them this evening.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:31 AM
My 8.5x44 Swift Audobons are awesome for the night sky. But a little heavy for daytime nature use. Everything is a compromise.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 03:52 AM
If 11x56 is the smallest sized/lowest magnification binocular you've ever used,I think you're in for a very pleasant surprise if you treat yourself to a good 8x42.
Of course,the maximum theoretical or practical star count density would depend upon various factors,not excluding the true actually useable field of view,but amongst readily available models,a good 8x42 with a an AFOV of around 60 degrees will get you into the ball park of rich-field supremacy with minimum frustration.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 05:35 AM
I had several high-end 8x binos from 30-50mm aperture from Leica, Zeiss and Swarovski. Enjoyed them all. And like the Zeiss 7x42 FL even better, while with it's large 60 degree AFOV it lets me observe say M13 nicely between the bright stars that mark the western side of the keystone. Never seen that in any of my 8x binos and it ads something special to my deepsky observing. And on PANSTARRS it does very well, both in finding the comet in twilight with it's huge true field and in showing the large extend of the yellowish dust tail.
For punchy details in bright light or pinpointy stars, a 10x32 is superb (due to it's smaller exit pupil, your own eyes astigmatism is almost "neutralized") . I use a Victory FL 10x32 for that. And for long walks during the day in the field and mountains, it is a better choice because of it's significantly lighter weight and smaller size than the 42mm binos.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 08:07 AM
and what I would want if limited to only one.
Other sizes-smaller and larger- fill specific needs better
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Posted 30 March 2013 - 11:56 AM
I used to go bonkers for big binoculars and now I have done a complete 360 and now want a pair of 8x40's to scan the skies with.
Look for my PM.
Posted 30 March 2013 - 12:26 PM
right at the limit for hand held but low enough power to be great for Comets!
I have some 70mm Zomms for daytime scanning, the small field is a minor drawback for me. 20x80's are nice fo night.
If I only could keep one pait it would be my 7x50
Celestron Novas 80's vintage...or 8x42 roof, have to toss a coin.
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