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#1 edwincjones

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:09 AM

There is a poll on BirdForum for the best birding binocular;
I would like to repeat here for the BEST ASTRO Binocular

rules

one vote per person
any size, any cost, any period of time
just which binocular has been, subjectively, your best astro binocular

for me Fujinon 25x150MT*

*note that these are not my favorite, not my most used, not my best,
but they have done the most for me in my amateur astronomy pasttime

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#2 Richard McC

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:51 AM

Canon 15x50IS (runners up: Fujinon FMT-SX 10x50 and Nikon 12x50SE). I'm sure there are nicer binoculars but these are the best that I've used. The IS system makes the 15x magnification practical to hand hold (great for those of us who dislike binocular mounts). These binoculars accompany me on almost all of my astronomical outings.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 06:18 AM

Docter Nobilem 15x60.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 06:47 AM

Garrett Optical 28x110.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:18 AM

Docter Nobilem 15x60.

#6 richsvt

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:50 AM

GBT100s. Outstanding views, easy to use.

#7 Tony Flanders

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:59 AM

I've never owned them, only borrowed them. But here's another vote for the Canon IS 15x50.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:17 AM

Russian made 10x40 roof prism....knock off of Zeiss. Lightweight and very sharp! I also have the same versions of the 7x35 and a 5x25. They all are great!

#9 JohnR66

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:25 AM

Oberwerk 15x70 LW. Bright, wide, clear views. Good eye relief and a nice price. Well reviewed here on CN.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:41 AM

Very difficult but 15x60 Zeiss B/GA T* (runner up though and a close second Zeiss 20x60S).

#11 Rich V.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:42 AM

It may be easy enough to pick only one birding binocular but it's a bit harder for astro binoculars because they are more target specific. Sometimes I'm into wider, lower mag views; other times I prefer narrower, deeper views...

#1 for me would have to be the Miyauchi Saturn IIIs due to their comfortable angled viewing, beautiful Japanese build quality and light weight for a 100mm binocular. They're built like an aircraft, not like a tank! ;)

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#12 hallelujah

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 09:17 AM

just which binocular has been, subjectively, your best astro binocular

they have done the most in amateur astronomy pasttime

edj


Orion 30x80 MEGAView :bigshock:

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#13 Vondragonnoggin

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 10:35 AM

Garret GBT 70/90 for Comfort, Zhumell tachyon 25x100 for actual brighter views. They are close in view quality though.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 10:49 AM

So far... My right-angle Mk II in 20.8X60 mode. Good magnification AND a generous 4.7 degree field. Easy to insert filters--and in the proper place--for nebulae, too.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 10:57 AM

Miyauchi 22 x 60.

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:07 AM

Nikon 10x42 Superior E.

#17 OpalescentNebula

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:13 AM

Garrett Optical 20x110 are my favorite for the wide views in non-light polluted areas.
The AP Ultra's 15x70’s when I am out an about. They go everywhere with me for night viewing.

#18 contrailmaker

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:26 AM

I only have 3 binocs. By far my favorite for astronomy is the Oberwerk 25x100D.

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#19 Jon Isaacs

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 11:34 AM

So far... My right-angle Mk II in 20.8X60 mode. Good magnification AND a generous 4.7 degree field. Easy to insert filters--and in the proper place--for nebulae, too.


I think those are my best binos too, I'll take the eyepieces along with the binoculars. :)

I don't really have any binoculars that are exceptional in the way the NP-101 is exceptional. My binoculars are generally decent but not exceptional.

My favorite/best birding/astro binoculars are my Eagle Optics Platinum Ranger 10 x 42s. They are reasonably sharp, comfortable and compact.

My favorite/best astronomy binoculars are a pair of 10 x50 Swift Seawolf 714's. They are fully coated and water proof, the field of view is 6.5 degrees, well illuminated and sharper at the edge than other binos I own. There are few references to these, the most definitive I found was an Astromart ad by Brock Pronko (Brocknroller?) from 10 years ago.

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#20 Ryuno

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:15 PM

Very difficult but 15x60 Zeiss B/GA T* (runner up though and a close second Zeiss 20x60S).

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Why do you prefer the 15x60 over the 20x60S?

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#21 tezster

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 01:40 PM

I think the responses are going be all over the place lumping both handheld and larger/mounted binoculars in the same category.

Any any case, my vote goes for the Canon 12x36 IS :)

#22 Jarrod

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:41 PM

I have seen the most with my Zhumell 25x100 and have been satisfied with the view, so I will go with that one.

Caveat: mechanically, while these are constructed of quality materials, they require some tweaking/upkeep to ensure good operation.

#23 hfjacinto

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:56 PM

Canon 15x50IS

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:40 PM

Minox BD 10x58 ED binoculars. Just excellent build and optical qualities. I had this bino for 4 years and it just gives me spectacular, incredibly sharp, contrasty, wide angle images. If ever one comes up for sale do not hesitate to buy one. I place this bino ahead of my Leica 12x50 BN.

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#25 daniel_h

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:51 PM

prob most enjoyed is the 25x100 (latest model)

best is prob fuji 16x70 (which i could use with my thin glasses -loved the light weight)






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