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#1 kcb

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 12:28 AM

although i am into all visual aspects of astronomy i have returned to the moon for more serious observing but sometimes work gets in the way for set ups of big scopes so when i need that quick in the middle of night peek of luna or lovely rising/setting moons, or daytime moons,the canon 18x50mm image stabilized binoculars fit the bill quite nicely ,they were $150 less on sale,plus i can use them for bird watching and other astronomical events,but for handheld i dont know if anything else handheld can show the moon in that much detail,technology can be wonderful,using a folding hiking trail recliner makes the view even more steady for quick views of the moons regions,although i have 10x50 binoculars,not image stabilized,there is no comparison,of course a big difference in price,but man,what a sharp view of the moon in your hands,kevin

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 02:15 PM

I enjoy quick lunar surveys with my $10 12x60 binoculars! I never tire of the view the moon provides in any optic! So much to see...so little time.

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 07:07 PM

yes,most optical binoculars show the moon o.k,but i am lucky to have purchased the canon 18x50mm image stabilized binoculars,they may not be for everyone,but i am blown away every time i look at the moon for the steadiness they provide and the clarity of the sharp optics,it is nice when the moon doesnt shake in a handheld high power binocular allowing for telescopic type detail,here in canadas winter wonderland and lovin it,kevin

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Posted 31 December 2013 - 11:08 PM

wow,$10 12x60 binoculars with plastic lenses and blurry moons,might make you feel a little drunk

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 08:17 AM

Actually no, glass lenses delivering very sharp views for $10, they are Meade 12x60's that normally sell for $199 that I got on clearance...I didn't know this was a "How much I can spend thread"?!?! I thought it was what I can see thread with what I have. Peace out! :smirk:

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 03:49 PM

actually it wasnt about how much i can spend thread it was about sharing the enthusiasm on binoculars i feel worthy of sharing my thoughts on,i didnt spend the money anyway,my wife bought them for me,you were the one who tried to downplay me,i have some fine equipment but still enjoy the trusty old achromat refractors i grew up with,a proud canadian,k.c

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 06:17 PM

Please return to the thread topic "handheld lunar observing".

#8 kcb

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Posted 01 January 2014 - 11:01 PM

yes,i agree,my very first handheld lunar observing was with an 80mm f/12 cardboard tube achromat refractor kit with a fixed eyepiece, push/pull focuser, at age 9 i sure learned to make a wood tripod for that scope real quick though,a little shaky,that telescope gave me the first love of the moon,now at 62,that moon still holds a place in my heart,as i am sure others on this lunar forum have had,although i enjoy all aspects of observing i just feel that need to get back and study my old friend,the moon

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Posted 10 January 2014 - 02:42 PM

handheld lunar observing


When I was dating, there was some handheld lunar observing. :ubetcha:

Now, not so much.

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 08:28 AM

hi,
yes, now that i am older i sometimes miss those romantic moonlit nights,k.c

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Posted 11 January 2014 - 05:11 PM

I very much enjoy full disk views of the moon, especially in daylight/twilight. I have used many types of binoculars for this but just recently I received a pair of Pentax 20x60s that I intend to use mainly for full disk lunar and solar observing. Of course, a tripod is required for best results but hand held is OK of I lean against a wall or tree.

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