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#1 KeithC

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:33 PM

If you could only own 3 pair of binoculars, which 3 would it be? This time lets make it harder. You also can't own a telescope, (H solar scopes excluded). These 3 pair of binoculars will have to do it all.

I ask this question because as I age, a new reality is sinking in, products that are quick,light and easy see far more face time than products which are big and powerful. Quick and easy get used 90% of the time, while big and powerful seldom gets pulled out anymore. Weight, size and convenience has become a big deal. I no longer want to invest my biggest dollars in the items I use the least. I want to invest that money in or around the items I will use the most. This will make life WAY less complicated.

So which 3 could you not live without and why?

This is a preference question so there are no right or wrong answers.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:49 PM

7x35 Nikon Aculons
8x42 Nikon Monarchs
9x63 Orion Mini Giant

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:50 PM

OK - I'll Play:

http://www.eagleopti...ovision-8x32...

http://www.eagleopti...56-wb-binocular

http://www.apm-teles...oduct&info=6624


If the 15x56 Swaro is more than you wanted to spend on me, then I do understand and will happly live with these:

http://www.eagleopti...st-hd-binocular

Thank you so much, Keith, for your so Generous Kindness!


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Posted 16 July 2014 - 05:54 PM

OK - I'll Play:

http://www.eagleopti...ovision-8x32...

http://www.eagleopti...56-wb-binocular

http://www.apm-teles...oduct&info=6624


If the 15x56 Swaro is more than you wanted to spend on me, then I do understand and will happly live with these:

http://www.eagleopti...st-hd-binocular

Thank you so much, Keith, for your so Generous Kindness!


:-)


You are most welcome Chuck. Check is in the mail. : )

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:01 PM

:waytogo: :flower:

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:04 PM

My current binoculars in my signature...

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:22 PM

8x32
10+15x50
BT100mm

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 06:56 PM

OK - I'll Play:



Keith.. I am sorry to day that I am not going to play.. :foreheadslap:

One pair of binoculars and two telescopes.. No spring chicken myself (66) but I am hopeful it will be several years before I am not longer able to manage a decent sized telescope. For the binoculars, 10x42 roofs, my Eagle Optics Platinum Rangers would do the trick.

Looking at the 100mm Binoculars Chuck chose, there are several more capable telescopes I would choose that are more easily transported and managed.. Of course one could cheat and go with the JMI RB-16's but I really would rather stick with a similar weight and bulk but larger aperture one-eyed scope.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 07:19 PM

But Jon!

What about the :rules:?

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:14 PM

For me with your considerations I would limit sizes to 60mm. So 8x42 or 7x42, and a 20x60mm. I would limit myself to two binocs of better quality than 3 for the same total outlay.

Breaking the rules I suppose, but the third optical instrument I would choose one of the decent 4.5 inch dobs. Those are about as simple, small and capable as it gets. I think any of the larger than 60mm binocs one might consider would be less portable, less quick, and less interesting than such a little reflector.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:19 PM

But Jon!

What about the :rules:?

:-)


Rules.... Are they for measuring things? Rule - Measuring tool

I mostly wanted some feedback from Keith.. How big are his scopes that are getting to be too big?

Jon

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:20 PM

Sears 6287-A 7x35
Minolta Standard MK 8x40 OR Tasco 450Z 10x50
Garrett Optical 28x110

All of which I already own...

BUT, I haven't looked thru that newish Vixen 2.1x42... yet.

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 08:59 PM

Nikon SE 8x32 - great optics; general purpose
Nikon SE 12x50 - great optics, little more light grasp than 8x32
Takahashi 22x60 - great optics; 2 FS 60 is better than 1

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Posted 16 July 2014 - 09:47 PM

wide angle 7x35's for casual gazing.

20x80's for going deep.

A good, antique opera glass because I have an emotional attachment to Garrett Serviss' 1888 "Astronomy With An Opera Glass."
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Posted 16 July 2014 - 11:51 PM

OK - I'll Play:



Keith.. I am sorry to day that I am not going to play.. :foreheadslap:

One pair of binoculars and two telescopes.. No spring chicken myself (66) but I am hopeful it will be several years before I am not longer able to manage a decent sized telescope. For the binoculars, 10x42 roofs, my Eagle Optics Platinum Rangers would do the trick.

Looking at the 100mm Binoculars Chuck chose, there are several more capable telescopes I would choose that are more easily transported and managed.. Of course one could cheat and go with the JMI RB-16's but I really would rather stick with a similar weight and bulk but larger aperture one-eyed scope.

Jon


Jon,

The JMI counts as a bino. You now have two, you just need to pick one more.

Do I need to pry your fingers off of your NP101?

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 03:37 AM

If you could only own 3 pair of binoculars, which 3 would it be? This time lets make it harder. You also can't own a telescope.


Silly rules. That would, of course, force me to a binocular telescope for the largest aperture. Perhaps a nice custom-made unit based on a pair of 16-inch Newtonians.

However, that's the only situation where I would consider buying a giant binocular telescope -- if some dictator forbade conventional monocular telescopes.

Am I allowed to buy the binocular telescope, cut it in half, and keep just the part I want?

If, like you, I were concerned with convenience and portability, that would make it all the more imperative that my largest instrument be a conventional telescope, not binoculars. Once you get into the 100-mm class, binoculars are significantly less convenient than telescopes.

I would, however, happily spend the rest of my life observing with nothing but my 10x30 image-stabilized binoculars and my 7-inch f/5.4 Dob. No need for three separate binoculars.
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Posted 17 July 2014 - 04:43 AM

An 8x42 roof.
My Docter 15x60 porro.
The new APM 100mm ED when it comes out in 90°.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 05:33 AM

Lots of great responses everyone. Especially the people who have to keep a scope. That is very telling...and helpful.

Thanks!

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 06:02 AM

Well it is a pleasant day dream to think of the possibilities.

I think I could manage with a nice 8x30 porro such as a Nikon 8x30 EII or Swarovski Habicht 8x30.

Then a good 10x50 porro such as the Fujinon or Docter Nobilem.

For the third one a binocular telescope such as the Docter 40x80 Aspectem or Kowa Prominar.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 06:44 AM

That would, of course, force me to a binocular telescope for the largest aperture. Perhaps a nice custom-made unit based on a pair of 16-inch Newtonians.

However, that's the only situation where I would consider buying a giant binocular telescope -- if some dictator forbade conventional monocular telescopes.

Am I allowed to buy the binocular telescope, cut it in half, and keep just the part I want?



Tony:

I'll take the other half... JMI sells a 16 inch binocular telescope..

Jon

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 06:51 AM

Lots of great responses everyone. Especially the people who have to keep a scope. That is very telling...and helpful.

Thanks!


Keith:

Since "weight, size and convenience has become a big deal." and "I no longer want to invest my biggest dollars in the items I use the least", the question would seem to be:

What telescope(s) do you have, have you considered optimizing your telescope(s) for weight, size and convenience?

Jon

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 07:33 AM

Lots of great responses everyone. Especially the people who have to keep a scope. That is very telling...and helpful.

Thanks!


Keith:

Since "weight, size and convenience has become a big deal." and "I no longer want to invest my biggest dollars in the items I use the least", the question would seem to be:

What telescope(s) do you have, have you considered optimizing your telescope(s) for weight, size and convenience?

Jon


Hey Jon,

Currently scopeless and shopping. A recent back injury is slowing me down and making me cautious about weight. I live in a yellow zone but a new car dealership has taken a real toll on my eastern sky. That and 3 grocery stores, a Lowes, Home Depot and a Super Walmart. By far the car dealership is the worst.

My deployed son will be stationed in Arizona this fall giving me some chances at truly dark skies. Portability is paramount. Two eyes essential. More and more it is looking like IS Binoculars are what I need. For local observing I wanted to try binoviewing but that is turning out to be more costly and complicated than I ever imagined. (If you want truly wide field low power views.)

Been trying to get out in the clubs to get some exposure but summer skies are awful in Georgia. Last night was a rare dry air weather exception and I drove to a green zone and had a blast looking at the milky way.

So I want low powers and wide fields, one for airline carry on, the other local setup. I did have an SCT but the narrow field of view got on my last nerve.

When people explain what they are most passionate about and why it works for them it gives me new ideas to explore. I learn a lot from you guys and your input is always appreciated. : )

Kindest regards.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:16 AM

Not much experience for me. I too used my SW 5.1" dob and my WO66ED for widefield and terrestrial since I couldn't hold my 15x70 steady enough and found the ST80 to be better optically. But now I know one pair would be the Canon 18x50 IS. I need a wider field and I have vintage Asahi Pentax Porros 8x30 but I am considering roofs 8x42 now, european if I could but probably Japanese eventually. In fact Canons 10x30 is might play also. The third should be more powerfull and since it would be mounted with 90 degrees diagonals, something in the 100mm range.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:19 AM

Probably not what you want to hear, but

20x80's

If no scope then at least 25x100, hopefully bigger.

Maybe 15x70's and/or 35-50mm binoculars, but I'd prefer the bigger stuff, I think.

Even with 20x80's I have to get the scope out to see small dim stuff. But it's a 17 lb. 4.5" dob. No problem to move it.

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Posted 17 July 2014 - 09:57 AM

Obies 10x50(Fuji clones), Fuji HB12x60, Bushnell Elite 8x42,DA.






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