Quote:There is a big difference between 20x and 11x!I feel like I’ve seen the object versus just a smudge.Yes, the viewing area is small at 2.2 degrees, and it takes some work to find an object, but most Messier objects look good in that frame.
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Quote:Handholding is not preferred at 20x, so have also ordered a binocular tripod adapter from Adorama. Plan to combine parts from the Pentax tripod and some PVC to make an adjustable monopod, but more on that in another thread.Headed outside last night (magnitude 4 skies) to the deck for viewing carrying a pillow, the Pentax 20x60 (2.2 deg.), Garrett 11x56 (5.8 deg.), and 1984 Bushnell 7x35 Falcons (8.1 deg., present value $4.97, :-). The Pentax shows Messier objects very well. Images are sharp and seemed bright even with the 3mm exit pupil. There is a big difference between 20x and 11x! I feel like I’ve seen the object versus just a smudge. Yes, the viewing area is small at 2.2 degrees, and it takes some work to find an object, but most Messier objects look good in that frame. Didn’t take in a large number of objects, because of comparing views of the three binoculars and going back and forth. My conclusion is that the Pentax are for Messier objects and planets, Bushnell for star groupings, and the Garrett’s are somewhat of a compromise in between. I looked at Vega, M13, Albireo, M10, M12, M92, M27, M56, Mars, and Saturn. Unfortunately, trees block all of Sagittarius, but believe the Pentax will do very well there especially from a dark sky site. Mars and Saturn resolved very nicely resting the binoculars on a deck fence. Saturn shows bulges at the ring, experience has shown that getting to 28-30x will show the rings. Also, I was seeing so many doubles, and Albireo split great handheld whereas at 11x not so good. I’m very satisfied with this purchase. The Pentax are light, relatively small, and should make a nice grab and go combination with the yet to be built monopod.