Celestron Ultima 8 (1991) with a white tube (sold by Vixen)
Orion Express 80 on a CG-4
Fujinon 7 X 50 Binoculars
Williams Optics 8-24 mm Zoom(type 1)
Orion Ultrascopic 5 mm
University Optics 6,7 mm
Explore Scientific 80 deg 6.8mm,8.8 mm, 11 mm, 18 mm Meade UWA: 24 mm
Meade SWA: 40 mm Orion Shorty II Plus Barlow
Zhumel Planetary 18mm 1.25"
Quote:During a night of lousy seeing I used my old Fujinon 7 X 50 binoculars to look at Jupiter. I could resolve the planet as an "orb" but couldn't make out detail. My celestron 8 X 50 mm finder will resolve Jupiter as a planet with 4 pinpoints for the moons. Would the extra 1X manification make that much difference?
First and foremost observing love: naked eye.
Last but not least, telescopes.
And I sometimes dabble with cameras.
Quote:I am all too familiar with the "finderscope effect". These cheap little things with their simplest of optical trains and crudest of eyepieces will often give sharper views than the finest binocular made. It just shows what binoculars with their complex inverting prisms, wide field eyepieces, and mechanical issues are up against--a hard lesson in practical optics. One of my dreams is a non-inverting Keplerian binocular for stargazing.Ron
MarkLeica 8x20; Nikon Action 7x35; Vixen Apex Pro 8x42; Orion 15x63; Docter Nobilem 15x60WO Megrez II 80 FD / APM 107mm f/6.5 / Mewlon 210 on DM-6 + Berlebach Planet
ToddBrunton Eterna 15x51 • Fujinon 10x50 FMT-SX • Garrett Optical Signature Series 15x70Nikon 12x50 Action Extreme • Oberwerk 15x60 • Oberwerk 20x80 StandardPentax 20x60 PCF WP II • Celestron Skymaster 20x80 (Reanimated by Dr. Suddarth)Orion Paragon Plus Mount and Paragon XHD TripodManfrotto 562B Monopod adapted with Manfrotto 222 "Joystick" Head
Quote:.................................. If I were to look at upgrading what would be a good step up in size and magnification?
Assuming hand held for use to help me locate objects.
AL MasterObserverC #24
Milton Wilcox R.I.P
Quote:I saw two bands in Jupiter and four moons the other night while handholding a Nikon SE 12x50.
Quote:Assuming hand held for use to help me locate objects.
Quote:And, of course, we have not discussed how much money you are willing to invest in your next binoculars. How about it? I saw two bands in Jupiter and four moons the other night while handholding a Nikon SE 12x50. But they danced a bit in the eyecups. Is the Nikon SE 12x50 within your budget? If not, what is within your budget? Most of us do not like to talk money, except to say something like "How cheap can I get those?" But let's be realistic. Knowing how much you can spend goes a long way toward learning what to expect?
Quote:Unfortunately astronomy equipment is not an investment, that is reserved for my 401K. For $800.00 I could buy a mid priced 8" scope ...
Quote:Jon will 10 X 50s show Jupiter as a planet or an ORB? My current 7 X 50s are a cheap surplus ebay find (vintage Fujinon Mariners) but for what they do they never let me down. They are the best binoculars that I have ever looked through but I only have Bushnells to compare them to! I would hate to buy something new unless there was a definate improvement!
14" Meade LX850 80mm Meade 6000 ED APO 90mm Meade ETX 60mm Focal (First Telescope) Orion MiniGiant 9x63 Mallincam Xtreme EXview HAD Canon 5D Mark II Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Canon 24-105mm f/4L