Binoculars: Miyauchi Saturn III - 33/39/50/71/150x100, WO 22x70ED, Fujinon 16x70 FMT-SX Pentax 10x50 PCF-V, 10x43 DCF-SP, 6.5x21 Papilio
Nikon 10x35 EII, 7x35 E, 8x30 EII, 8x23CF AS Diplomat
B&L 7x26 Custom
Scopes: C9.25, TMB130SS/FT, SV80S-LOMO 80/480
Quote:<snip>I purchased mine for the same reasons you have stated ... "I thought a 9x63 would be a tad easier to handhold while catching a bit more light." In my experience, the larger and heaver objective glass makes them more difficult to handhold than my 10x50's ... even with the reduced magnification. Also, their 9x magnification and 5º FOV always always leaves me wanting for more, which sends me back to my 10x50 binoculars. Since the 9x63 bin has a 7mm. exit pupil, I doubt they are a good match my older eyes. Perhaps if I was still in my 20's and was observing from a very dark location ... I would find them more useful. Out of the 7 binoculars I use for deep-sky observing, my 9x63 bins are used the least. If you have never observed using this size binoculars, I suggest you try them out before you buy. Jim
Quote:I suspect there might be a balance issue if the 9x63 are more front heavy than a pair of 10x50 (as they look like they are anyway).
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