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Solozo
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Reged: 12/25/09

Best Monocular for astronomy
      #4571059 - 05/09/11 09:47 AM

Hi All

Does anyone know of the best monocular for astronomy. I wish to have one for portability and ease of use. Likely to show more stable images I hope than binoculars?

Thanks


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Mark9473
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Reged: 07/21/05

Loc: 51N 4E
Re: Best Monocular for astronomy new [Re: Solozo]
      #4571883 - 05/09/11 05:21 PM

Unless the magnification is much lower than in a typical binocular, the image will actually be less stable. It's easier to hold something steady with two hands, i.e. binoculars.

Of course for portability and ease of use they are hard to beat. One alternative at least approaching the portability, is a small double-hinged pocket binocular.

There have been a few threads on monoculars in other fora; do a search in Cloudy Days, Binoculars and the Beginenrs forum.


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Phil Cowell
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Reged: 05/24/07

Loc: Southern Tier NY
Re: Best Monocular for astronomy new [Re: Mark9473]
      #4571924 - 05/09/11 05:44 PM

The one Sir Patrick Moore wears.

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stevenf
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Reged: 10/11/09

Loc: Vancouver, BC
Re: Best Monocular for astronomy new [Re: Phil Cowell]
      #4573038 - 05/10/11 10:21 AM

I use the Orion 10x42 waterproof monocular and like it quite a bit.

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jwheel
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 01/23/08

Loc: Fort Davis TX
Re: Best Monocular for astronomy new [Re: stevenf]
      #4573112 - 05/10/11 11:03 AM

I have a pair of Celestron 15x70 Skymaster binos which are very nice:

http://www.optcorp.com/product.aspx?pid=108-110-647-659-911-3006

Joe Wheelock


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jwheel
scholastic sledgehammer


Reged: 01/23/08

Loc: Fort Davis TX
Re: Best Monocular for astronomy new [Re: jwheel]
      #4573150 - 05/10/11 11:24 AM

Sorry I thought you said binoculars!

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faltered
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Reged: 04/01/05

Re: Best Monocular for astronomy new [Re: jwheel]
      #4573418 - 05/10/11 01:50 PM

I like mine of this...

http://www.binoculars.com/monoculars/bird-watching-monoculars/zhumell1025x42zoommonocular.cfm

I dont use it much for astronomy, but I suppose if you wanted something really compact for that - this would be a good choice.


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Dr. Megabyte
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Reged: 09/08/09

Loc: Winchester, VA
Re: Best Monocular for astronomy new [Re: stevenf]
      #4576058 - 05/11/11 08:01 PM

Quote:

I use the Orion 10x42 waterproof monocular and like it quite a bit.



+1
The Orion is my "Keep it in the car in case I want to look at something" optics. One of the best monocular for anything


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Spaced
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Reged: 03/01/05

Loc: Tacoma, Washington, USA
Re: Best Monocular for astronomy new [Re: Dr. Megabyte]
      #4576090 - 05/11/11 08:19 PM

This may fall a bit short on your portability criterion, but it may be worth considering.

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