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edwincjones
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Your Best Astro binocular
      #5899067 - 06/03/13 06:09 AM

There is a poll on BirdForum for the best birding binocular;
I would like to repeat here for the BEST ASTRO Binocular

rules

one vote per person
any size, any cost, any period of time
just which binocular has been, subjectively, your best astro binocular

for me Fujinon 25x150MT*

*note that these are not my favorite, not my most used, not my best,
but they have done the most for me in my amateur astronomy pasttime

edj

Edited by edwincjones (06/03/13 06:12 AM)


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Richard McC
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5899084 - 06/03/13 06:51 AM

Canon 15x50IS (runners up: Fujinon FMT-SX 10x50 and Nikon 12x50SE). I'm sure there are nicer binoculars but these are the best that I've used. The IS system makes the 15x magnification practical to hand hold (great for those of us who dislike binocular mounts). These binoculars accompany me on almost all of my astronomical outings.

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Mark9473
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Richard McC]
      #5899104 - 06/03/13 07:18 AM

Docter Nobilem 15x60.

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aa5te
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Mark9473]
      #5899126 - 06/03/13 07:47 AM

Garrett Optical 28x110.

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plyscope
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: aa5te]
      #5899153 - 06/03/13 08:18 AM

Docter Nobilem 15x60.

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richsvt
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: plyscope]
      #5899188 - 06/03/13 08:50 AM

GBT100s. Outstanding views, easy to use.

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Tony Flanders
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5899201 - 06/03/13 08:59 AM

I've never owned them, only borrowed them. But here's another vote for the Canon IS 15x50.

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REC
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Tony Flanders]
      #5899226 - 06/03/13 09:17 AM

Russian made 10x40 roof prism....knock off of Zeiss. Lightweight and very sharp! I also have the same versions of the 7x35 and a 5x25. They all are great!

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JohnR66
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: REC]
      #5899238 - 06/03/13 09:25 AM

Oberwerk 15x70 LW. Bright, wide, clear views. Good eye relief and a nice price. Well reviewed here on CN.

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ianatcn
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5899260 - 06/03/13 09:41 AM

Very difficult but 15x60 Zeiss B/GA T* (runner up though and a close second Zeiss 20x60S).

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Rich V.
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: JohnR66]
      #5899263 - 06/03/13 09:42 AM

It may be easy enough to pick only one birding binocular but it's a bit harder for astro binoculars because they are more target specific. Sometimes I'm into wider, lower mag views; other times I prefer narrower, deeper views...

#1 for me would have to be the Miyauchi Saturn IIIs due to their comfortable angled viewing, beautiful Japanese build quality and light weight for a 100mm binocular. They're built like an aircraft, not like a tank!

Rich


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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: edwincjones]
      #5899315 - 06/03/13 10:17 AM

Quote:

just which binocular has been, subjectively, your best astro binocular

they have done the most in amateur astronomy pasttime

edj




Orion 30x80 MEGAView

Stan


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Vondragonnoggin
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: hallelujah]
      #5899443 - 06/03/13 11:35 AM

Garret GBT 70/90 for Comfort, Zhumell tachyon 25x100 for actual brighter views. They are close in view quality though.

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GlennLeDrew
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: Vondragonnoggin]
      #5899467 - 06/03/13 11:49 AM

So far... My right-angle Mk II in 20.8X60 mode. Good magnification AND a generous 4.7 degree field. Easy to insert filters--and in the proper place--for nebulae, too.

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planetmalc
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5899483 - 06/03/13 11:57 AM

Miyauchi 22 x 60.

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KennyJ
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5899505 - 06/03/13 12:07 PM

Nikon 10x42 Superior E.

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OpalescentNebula
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: planetmalc]
      #5899522 - 06/03/13 12:13 PM

Garrett Optical 20x110 are my favorite for the wide views in non-light polluted areas.
The AP Ultra's 15x70s when I am out an about. They go everywhere with me for night viewing.


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contrailmaker
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: OpalescentNebula]
      #5899545 - 06/03/13 12:26 PM

I only have 3 binocs. By far my favorite for astronomy is the Oberwerk 25x100D.

CM


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Jon Isaacs
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5899568 - 06/03/13 12:34 PM

Quote:

So far... My right-angle Mk II in 20.8X60 mode. Good magnification AND a generous 4.7 degree field. Easy to insert filters--and in the proper place--for nebulae, too.




I think those are my best binos too, I'll take the eyepieces along with the binoculars.

I don't really have any binoculars that are exceptional in the way the NP-101 is exceptional. My binoculars are generally decent but not exceptional.

My favorite/best birding/astro binoculars are my Eagle Optics Platinum Ranger 10 x 42s. They are reasonably sharp, comfortable and compact.

My favorite/best astronomy binoculars are a pair of 10 x50 Swift Seawolf 714's. They are fully coated and water proof, the field of view is 6.5 degrees, well illuminated and sharper at the edge than other binos I own. There are few references to these, the most definitive I found was an Astromart ad by Brock Pronko (Brocknroller?) from 10 years ago.

Jon


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Ryuno
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Re: Your Best Astro binocular new [Re: ianatcn]
      #5899815 - 06/03/13 02:15 PM

Quote:

Very difficult but 15x60 Zeiss B/GA T* (runner up though and a close second Zeiss 20x60S).

--------------------
Ian




Why do you prefer the 15x60 over the 20x60S?

Heinz

Edited by Ryuno (06/03/13 02:19 PM)


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